You are never too young to join a board

Adding a board or committee appointment to your CV is a sure way of drawing attention and validating your capabilities whilst catapulting your career up the ladder of success. 

Individuals that join boards, even of very small organisations, are able to use their experience & skills to influence an organisation whilst at the same time gaining exposure to a wide range of issues and building confidence, expertise and networks. Holly Alsop joined the board of the British Association of Nature Conservationalists with WOB UK's help.
Holly Alsop is a Freelance Editor, Writer & Community Manager and recently got her first NED board role as Trustee for the British Association of Nature Conservationists.

Being on a board normally results individuals broadening their outlook and business network whilst at the same time helping the company through community outreach and engagement. The top seven reasons why being a director will benefit your career: 

The top seven reasons why being a director will benefit your career: 

1.    Joining a board indicates to management or your clients that you are interested and engaged in your community at a leadership level. 
2.    A directorship is a point of difference on your CV when applying for a new role/promotion. 
3.    You will build market and industry knowledge and networks through exposure to a diverse range of issues from the perspective of a director. 
4.    It builds career and leadership skills and expertise that you may not be able to develop in your day job. 
5.    If you need to take a career break at any stage, a directorship can give you continuity on your CV. It will help you maintain professional contacts and could provide you with the confidence to re-enter the workforce more easily after a significant break. 
6.    Directorships improve career resilience and provide strategic understanding of workforce dynamics. 
7.    It gives you the chance to explore the idea of a post-executive board career. 

Holly was thrilled to be offered the board position and really enjoys seeing the difference she is making to the board's strategy, survivability and governance. 

Fiona Hathorn said to me ‘You’re never too young to start’ and she was right! I certainly wouldn't have done this without help, so thank you for opening up a world to me I never realised I could be a part of.”

Savvy companies understand that diverse teams can achieve higher performance. Working with diverse people makes us more innovative and creative – something borne out by studies that show that diversity leads to better decision-making and problem solving.  Research last year by McKinsey, for example, found that firms in the top quartile for gender and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to outperform their competitors. 

WOB exists to help women like Holly.

We provide information, encouragement and connections to help women get to the top within their own company or to take on a board or committee role as a non executive director (NED), trustee or governor. We are breaking down the barriers to entry to the boardroom and building the pipeline of board-ready women. WOB operates from the principle that as talent and ambition are equally distributed between men and women, organisations in all sectors need to work towards gender balance at board and leadership level, in order to reach their full potential.

So join us if you want help finding board roles, writing a board CV or for pre-interview connections. This is what we do;

We work on both the supply side and the demand side, with board candidates and with those recruiting non-executive directors and trustees:
1:  WOB is building the pool of female board members and role models by providing the information, encouragement and connections to ensure more women are appointed to boards across all sectors.

We help women to understand their transferable skills and to make the right connections to access board positions We provide a strategic framework for getting a board role and pragmatic advice along the way.

2:  WOB is increasing the transparency of the board recruitment process through our NED Vacancy Board (free service to any organisation seeking a board member) and our work with head-hunters and the government to “turn off the spotlight and turn on the floodlights” when recruiting board members.

We actively encourage recruiters to open up their field of vision by advertising more board positions
We provide visibility into a broad range of board vacancies to inspire women to apply.

As an organisation we are not a talking shops - only through deeds and not words will we one day achieve parity and diversity in Britain’s boardrooms.

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