How to Get Appointed

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How much do UK Non Executive Directors get paid?

By David Schwarz | May 26, 2020

Whilst people pursue board appointments for a wide range of reasons it is useful to know how much you might get paid.

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Thou shalt do 5 things to gain a commercial board appointment

By David Schwarz | Mar 5, 2020

Commercial board appointments are appealing for many because they: offer an opportunity to build your career; are likely to be remunerated and; are likely to reflect your existing executive experience.  While a recent study confirmed 50% of UK businesses with boards recruit a new board member each year, and there are approximately 42,000 opportunities available … Continued

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Have you considered a role on a Government Board?

By David Schwarz | Mar 5, 2020

Governance roles span the Commercial, Not for Profit, and Government sectors. Each of them has different entry requirements and levels of skills and experience – most are open to new Directors or those with limited governance experience. In this, and following, articles I will be spending time outlining for you how to find a board … Continued

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Understanding what types of boards exist will help choose what board is right for you

By David Schwarz | Feb 24, 2020

Unsurprisingly, each sector (Government; Private and Not for Profit) have different sorts of board opportunities, all of which have different degrees of governance responsibilities risk and rewards. In this article, we will look at the types of opportunities that are available. Understanding where board opportunities exist will help you find them. Types of Boards, their Roles, … Continued

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Making an early start with board career planning is important, but perseverance is everything!

By David Schwarz | Feb 24, 2020

Having worked with thousands of people interested in gaining a board appointment, I know that starting the journey early is of critical importance. Equally, starting the journey at the end of your executive career expecting an immediate appointment, can have a devastating effect on your appointability and motivation. At the beginning of each new year, … Continued

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With no board experience – who will appoint you? What roles should you look pursue?

By David Schwarz | Feb 24, 2020

People often stall their journey to a board appointment because they are unclear about how or why their skills and (lack of) experience translate to a board. This is a good question to wrestle with (if you are not yet clear on why your skills and experience are valuable at board level you can find … Continued

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Where to begin with no board experience: Leveraging your executive experience into a board appointment

By David Schwarz | Feb 24, 2020

One of the questions I get asked by people who are considering their first board appointment is how and whether their executive experience is relevant at board level. This is a great question to ask and goes some way to inform the way you articulate your value at board level.  A vast number of skills … Continued

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How to write a Board Profile that Dares them not to Appoint You

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

Beyond being able to specifically define your board aspirations and the organisations you want and can be appointed to (your first step) you must be able to articulate your offering to those target organisations and organisations just like them if you want a board appointment. Whilst this may seem obvious it is one of the … Continued

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Three Desirable Criteria for a Board Candidate

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

In my previous article, I spoke about the five core criteria that Chairs look for in the ‘perfect’ board candidate. They were 1. Prior governance experience – having sat on or worked with boards before 2. An executive skill set that is valuable at board level. 3. Networks and relationships that can be utilised by … Continued

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