May 262015
 
excellenciain partnership withLauriate

The Becoming a Non-Executive Director - for Coaches and Mentors course is designed for coaches, mentors and other professionals who possess these skillsets including organisational psychologists and business consultants. It is also of value to anyone who has substantial experience and expertise in harnessing individual as well as team effectiveness at board level, and who is experienced as an Executive Director or CEO.

73970259_328x212Coaching and mentoring skillsets are different from those which are typically sought for the NED role. Bringing these skillsets into the boardroom as being valuable in themselves, provides considerable scope for increasing the diversity, well-being and effectiveness of organisations in the current volatile, complex and uncertain economic climate. HR professionals and recruiters seeking to appoint NED’s from a wider selection pool will also find this course valuable in providing what they need to support their clients in making informed decisions.

For the coach or mentor as NED this course enables you to:-

  • Plan and prepare for your first NED position with a real sense of what is expected of you as a NED and how you can meet these challenges.
  • Receive essential knowledge about roles, responsibilities, strategic focus and corporate governance that are key foundations for a Non-Executive board role.
  • Understand up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board, employees as well as you as a NED.
  • Appreciate the various ways and circumstances in which non-executive directors can make an effective contribution to a board’s work.
  • Understand methods for selection including key motivators and rewards along with the practicalities of the selection process.
  • Experience practical sessions on how to identify NED opportunities that are right for you, with emphasis on how to present your experiences with clarity and relevance. These will help you navigate the process of obtaining your first appointment and performing due diligence before you are appointed to the role.

Course Leaders:

David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorDavid Doughty is a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. 

Pauline Willis MAPS CPsychol CSci

Pauline WillsPauline is an internationally recognised expert in executive coaching, mentoring and team effectiveness as well as selection and development in the boardroom. Pauline is a Chartered Psychologist registered in the UK and Australia as well as a Chartered Scientist. She is a founding Director of the Coaching & Mentoring Network (CMN), and was a founding Executive Board Member of the European Coaching & Mentoring Council, Chair and founding member of the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) Executive Committee. Working with both public and private sectors, she has experience of coaching and mentoring as well as selection and development within small and medium enterprises as well as large multi-national organisations.

Pre-course preparation

Pre-work is not compulsory. Before the workshop you will find it useful to consider what personal qualities and value you bring to the boardroom as a coach or mentor. You are also invited to complete a short questionnaire based assessment to reveal your key personality and style based strengths to the roles of coach, mentor and NED. For those of you who complete the assessment, you will be provided with a short summary report to support you in your professional journey.

Key Details

Duration: 1 day
Location:
Magdalen Centre Oxford Science Park,
Robert Robinson Avenue, Oxford
OX4 4GA

Price
£330.00 (ex VAT)

Payment with Booking Price
£300.00 (ex VAT)

Partner Price*
£270.00 (ex VAT)

Book Now
To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration

The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

6 hours structured CPD with attendance certificate awarded.

*Discounts on Excellencia course fees are available for:

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Mar 202015
 

Find out how you can obtain a Non-Executive Director position by booking a place on this interactive 1-day course.

non-executive director"As an introduction to the world of NED's this course is well structured to give an honest and practical insight in to how to identify and prepare for a move in this direction. Money well spent!"

John Cooper, Vice President, North West Europe at Weber-Stephen Products LLC United Kingdom

The How to become a Non-Executive Director course helps you to plan and prepare for your first NED position. It instils a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge.

This one-day interactive course is aimed at aspiring NEDs and covers essential knowledge about roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for a Non-Executive board role. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees.

This is followed by practical sessions on identifying NED opportunities, the process of obtaining a first appointment and performing due diligence before any position is accepted. There is emphasis on the importance of presenting your experiences with clarity and relevance.

This course identifies the various ways and circumstances in which non-executive directors can make an effective contribution to a board's work. It also examines methods for their selection and reviews their motivation, induction and reward.

Who should attend?

Individuals who are currently a non-executive director; those seeking appointment as a non-executive director and those looking to appoint a non-executive director.

 

What to expect?

  • Clarifies how and why non-executive directors can strengthen a board
  • Provides practical guidance on how best to secure an appointment as a non-executive director

Course objectives

Participation on this course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Clarify the board's role, purpose and key tasks
  • Appreciate the contributions that non-executive directors can make to the board in different types of company and situations
  • Recognise the qualities and experience needed to fulfil a non-executive director appointment
  • Appreciate appropriate methods for finding, selecting, appointing and rewarding non-executive directors
  • Understand the preparation required to interview for or be interviewed for the post of non-executive director

Course Leader: David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here: (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/daviddoughty)

Key Details

Duration: 1 day

Location:

Manchester One

53 Portland Street

Manchester

M1 3LF

Price

£330.00 (ex VAT)

Payment with Booking Price

£300.00 (ex VAT)

Tier1 Member Price*

£280.00 (ex VAT)

Book Now

To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:

Course Registration

The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 6 CPD hours of structured learning

 

 

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Jan 082015
 

Are you thinking of becoming a Non-Executive Director as part of a Portfolio Career or to develop your boardroom skills prior to taking up an executive director role?

How to become a Non-Executive Director

Join us on Tuesday, January 20 2015 to find out how you can become a Non-Executive Director.

"Excellent course giving a clear picture of the role, the skills and characteristics required, the range of NED opportunities and the various routes to secure such positions. As a bonus you also meet interesting people and useful contacts. A good career investment."

Mark Lambert, Non-Executive Director

The How to become a Non-Executive Director course helps you to plan and prepare for your first NED position. It instils a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge.

This one-day interactive course is aimed at aspiring NEDs and covers essential knowledge about roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for a Non-Executive board role. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees.

This is followed by practical sessions on identifying NED opportunities, the process of obtaining a first appointment and performing due diligence before any position is accepted. There is emphasis on the importance of presenting your experiences with clarity and relevance.

This course identifies the various ways and circumstances in which non-executive directors can make an effective contribution to a board's work. It also examines methods for their selection and reviews their motivation, induction and reward.

Who should attend?
Individuals who are currently a non-executive director; those seeking appointment as a non-executive director and those looking to appoint a non-executive director.

What to expect?

  • Clarifies how and why non-executive directors can strengthen a board
  • Provides practical guidance on how best to secure an appointment as a non-executive director

Course objectives
Participation on this course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Clarify the board's role, purpose and key tasks
  • Appreciate the contributions that non-executive directors can make to the board in different types of company and situations
  • Recognise the qualities and experience needed to fulfil a non-executive director appointment
  • Appreciate appropriate methods for finding, selecting, appointing and rewarding non-executive directors
  • Understand the preparation required to interview for or be interviewed for the post of non-executive director

Course Leader: David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here: (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/daviddoughty)

Key Details
Duration: 1 day
Location:

Orchard Street Business Centre Bristol
14 Orchard Street
Bristol BS1 5EH 

Price

£330.00 (ex VAT)

Early Bird Discount Price
£300.00 (ex VAT)

Book Now
To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration
The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 6 CPD hours of structured learning


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Dec 022014
 

Final London 'Pitching for Management' at Nabarro - THE BIG DEBATE

Pitching for ManagementTuesday, 9 December 2014 from 18:00 to 21:30 (GMT)

Nabarro LLP
125 London Wall
London EC2Y 5AS

What is it all about?

Pitching for Management is a series of pop-up events across the UK where innovative exciting companies pitch their businesses to an audience of experienced, talented business professionals that are looking for a new challenge and thrive on the buzz of working within entrepreneurial companies.

Luke Johnson, serial angel investor, says: “Almost every venture capitalist I know says that the most important factor in any investment is the management.”

AND IT WORKS!

Check out their success stories and testimonials page to see for yourself!

 Who is it for?

  • Entrepreneurs with a great business that need an extra skill-set to help the company grow to its next stage or to achieve a specific goal;
  • Experienced High-Level Professionals looking for new and exciting roles or a career challenge, whether it be a full or part-time position, Chairmanship, Mentoring, Non-Executive role, or perhaps a Sales, Finance or Marketing Directorship;
  • Value-add Business Angels looking to work with exciting innovative companies;
  • Serial Entrepreneurs seeking a new venture to be a part of;
  • Key influencers wanting to support the pitching companies in their regions, attend the invaluable post-event networking and become part of the Pitching for management UK wide enterprise network.

Event Details

ROLES ANNOUNCED!

1. Marketing Manager required for early stage luxury online boutique, specialising in bra's for curvier ladies designed and made in Britain with the intention of supporting British manufacture and based on the "made in Britain' theme. This role is initially part time and is required to help develop the marketing strategy and subsequent online sales and collaboration within selected luxury retailers. We are looking for an experienced marketing manager with specific knowledge of online marketing initiatives and campaigns through website and social media.

The right candidate will be involved from the early stages and support and drive the brand awareness in order to gain market share and competitive advantage. Initially targeting the UK market, the growth strategy includes moving to further countries and diversifying into related products including swimwear, nightwear and sportswear for the curvier lady. Remuneration will be based on experience and may also include an element of equity.

Please join the team for their final 2014 flagship Pitching for Management event of the year in London on 9th December 2014 at 6.00pm to 9.30pm at the new offices of Nabarro LLP.

In a new move to increase the focus on the importance of teams in ambitious businesses, come and debate with VCs, business angels and entrepreneurs about how to adapt the team post-investment.

There will also be four companies telling you about their big management challenges and asking for your help in solving them.

If you can solve one or more of the challenges you will be rewarded with the opportunity to join the company and take it forwards.  You may be paid a remuneration package based on salary and perks and for the lucky few you will be awarded a stake in the company in return for your efforts.

If you want to make a big change in your life to a better way of working - this is the event for you.

Agenda

18.00 : Registration & soft drinks

18.30 : Introductions Modwenna Rees-Mogg & Nabarro

18.35 : 1st Challenge

18.45 : 2nd Challenge

18.55 : The BIG DEBATE: ADAPTING THE TEAM POST-FUNDING

19.40 : 3rd Challenge

19.50 : 4th Challenge

20.00 : Closing Guest Speaker

20.10 : Networking and Refreshments

21.15:  Finish

Hope to see you there.  If you are interested in pitching at one of our events, please call the AngelNews team on 01761 452248. 

You can find the Terms and Conditions here.

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Do you have questions about Pitching for Management 6th Birthday Party? Contact AngelNews

Sep 302014
 

Are you thinking of becoming a Non-Executive Director as part of a Portfolio Career or to develop your boardroom skills prior to taking up an executive director role?

How to become a Non-Executive Director

Join us on Tuesday, October 21 2014 to find out how you can become a Non-Executive Director.

"Excellent course giving a clear picture of the role, the skills and characteristics required, the range of NED opportunities and the various routes to secure such positions. As a bonus you also meet interesting people and useful contacts. A good career investment."

Mark Lambert, Non-Executive Director

The How to become a Non-Executive Director course helps you to plan and prepare for your first NED position. It instils a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge.

This one-day interactive course is aimed at aspiring NEDs and covers essential knowledge about roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for a Non-Executive board role. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees.

This is followed by practical sessions on identifying NED opportunities, the process of obtaining a first appointment and performing due diligence before any position is accepted. There is emphasis on the importance of presenting your experiences with clarity and relevance.

This course identifies the various ways and circumstances in which non-executive directors can make an effective contribution to a board's work. It also examines methods for their selection and reviews their motivation, induction and reward.

Who should attend?
Individuals who are currently a non-executive director; those seeking appointment as a non-executive director and those looking to appoint a non-executive director.

What to expect?

  • Clarifies how and why non-executive directors can strengthen a board
  • Provides practical guidance on how best to secure an appointment as a non-executive director

Course objectives
Participation on this course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Clarify the board's role, purpose and key tasks
  • Appreciate the contributions that non-executive directors can make to the board in different types of company and situations
  • Recognise the qualities and experience needed to fulfil a non-executive director appointment
  • Appreciate appropriate methods for finding, selecting, appointing and rewarding non-executive directors
  • Understand the preparation required to interview for or be interviewed for the post of non-executive director

Course Leader: David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here: (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/daviddoughty)

Key Details
Duration: 1 day
Location:

Orchard Street Business Centre Bristol
14 Orchard Street
Bristol BS1 5EH 

Price

£330.00 (ex VAT)

Early Bird Discount Price
£300.00 (ex VAT)

Book Now
To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration
The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 6 CPD hours of structured learning


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Sep 232014
 

Find out how you can obtain a Non-Executive Director position by booking a place on this interactive 1-day course.

non-executive director"As an introduction to the world of NED's this course is well structured to give an honest and practical insight in to how to identify and prepare for a move in this direction. Money well spent!"

John Cooper, Vice President, North West Europe at Weber-Stephen Products LLC United Kingdom

The How to become a Non-Executive Director course helps you to plan and prepare for your first NED position. It instils a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge.

This one-day interactive course is aimed at aspiring NEDs and covers essential knowledge about roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for a Non-Executive board role. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees.

This is followed by practical sessions on identifying NED opportunities, the process of obtaining a first appointment and performing due diligence before any position is accepted. There is emphasis on the importance of presenting your experiences with clarity and relevance.

This course identifies the various ways and circumstances in which non-executive directors can make an effective contribution to a board's work. It also examines methods for their selection and reviews their motivation, induction and reward.

Who should attend?

Individuals who are currently a non-executive director; those seeking appointment as a non-executive director and those looking to appoint a non-executive director.

 

What to expect?

  • Clarifies how and why non-executive directors can strengthen a board
  • Provides practical guidance on how best to secure an appointment as a non-executive director

Course objectives

Participation on this course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Clarify the board's role, purpose and key tasks
  • Appreciate the contributions that non-executive directors can make to the board in different types of company and situations
  • Recognise the qualities and experience needed to fulfil a non-executive director appointment
  • Appreciate appropriate methods for finding, selecting, appointing and rewarding non-executive directors
  • Understand the preparation required to interview for or be interviewed for the post of non-executive director

Course Leader: David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here: (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/daviddoughty)

Key Details

Duration: 1 day

Location:

Institute of Directors

116 Pall Mall

London

SW1Y 5ED

Price

£330.00 (ex VAT)

Payment with Booking Price

£300.00 (ex VAT)

NEDworks Tier1 Member Price

£280.00 (ex VAT)

Book Now

To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:

Course Registration

The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 6 CPD hours of structured learning


Aug 212014
 

Find out how you can obtain a Non-Executive Director position by booking a place on this interactive 1-day course.

non-executive director"As an introduction to the world of NED's this course is well structured to give an honest and practical insight in to how to identify and prepare for a move in this direction. Money well spent!"

John Cooper, Vice President, North West Europe at Weber-Stephen Products LLC United Kingdom

The How to become a Non-Executive Director course helps you to plan and prepare for your first NED position. It instils a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge.

This one-day interactive course is aimed at aspiring NEDs and covers essential knowledge about roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for a Non-Executive board role. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees.

This is followed by practical sessions on identifying NED opportunities, the process of obtaining a first appointment and performing due diligence before any position is accepted. There is emphasis on the importance of presenting your experiences with clarity and relevance.

This course identifies the various ways and circumstances in which non-executive directors can make an effective contribution to a board's work. It also examines methods for their selection and reviews their motivation, induction and reward.

Who should attend?

Individuals who are currently a non-executive director; those seeking appointment as a non-executive director and those looking to appoint a non-executive director.

 

What to expect?

  • Clarifies how and why non-executive directors can strengthen a board
  • Provides practical guidance on how best to secure an appointment as a non-executive director

Course objectives

Participation on this course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Clarify the board's role, purpose and key tasks
  • Appreciate the contributions that non-executive directors can make to the board in different types of company and situations
  • Recognise the qualities and experience needed to fulfil a non-executive director appointment
  • Appreciate appropriate methods for finding, selecting, appointing and rewarding non-executive directors
  • Understand the preparation required to interview for or be interviewed for the post of non-executive director

Course Leader: David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here: (http://uk.linkedin.com/in/daviddoughty)

Key Details

Duration: 1 day

Location:

Manchester One

53 Portland Street

Manchester

M1 3LF

Price

£330.00 (ex VAT)

Payment with Booking Price

£300.00 (ex VAT)

NEDworks Tier1 Member Price

£280.00 (ex VAT)

Book Now

To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:

Course Registration

The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 6 CPD hours of structured learning


Jun 302014
 

Find your next role at the next Pitching for Management event in Oxford on 1 July 2014 at 6.00pm - 9.30pm.

 

pitching for managementAt these events, exciting start-up and entrepreneurial businesses present their companies and the roles available to a room of senior quality business professionals. The roles on offer range from sales, marketing and finance board positions to mentorships, chair, CEO and non-executive director positions.

The roles can be full or part time. Some offer paid remuneration and all packages offer additional rewards such as sweat equity, share options, commissions and bonuses.

If you think you could make a significant difference to a fast-growing company, then this is the event for you. The networking is also highly recommended.

ROLES ANNOUNCED

  1. We are a team-based social recruitment and collaboration platform for freelancers, project leaders and employers in the fast-evolving world of work. Our mission is to become a leading online talent acquisition and management platform - and the leading platform worldwide for sourcing or joining dynamic, flexible project teams, no matter how “commercial” or “social” those projects are. We're a prefunded start-up (with a campaign now running on Crowdcube) but we already have a live prototype that's in active use and that we're consistently developing. The current team consists of a CEO/Head of Product, CTO/Lead Developer and a Community Development Director. We're seeking a Chair who would also be responsible for developing investor relations and a part-time FD who would also be responsible for looking after corporate governance issues (or one person to fulfil both roles). Remuneration would be on a sweat equity and/or results basis at this stage. If you're interested in working with us but have something different to offer than the requirements given above, still please feel free to talk to us!

  2. We have built an event information and promotion platform that harnesses end user existing calendar apps. We are now targeting museums, societies, charities, and sports clubs who want to increase tickets sales and/or attendance with better interaction with their target supporters/ users/ friends and customers. We are looking for business development people to join our team to achieve  introductions to sports agencies, ticketing agencies, theatre groups and associations with large memberships. The Women’s Institute, the Royal Yachting Association, the National Trust and Sport England are all great examples of partners we would like to work with.

  3. We enable teams to collaborate effectively on their written content, ensuring quality and accountability via our easy-to-use, powerful web platform. Our model is B2B SaaS, focused initially on the book-publishing industry but with opportunities to expand into other exciting areas. Our platform is in private beta with several companies, and we have our commercial launch in October. We are looking for someone to help the executive team to develop and drive our sales and customer-relationship strategy.

  4. We are the largest mobile wood fired pizza company in theUKbased in Oxfordshire. We currently operate from three units but are looking to expand to fifty. We are looking for astrategist to come on board and take the business to the next level, to expand the companyand help raise finance in the future.  

You will also be able to join in the debate to discuss What Makes a Management Team Investable with David Mott from Oxford Capital Partners and Leo Dunne from Arelldee Associates.

Agenda

18.00 : Registration & soft drinks

18.30 : Introductions Modwenna Rees-Mogg & Critchleys

18.35 : 1st Challenge

18.45 : 2nd Challenge

18.55 : The BIG DEBATE: WHAT MAKES A MANAGEMENT TEAM INVESTABLE?

19.40 : 3rd Challenge

19.50 : 4th Challenge

20.00 : Duncan White - Marks & Clerk

20.10 : Networking and Refreshments

21.15:  Finish

Hope to see you there.  If you are interested in pitching at one of the events, please call the AngelNews team on 01761 452248. 

Book your place now by clicking this link

May 192014
 

boardcircle non-executive director

When an SME executive takes a Non-Executive Director position on another SME board, not only does it benefit the individual and the board on which he or she sits as a NED, it also benefits the board on which they are an Executive Director – a true win-win-win situation.

That is the message from Boardcircle – a company dedicated to helping small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to benefit from having Non-Executive Directors on their boards.

non-executive directorKatherine Amery, Head of Operations at Boardcircle says that:

“Boardcircle provides a unique opportunity for small and medium sized companies to effectively ‘share’ directors, as non-executives. The non-exec positions are not salaried but aim to serve the professional development needs of directors; at the same time providing an independent director to help companies develop. ‘Sharing’ directors is not a straight swap, so Boardcircle works with companies to find the best fit. Companies join to promote someone as a non-executive and look for one. This encourages business leaders to develop executive skills in other organisations and creates opportunities for companies to experience a non-executive from a pool of talented professionals.”

non-executive directorBoardcircle was conceived by Martin Hawley, who has a passion for value-creating ideas, from his experience working in SMEs. He often found that the talented professionals he worked with at board level were closer to the mark than many professional advisors. Yet they could also be disadvantaged by being overly close and emotionally involved. Looking around the boardroom table Martin realised that his colleagues could add exceptional value to other boards, and in doing so develop their own skills as directors. Maybe some companies could share their directors as non-executives? And if this could be done at low cost it could revolutionise growing businesses, accelerating growth through better and more diverse governance.

This, in a nutshell, is the problem that Boardcircle are solving; SMEs, especially those with high growth potential, are often running with a very lean board that is focused on the day-to-day challenges of growing a business. They do not have time to stand back and take a longer term view, or reflect on what they are learning as they address each new business challenge – and they are more often than not unable to afford to pay for any external advice that they may need.

Boardcircle’s propostion is simple yet very effective – by creating pools of potential SME Non-Executive Directors in each locality they can offer:

  • NED opportunities for SME executives – giving them exposure to other business challenges and development of their skills to enable them to take the ‘helicopter view’ of a business
  • A cost-effective way for SMEs to benefit from having a Non-Executive Director on their board – someone who can be a ‘critical friend’ to the business
  • Development for the SME executive’s own board – bringing back the learning from the NED appointment to make their own boards more effective.

You can register your business for the Boardcircle program on-line at https://www.boardcircle.me/register

For more information about how Boardcircle can help your business contact Katherine Amery or call 020 8144 7205

May 182014
 

At Pitching for Management events you can get involved with an exciting business and develop your career portfolio

pitching for managementThese are some of the challenges that will be offered on Tuesday 20 May 2014 at Taylor Vinters in Cambridge

  1. We are looking for a Chief Marketing Officer to drive all PR and customer acquisition activities for a mobile social reading platform that connects Writers and Readers around the world.  Candidates must be familiar with Facebook mobile app install advertising productsTwitter's mobile advertising platform, and Google's mobile AdMob product. Candidates must have extensive experience of working in global digital markets and love working with Writers. Candidate must have experience of mobile User Interface design and Facebook viral promotion.
  2. With a pilot product operational, we need to explore real opportunities. We recognise that the video market is emerging fast, but see a gap to support the SME digital market. We recognise that larger organisations will be able to provide such platforms, but this product provides a private, customisable, easily changed CMS, that can be made flexible in the digital space. The main need is to examine viability during the pilot through market evaluation and seeking funding to exploit niche markets. We have the technical, project management,security, sales skills to move through the pilot to the market for SMEs, niche organisations - interim recruitment, consultants, accountants, lawyers. There will be a platform need for scaleability.
  3. We are a Cambridge based start up that produces highly controlled graphene nanomaterials that are used in the next generation of high performance electronics, smart coatings and composites to enhance their electrical, thermal and mechanical performance. We are looking for two people to join our team:
    1. Operation Officer – The position requires an experienced operation officer that is expected tomanage the execution of large research projects or commercial contracts. For the specific projects, the ideal candidate will monitor the operation against targets, budget, staffing and logistic.
    2. Sales Manager – The position requires a manager with experience in relevant industries that will help to develop our network of customers, distributors and industrial partners. As the company is currently making the transition from the R&D to the commercial phase, the role will be initially part-time.
    3. The roles will offer the right candidate an extremely exciting opportunity to structure the growth of the company in a sector at the cutting edge of technology. Specific experience in the oil and gas industry will also be considered for specific set of projects. Sales driven remuneration will be offered, equity to be discussed.
  4. Strategic Operations Officer – Channel Sales Officer sought for VC and Angel backed technology group. The candidate must have experience of the tech sector and a sales / channel strategy background preferably for taking, ‘disruptive’ technology solutions into public sector, UK private and third sector companies and global customers. The role will be London based. Potentially a share option package will accompany a salary which will be at a market rate for the role. It is likely that the position will be scaled up as contracts and opportunities are delivered. These are some of the characteristics the successful candidate will display:
    • demonstrable track record of overseeing substantial growth in a company environment in an executive or non-executive role
    • recognised for rapid results
    •  experience of smaller company environments and multiple product and market opportunities
    • career in the Technology sector with B2B business models, but target B2C end user
    • international experience
    • strategic and an operational mindset
    • hands on, high energy, people business

In a new move to increase the focus on the importance of teams in ambitious businesses, come and debate with VCs and business angels about what makes a management team investable.

We will also have four companies telling you about their big management challenges and asking for your help in solving them.

If you can solve one or more of the challenges you will be rewarded with the opportunity to join the company and take it forwards.  You may be paid a remuneration package based on salary and perks and for the lucky few you will be awarded a stake in the company in return for your efforts.

If you want to make a big change in your life to a better way of working - this is the event for you.

Panellists

Kerry Baldwin - IQ Capital Partners 

David Gill, MD of St. John's Innovation Centre and a venture capitalist at ET Capital

David Gee, Tower Tree (ex-TTP Ventures)

 

Agenda

18.00 : Registration & soft drinks

18.30 : Introductions Modwenna Rees-Mogg & Taylor Vinters

18.35 : 1st Challenge

18.45 : 2nd Challenge

18.55 : The BIG DEBATE: WHAT MAKES A MANAGEMENT TEAM INVESTABLE?

19.40 : 3rd Challenge

19.50 : 4th Challenge

20.00 : Closing Guest Speaker

20.10 : Networking and Refreshments

21.15:  Finish

Hope to see you there.  If you are interested in pitching at one of our events, please call the AngelNews team on 01761 452248.

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