Over the last few years we have interviewed a wide range of successful people including senior executives, independent portfolio Non-Executive Directors (NED) and Trustees. These interviews give you the chance to learn from the journeys of those who have  been successful at finding NED / Trustee roles.

Jeannette Lichner

Non-Executive Director for the Financial Conduct Authority

Jeannette Lichner is a Non-Executive Director on several financial services firms, including the Financial Conduct Authority and Miller Insurance Services LLP. She is a strategic business and governance advisor to boards and senior executives of wholesale banks, retail banks, wealth managers, insurance companies and a number of start-up firms, several of which are technology enabled.

Marianne Okland

Experienced portfolio Non-Executive Director 

Marianne Okland is a Non-Executive Director for WRU, the Professional Rugby Board, Hermitage Offshore, Penguin International Rugby Football Club and Scorpio Tankers Inc.

Jenny Ashmore

Chair and Non-Executive Director of Commonwealth Games England

Jenny Ashmore is a Chair and Non-Executive Director for Commonwealth Games England, and SID and Non-Exec Vice Chair of the Saffron Building Society. She is a seasoned Non-Executive leader across sectors: Financial Services, Private Equity, International Sports plus Charities, as well as former President of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Jenny consults, advises and coaches across the spectrum of B2C, B2B, Service and Not-for-Profit organisations. She combines clarity of thinking and broad strategic expertise with real implementation experience during organisational change and transformation, often in SMEs where there is a need to span the practical day-to-day coaching needs with the strategic alignment with the senior team and Board.

Janet Morris

Non-Executive Director of Roffey Park Institute and Board Trustee of United World Schools

Janet is an accomplished global sales and marketing leader with experience in general management, strategy, marketing communications, business development and customer experience. Her experience ranges across a variety of organisations including commercial, not-for-profit, regulated and government bodies; in a variety of industry sectors including international education, technology, environment, professional services, construction & property, public sector, professional services and transport.

In a permanent capacity her roles have been with Cambridge International Education, part of the University of Cambridge (which operates in 160 countries around the world); and BAA the international airport operator. She spent ten years as a senior interim director / interim CEO in a variety of organisations including Swissair, Sabena, Ordnance Survey, OCR, MEPC, Energy Saving Trust, Osborne, RNIB, Lexis Nexis Martindale Hubbell and Farrer & Co.

Paul McMahon

Non-Executive Director, Financial Services, with full Value Chain expertise

Paul is a Non-Executive Director, with 35 years unbroken experience operating along the entirety of the Financial Services value chain, including Asset Management, Life and Pensions provision, Worksite Benefits, Retail Distribution and Platform/Software as a Service (PaaS/SaaS). He has proven capabilities as a senior adviser, an interim c-suite executive and NED, working with FTSE, NYSE, Euronext and AIM quoted firms, Mutual organisations, P/E and management owned businesses and limited liability partnerships.

Jane Milton

Food Industry Expert, Board member, Facilitator and Ambassador, Jane has been described by Deborah Meaden as ‘… an advisor and an investor in some of my food businesses…ahead of the game.’

Jane is one of the UK’s leading Food Industry Experts. She works with producers, innovators and retailers helping them develop ideas and bring them to market cost-effectively, expediently and successfully.

She is actively involved on a number of Boards of food businesses, and has 30 years expertise in the food industry and a proven track record for helping food businesses achieve great results.

Watch Jane’s interview here

Monica Chadha

Monica Chadha

Non-Executive Director, Chair of the Advisory Board of the British Independent Film Awards, and Member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence (APPG AI)

With an executive background in technology, media and telecoms, and specialising in consumer propositions and partnerships, Monica has successfully transitioned into a plural portfolio Non-Executive position early in her working life.  Focussing on NED board advisory, coaching and consulting, she believes the biggest lesson starts with shared values, and the integrity with which a board conducts itself.

Sarah Pierman

Sarah Pierman

Non-Executive Director of Home Instead and Mutual Vision, Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Dynamic Boards

Sarah began her career meeting and evaluating over 250 mid-market businesses to assess whether RBS, and latterly Praesidian Capital, should invest. Since 2015, she has worked in tech start-ups, both as a consultant, adviser, and founder. Alongside this, she has worked as a Non-Executive Director on the board of a specialist bank, a home care franchise business, and a banking software provider.

With her co-founder Scarlett, Sarah launched DynamicBoards.co.uk to shake up the NED vacancy advertising market and make it easy (and free!) for people to find and apply for NED roles. Their vision is that in the years to come we’ll see more multi-generational boards, and more tech and marketing skills on boards.

Watch Sarah’s interview here

Wendy Cartwright

Wendy Cartwright

Director of Corporate Services / HR at the University of East London and a Non-Executive Director with Defence People & Training Board UK Ministry of Defence.

Wendy talks about becoming a Non-Executive Director with Defence People & Training Board UK Ministry of Defence and the benefits HR professionals can bring to the boards.

Robert Cole

Robert Cole

Robert is a full-time employee in BT’s Flexible Resource Unit working with BT Global Services in the Corporate and Public Sectors of the business. He has been a member of BT Scotland’s Management Board since 2009 and, as an enthusiastic BT volunteer, he is Vice Chair of the Scottish Mediation Network, a charity promoting alternative dispute resolution.   He’s also co-founder and a trustee of SWAN (Scottish Workplace Area Networking) – a business network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

David Hodgkinson

David Hodgkinson

David Hodgkinson is the Head of Digital & Mobile, Customer & Growth Practice with KPMG.

In these interviews, David talks about becoming a Non-Executive Director of Rivers Coaching, which provides coaching for teachers and education professionals; he discusses how this benefits both them and his career.

Peter Miller-Smith

Peter Miller-Smith

Peter Miller-Smith is the Chair of the Board of Soha Housing, an Executive Coach, a Mentor and a Career Preparation Consultant.  

In this interview, he discusses his experience of becoming a Non Executive Director and then a Chair, and shares his tips for those seeking a Non Executive Director or Trustee role.

Simon Fanshawe

Simon Fanshawe

Simon Fanshawe is a portfolio Non Executive Director, Trustee, broadcaster, journalist, trainer and advocacy on leadership, equality & diversity. 

Simon discusses how he became a portfolio Non Executive Director and Trustee and how being middle class and gay has helped him offer more as a strategic board contributor.

Simon co-founded Stonewall, which transformed the face of gay rights. Simon was an original member of the generation that transformed stand-up in the UK (and he won the Perrier Award).  Simon led the team, which transformed Brighton from a declining seaside town to one of the UK’s creative brainpower capitals, as Chair of the successful city bid in 2000 and of the Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership, the city’s strategy body.  And now Simon is working to transform the organisational performance of organisations in the public, private and third sectors (including FTSE companies, SMEs, Universities, Housing Associations and The Scouts!).

He is a formidable public speaker, a much in demand Chair of conferences and events, and a well-known broadcaster. For six years (2007 – 2013) he was The Chair of the Council of the University of Sussex. He is on the Board of the Brighton Dome and Festival, Housing 21 and English Touring Theatre. He recently co-authored a report for The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), with Dhanajayan Sriskandarajah, called “You Can’t Put Me In A Box”, which outlines the approach. The analysis is refreshing. Simon’s career has spanned live performance, broadcasting, journalism, training and advocacy on leadership and equality & diversity and as a non-exec. He has had several of his own series on Radio 4, Radio 5 and Talk Radio. He makes documentaries for the BBC on both Radio and TV. He is a regular on BBCBreakfast (BBC1). He has written extensively on the arts, politics, housing and equality & diversity for all the national newspapers. He has had columns in the Guardian, Sunday Times, and Time Out. He chairs and speaks at conferences and training programmes for a range of organisations both commercial and in public service. He has advised government on equalities, economic regeneration and the arts.