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:
- Thinking about or already on a board
- Seeking strategic and practical advice
- Looking for an influential support network
- Looking at long-term career options
Julie Ashworth, Chair, Clear Returns, Chair, Institute of Directors Edinburgh and WOB UK Ambassador, Presenter and Advisor
Julie is Chair of Clear Returns, one of the UK’s most exciting technology start-ups. She is also CEO of Broadreach and provides specialist leadership consulting services to global blue-chip companies. Beginning her career with Tesco where she built a formidable reputation for delivering excellence in operations, Julie works extensively as an Executive Coach with various FTSE 100 companies and has held Interim Retail Director roles with Liberty and Punch Taverns. She also spent time as a retail specialist and Executive Partner EMEA with IBM.
Julie is a presenter for WOB's Getting Started and On Track for Success workshops and co-leads the Getting to the C-Suite programme. She also works with Rowena providing 1-on-1 support to subscribers working on their Board CV. She lives in Edinburgh and, along with Tanya, is a point of contact for WOB members in Scotland.
Lynne Cadenhead, Womens Enterprise Scotland, Chair & WOB UK Ambassador and Presenter
A serial entrepreneur, Lynne has over 20 years’ investment experience, investing in, mentoring and nurturing a range of early stage technology and retail companies throughout the UK. She has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies, from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics and has also managed two early stage technology venture capital funds, served on over 30 boards and started up a number of her own companies.
Currently Lynne is involved with several early stage technology companies as director and investor, mainly in the fields of cyber security, artificial intelligence and emotional management. She is a key influencer on the Leadership in Board Governance Programme at Edinburgh Napier University and in 2017 the University awarded her the prestigious title of Visiting Professor in Governance and Enterprise.
Lynne is a long-standing member of two Edinburgh Napier University Boards, a member of Technology Scotland Advisory Board, Chairman of UNICEF Scotland Advisory Board and Chairman of Women's Enterprise Scotland.
"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."
With thanks to our event hosts, PwC