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, CEO, 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.
Sonia Gayle, Non-executive Director and trustee
Sonia Gayle is a charity trustee and Risk and Governance Committee Chair. In her spare time, she mentors’ executives and emerging talent, and is also a community volunteer for the British Red Cross. Sonia is an MBA graduate and Chartered Banker and previously worked in the financial services sector for over 25 years in various senior roles including: regulatory policy (FSA), consultancy services (EY), and risk management advisory (HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds and AEGON). She is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association, FT NED Diploma holder and is also a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute.
What previous participants said:
"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."
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