Summer reading: Get inspired with these top WOB articles


Looking for inspiration and tips from WOB members and partners? From director remuneration and how to write a Board CV to interview tips and member tips on crafting a board portfolio we have a wealth of articles in our resource library to get you moving this new year.



Whether you’re thinking about joining a board, or are looking for more direction on how to succeed in the boardroom, WOB has a library of useful resources, professional tips and thought pieces from our members, partners, governance experts and more. Here are the top 10 articles our members read in 2023. 

  1. The Art of Writing an Executive Summary

I would have written you something shorter but… Writing an executive summary is one of the skills that all employees who have a desire for management should acquire. Unfortunately, in these days of text, ChatGPT, email and Google search (aka cut and paste) the ability to create a compelling, short executive summary is a dying skill, writes Mary-Sue Rogers.


  1. Is my Board CV ready?

A Board CV is different from a career CV in a number of ways. It is important you identify your transferable skills, articulate your seniority and achievements and highlight past board (or proxy board) experience. All in a succinct way. 

It’s worth remembering that each board approach and vacancy are different. The strategic direction and life-cycle stage of the organisation, as well as the forces and complexities within the sector, drive the increasing focus of board composition and the skills matrix.

For aspiring directors, this means a careful rethink of how to present their capabilities as cutting and pasting from a corporate resume will signal they ‘don’t get it’ when it comes to the role of boards and directorships.

“Creating a good Board CV that stands out is about getting you above the pack,” said Women on Boards co-founder Claire Braund, who presents WOB's regular Build Your Board CV virtual workshops.


  1. 10 Questions to ask before joining a board

Joining a board is a significant commitment, and asking the right questions can provide valuable insights into the responsibilities, culture, and expectations associated with the role. Here are ten questions to consider asking before joining a board.


  1. Non-Executive Director Pay: Aligning Expectations with Reality

The world of non-executive directorships is a topic that often sparks curiosity and debate. Questions like whether NEDs should be paid, how much they should earn, and what form their remuneration should take frequently arise. For those eyeing a NED position with visions of matching their executive-level income, it might be time to recalibrate expectations, writes Women on Boards Non-Executive Director Mary-Sue Rogers.


  1. How to get your first board role

When should I start thinking about a board career? Which boards are right for me, and how do I go about applying for board roles? These are just some of the many questions we get asked frequently at Women on Boards. In this article we look at why directorship is a viable option, how to get your first board role and how WOB can help on your pathway to the boardroom.


  1. Am I board ready? 8 tips for anyone thinking about boards

There is still a widespread misconception that board roles are out of reach or unsuited to full-time working professionals. Yet board roles are increasingly being taken by working executives and younger people as companies seek candidates with current experience and a diversity of skills, age and background, writes Women on Boards Co-founder and Executive Director, Claire Braund.

These candidates also understand that the best way to plan a career in boards is in fact to get some board experience while still fully employed – often on a government, not-for-profit or subsidiary board. 

This article outlines eight tips for anyone thinking about board roles, now, or in the future.


  1. Seven Key Board Interview Tips

While a great CV will get your foot in the interview door, the clincher to your success will be your ability to interview well for the position. A bit of preparation before the interview will go a long way.Here WOB COO and Director, Nicole Donegan, shares her seven key board interview tips.


  1. Seven reasons why being a director is good for your career

A directorship will be a point of difference on your CV when applying for a new role. It gives you the opportunity to build career and leadership skills that you may not be But finding a board appointment that suits your interests, skills and geography takes patience, determination and effort. It is important to be clear on the type of role you are looking for and what skills and networks you are able to bring to the table. This article looks at the reasons why being a director is good for your career.


  1. Fiona Jolly’s 10 tips on Crafting a Board Portfolio

Experienced Chair, NED, CEO and lawyer with significant experience across advertising, media, sport and rural sectors , Fiona Jolly has a diverse experience on boards that oversee everything from residential aged care and radiation to cemeteries and stationery supplies. In a WOBChat Fiona reflected on how she built up her board portfolio while juggling executive roles and raising four children, the value of professional development and being part of the first WOBSX syndicate, and why persistence pays off.  As she says: ““You can think about being on boards, but unless you actually make a substantial effort to do something it doesn't necessarily come through.”


  1. 10 tips to present effectively to your board 

Anyone who is in the boardroom is taking part in leadership. It's important that everyone has the ability to influence decisions to get better outcomes. Here Julie Garland McLellan - Professional Company Director and CEO of The Director's Dilemma -  shares ten tips to improve your chances of doing it well.


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