Recruitment

How Long will it Take to be Appointed to a Board?

A question I am often asked by members and non-members alike, is how long will it take to gain a board appointment. It’s always  difficult to provide a hard and fast answer to this question as there are always variables at play and everyone’s journey will differ. However, as a general rule – should you put your mind to … Continued


Recruitment

What Questions to Expect in a Board Interview

Getting that call or that email to say that you have been chosen for a board interview is possibly one of the most exciting and exhilarating things that can happen to any board candidate – other than actually being appointed to the board of course. However, the moment you put that phone down, the nerves … Continued


Recruitment

Writing a Board Application Cover Letter

Regardless of whether you are responding to an advertisement, using a recruiter, approaching a company directly or have been asked to submit a CV a strong cover letter is a crucial part of your board application process. In the past cover letters were often seen to be of little value as such, there is a temptation by many to not bother … Continued


Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment

What Chairs Want (3): Your Personal Connections

 In my last couple of articles I outlined the five elements that I understand most Chairs or Nominations Committees consider when making board appointments: executive skills governance experience personal connections understanding and passion for the work cultural fit Specifically, I detailed what executive skills are valued at board level but also why evidencing prior governance experience … Continued


Recruitment

What Boards want (5): Demonstrable Passion

This is the last of my articles addressing the five elements that I know most Chairs or Nominations Committees consider when making board appointments.  To recap, in my last four articles I detailed: which executive skills are valued at board level, why evidencing prior governance experience is so important, why your personal connections are so valuable and why cultural … Continued


Diversity, Recruitment

What Boards want (4): Cultural Fit

The Importance of Demonstrating Cultural Fit in the Board Appointment Process In recent articles I have been working through the the five elements I know most Chairs or Nominations Committees consider when making board appointments including: which executive skills are valued at board level, why evidencing prior governance experience is so important and why your personal connections … Continued



Recruitment

The Value of a Governance Qualification

The majority of board candidates I speak to have a Governance Qualification. If you don’t, then you are not comprehensively ‘dare(ing) them to appoint you’.  Long time members of Board Direction will confirm that a big part of what we emphasize on your CV, and in our thought leadership, is your previous experience & success in serving on a board. Whether it was a paid or unpaid role or whether it … Continued



Recruitment

What Boards Want (2): Prior Governance Experience.

Prior Governance Experience and What to Do if You Don’t Have It In another article I outlined the five (5) elements (skills, experience, connections, understanding & fit) that I understand most Chairs or Nominations Committees consider when making board appointments. Specifically, I detailed what executive skills are valued at board level but also, I hope, … Continued


Recruitment

What Boards Want (1): Executive skills.

The benefits of gaining a board appointment are considerable – both professionally and personally and there are hundreds of organisations looking for Non Executive Directors at any given moment. In order to be successfully appointed to a board or to submit an effective application it is important to first understand what skills appointing boards look for in potential … Continued


Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment

How much research should you do for a NED application?

When it’s done right, thorough research will clearly and evidently separate you from your competitors and make you highly appointable. However, you must be prepared to do more than you might expect. Tell me what you know about the board you are applying for? is a question I have asked board candidates thousands of times. Unfortunately, their responses rarely extend … Continued



Recruitment

Transitioning from CEO to Non Executive Director – Is it really that difficult?

In my years as a Board and Executive Recruiter I have had countless conversations with both CEO’s looking for their first independent Non-Executive role and with Chair/Nomination Committees considering CEO’s for their boards. They often see transitioning from CEO to a Non-Executive Director as almost impossible. The conversations I have with each party are usually … Continued