Non-Executive Director Interview with a Woman of Influence

By Emma Ford

Diversity of thought is an important aspect of a well-functioning board. As a Founding Steering Committee member of the 30% Club, a board member of Cancer Research UK’s “Women of Influence” and a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director of JP Morgan Overseas Investment Trust plc., NEDonBoard asked Gay Collins to share some insight into to her NED career. Gay’s last statement is particularly reassuring for non-executives new to their roles.
1) How did you first become a non-executive director?
A former client rang me to ask if I would be interested in being included on a shortlist on the Board he was on because one of the board directors was retiring. He knew that I did a lot of work in asset management and in particular with investment trusts, and said he thought I would be a strong candidate. Having just sold Penrose to Engine Group I needed to check the policy for non-exec directorships. All was fine and so I put my hat in the ring, went through a rigorous process of interviews with the Chairman first, then the rest of the Board, and was lucky enough to be selected.
2) How complex are boards of large, successful organisations?
Every …read more

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New to a NED portfolio career? Commonalities and documents to review

By Liv Noble

As a NED, it is not uncommon, and perhaps one of the appealing aspects of a portfolio career, to hold positions in a variety of sectors. With this in-mind, we interviewed Robert Kidson to better understand the transferability of skills and commonalities for his non-executive director roles, alongside documents and agreements Robert would expect to review when joining a new board.

Robert has been a NED of a number of companies across several industries serving as a NED as well as an audit and remuneration committee member. His appointments have included several SME’S, a fully listed company, a membership organisation and a university. For more about Robert’s background please see his LinkedIn profile.

1) As someone who has sat on boards within different fields and with different focus, what skills are transferable from one NED role to another?

I have typically acted as a NED of owner managed companies. Regardless of sector such companies tend to have similar characteristics-for example a founder who is the CEO or Chairman and the main shareholder. Such people often want an outside party to bounce ideas off and use the knowledge and skills the NED brings to the table …read more

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