The idea started as a New Year’s resolution a few years ago. The note on my phone read: “Join a board this year” . I had a vague notion that it might be good for my journalism career. But at 28, I had no idea how to become a board member — or even whether I could. After all, the mental image I had of boardrooms being dominated by old white men is backed up by statistics: the average age of directors in the FTSE 150 is over 60 , with only 8% coming from BME backgrounds . Just 27.5% are women.

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