Succeeding to the Boardroom: Getting Started: Realising your Board Potential - webinar
Date Wednesday, 01 July 2020
Time 01 Jul 9:00 - 01 Jul 12:30
Venue Webinar and Zoom Group Mentoring, Virtual, Online
Pricing Basic Member
£ 295 Basic Member
Full Member
£ 195 Full Member
Corporate Member
£ 195 Corporate Member
Global Member
£ 195 Global Member
£ 195 Champion
Guests Allowed
Register by Wednesday, 01 July 2020


This workshop has been 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:

  • About directorship; the role, duties and legal responsibilities of directors
  • Directorship Opportunities; market intelligence on the range of board roles and how to apply
  • Doing yourself justice when applying for board roles. Understanding your transferable skills and how a non-executive CV differs from your executive one. 
  • Managing your career and how to include a NED or trustee position. 

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:

  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
After the workshop session which will be presented over webinar, we are also introducing a new follow-up Zoom meeting for all attendees so you can talk with the presenter in more depth. Topics covered in the Zoom session include:
  • How directors are selected 
  • Give you the opportunity to practise your elevator pitch in a safe environment.
  • Consider what type of boards should you be targeting
  • Plus there will be a discussion on the variety and types of boards there are, whatever experience level you might have. 
The Zoom session for this workshop will take place on 8th July 2020 (one week after the webinar to give you time to reflect on the workshop session) at 9.30am, for one hour.  A meeting invite will be sent to you for this session after you have registered. 


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, Non-Executive Director

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.

"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"  .