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    Non-Executive Director Interview with a Woman of Influence

    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?
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    Conduct Committee Member – FRC – London

    Conduct Committee Member – FRC – London

    Conduct Committee – Non-Executive Member (Ref: GL013) The FRC is responsible for promoting high quality corporate governance and reporting to foster investment. We are the UK Competent Authority for audit and set the UK Corporate Governance and Stewardship Codes as well as UK standards for accounting, auditing and actuarial work.

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    Independent Director – EEMUA – United Kingdom

    Independent Director – EEMUA – United Kingdom

    Independent Director EEMUA Posted on 25 July 2016 Closing Date 24 August 2016 Salary: Expenses Location: Flexible Location Job Type:

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    OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY: Board of Governors/Independent Governors

    Board of Governors/Independent Governors Recruiter: OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire Salary:

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    House of Commons: Lay Member

    Lay Member Recruiter: House of Commons Location: London (Greater) Salary:

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    Riding for the Disabled Association: Trustees

    Trustees Recruiter: Riding for the Disabled Association Location: Warwick Salary:

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    Merlin Housing Society: Non Executive Director

    Non-Executive Director Recruiter: Merlin Housing Society Location: Chipping Sodbury, Bristol Salary:

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    Bath Spa University: CHAIR AND MEMBERS, BOARD OF GOVERNORS

    CHAIR AND MEMBERS, BOARD OF GOVERNORS Recruiter: Bath Spa University Location: Bath Salary:

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    Green Park: Trustees

    Trustees Recruiter: Green Park Location: England, Warwickshire, Rugby Salary:

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    Age UK Enterprises: Chair

    Chair Recruiter: Age UK Enterprises Location: London Salary:

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