Walpole, the luxury brands trade body, has pledged its support for government recommendations that more women should be represented in the boardroom.
In a government commissioned review, former minister Lord Davies recommended that UK listed companies in the FTSE 100 should aim for a minimum of 25% female board member representation by 2015.
Walpole chief executive officer Julia Carrick has formed a working group to support this target and help the promotion of women to chief executive and board level across the British luxury industry.
The trade body, which represents over 170 British luxury brands including Jimmy Choo, Burberry and Mulberry, is to appoint senior figures within the luxury sector to act as mentors to help identify and develop future female executives.
Carrick said: “I wholeheartedly support Lord Davies’s recommendations. We are keen to exploit the creative industries’ fantastic wealth of female talent by providing the necessary mentoring, support and training to help them to reach the boardroom.”
Walpole has previously run initiatives including Brands of Tomorrow, which supports emerging British brands, and a mentorship programme called Crafted.