Masterclasses: Board CV Masterclass

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Date Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Time 22 Jan 9:30 - 22 Jan 13:30
Venue Fladgate LLP 16 Great Queen Street London Greater London WC2B 5DG, United Kingdom
Pricing Basic Member
£ 475 Basic Member
Full Member
£ 395 Full Member
Corporate Member
£ 395 Corporate Member
Global Member
£ 395 Global Member
£ 395 Champion
Guests Not Allowed
Register by Tuesday, 21 January 2020

What will you bring to the boardroom? Can you articulate it in just a few crisp sentences? How does your ‘pitch’ come across to your network and head hunters?

This is what you will get from our board CV masterclass. Yes, you will put your boardroom value-add on your CV in the format that hits home with recruiters. But you will also include it in your LinkedIn profile and have it at the tip of your tongue to promote yourself within your network. And perhaps of most value, is the honest and constructive feedback on it you will receive from people who are in your corner.

In a small dynamic group of professionals seeking board roles, you will be guided by Women on Boards’ chair and portfolio NED Rowena Ironside and ex-head hunter and NED Alison Thorne. Only you can do justice to the experience gained throughout your whole career, but they will show you how to frame it in the language of the boardroom and the format recruiters want to see.

You will have a 1-on-1 call with Alison to understand how your ‘sales pitch’ comes across and where it needs some refinement. This will be at a time of mutual convenience, after you have had a chance to complete your draft.

This Masterclass is a key investment to make for those seeking a new board role, particularly those targeting more competitive positions. If you are completely new to non-executive work, we recommend you attend our Getting Started workshop prior to this Masterclass.

This Masterclass is limited to just 16 attendees and includes:

  • The structure, length and language of a Board CV

  • Some Do’s and Don’ts

  • How to demonstrate you can operate at director level

  • Understanding your board capabilities and points of difference

  • Linking your value-add to a NED role specification

  • Applying the concepts to write your new capability-based Board CV

  • Showcasing your offer in cover letters and your LinkedIn profile

  • 1-on-1 feedback on your finalised Board CV (at a time of mutual convenience)

Follow-up support: The price includes a 30-minute follow up phone-call with Alison, once you have prepared your "final draft".
What to bring
: Current CV and/or My Profile from Women on Boards website
Pre-requisites: If you are completely new to the boardroom, we recommend that you attend our Getting Started workshop before you attend this Masterclass.


Rowena Ironside, Chair WOB UK
Rowena spent 25 years as an executive in the ICT sector, starting out writing software in Australia; building an IT services business in London; and running international services businesses in the software and hosting industries. Rowena has been a non-executive member of boards in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors since 2006. She has been Chair of Women on Boards in the UK since its launch in 2012 and currently sits on the boards of the Digital Catapult and the Cabinet Office Elections and Registrations Division.

Alison Thorne, Founder atconnectAlison held executive board and leadership positions at Mothercare, Lego Retail, George at Asda, Kingfisher and Otto UK and has a range of non-executive and committee  roles. She spent over two years as a partner in an executive search firm, set up a business that supports companies to deliver through their people and now also combines this experience to mentor individuals at transition points in their careers. Alison is Chair of the leading equality charity Chwarae Teg and a Board Member of Sport Wales. Alison is a presenter for WOB's Board CV Masterclass and also provides the follow up one-on-one support.  She is based in Cardiff and is WOB's Lead for members in Wales.

Comments from past attendees:

"An excellent workshop, well paced and packed with useful tips and advice. Highly recommended." 

“Thank you (and Alison) for all your help. My completely re-written CV following the masterclass last July was a critical factor in my success I know.” 

“Just a short note to thank Rowena and Alison for the fantastic Board CV seminar yesterday. It was useful, fast paced, topical & insightful information delivered with good humour & gravitas. I enjoyed it immensely because it was a very long time ago when I was in a room with so many obviously intelligent, multi-lingual & aspirational women. I'm delighted I decided to join WOB a & look forward to being an active member, thanks again.” 

"The conundrum when plumping for 'self-help' counsel is whether it will be worth the time and money. As always with Women on Boards, it was. The size of the group (15) was small enough to be personal but large enough to provide variety. The exercises were thoughtful but pragmatic, with the focus clearly on a usable, practical outcome – a Board-ready CV.  In my case, the guidance was put directly to work within a few days. Alison astutely gauged my needs and her follow-up counsel hit the mark precisely."  

 "Thank you WoB for all you do. I had been struggling for a year to draft a NED CV. After meeting WOB UK founders Fiona & Rowena I registered and attended the Board CV Masterclass. The workshop allowed me to better understand the value I add into boardroom settings and the one-on-one help from Alison Thorne enabled me finalise my NED CV in the space of 3 weeks. Now I am ready to apply for NED positions – greatly appreciated." 


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