Workshops: Getting Started: Realising Your Board Potential - Cardiff
Date Thursday, 05 March 2020
Time 05 Mar 10:00 - 05 Mar 14:00
Venue PwC, One Kingsway, Cardiff Wales CF10 3PW, Wales
Pricing Full Member
£ 150 Full Member
Basic Member
£ 220 Basic Member
Corporate Member
£ 150 Corporate Member
Global Member
£ 150 Global Member
£ 150 Champion
Guests Allowed
Register by Thursday, 05 March 2020

A half-day workshop designed for anyone considering their first board role or seeking to add a new NED role to their portfolio.  Whether you are already sitting on a board or just starting to think about it, you will get something out of this fast-paced tour through everything you need to know about directorship and how to do yourself justice as a candidate

Many of us are convinced that we have the skills and wisdom to contribute to the boardroom, but don't know enough about the role or the board recruitment process to position ourselves to get there. Others are intrigued by the possibility of having a real impact on society through directorship, but need convincing that their experience is transferable to the boardroom, along with some insights into how to access the roles. If either of these sounds like you, you will enjoy this workshop and leave with a renewed commitment to finding a board role.

The workshop content has been developed over many years working to help hundreds of women take action to address their career challenges and aspirations.  The topics covered include:
  • Managing your career and how to include a NED or trustee position
  • About directorship; the role, duties and legal responsibilities of directors
  • Directorship opportunities; market intelligence on board roles and how to apply
  • Doing yourself justice when applying for board roles.
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".
Suited to people:
  • Looking at long-term career options
  • Thinking about or already on a board
  • Seeking strategic and practical advice
  • Looking for an influential support network


Marian Evans, NED, Business Founder, WOB UK Ambassador and Presenter

Marian is a multiple business owner. Founder and Director of Elevate BC Ltd. Marian was named 'Inspirational Woman of the Decade' in the WIB Wales awards 2019 awarded ‘UK Mentor of the Year 2018 (Women in Financial Advice Awards). A qualified Executive Coach, a Chartered Insurance Broker and Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), Marian is also one of only 5 individuals in Wales to be awarded the Fellowship of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the highest level awarded by the Institute. 
Marian's other businesses include a property investment company and Llansteffan Castle Ltd (having bought the Castle a few years ago). Marian was previously executive director at Thomas Carroll Group leading the Special Risks division. And prior to this Marian had worked her way up from the grass roots at NFU Mutual where she was one of the youngest and first women to hold a number of positions as she climbed the ranks. 

Marian is currently a Non-Executive Director on the Cirencester Friendly Society Ltd Board a school governor and C-Suite, Executive and NED Coach and advisor.   


Alison Thorne, Founder, atconnect, NED and WOB UK Ambassador and Workshop and Masterclass Presenter​

Alison held executive board and leadership positions at Mothercare, Lego Retail, George at Asda, Kingfisher and Otto UK and has a range of non-executive roles. She spent 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 help individuals present and develop themselves effectively. Alison is Non-Executive Director of TPC Consulting, a trustee of 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.

Time: 10.30am - 2pm Registration from 10am

Catering: Tea and coffee provided

What previous participants said:

"The day was fantastic, I met like minded people and both Alison and Marian were inspiring. Thank you for putting on the event in Cardiff."

"Thank you WOB UK, for such an inspirational workshop.  I came away with lots of practical ideas for improving my board profile, as well as the confidence to apply for the right kind of NED roles.  It was also a pleasure to meet my fellow delegates - what an impressive bunch!  I have already made some useful and interesting contacts"  .

"I came away energized about new possibilities and armed with practical ways to go about my search."

"Really engaging session and great feedback given by the presenters to all the participants. It was heartenting to see participants at all levels involved."


With thanks to our event hosts, PwC