WOB Reports

How to improve the board recruitment process

The extensive survey into the Australian board recruitment and appointment processes was conducted in late 2019 by experienced research and strategy consultant, Norrelle Goldring, in conjunction with Ruth Medd and Claire Braund of WOB. More than 700 people responded to the online survey and in-depth phone interviews were conducted with board candidates and recruiters.

"In nearly 20 years of research this is the most frustrated group of respondents I have come across, from all sides of the coin. Board candidates, recruiters, and organisations recruiting board members are all experiencing frustration with a suboptimal process. Disruption in the form of more introspection, better planning by all parties and a more transparent process is required to align organisational needs with candidate applications to reduce the avalanche of generic applications for generic board positions, and the pain this results in for all involved". (Norrelle Goldring, report author)

The report has been sent to survey respondents to thank them for completing the survey.
WOB Members can access a free copy of the report here.