Susan Vinnicombe OBE

Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Chair for Women and Leadership; Faculty Affiliate, Center for Gender in Organizations



  • MA, University of Lancaster and PhD, Manchester Business School


  • Gender diversity on corporate boards
  • Women and leadership
  • Career development


Dr. Vinnicombe's particular research interests are gender diversity on corporate boards, women's leadership styles, and the issues involved in women developing their managerial careers. Her Research Center is unique in Europe with its focus on women leaders and the annual Female FTSE Report is regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK.

Dr. Vinnicombe has written ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers. Her latest book "Handbook of Research on Promoting Women's Careers" (with R. Burke, S. Blake-Beard and L. Moore) will be published by Edward Elgar in 2013.

Dr. Vinnicombe has consulted for organisations in over twenty countries including the UAE, the Philippines, Trinidad, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand on how best to attract, retain and develop women executives. She is regularly interviewed in the press and on the radio and television for her expert views on women directors, and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences.

Dr. Vinnicombe is the founder and Chair of the judges for Women in the City Awards and a judge for the Sunday Times best NEDs of the year awards. She is Vice Patron of Working Families, a charity. She is also Visiting Professor of Curtin University, Graduate Business School, Perth, Australia. Dr. Vinnicombe is a member of the Davies Steering Committee.

Awards & Accolades

  • Elected to Fellow of the British Academy of Management (September 2013)
  • Recipient of 2013 TIAW World of Difference 100 Award
  • Awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her Services to Diversity in the Queen's New Year's Honours List (2005)