Board Case Study: getting creative in the boardroom

Our client – an AIM listed ingredients manufacturer – approached us in July with an unusual problem. They needed a new NED for their Board and wanted to take the opportunity to appoint someone with the relevant business growth experience to support their long-term goals as a business. However, they were also aware that their Governance was weak and were looking to improve. Following several discussions with them around how we might source candidates to a long list of criteria, we suggested a different solution. In addition to seeking an appropriate Non-Executive Director, we were mandated to seek an experienced professional Company Secretary willing to take on a part-time Executive role for the duration of a project, specifically mandated to work alongside the Chair and the Board to improve their governance.

Despite being an unusual role that did not adhere to the usual distinctions drawn between Exec/Non-Executive roles, we were able to identify a long list of ten individuals with the requisite skill set who were interested in the challenges of the role, and available.

Norman Broadbent plc (LON:NBB) is a leading Professional Services firm offering five interrelated Talent Acquisition & Advisory Services: Board & Leadership/Executive Search, Senior Interim Management, Research & Insight, Leadership Consulting & Assessment, and executive level Recruitment solutions.

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