We want more women in the workplace, we want more women at senior levels, we want more women on the boards of companies. But we are not going to achieve this any time soon if most of the women in the current series of The Apprentice have anything to do with it.
As a woman who works outside the home and runs a successful business, I am very conscious of being in the minority. I know many other successful female business owners (Liz Earle, Chantal Coady, Linda Bennett, Anya Hindmarch) and many other senior women who have succeeded in organisations largely dominated by men (Sian Westerman at Rothschild & Sons, Helena Morrissey at Bank of New York Mellon, Helen Weir at Lloyds Banking Group). All these women are inspiring role models and know that they are helping to establish the value of senior women in the minds of the – mainly male – leaders of Britain’s biggest companies.