Succeed in the boardroom: Meet the Headhunters
Date Wednesday, 29 March 2023
Time 29 Mar 17:00 - 29 Mar 18:00 AEST
Venue Zoom Virtual Online
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What are non-executive recruiters looking for in a board candidate? What do they want to know about you? And how does your ‘pitch’ really come across?

Meet our guest headhunters who will share a brief insight into their work and what they are seeing in the market currently. In discussion with WOB Director, Claire Braund will further discuss:

  • The search process: What’s in demand; is it women? Is it particular skills?

  • Tips for candidates wanting to be known by their firm.

  • Advice to a candidate that makes it to interview and beyond​.

Guest headhunter: Jennifer (Jen) D'Arcy-Smith

Partner - Executive & Board Search, Watermark Search International

Jen is an experienced search consultant joining the Watermark Search International Melbourne team in October 2018 and is a member of the firm’s Board Practice. She focuses on Board, CEO and C-suite level searches and is trusted with high profile, often confidential, sensitive engagements. With more than a decade in executive search, Jen has managed complex Board and executive search assignments in both the public and private sectors in a diverse range of organisations that includes: government, healthcare, higher education, consumer, agribusiness, community and not for profit in Australia and New Zealand.

Jen has partnered with boards, chief executives, senior leadership and elected members in the appointment of directors and executives sourced through local and international networks. Prior to joining Watermark Search International, Jen worked as a Managing Consultant in the leading global professional and executive search firm and as a Principal Consultant with one of New Zealand’s longest established and respected integrated HR consultancies. Beyond Board and executive search, Jen has previously facilitated the development and review of chief executive performance management frameworks, organisational review and design management processes, executive talent management, and coaching & mentoring leaders.

Facilitated by: Claire Braund 

Non-Executive Director, WOB Pty Ltd (appointed April 2006)
Executive Director, Women on Boards Australia (appointed Feb 2018)
Chair, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music
Non-Executive Director & Governance Committee Chair, Coast Shelter Emergency Accommodation Ltd

As the co-founder of Women on Boards, both in Australia (2006) and the UK (2012) it goes without saying that Claire has a wealth of experience in working with women who are seeking board roles. She is an informed,  entertaining and engaging presenter who brings the world of boards across a wide range of sectors alive to participants and is able to quickly connect the dots and match people to areas aligned to their skills and interests. Claire is an experienced Non-Executive Director on small businesses and large Not-For-Profit organisations and has a deep understanding of the board environment across a wide range of sectors.

Meet the Headhunters Testimonials

'This was an awesome presentation – very useful tips, fascinating insights and well worth attending'.
'Thank you Ruth, Vanessa and Jeremy for your open, pragmatic and supportive insight.Very helpful and enlightening.'
'This was a really fabulous session. I’ve come away with lots of great tips.'