A typical board journey
A typical journey for someone looking for their first board role, or their first paid NED position is:
- Coming along to a WOB Information evening or listening to the webinar version. These are designed to give you an idea of what Women on Boards does and how we can assist you – wherever you are in your boardroom journey.
- Attending a Getting Started workshop; a fast-paced tour through the Why, What and How of directorship. For full-time executives, it is important to articulate the Why; specifically the considerable benefits to their career prospects, confidence and networks of finding time to fit in a board role.
- Exploring the WOB Vacancy Board. We typically have at least 150 active vacancies on the list from across the UK, with around 30 new roles added every week.
- Using the Articles in our Resource Centre (Getting Board Ready) on how to write a board-ready CV and how to apply for a role. We have learned that most people don’t get around to doing their CV until they see a role that inspires them.
- Using our 1-on-1 support to ask for a review of their Board CV. This takes the form of a 20-30 minute discussion (phone or Skype) with an experienced NED and Chair. Click here for more information.
- Making one or several applications. We have great articles in the Resource Centre on How to Apply for a NED or Trustee Role and on How to Prepare for a board interview. It is not uncommon to apply for 5 or 6 roles before successfully finding your “perfect fit”.
- When you get an interview, requesting 1-on-1 support with the preparation. This usually takes the form of a 15 minute phone call with someone in the WOB network with experience on a similar board. Part of the power of WOB is the size of our network, which is now over 17,000 active or aspirant directors across the UK. We have members sitting on every type of board, happy to help others follow in their footsteps.
Our support doesn’t stop when you get a role. We have great online resources to keep up-to-date with the latest governance developments (In the Boardroom), and paid subscribers can ask for advice from WOB or the broader WOB community on thorny issues that arise in the boardroom.
Our On Board Success Stories are the testament to our impact, so get started today.
"After 20 years of executive experience, I’ve switched to a portfolio NED career specialising in asset management and private equity. Diligently, I have done the networking, the reading of every book I could find on Boards and on independent directors' responsibilities. It's a lot to take on. It's a new career. It was past 11 o'clock at night when Rowena first replied to my email which I had sent a couple of hours earlier. I wanted to find out about WOB pre-interview support. Rowena's email offered prompt, helpful and detailed advice. It felt as if someone was holding my hand, guiding me with care and skill. The next day I met Fiona at a WOB event. Her invaluable insight was straight to the point. It is exactly what I need: practical advice coupled with tailored assistance before each interview. WOB team's experience and contacts are outstanding. WOB also stay true to their word. Their genuine commitment to assist women achieve success on Boards is highly commendable. Thank you WOB!" Clara Durodié, 2015