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The Post Office is appointing postmasters to its board. Such progressive thinking is terribly rare

The state-owned company needs to improve relations with its franchisees after a devastating scandal, and this is a good move, writes James Moore

Sunday 14 March 2021 21:30
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<p>The Post Office is holding an election to its board from among its postmasters and postmistresses </p>

The Post Office is holding an election to its board from among its postmasters and postmistresses

In just eight days, 8,000 postmasters and postmistresses, along with partners in regional chains, will for the first time be able to participate in an election that will see two of their number joining the state-owned company’s board

This is an all-too-rare example of progressive thinking in business, in which non-executive directors (Neds) are usually selected from a limited pool of candidates, seemingly on the basis that they’ll get on well with the chair and won’t rock the boat too much. 

This has led to the creation of a small class of people who sit on boards for a living. They’re mostly men, although women are more common than they were, and they mostly come from a very narrow range of backgrounds. They tend to look, and especially think, alike. 

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