Harvey Nash Director Carol Rosati awarded OBE

June 15, 2015

Championing gender balanced Boards and recruitment best practice

Carol Rosati, founder of Inspire, the global Board network for senior businesswomen, has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2015. Appointed an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) for services to Women in Business, Carol has been recognised for her role in founding one of the largest global networks for senior businesswomen and Board Directors in the world.

Carol has also championed the advancement of businesswomen in leadership positions through driving awareness of the need to boost the pipeline of female talent and taken a leading role in the development of new professional standards of best practice in the recruitment industry.

An executive search consultant for over 20 years, Carol joined Harvey Nash Executive Search in 2006 to focus on CFO and Board appointments. In a personal response to the challenges of recruiting in a male-dominated sector and with the support of Harvey Nash, she founded Inspire – a network to identify, connect and encourage the appointment of senior businesswomen across all sectors. Inspire now includes over 5000 Board level women across four continents and plays an active role in challenging businesses, recruiters and the public sector to improve workforce diversity. Inspire has been responsible for two world firsts; the Women’s Directorship Programme at Hong Kong University and Harvey Nash USA’s mentoring programme for women in technology, ARA.

Carol has advised many women achieving their first Board roles and has supported businesses of all sizes to attract and retain diverse talent. In 2014, she was on the advisory committee of Fiona Woolf’s Power of Diversity campaign during her year as Lord Mayor and worked with the Lord Davies Steering Group to develop an advanced code of conduct for the executive search industry. Through the work of Inspire, Harvey Nash became one of only eight executive search firms to be recognised with a kitemark of quality in recruitment by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) for its work in helping companies increase the number of women on boards beyond the FTSE350.

On receiving the honour, Carol Rosati, commented:

“I am delighted to receive this honour and feel incredibly privileged to have an opportunity to make a difference to individuals and the companies that recruit them. For me, helping women achieve their professional ambitions, by realising the potential that already exists, is the best part of my job and something I hope to do for a very long time. When I started on this journey seven years ago, I had no idea of the impact it would have on my life and its transformative power both for the women themselves but also Harvey Nash, which has completely embraced this agenda. “

Albert Ellis, CEO of the Harvey Nash Group commented:

“On behalf of the Harvey Nash Group, we congratulate Carol on this well-deserved honour. She has been a passionate advocate of diversity for many years and has played a key role in shaping Harvey Nash’s own thinking and actions in this important area of talent management. We are absolutely delighted for her.”

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