Non Executive Director Program

$999.00 / year and a $8,000.00 sign-up fee

Total First Year: $8,999

With EXCLUSIVE access to David Schwarz this is the BEST way for you to achieve your board aspirations.

12 months of training and accountability with David Schwarz - Australia's leading board recruitment expert -  and a guaranteed board appointment 

 The Non Executive Program (''The Journey') - was developed exclusively for those serious about fast tracking a Non Executive Directorship. It differs from our other packages (ACCESS, ACCESS+, EXECUTIVE) in both content and accountability resulting in GUARANTEED APPOINTMENT for participants. Core to the Journey's success is having EXCLUSIVE access to David Schwarz - Australia's leading board recruitment expert - who will not only drive your success but provide all the support, connections, documents and training you need to gain a board appointment regardless of whether it is your first or a subsequent appointment.

There is NO BETTER WAY to achieve your board aspirations than completing the 'The Journey' with David - we GUARANTEE IT or your money back. Run over 12 months 'The Journey' engages members in an ongoing training and accountability program equipping you to achieve your board aspirations. We do this through a bespoke and personal approach that critically holds you to account for your actions/inaction whilst also providing you all the tools, support and templates required to get you the board appointment that you want. If you want to fast track a board appointment then this is the program for you - there is NOTHING else like it.

Join Today, Dare Them Not to Appoint You and let me help you Fast Track a Board Appointment.

The Non Executive Program

The Non Executive Program - the BEST way to fast track a board appointment. It is something that I have personally developed utilising over a decade of board recruitment experience, having reviewed over 10,000 board applications and interviewed thousands of board candidates as well as working with hundreds of Chair’s to recruit for them new non executive directors. In short, this experience has led to the development a 12mth course that explicitly sets out before you the: foundations; the steps; and the templates you need to gain a board appointment.

It is utterly unique and the best way for you to achieve your board aspirations – no matter what they are. This program has cost many thousands of dollars and over five years to develop and refine. As such it incorporates not just my knowledge as an international board recruiter but also stems from the combined knowledge of the thousands of candidates I have interviewed and the hundreds of Chairs I have worked with in my capacity as an International Headhunter/Recruiter. As a result, I believe that we have developed the: most effective, the most practical and the most valuable course of its type in the world. There is genuinely nothing else like it.

What you get

Join up now and here’s what you get. Remember, the Non Executive Program has been developed for those who want to ensure that they are best placed for a board appointment and it is a full 12mth program. It is absolutely our best work and has been developed utilising over a decade of practical experience of putting people on boards - it is only course of its type in the world.  So here is what I am giving you:

  • Board Vacancies: Immediate access to thousands of board vacancies (retailing @ $399).
  • A bespoke board CV written for you: By David Schwarz: Australia’s leading board appointment professional (retailing @ $799).
  • LinkedIn Profile Writing: Utilising your new Board CV as a basis we will craft or create a LinkedIn profile that evidences your ability to successfully reach your board aspirations (retailing @ $399).
  • Board Career Planning Session with David Schwarz - define your board career aspirations and plan your journey ahead (retailing @ $1,499).
  • LinkedIn Training: By David Schwarz – A Top 10 LinkedIn user with over 22,000 connections. Understanding how to leverage LinkedIn as a cornerstone to gain board positions (retailing @ $499).
  • Interview Preparation: A real interview with a real recruiter with the honest feedback you won’t get from anyone else (retailing @ $1,499).
  • Application Writing: We will write you your first application – the basis of which we will use for future applications (retailing @ $999).
  • Application Critiquing: No matter how many boards you apply for we will critique and edit each and every one of them before submission (retailing @ $499).
  • The Board Search Course: A 12mth course covering the following topics such as:
    • How you find a board appointment;
    • What Chair’s look for in new board members – the five essential & other desirable criteria & training; 
    • What sort of board role is right for you: 
    • How to define your own board profile – addressing the five key areas; 
    • The value of proper research & how it can separate you from others; 
    • How board members are appointed; 
    • How to write a ‘board ready’ resume – one that works; How to write a Non Executive application & cover letter; 
    • Non Executive Interviews – What you are likely to be asked and how to respond and; 
    • Post a successful or unsuccessful application – what to do next (retailing @ $1,999).
  • Monthly Coaching Sessions: It is easy to lose the motivation to keep chasing board opportunities. Our monthly coaching and support will hold you accountable and ensure your long-term success (retailing @ $1,999).
  • Board Search Masterclass (in person): Run in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane twice a year. Meet David Schwarz – Australia’s leading board recruitment expert - you will find out how to ‘dare them not to appoint you’ (retailing @ $599).
  • Board Search E-Masterclass (online): A 10 part video of the live Board Search Masterclass led by David Schwarz – Australia’s leading board recruitment expert. Viewable immediately and at your leisure you will find out how to ‘dare them not to appoint you’ (retailing @ $399).
  • NED Directory: Think of it as a LinkedIn for board members - a tool that organisations use to recruit board members (retailing @ $199)
  • NED Introductions: We will introduce you to, and set up meetings with, a up to 10 active Australian Non Executive Directors – relevant but outside of your usual network - to help you build relationships that count (retailing @ $1,999).
  • The Board Book: The Board Appointments Book: How to find and gain a non executive directorship. Written by David Schwarz, it include the information and templates you need to gain a board appointment. (retailing @ $33).
  • Weekly Board Appointment Advice: Emailed to you each week and providing the insider knowledge you need to stay focused and gain an appointment.
  • 25% Off: All additional Board Direction products and services

The total individual retail value of the services contained within the program
is $15,999, but as a package we are offering it for just $8,999!

A Highly Competitive Exercise

Be under no illusion gaining a board appointment is a highly competitive process with far more candidates than there are opportunities. So, if you:

  • have been considering gaining a board appointment for some time but don’t quite know where to begin or
  • already have a board appointment but are struggling to find you next one or
  • already have a successful career but want to compliment it with a board directorship or are struggling to find the time to search for opportunities successfully
  • just can’t find the knowledge you need to turn your aspirations into reality...

Then I can help and for all of these reasons I developed the Non Executive Program – developed over a decade to provide the practical help required to gain your first or a subsequent board appointment – no matter what your aspirations are or where you are in your career. I GUARANTEE IT.

Reviews & Success

Does what we offer work? You bet. Board Direction has worked with over 1,500 clients and over 40,000 receive our weekly board search advice newsletters and board vacancy alerts. We could not have gained or maintained this level of support if what we did didn’t work.

There are hundreds of examples of success we could offer. However, one client with our help was almost immediately appointed to a board because of the Board CV we wrote and the advice we provided for him:

‘Why do I know the Board CV was a catalyst? Because I asked what attracted their attention to me, to which they responded “the style, format and clearly articulated content of the CV”… Thank you for assisting me to make this first step into directorship outside of my own company and good luck to you in continuing your worthy business.’ Rodney Clarke

'Thanks to your advice and support i now sit on two boards!' Hamza Vayani

Thousands of other have attended our Board Search Masterclasses and Board Search Breakfasts – typical scores are 9/10 with reviews such as this one:

‘Wow! I have received valuable information that will allow me to achieve more success in my pursuit of my next board position. 10/10.’ Robert Spears


The Best Program We Could Think Of

No one is more experienced than we are in helping people fast track a board appointment. Over the last decade, Board Direction has helped more people than anyone else to gain a board appointment. We believe that the Non Executive Program is the best way for us to help people gain a board appointment.

This is absolutely the best program we can put together. It has taken us a decade to create but also a year alone to work out just what to include so that you get the most value. As a Non Executive Program member you not only get exclusive membership to the only board appointment program in the world but you also get:

  • Full access to our comprehensive list of board vacancies
  • A bespoke Board CV written for you
  • 12mths of training, coaching and accountability
  • Exclusive access to David Schwarz – Australia’s leading board recruitment professional.
  • All of the other services exclusively provided to Non Executive Program members
  • 25% off additional products and services.

Is the Program for You?

This is not a governance course. We pick up where governance courses leave off. This is a course to help you gain a board appointment! As such, we begin in the belief that you are either a) interested in gaining a board directorship and/or are qualified do so (if you would like to undertake some formal governance training you should visit Governance Institute of Australia).

The Non Executive Program was developed for individuals who are determined to gain a board appointment and are willing to push themselves to achieve their board aspirations. For some, finding the time to pursue their ambitions will be difficult, which is why this Program incorporates monthly personal accountability catchups. For others, the challenge might be underestimating or not realising how valuable their skills are so we work with you closely to articulate your value at board level and then find for you appropriate opportunities. Still others still might have used similar career services in the past with over priced consultants providing poor value and as such not have felt like they got any value - for this reason we clearly list each of the services we will provide and their associated timings.

Our Guarantee

So confident that the Non Executive Program will result in a board appointment that we GUARANTEE IT. Further if, having completed the course, you don't think the services we offer were of value we will refund the difference between the Executive package and the price you paid for the Non Executive Program.

About Board Direction

Board Direction is the leading board advertising and non executive career development firm. No organisation can demonstrate the success we have had in helping people gain a board appointment. It is led by David Schwarz - Australia’s leading board recruitment professional

About David Schwarz

I am Australia’s leading board recruitment professional. The Board Appointment Solutions I have developed have cost many thousands of dollars and incorporate 15 years practical experience gained as an international board recruiter. Utilising this experience means that you will have access to the most effective, most practical and the most valuable suite of services, specifically designed to get you on to a board, available in the world.

I can confidently say that no one knows more about how to gain a board appointment or develop a board career than I do. Not only have I written the internationally selling Board Appointments Book: The definitive guide to finding and gaining a board appointment, I have personally written 1,500+ Board CVs, have been recognised as a leading board CV writer,  been featured in the Financial Review’s BOSS magazine, the SMH, Channel 10's 'The Project' and I present regularly for organisations such as Governance Institute of Australia, Sydney University’s Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and the CEO Institute. I am also a Top 10 LinkedIn user with 26,000+ LinkedIn connections and has advised thousands of clients on how to develop a board career or gain their first board directorship.

Not right for you?

We will do all we can to tailor this Program to your needs but it still might be that the program is not right for you. That is ok. The timing might not be right, you might not have the money or you don’t want to commit the time. They are all valid reasons and in this case you should take a look at the ACCESS, ACCESS+ or EXECUTIVE membership options which still provide access to the jobs, a board CV and the Masterclass but are cheaper and require less intensity.

What Value Are You Going to Get?

This is not a set and forget program. David Schwarz - the CEO & Founder of Board Direction - is intimately involved in every aspect of the delivery. Beginning with an introductory meeting you will over the next 12 months have unlimited and unfettered contact to David. Together you will work towards achieving your boards aspirations through all of the aspects of the program outlined above. Beyond the formality of the program you can expect to be held account to your stated board aspirations and therefore achieve them far sooner than you might expect - a true partnership.

Statistics have shown that people that have Board Directorships in addition to an executive role are: more appointable, earn more, are unemployed less and have better networks and connections. They are also able to future proof their careers better, have more successful retirements and weather career change better. Still, not everyone is suited to a board appointment. Equally, the Non Executive Program is not suitable for everyone as not everyone can afford the time required to dedicate themselves to achieving their aspirations.

But, if you do have the desire to get onto a board, to drive your career forward with a board appointment, to transition from full time work to a portfolio of part time board directorships or to develop a portfolio career then the Non Executive Program is for you – it is the best out there and there is nothing else like it.

A highly competitive process

Do you know why most people who want to become a non executive director don’t achieve their board aspirations despite their desire to do so? It is simple – more often than not they don’t understand the nuances of the board appointment process and don’t persevere where others might. Don’t let that be you - the Non Executive Program is the BEST way to ensure you will gain a board appointment. I GUARANTEE IT!

I look forward to having you on board.

Terms & Conditions

*Your Membership begins when we confirm your initial payment. We will automatically charge you a recurring fee of $999 annually until you cancel. You can cancel, upgrade or downgrade your membership anytime. Cancelling your membership stops the charge at the start of your next billing term—but your service will continue through the end of your current term. If after completing the program you did not find it valuable we will refund the difference between the price you paid and the Executive package.

Join Today, Dare Them Not to Appoint You and let me Fast Track a Board Appointment.