The Latest Articles

The Latest Articles

We aren’t going to increase diversity in the boardroom unless we’re willing to appoint first-timers. Why is that so hard to do? 

Medium August 2020
This article explores the premise that to increase diversity we must increase the pool by selecting people for board service who have not served on a board before.

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How to choose your first board role (Part 2) 

February 2020
Following on from Part 1, How to choose your first board role, this article explores what to look for in the recruitment process to determine if the organisation is professoinal, strategic and well governed.  Click here


How to choose your first board (Part 1)

February 2020
WOB is often asked how to choose your first board. Our National Board Recruitment Survey, released on 7 February 2020 provides some valuable information to guide you. Click here


Are you ready to serve on a Board?

January 2020, Harvard Business Review

Corporate boards are under increasing pressure to diversify their ranks. At the same time, the bar for “board readiness” has never been higher. According to interviews with more than 50 board members of the world’s leading companies, five types of intelligence are needed to position yourself for board success - financial, strategic, relational, role and cultural. Understand why all are necessary and how to improve in each. Click here


Missed out. Move on

Rejection is an inevitable part of a board career - here we bring together advice on how to approach it and even benefit from it. Most of us are not lucky enough to get the first NED role we pursue, and certainly not if we are aiming high. Read Rowena's Ironside's (WOB UK Chair) tips to getting on with it. Click here


The seven reasons why being on a Board in good for your career

Adding a board appointment or directorship to your CV is a sure way of drawing attention and validating your capabilities whilst catapulting your career up the ladder of success. There are many benefits to be gained from this career portfolio strategy. The top seven reasons why being a director will benefit your career Click here


Tips for aspirant non-executive directors

We are often asked by aspirant non-executive directors for advice as to how they can best positionthemselves for board roles. This valuable resource from Director's Australia, captures some of their key ‘tips’ as well as other information which might be useful to those seeking board roles. Click here


6 Key Board Interview Tips

The first step in your board journey is to have a board CV to get you short-listed for an interview. However once you get the 'interview call', there's still a lot of preparation needed to make you stand out as the preferred candidate.  There are important things you should and should NOT do in a Board interview. Read six key Board interview tips to help you achieve success Click here


Working with Headhunters

A great article from one of our WOB UK members, Sue O'Brien OBE, who is managing partner at Ridgeway Partners Executive Search in London. Click here


The New Financial Year is Prime Time to Get Board Ready

July 2019 - The new financial year heralds the ideal time to take stock of your board pathway and assess what needs to be done.  Whether you are on your board journey or have been 'thinking about it', now's the TIME TO TAKE STOCK Click here


The Digital Director - Are you ready?

May 2019 - Digitisation, agility and a knowledge mindset will shape the future for organisations and Boards. Are you digitally ready?  To hear what digital leader Stephen Scheeler, former Facebook MD and founder of The Digital CEO thinks click here.