Mr Wilkie is, as was noted upon his appointment, a career charity executive, who appears to bring no specialist childbirth knowledge, training or
experience, beyond his fathering of three small children, to a body once proudly associated with expertise in parturition. And, given the
under-representation of women at the top of big charities, there was always going to be some regret that the NCT, an influential, women-founded and
women-oriented charity should, for the first time in its history, choose to imitate the conventional pattern: a dominant male commanding a
predominantly female staff.
But give him time and there is no denying that, in what seems to be his first major pronouncement, Mr Wilkie has just attracted more publicity for his
organisation than it has enjoyed in years of decrying midwife shortages, campaigning for home births and lamenting the chilling advance of the
elective caesarean. Having inspected the membership, it was widely reported that Mr Wilkie found himself surprised that this is, probably like its
management, “disproportionately middle class”. Perhaps the cost – around £300 a time – of some NCT courses, and their popularity in the
Mumsnet-inclined demographic, never came up at the time of his job interview. Or possibly Mr Wilkie thought it worth sharing his reservations about
the NCT’s membership, whatever the reputational impact, so as to advertise the fact that, under him, things are changing. On taking the job, he
declared – presumably on the basis that the UK has dedicated childbirth charities to spare – that he is now “driven by the principle that no family
should be left behind”
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Post 500715 posted on 5-1-2016 at 08:53
Why not? True equality should be the person who is best able to perform the task. I don't care what colour you are, your religion, or even if you
wear make up. Provided you can do the job and can reflect the ethos of the business then you should be the one selected to represent the company.
I find it rather silly that organisations are forced to employ "minority" groups over and above eminently more suitable candidates. Life is not fair
- get used to it.
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