Frequently asked questions

Below you will find answers to a number of frequently asked questions about Women on Boards UK (WOB).

If you have a question that is not covered below and for media enquiries, please contact us by email at contact@womenonboards.co.uk or by phone on 0207 4935852

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What does WOB do?

Women on Boards is an independent and action-oriented organisation with a proud history of supporting women to leverage their professional skills and experience into non-executive director and other board level roles. WOB exists to help women make the right connections and career choices to get to board level within their own company or to take on a non-executive board role.  We are removing the barriers to entry to the boardroom and building the pipeline of board-ready women.

How do I join?

To sign up to the network as either a free or paid member, click here to review the benefits.

How do I register for an event?

You will find all our upcoming events listed in our Event Calendar.

Help! I can't login (forgotten user name or password)

To be reminded of your username or password, use the Forgotten Password/Username links on the Login tab. 
PLEASE NOTE - you can enter your email address or user name in the user name box (either work). If you cannot remember your username you will find it at the top of the weekly vacancy email we send you but if simpler, just use your email address.  If all else fails, contact us and we will sort it out for you.

How do I change my email address?

You can change your contact email address on the MyProfile page.  Edit the name/photo section and you will be able to update your email address.

I’m a journalist, who should I contact for more information?

Please contact us on 0203 925 4080 or by email at contact@womenonboards.co.uk.

About our impact 


Who are your members?

The WOB network is now 28,000+ strong across the UK.  Our member profile breaks down as follows:

  •     60% are director level or above, with 30% C-suite
  •     45% of our members are based outside London
  •     35% work within the financial, legal and professional services sectors

How many WOB members have succeeded in finding a board position?

We encourage members of the network who have been appointed to a new board position to tell us about their success - and we know of more than 1500.  You can find a running log on our On Board page as well as more detailed Success Stories in  the Resource Centre.  If you have been appointed to a role - whether sourced via our vacancy board or not - please do drop us an email and we would be delighted to list your appointment.

Watch this video to hear how other members have achieved success.

What makes WOB unique?

The unique value of being part of the Women on Boards network is the ongoing personal advice that we provide to our members. This includes help with your board strategy, board CV and interview preparation and personal introductions to experienced directors who can provide advice and encouragement in specific interview situations. So coming to a workshop or event is not a one-off experience with Women on Boards.  This support, coupled with the rich collection of information in the Resource Centre and on our Vacancy Board and the commitment of the team to your success, are what makes us unique.

Watch Fiona Hathorn, CEO of Women on Boards talk about why we are unique and the support we can offer in your boardroom journey.



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Vacancy Board

Can I post a vacancy on your website?  How much does it cost?

Anyone can post a non-executive board position (including charity trustee and school governor roles) to our website and we have posted over 16,000 since we launched in 2012. This is a free service; the vacancy board is designed to increase the transparency of the board recruitment process across all sectors.  We encourage you to post your own roles using our simple "How To" guide.  For further information, please click here.

Watch this video by Rachel Tranter to know more about the Vacancy Board:

Why can't I see full details of the roles listed on your site?

Full details of the board positions listed on our website are only available to full paid members.  

 

Our support to find a NED role


How do I get help with my board CV?

If you are a Full, Corporate or Global Member you are entitled to complimentary enrolment to the Building a Board CV online course. You should have received a discount code with your welcome email but if you missed this please just get in touch with the office and we can send this to you. This course is available to all Members but there is a cost if you are not a paying member. 

You can watch this video by Fiona Hathorn on how to make your Board CV stand out.

I've got an interview for a board role, how should I prepare?

The first thing to do is to read the article in our Resource Centre "Preparing for a Board Interview: 10 tips".  If you are a Full Member, you can also contact us for an introduction to an experienced director in a similar role.  We can't guarantee we will know someone, but as the network grows we now have members across most sectors who are willing to help.

You can also watch this video by Joanne Read on how best to prepare for an interview.

I am a new Director.  Can you recommend any training?

Our Resource Centre, Getting Board Ready section lists a selection of courses for directors.  If you are a Full Member, you can take advantage of discounts on several courses run by the Financial Times Non Executive Director Club.   In addition, Full Members wishing to join the Institute of Directors are entitled to a full waiver of the joining fee (currently ~£220). 

Do you offer mentoring of any kind?

My Mentor is an extension of WOB's professional development programmes.  Full Members can access experienced women and men to guide and support them to address specific career challenges and/or develop a more structured approach to their professional career or board strategy.  For more information, click here.

Watch Ancia Cronje explain the benefits of having a mentor and how WOB can help with mentoring in the video below.


 

I am a student and would like WOB to input into my dissertation

As a small team, we do not have the capacity to contribute to individual pieces of work, however we strongly encourage you to take a look at the research available in our Resource Centre.  

membership - pricing and process

I work for a WOB Corporate Partner.  How do I get Full Member access to the website?

Female staff of our corporate and foundation sponsors can register on the WOB website and will become Corporate Members with Full Member access.  Please register here and ensure you register using your company email address.

Please note that some organisations have security protocols that block access to external sites including ours; if you are having trouble accessing our website from a work PC, please use a mobile device or your home computer - as long as you register with your corporate email we will recognise you.   
 

How does Corporate Membership work?

Our basic corporate offering has two elements:
1.    One or more half-day, in-house workshops for up to 40 people
2.    Full membership of the WOB network for all female employees

We can also offer tailored programmes that include events for both male and female employees. For more information, click here and select the Corporate Membership which is below the fold.

Watch this video for more information on Corporate Membership.

 
 

Do you offer student discounts?

We do not offer student discounts for subscription or workshops, as board roles can realistically only be targeted by people with some depth of skill and experience.