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Just 3.7 per cent of top company directors are part of an ethnic minority

Also in Barometer: vegan sports stars, cyber attacks and serial killers

20 May 2017

9:00 AM

20 May 2017

9:00 AM

Veggie skills

Forest Green Rovers, described as the world’s first vegan football club, was promoted to the Football League. Some sportsmen who have become vegan:

Neil Robinson turned vegan at 23 while playing football for Everton in 1980.

Dustin Watton played in the US National Volleyball team in 2015.

Peter Siddle, a bowler in the Australian cricket team, turned vegan in 2013.

Griff Whalen plays American football for Miami Dolphins.

Only vegan food is served at the Forest Green Rovers ground, but some players were filmed scoffing meat pizzas in 2016.

Who’s on board?

Theresa May wants worker representatives on company boards, if not actual workers. Who were the 1,546 people on the boards of Britain’s largest 150 companies in 2015?


Foreign nationals: 32%

Females: 17% of executive directors, 28% of non-executive directors

Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic: 3.7%

Average age: non-exec 59 years; exec 52

Average length of service: 4 years

Source: Spencer Stuart

Hack attacks

Computers at the NHS and many other organisations were locked by ‘ransomware’ attacks. How frequent are cyber attacks?

— Businesses that reported at least one attack in 2015: 24%

— Large businesses that reported at least one attack: 65%, with 25% suffering at least one per month.

— Average cost of each attack: £3,480 overall, but £36,500 for large businesses.

— Average spend on cyber security: £4,060, but £269,000 for large firms.

Source: HM Government/Ipsos Mori Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2016

The gender of killers

The Moors Murderer Ian Brady died at 79. Worldwide and over time, what percentage of serial killers have been male/female?

Era Male / Female
1900s 39.1 / 60.9
1910s 56.5 / 43.5
1920s 61.0 / 39.0
1930s 74.2 / 25.8
1940s 82.8 / 17.8
1950s 70.7 / 29.3
1960s 92.1 / 7.9
1970s 94.4 / 5.6
1980s 90.3 / 9.7
1990s 89.8 / 10.2
2000s 88.1 / 11.9
2010s 92.0 / 8.0

Source: Radford Univ/FGCU serial killer database


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