Liz Truss, who doubles up as the UK’s equalities minister as well as our foreign secretary, recently launched a new taskforce to boost the number of women starting high-growth companies. 

It’s a high-powered affair: Anne Boden, chief executive and founder of Starling Bank which she started in her 50s, is the chair, while the 13 members come from the top of their fields in finance, pharmaceuticals and cybersecurity. They include Poppy Gustafsson, chief executive and co-founder of Dark-trace, Judith Hartley, boss of British Patient Capital & British Business Investments at the British Business Ban, Sam Smith, chief executive and founder of finnCap, the City investment house, and Angela Scott, founder and chief operating officer at TC BioPharm Ltd.