CEO walking towards the exit

10 February, 2021

Forced CEO turnover can damage the reputation of board directors

Parting company with an underperforming chief executive is a good thing, right? The fulfilment of a board’s governance responsibilities, and bound to boost their standing? It seems not. New resea...
Questions, question mark

11 February, 2020

Questions non-execs should ask before joining the board

The coveted role of non-executive director (NED) is often assumed to be a perfect deal all round. Not only is joining the board viewed as a great addition to any professional’s CV, but those offered...
non-executive directors waiting for an interview

17 October, 2019

What makes a successful non-executive director?

The role of non-executive director may be unique in having a job title that describes what the job isn’t, rather than what it is. Awkward and downbeat though the title may be, it does serve to empha...
women on boards, board careers

19 December, 2017

Five attributes of successful board directors

The Davies Review in 2011 identified that there were too few women on corporate boards in the UK. In 2010, only 12.5% of FTSE 100 board roles were held by women. The Review, therefore, threw ...
women on boards, gender diversity

7 November, 2017

The barriers to getting more women on boards can be overcome

Much has been written in recent years about the advantages to companies of having diverse boards—diversity of thought, better stakeholder representation, different points of reference...
New NED in boardroom

24 December, 2016

The Secret NED: Welcome, Newbies

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2 September, 2015

New beginnings

Number One - first time.

24 August, 2015

Starting out

Never let enthusiasm overrule caution. It’s a good rule when considering any non-executive appointment but it’s absolutely essential for people considering their first role, says Andrew Kakabadse,...

24 August, 2015

So you want to chair an audit committee?

Where do you start? The requirement for a non-financial services company is that you can demonstrate "recent and relevant financial experience". This is generally interpreted to mean that you have ...
Brain bias.

23 August, 2015

Brain bias: Think before your next appointment

So, that’s it, you got the call. You have been asked to join a board. You do a quick internet search before accepting. You find plenty of articles recommending that you do your due diligence: check ...