recruit your next non-executives with women on boards

Women on Boards Vacancy Board service is an efficient way to connect recruiting organisations and headhunters to high-quality NED candidates. Our open network includes (predominantly but not exclusively) women from all types of professional and personal background to offer fresh perspectives combined with the expert insights required in the boardroom.

"Having personal and senior oversight from Women on Boards resulted in a straight-forward recruitment process with exceptional attention to detail. The candidates presented brought an exciting mix of excellent professional expertise combined with new perspectives. 

The best indication of our satisfaction with Women on Boards Vacancy Service is that we have asked them to support the recruitment of our next NED vacancy. We were delighted with the service provided by Women on Boards." 

Clarksons plc, a FTSE250 company

We offer three tiers of support with your board candidate search:

  • Basic Plan: It is free to place a role on our Non-Executive Vacancy Board.
  • Standard Plan: in addition to appearing on our Vacancy Board, we will highlight your role to ensure high visibility throughout the application period. 
  • Premium Plan: in addition to the above, we will send targeted emails to suitable candidates from our network. 


"The calibre of candidates Women on Boards was able to present was extremely high and the final decision was very difficult." Clifton Melvin, Chair of EcoHydra. Read more about EcoHydra's recruitment process. 

Our ability to reach candidates from outside established network is highly desirable for any board wishing to ensure they enjoy the proven benefits of diversity of thought. Women on Boards has worked with a range of different organisations to source non-executive candidates outside their own networks through our Premium Plan. These include headhunters, listed companies, SMEs, universities and other public sector bodies, as well as charities (charity discount applies).

"We actively wanted to widen the diversity of our board. Women on Boards offered an ideal opportunity to reach out to an audience we were unlikely to know...We have appointed our non-executive as a consequence of our advert on Women on Boards. The calibre of this candidate is excellent and the whole board is delighted with the outcome." Antony Nelson, MD of Conexus Healthcare

We support our members to develop their board experience and governance knowledge. Our many members with significant board level experience, including FTSE experience, regularly share insights and offer peer support. We also develop candidates as first-time NEDs who can 'hit the ground running' with a deep understanding of what is required from a non-executive. Take a look at our recent Success Stories to get a sense of the range of NED roles our members secure.

"I am a real-life example that transparent advertising works and of the value added by Women on Boards UK!"  Susana Gomez Smith, Non-Executive Board Member at Leonteq AGM (advertised by a headhunter on our Vacancy board)

Our process is straight-forward and effective. Our offer has been successfully combined easily with a headhunter's expertise, bringing new candidates forward for consideration.  Our Premium Package can be tailored according to your needs and is personally overseen by our co-founder, Rachel Tranter who has deep experience of board recruitment from all perspectives. 

"I would highly recommended Women on Boards. Efficient and effective even in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis. And we have recruited an excellent Women on Boards candidate as the new Chair of our Board of Governors." A leading London university

Full case studies:

>> Read about EcoHydra's experience of recruiting with Women on Boards

>> Read about British Pearl's experience of advertising for a board position with Women on Boards

Recruiting for diversity

"As a listed public company we were anxious to gain access to a broad range of diverse candidates to bring fresh experience and perspectives. Women on Boards exceeded expectations."

The benefits of having a diversity of thought in strategic decision making are well known. Transparent advertising of roles to a broad pool of candidates is key to bringing that diversity into the boardroom. However, simply advertising a role does not guarantee broadening the perspectives available in your boardroom.

To recruit people outside the 'usual suspects', you need to change your usual recruitment practices overall. This is not about giving women or minorities preferential treatment. It is a shift in focus to turn off the spotlight on familiar types of non-executive to turn on the floodlights to the full range of talent who can add value to your board. 


Read our Turn on the Floodlights: how to recruit for diversity guide for research-based yet highly practical recommendations.