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AIBU to be disappointed that the new CEO of the NCT is a man?

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ArcheryAnnie Fri 26-Jun-15 23:29:59

The new CEO of the NCT is due to start work shortly - a man, Nick Wilkie.

The NCT's mission is to support parents during pregnancy, birth and early childhood. Their line re the new CEO is that men can be parents, but my line is that it's only women who get pregnant and give birth.

There are many, many senior, suitably qualified women in the UK who could perform this role. Furthermore, from my experience with the NCT, all the events I went to, it was women who do most of the work. I'm tired of organisations where women make up the majority of the volunteers, or the workers, but where a man is the CEO. I didn't expect it of the NCT.

AIBU to feel massively disappointed that the NCT are putting a man in charge?

ArcheryAnnie Fri 26-Jun-15 23:30:49

(This is the first AIBU I've ever started. Wee bit nervous.)

MrsHathaway Fri 26-Jun-15 23:31:16

If it means they've got rid of Belinda Phipps I'm all for him. She has been terrible.

dominogocatgo Fri 26-Jun-15 23:33:48

Perhaps no women applied.

MabelSideswipe Fri 26-Jun-15 23:34:11

I am torn. It needed a new CEO but I fear it's another sign that the organisation is moving away from its focus on birth and concentrating more and more on parenting.

FraggleHair Fri 26-Jun-15 23:34:41

I think I agree with you. It's a similar situation with primary school teaching and nursing. Most primary school teachers and most nurses are female but men who enter these professions seem to be fast-tracked to management positions.

Sansarya Fri 26-Jun-15 23:35:37

MrsHathaway, she left a while ago and it's been an interim CEO for several months now. Agree that she was a dreadful woman who was despised by most who worked for her.

MorrisZapp Fri 26-Jun-15 23:35:42

Maybe he was the strongest applicant?

Pumpkinpositive Fri 26-Jun-15 23:35:46

Wolud you have a similar issue if the CEO, male or female, wasn't a parent?

ArcheryAnnie Fri 26-Jun-15 23:36:21

Seriously, dominogo? I've been on appointment panels. If I'd had no women applying then I'd wonder what we were doing wrong, that no women wanted to work for us.

(But I don't believe that for a second, that no suitably qualified women applied.)

RonaldosAbs Fri 26-Jun-15 23:36:57

How sexist. Maybe he has an excellent track record and is good at his job?

WinterOfOurDiscountTents15 Fri 26-Jun-15 23:37:02

I would hope that they put the best available candidate in the job. What genitals they have should be irrelevant, thats kind of the point women have been trying to make for the last century.

Sansarya Fri 26-Jun-15 23:37:50

Gosh, just seen that the interim CEO died earlier this month blush

100redballoons Fri 26-Jun-15 23:37:51

No you're not BU Annie. I am too, for all the reasons you've stated.

FraggleHair Fri 26-Jun-15 23:38:00

But were his genitals irrelevant? Did his genitals help get him the job?

FraggleHair Fri 26-Jun-15 23:39:02

I'm googling this Belinda Phipps, had never heard of her till now.

morage Fri 26-Jun-15 23:39:13

That is terrible. Of course the CEO should be a woman.

ArcheryAnnie Fri 26-Jun-15 23:39:54

Did his genitals help get him the job?

Probably, Fraggle, if you take into account the gender differences in the ways boys and girls are educated and socialised, and the differences in the ways men and women apply for jobs and are perceived by appointment panels.

FraggleHair Fri 26-Jun-15 23:40:29

Yes, that's what I mean.

QuintShhhhhh Fri 26-Jun-15 23:40:40

So, we are all for equality, and women can do all sorts of jobs and should do any job even in traditionally male oriented workplaces. But men cant?

ArcheryAnnie Fri 26-Jun-15 23:40:43

(Already got my "no, YOU'RE the real sexist!" square marked off on the bingo card for this thread.)

ArcheryAnnie Fri 26-Jun-15 23:42:16

It's not a level playing field, yet, Quint.

FraggleHair Fri 26-Jun-15 23:44:00

Is it not a bit like a white person being appointed as head of an organisation representing black or Asian people?

I know it's a parenting charity and obviously men are parents but at its core is its primary focus not childbirth?

helsbels1978 Fri 26-Jun-15 23:44:49

you aren't being unreasonable. assuming you don't think that Durex should employ women in management positions. i assume that we shouldn't have female prison wardens in male prisons?! and certainly no female headteacher's in boys' schools.

QuintShhhhhh Fri 26-Jun-15 23:45:12

But men can be midwives?

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