Succeeding to the Boardroom: Get On Board: Realising Your Board Potential
Date Tuesday, 27 April 2021
Time 27 Apr 9:30 - 27 Apr 12:30
Venue Zoom, Virtual, Online
Pricing Full Member
£ 199 Full Member
Basic Member
£ 299 Basic Member
Corporate Member
£ 199 Corporate Member
Global Member
£ 199 Global Member
£ 199 Champion
Guests Not Allowed
Register by Monday, 26 April 2021

Join our half-day workshop to develop your personal plan to build the board career you aspire to. We know our approach works - more than 7 of our members secure a new NED role every week. This workshop shares how you can do it too.

You will come away from this highly practical session with a strategy to secure a NED role. This workshop has been specifically designed to simplify governance and, importantly, to refine your board pitch - which is what will aid you in securing the roles. 

We will focus on targeting the more competitive and remunerated positions, and how to overcome the ‘experience trap’ if you do not have prior NED experience. During the session, we will also briefly consider how to best approach non-executive headhunters *plus* all participants will be offered free access to our in-depth 'Guide to the Headhunter Landscape' webinar. 
You will identify where and how to pitch yourself as a non-executive, guided by:

  • Fiona Hathorn, founder and CEO of Women on Boards UK,
  • Vanessa Sharp, non-executive director and WoB presenter
Specifically, you will consider and receive expert advice in a limited group of your peers on: 
  • the role, duties and legal responsibilities of director and protecting yourself as a non-executive director;
  • which type of boards will value your skills and align with your goals;
  • where to find the opportunities, including how best to approach non-executive headhunters;
  • what boards are looking for, in terms of both hard and soft skills;
  • your individual boardroom value-add and how to pitch yourself as a prospective NED.

The workshop is practical, strategic and interactive.  Participants are engaged and supported by the Women on Boards team and encouraged to make use of the wider WOB "network of influence".

ALSO INCLUDES free access to our in-depth 'Guide to the Headhunter Landscape' webinar following the session.
Suited to people:

  1. Thinking about or already on a board
  2. Seeking strategic and practical advice
  3. Looking for an influential support network
  4. Looking at long-term career options


Fiona Hathorn, CEO and Founder, Women on Boards UK

Fiona is the CEO of Women on Boards UK, Non-Exec Director of Spktral (a technology company that helps organisations simplify the gender pay gap reporting process), advisor to Peel Hunt (mid-cap stockbroker) and Chair of Hanx's Nominations Committee (FMCG start-up). She is an expert in the areas of Governance, Regulation and Talent Management who has sat on both marketing and audit & finance committees (investment oversight expert). Fiona is also a Patron of Fight for Sight (a medical research charity). Formerly Fiona was a director for Old Mutual Asset Management and Hill Samuel Asset Management, running the Global Equities and Emerging Markets Desks respectively. She has advised the board of the Thai Euro Fund and been the Director responsible for Pension Fund asset allocation for OMAM's Employee Pension Fund. Alongside running Women on Boards UK, and her NED responsibilities, Fiona is a Judge for the Non Executive Director Awards, sponsored by The Sunday Times.

Vanessa Sharp, NED, WOB Ambassador and Workshop Presenter

Vanessa is a non-executive director and risk, legal, compliance and governance professional. She has a background in the regulated professional and financial services industries. Formerly Vanessa was General Counsel and Partner of KPMG where she created the General Counsel function in the UK and Europe and played a critical role in the structuring, governance and risk management of the firm throughout extensive changes nationally and internationally.