Workshops: Getting Started: Realising your Board Potential Manchester
Date Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Time 25 Mar 9:30 - 25 Mar 13:30
Venue PwC, 1 Hardman Square Manchester North West England M3 3EB United Kingdom
Pricing Full Member
£ 150 Full Member
Basic Member
£ 220 Basic Member
Corporate Member
£ 150 Corporate Member
Global Member
£ 150 Global Member
£ 150 Champion
Guests Not Allowed
Register by Monday, 23 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:

  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


Susan Webster, Portfolio NED, Business Consultant and WOB Ambassador and Workshop Presenter

Susan is an experienced NED. Her focus is strategy and change with a passion for considering how to meet challenges faced by complex, customer-facing organizations.  Her career has spanned financial and consultancy roles, culminating with British Telecom where she was a member of its NW Regional Board and as a Programme Director led cross company strategic change programmes. Susan is currently a trustee of Greater Manchester Arts Centre (HOME), director of Manchester Communication Academy, public governor of Central Manchester University NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust and non-executive director of The Transformation Unit, a new internal consultancy organization for the NHS.  She is a regular presenter on WOB's Getting Started Workshop in Manchester and Leeds.

Sarah Perris, Non-Executive Director, Trustee and WOB Ambassador and Workshop Presenter​ 
Sarah is Managing Partner of Perris-Myatt, which helps individuals and organisations from grass-roots to global to build their brands and to enhance their reputation by communicating more productively with internal and external audiences.  She is an experienced executive and non-executive director, trustee and board advisor in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.  Currently a Trustee for the Twin & Multiple Birth Association and for the Eifion Trust.  Previously de-facto Director for Bentley Motors and a school Governor.

What previous participants said: 

"It was a truly inspirational workshop and I leant so much more than I imagined I would. Both Sue and Sarah were incredibly talented and so approachable - made everyone so welcome and shared so much with the group."

"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