According to the latest Women in the Boardroom: A Global Perspective survey, Norway continues to lead the way in terms of boosting diversity with quotas in place for 40 per cent female board appointments.

France, Italy and Belgium have also recently instigated similar measures, while outside the EU, India, Malaysia and parts of the Middle East are also performing strongly in this area.

Dan Konigsburg, managing director of the Deloitte Global Center for Corporate Governance, stated: "We believe that greater diversity -not just in gender but in background, in experience and in diversity of thought - makes for more effective teams of people."

The news follows the publication of a new 14-point 'roadmap for boardroom diversity' from WomenCorporateDirectors.

It suggests succession planning, a focus on younger appointments and educating directors on the importance of the issue are all key steps in boosting diversity.

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