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William Hill win inaugural 'Breaking The Mould' award for women in business

William Hill – The UK’s leading Bookmaker - took home top awards at the Breaking the Mould Awards on Tuesday night, securing victory in the Medium Corporation Category at the inaugural ceremony.

After making the shortlist back in December, William Hill beat off beat off tough competition in the final to take the FTSE 250 award and joined Vodafone, BAE Systems, and the Bank of England who also picked-up category awards.

The Financial Mail on Sunday’s Breaking the Mould awards, held in association with the 30% Club – a group of bosses committed to getting more women into boardrooms – were set up to celebrate those companies doing the most to create a pipeline of female leaders of the future.

William Hill Group HR Director David Russell collected the award and commented: ‘’for us, this is not just about breaking the mould, but creating a new mould in our business. William Hill is benefitting from progressing smart, focused and empowered women to the top of our business.  Once there, they instantly become role models for our key executives of the future, both male and female. This philosophy, in-tandem with our investment in development and education, will secure talented individuals to lead the business in years to come.’’

Judges were impressed by William Hill’s strong evidence of internal cultural change to help women progress in a male-dominated field. 

‘The organisation has been appointing more women into senior, decision-making roles and is increasingly creating structures to help women progress, said: Dr Inces Wichert, Senior Psychologist, Kenexa High Performance Institute.

Whilst fellow judge, Sarah Rapson, Chief Executive, Identity and Passport Service, said: ‘’‘William Hill displays passionate female advocates in a male-dominated sector, truly 'breaking the mould'.



William Hill, The Home of Betting, is one of the world's leading betting and gaming companies, employing more than 16,000 people. Founded in 1934, it is now the UK's largest bookmaker with around 2,390 licensed betting offices that provide betting opportunities on a wide range of sporting and non-sporting events, gaming on machines and numbers-based products including lotteries.  William Hill Online ( is one of Europe's leading online betting and gaming businesses, providing customers with the opportunity to access William Hill's products online, through their mobile, by telephone and by text services. William Hill PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange and generates revenues of over £1.2bn a year.


  • Over half of all William Hill employees are women – 8,064 to be precise, and half of those again are part-time employees
  • The gambling sector in general shows a drought of women at the top-level, with few women seated on the boards of the major UK bookmakers.
  • From 2009 William Hill has made concerted efforts to create pathways for Women within the business. With a focus on:
  • Bespoke development courses for women in administrative & frontline jobs
  • The creation of a women managers’ programme focused on developing skills & confidence
  • A Springboard development course for women in junior management roles
  • The launch of ‘Different Perspectives’ a program designed to inspire women to develop a career with us, and also include our male senior managers – and their development of women.
  • Designing a strong mentoring program which includes many of William Hill’s 32 senior executive women.
  • Conference, webinars and courses available for e-learning
  • A focus on flexible working and job sharing – which also included women in Senior Management positions.
  • Internal promotions & external appointments of talented female individuals.

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