What WOB does

Women on Boards exists to provide the information, encouragement and connections to enable your success

Women on Boards (WOB) exists to provide information, encouragement and connections to help women get to the top within their own company or to take on a board or committee role as a non executive director (NED), trustee or governor. We are breaking down the barriers to entry to the boardroom and building the pipeline of board-ready women. WOB operates from the principle that as talent is equally distributed between men and women in the world, organisations in all sectors need to work towards a gender balance of 40:40:20 at board and leadership level in order to reach their full potential.

What WOB does

We work on both the supply side and the demand side, with board candididates and with those recruiting non-executive directors and trustees:

1:  WOB is building the pool of female board members and role models by providing the information, encouragement and connections to ensure more women are appointed to boards across all sectors.

  • We help women to understand their transferable skills and to make the right connections to access board positions
  • We provide a strategic framework for getting a board role and pragmatic advice along the way

2:  WOB is increasing the transparency of the board recruitment process through our NED Vacancy Board (free service to any organisation seeking a board member) and our work with head-hunters and the government to “turn off the spotlight and turn on the floodlights” when recruiting board members.

  • We actively encourage recruiters to open up their field of vision by advertising more board positions
  • We provide visibility into a broad range of board vacancies to inspire women to apply


For a brief introduction to Women on Boards, watch Fiona Hathorn explain about what makes WOB unique, along with a short video from Joanne Read on how to put your best foot forward in interviews and how WOB can help with connections.


Please watch this 90-second video clip by Sheena Wilson and / or click on the Information Webinar Clip which is about 30 minutes long.

There are many different types of boards, all of which need directors or trustees, including charity boards, Public Sector boards and committees, housing associations, education and sports bodies, NHS Trusts - all the way up to the largest listed boards. Women are currently under-represented at the top in all sectors; they are less likely than men to be asked to join a board and many lack information about how to access these roles successfully.

What makes WOB unique?

The unique value of being part of the WOB network is the ongoing personal support that WOB provides to subscribers. Click here to read more... or listen to the video below to hear a few perspectives from our members.

Women on Boards in the UK (WOB UK) is a part of a global brand that was first established in Australia.