A push by companies in Britain to recruit more women on to boards has had the unintended consequence of draining companies of female managers and executives. With a proliferation of non-executive roles on offer, a number of senior women are opting out of the stress of active management. Susie Cummings, chief executive of Nurole, a digital recruitment platform for board positions, said that “there is too much pressure on women to take on non-executive roles too early".

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