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:
- 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:
- Thinking about or already on a board
- Seeking strategic and practical advice
- Looking for an influential support network
- Looking at long-term career options
Fiona Hathorn, Managing Director Women on Boards UK
Fiona is Managing Director of Women on Boards UK and a Patron of the Charity Fight for Sight. She is a former investment director for Old Mutual Asset Management and Hill Samuel Asset Management, running the Global Equities and Emerging Markets Desks respectively. In the past Fiona has advised the board of Thai Euro Fund and been the Director responsible for Pension Fund asset allocation for Old Mutual Asset Management's Employee Pension Fund. Alongside running Women on Boards UK Fiona advises the stockbroker Peel Hunt and is a Judge for the Non Executive Director Awards, sponsored by The Sunday Times.
Rowena Ironside, Chair, Women on Boards 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.
"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 host pwc.