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    Routes to becoming a non-executive director

    As part of our expert interview series, NEDonBoard has interviewed nearing 30 NEDs.

    Having asked the question ‘how did your first non-executive director role come about’ it is evident there are a number of tried and tested routes to becoming a non-exec.

    For some, having become known for a particular skill set, successfully completing a specific project, or having a good, well-known personal reputation, you may be asked to join an interview process for a NED role. For example, in a recent interview Robert Clarke explained that he was asked to ‘step in and assist a start-up’ having successfully managed an exit from his own company. Being known for your experience means ensuring you brand yourself well, connect with your business professional peers, and more and more these days, maintain an up-to-date online profile, be it on LinkedIn, with a NEDonBoard profile, or on your company website.

    Those who have held senior exec positions in blue chip companies or those from specific sectors, may be approached by head-hunters, and be better placed to be a NED of a large corporate organisation.

    Developing experience through unpaid NED or consultant roles can provide another route to becoming a paid non-executive. In …read more […]

    The Benefits of Having a Corporate Culture: Frank Lewis

    Frank Lewis is an internationally experienced NED and Chairman, with 25 years as Finance Director, CEO, Non Exec Director and Chairman within a wide variety of sectors including natural resources. Frank maintains a diverse portfolio of Non Executive Directorships which include rapidly expanding AIM quoted SMEs in the UK, along with overseas ventures in the natural resources sector. He is actively involved in mentoring CEOs and SME Boards and working with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

    Here he shares with NEDonBoard the benefits of having a Corporate Culture:

    The FRC in the last few months have come out with a Report which looked at the increasing importance which Corporate Culture plays in delivering long term business and economic success.

    Stakeholders and Society in general have a vested interest in healthy corporate values, attitudes and behaviours that lead to sustainable growth and long term economic success.

    A healthy Corporate Culture is a valuable asset, a source of competitive advantage and useful to the creation and protection of long term value. It is the Board’s role to determine the purpose of the Company, and ensure that the Company’s values, strategy and business model are aligned to the stated culture …read more […]

    Stockport NHS Foundation Trust: Chairman

    Chairman Recruiter: Stockport NHS Foundation Trust Location: Stockport, Greater Manchester Salary:

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    Odgers Berndtson: Chair

    Chair Recruiter: Odgers Berndtson Location: London (Central), London (Greater) (GB) Salary:

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    Department for Education: Chair of the Ofsted Board

    Chair of the Ofsted Board Recruiter: Department for Education Location: Nationwide Salary:

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    The Whitehall and Industry Group: Chair, Board of Trustees

    Chair, Board of Trustees Recruiter: The Whitehall & Industry Group Location: London Salary:

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    Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust: Non-Executive Directors

    Non-Executive Directors Recruiter: Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust Location: Greater Manchester Salary:

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    National Infrastructure Commission : Commissioners

    Commissioner Recruiter: Odgers Berndtson Location: London Salary:

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    Warren Partners NED: Non-Executive Director

    Non-Executive Director Voluntary position Ardwick, Manchester Arawak Walton Housing Association has been providing affordable homes in the heart of Manchester for nearly 30 years. It was formed in 1994 from the merger of two Black and Minority ethnic housing associations: Arawak and Walton.

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    How to be visible for your next NED position

    The key to your next NED role is to network with both experienced and aspiring non-exec and board members.

    Why is this relevant?

    Often the first people who know of an upcoming NED role are the board members of that organisation.

    When they are looking for the next position to be filled, you should be on their radar.

    How do you get to this point?

    Meeting over numerous occasions provides the opportunity to get to know your board peers better, allows for greater insight into your background and expertise, as well as to get a better sense of you.

    Roles won’t necessarily materialise then and there but, when there are changes at the board level of an organisation, your continued relationship with your peers well places you to be considered for a relevant role.

    So whether you are looking for your next role now or not, the importance of establishing board level connections is essential in a successful non-exec career.

    Where can networkers go wrong?

    When networking, consider more than just the obvious. Sometimes those you speak to may not be a current NED, but the chances are they will sit at board level and have insights into upcoming NED or board level roles. At some …read more […]