Every goal starts with a plan. To help begin your journey to being Boardroom Ready, we’ve got the expertise and skills to ensure you take the right steps towards the Boardroom.

We’ve compiled a ’10 Top Tips for securing your first NED role’ guide – which is completely free – in order to help you on your journey to success. This is going to give you a broad overview of how and where to start looking, what key knowledge and insight you will need to make the first steps.

As a bonus for downloading, you get access to an exclusive interview with Bryan Foss – Digital NED, Risk & Audit Chair, Visiting Professor, Founder and NED coach and Regulatory Advisor. In the interview you will hear the no holds barred, no nonsense, insiders secrets for ‘Demystifying how to make the transition from Exec to Non-exec’.

Download your FREE Copy of the 10 TOP TIPS


One of the biggest challenges for aspiring NEDs / Trustees is how to get started on the journey to their first role – and at Smarter Networking, we created the Boardroom Ready programme to address just this issue!  You can hear directly from our successful matches in our case studies here.

To help and support aspiring NEDs / Trustees, we decided to conduct a survey of experienced NEDs / Trustees on how they made it happen.

Our survey asked a series of questions on how they found their first role, how did they prepare, what were their challenges? Our huge thanks to all those who so generously shared their stories, challenges & experiences. We were thrilled to receive 147 responses, and we’ve collated, catalogued and analysed those responses in this report.

Some of our experienced NEDs / Trustees went a step further, and were happy to be interviewed about their journey. You can view those videos on our YouTube channel here.

Download your FREE Copy of the NED Survey Results