100 most powerful women: Daily Telegraph (Dec 10)Saturday, 02 April 2011 06:07
Dorothy Rowe named in list of the 100 most powerful women in
: Business, Academia and Politics Britain
From the towering figures of business and politics to academia and science, we reveal the women who wield the most influence – visibly or invisibly – over our lives today
The Queen, 84
The Queen for 57 years deserves her own category in our power list. She has survived decades of social, political and personal upheaval, and, at a time when the Royal Family was at its most unpopular, she showed that by letting us glimpse her vulnerable side – appealing to the public 'as a grandmother’ after the death of Diana – she could transform the public’s perception and save the monarchy.
Karren Brady, 41
Brady is one of the most high-profile businesswomen in the country, and is famously dedicated – she was answering emails 24 hours after emergency brain surgery. The 'first lady of football’ is chief executive of Birmingham City, vice-chairman of West Ham, a board member of Sir Philip Green’s company Arcadia (owner of Topshop and other chains) and now a judge on The Apprentice. 'I always say, “Women have brains and uteruses, and are able to use both.”’
Marjorie Scardino, 63
Dame Marjorie became the first female executive of a FTSE 100 company when she was made chief executive of Pearson Group in 1997 (owners of the Financial Times, half the Economist Group, and Penguin). Despite the recession, the group’s share price is at an all-time high and Scardino, a former rodeo rider from
Angela Ahrendts, 50
Under Ahrendts’ leadership, Burberry has become the first British fashion company ever to enter the FTSE 100.Ahrendts’ partnership with Christopher Bailey, the creative director, has given Burberry a reputation as the coolest, and most powerful, British fashion brand around.
Laura Wade-Gery, 43
As chief executive of tesco.com and
Joanne Segars, 45
Segars has a lot to say about what happens to our pensions. As chief executive of the National Association of Pension Funds, the body that represents the interests of about 800 occupational pension schemes, Segars is one of the few senior women in the industry. With the sector in crisis, and the state pension age set to rise, Segars’s profile is going to be higher than ever.
Martha Lane Fox, 37
One of the original dotcom entrepreneurs, Lane Fox made £18 million when her company lastminute.com was sold. Then she recovered from a near-fatal car crash to open a successful chain of karaoke bars. She is a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer and Channel 4, and is leading the campaign to help the under-privileged of
Amanda Staveley, 37
Staveley is the glamorous ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew and a 'super-broker’ in the Middle East (she earned £40 million commission when she arranged a deal between Barclays bank and some Middle Eastern investors). 'It wouldn’t matter if I was making £8 million or £200 million. I just want to go to bed at night and say I’ve done a good job,’ she says.
Angela Knight, 61
The chief executive of the British Bankers’ Association has a tough job – defending the banks – but an equally tough disposition. She admits 'we are natural hate figures’, but says bankers aren’t to blame for the financial crisis.
Sarah Brown, 46
With international contacts at the highest levels, the wife of the former prime minister is poised to become one of the most powerful philanthropists on the planet. She recently hosted an international women’s symposium in
Brenda Hale, 65
The first woman to become a law lord, Baroness Hale is now the only female Justice of the Supreme Court. 'Ms Diversity’, as she calls herself, campaigns for more women to join the judiciary.
Ceri Goddard, 39
As chief executive of the Fawcett Society, the country’s leading campaign group for women’s rights, Goddard leads the fight in the battle for maternity rights and equal pay. She has just launched a legal case against the Government, claiming that Treasury officials broke the law by failing to carry out an assessment of whether the plans for heavy spending cuts would hit women hardest. (According to the House of Commons Library, three quarters of the £8 billion extra direct tax and benefit changes will be paid by women.)
Cressida Dick, 50
Dick is assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and the most senior policewoman in
Shami Chakrabarti, 41
As director of the human-rights group
Harriet Lamb, 48
Last year sales of Fairtrade goods rose to record levels and, as a result, the lives of millions of farmers in developing countries have been improved. Much of the credit is due to Harriet Lamb, executive director of the Fairtrade Foundation in
Camila Batmanghelidjh, 47
Batmanghelidjh is the founder and director of Kids Company, a charity that supports 13,000 vulnerable inner-city children each year. Her work with young people has given her a legion of supporters as well as making her one of the most influential charity workers in the country.
Barbara Stocking, 59
Dame Barbara Stocking became head of Oxfam GB in 2001 and has just overseen the charity’s strongest results in its 68-year history. She not only co-ordinates its response to humanitarian disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan – helping 17 million people in 62 countries last year alone – she reminds us that inhabitants of the Third World are the real victims of the financial crisis and climate change.
Fiona Shackleton, 54
Known as the 'steel magnolia’, Shackleton is the country’s most high-profile and possibly most glamorous divorce lawyer, she of the pearls and perfectly coiffed hair. Her clients have included the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York and Paul McCartney. 'It helps to have a rod of steel through your back and loads of charm,’ she says.
Carol Black, 70
Dame Carol is the most eminent woman in British medicine. She is the director of the government body Health, Work and Wellbeing, chair of both the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the Nuffield Trust, and was the president of the Royal College of Physicians (only its second female president in 500 years).
Mary Warnock, 86
Mary Beard, 55
Classics has never before been as fun as 'Beard’ – as she calls herself – makes it. The
Lisa Jardine, 66
One of our foremost intellectuals, Jardine is a professor of Renaissance studies, with books on Shakespeare and Francis Bacon to her name, but has also championed science to such an extent that she was made a member of the Royal Institution (she resigned over Susan Greenfield’s redundancy) and is head of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
Kay Davies, 59
In the 1980s the
Susan Greenfield, 60
The dynamic brain scientist was the first female director of the Royal Institution of Great Britain – until being made redundant this year. Although scorched by controversy – she has accused the RI of sex discrimination, and her outspoken views on the damaging effects of technology on children have been challenged – she remains the most prominent female scientist of her generation.
Dorothy Rowe, 79
The thinking person’s self-help guru, Rowe, an Australian, established one of the earliest NHS departments of clinical psychology. Her 16 books, covering topics such as depression, siblings, money, faith and lying, have helped to popularise the study of psychology. Her mantra for the modern woman, whom she believes demands too much of herself is, 'If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.’
Alice Roberts, 37
Best known as a presenter on BBC One’s popular Coast series, the anatomist Roberts is a visiting fellow at the
Athene Donald, 56
Sue Ion, 55
The former head of technology at British Nuclear Fuels Limited, Dame Sue is a visiting professor and government adviser. According to the engineer, anyone who believes that renewable energies can replace nuclear is 'living in cloud-cuckoo land’.
Theresa May, 54
She has survived the leaderships of William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard to become only the second ever female home secretary (after Labour’s Jacqui Smith). A former financial adviser to the Bank of England, she has risen to the top through dogged determination and a refusal to tame a taste for leopard-print shoes.
Samantha Cameron, 39
Whether she likes it or not the PM’s wife is the public face of the Conservatives in power, and has the tough job of keeping up with the Sarkozys on a cuts-friendly budget. Having gone part-time at the posh stationer Smythson, the baronet’s daughter and mother of three is set to take on an important role in the promotion of British fashion.
Yvette Cooper, 41
Before Labour lost power, the current shadow foreign secretary was running the Department for Work and Pensions, one of Whitehall’s biggest, as well as raising three children. The former financial journalist decided not to run against her husband, Ed Balls, for the Labour leadership, but is seen by many as a future leader.
Margaret Thatcher, 85
Her election as prime minister in 1979 made history, and even while out of the political limelight her legacy is still felt in British politics. The debate continues as to whether she should be considered a feminist icon, but has
Sayeeda Warsi, 39
The former solicitor is the first Muslim woman to serve in Cabinet and certainly the only minister in modern times with experience of an arranged marriage. The Tory party chair, who was born in
Harriet Harman, 60
After nearly 30 years in parliament, Harman is the most senior woman in the Labour Party. The deputy leader is a committed feminist and a strident champion of equality. She pushed for all-women shortlists to increase the number of female MPs and piloted anti-discrimination legislation through parliament.
Caroline Lucas, 50
Elected as one of the first Green MEPs way back in 1999, the leader of the Green Party this year became its first MP in the House of Commons.