Welcome to the Boardroom Ready page!  Here you will find all the details about our services, so whether you are HRD or Talent Directors looking for fresh ideas on how to transition functional heads to an executive level, or an executive seeking to build board experience for a future NED career, we have some unique and innovative solutions for you.


Offering real commercial boardroom experience to your top talent, to prepare tomorrow’s leaders for greater executive responsibilities

Finding innovative and engaging ways of developing and retaining senior level talent, particularly where promotion to the board or remuneration may not be possible or appropriate, can be a real challenge for corporations. To offer a solution to this challenge, we created the Boardroom Ready programme to match senior executives with boards of non-conflicting AIM listed, privately owned and SME companies, to give them real commercial boardroom experience. Your executive is meticulously matched with a board looking for their particular skillset, in the role of a ‘Quasi-NED’* for 12 months. Hear from some of our successful matches here!

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Offering hands-on real commercial boardroom experience to give you that competitive edge

We guarantee you real commercial board experience as a Quasi-NED*, providing all the boardroom experience you need to ideally position you for future NED roles. Boardroom Ready is a comprehensive 12-month leadership development programme offering a wide variety of support, combined with real practical experience, as well as insights, a broader network and a deeper confidence in your abilities, all within a safe environment.

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Offering real practical support and advice to help you find your ideal role as a NED or Trustee

At Boardroom Ready, we have created unique solutions to ease the bumps and frustrations, demystify the process of securing that first role, and offer practical expertise and straight-talking insights for your journey to the boardroom.

There are two levels of support we can offer:


Our unique DIY package shares with you the secrets of our success and extensive knowledge in building and nurturing key relationships from scratch. This will help to begin your journey quickly and cost- effectively, utilising our expertise, research and signposting, to save you vast amounts of time and money.

NED Groundwork:

Simply put, this programme is where we do the legwork for you! Our NED Groundwork packages is designed to save you most of the hassle of doing all that ground work to find the opportunities, identify who you need to connect with, how to connect and so much more. We can even do all the filtering for you on the job platforms and send you just the right ones to achieve your ambitions.

*The role is for a ‘Quasi-NED’ and is a non-paid role. To ensure that there is no confusion about their legal status, they are not appointed, nor do they act as a director, nor are they paid. They have no voting rights, do not instruct or direct the board in any way and are not part of the formal decision-making process. They do not form part of the quorum of a board meeting and are bound by the host board’s confidentiality rules. They can offer insights and opinions based on their expertise or experiences.

For more information, download the Executive Summary above and contact Heather White on:

Email:   heather@smarter-networking.com         Tel: +44 (0)777 585 5764

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