By Liv Noble
Dr Elizabeth Haywood, an experienced NED, shares her top NED tips in this expert interview with NEDonBoard. Also a Partner at Haywood Hain, a consultancy offering specialist skills and advice in executive and non-executive recruitment, management due diligence, media/communications and public affairs, Dr Haywood provides some great insights.
How do you become a non-executive director? How do you get your first role?
Networking, getting your CV into NED-ready shape and getting lucky are my three tips!
If you are a senior executive in a FTSE 100 company, you’ve got a good chance of being sought out by head-hunters, particularly if you tick a particular box, like finance. If you’ve always worked in smaller businesses or the public sector, or you’re a generalist, this is less likely. Networks – with professional groups, at business breakfasts, sector-specific events – is crucial, and don’t feel shy about picking on a handful of chairmen/NED board members you already know to give you advice (and of course, introduce you to potential opportunities).
Much of this game is still about who you know, about being in the right place at the right time – which is where luck comes in. For example, my first private sector
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