Mary Perkins, co-founder of SpecSavers, has received the Spirit of Everywoman Award from NatWest in recognition for the work that she had done to promote the participation of women in her company. About 9,500 of the 13,000 people working at SpecSavers and its joint ventures are women. At the head office in Guernsey, 51 percent of the staff is female, including 10 executives who report directly to the board.