Board Programme

Boards are changing. What hasn’t changed is the requirement for you to market the value you bring to the organisation.

There has never been a better time to be a non-executive director. Today’s business leaders face an increasingly complex set of challenges and consequently look beyond their organisations to access the expert skills and guidance they need to drive the business forward. However, taking on a NED member can be a risk to the organisation, whether it is a top corporate, start up, NGO or public sector body.

Whether you are an aspiring or transitioning board member, NED, chair or C-suite executive with board presence, your CV needs to market the value you will bring to the board. A board CV differs from an executive CV in context, purpose, audience and outcome. It needs to be focused, strategic and convey the requisite skillset to make an effective contribution at the highest level.

Whether expanding your existing portfolio career or stepping up, City CV’s board programmes help navigate the board / non-exec search and recruitment field to ensure that the energy you invest in your job search delivers results.

We understand how to shape your CV, LinkedIn profile and executive bio to enable the board to recognise and have confidence in your authority, your organisational fit and the value you will add to the boardroom dynamic. We help you to articulate your pitch, refine your approach, network and build executive search relationships. We produce all your promotional material and provide interview coaching to boost your buyability, confidence and success.

Our Chief Executive, Victoria McLean, has led sessions for both the IoD and Women on Boards on how aspiring and existing NEDs should best position themselves online and on paper to perfect their brand and secure future board appointments. Client successes include board roles for major corporates, private and public bodies, NGOs and in the not for profit sector.

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“Not only did I get an interview, I bypassed the long list interviews and went straight through to the shortlist.”
Niamh, Board Executive

“Over the weekend I shared my revised non-executive CV with a number of bodies that I had previously approached for non-executive director positions. I have received two phone calls already this morning from different people who want to discuss opportunities with me. What a fantastic result! Thank you for your help.”
MJ, Director, Finance

Stage 1: Board Career Strategy

This initial stage puts you in control of your career strategy. Your dedicated coach will work with you to identify your value, strengths and aspirations. Together, we define the skillset you bring to a board and refine your brand to correctly position you in the board / NED marketplace. In these sessions you determine appropriate companies and opportunities that match your expertise.

Stage 2: Marketing Strategy

Board or NED CV | LinkedIn | Executive Bio | Speculative Cover Letter

Joining a board does not necessarily follow normal hiring procedures. You may be invited, head-hunted or put your name on a generic board shortlist. Whatever the route, it’s crucial that your supporting statements illustrate your sector expertise, commercial value and fit. We know how to make this happen. Following an in-depth 90-minute consultation, we will bring your strengths and potential contribution to life in a suite of personal documents designed to spark interest and generate approaches. For an additional fee, we can write your personal statement / board application to suit a specific opportunity.

Stage 3: Search Strategy

Why are you interested in joining a board? Why might you want to build up a non-executive portfolio? How does your background translate into the strategic overview and constructive challenge required from directors? By enabling you to answer these and other questions, we enable your search to be at its most productive. We help you identify the most appropriate distribution channels for your job search, optimise your usage of LinkedIn to enhance your digital brand and accelerate up the LinkedIn rankings, and engage with appropriate headhunters to build relationships that will enrich your search and match you with the board that can best utilise your talents.

Stage 4: Interview Strategy

Our board and NED interview coaching provides the preparation, techniques and practice you need to manage the board interview process, including how to demonstrate specific board-level advisory skills and how to establish the interpersonal dynamic that will convince an organisation you are right for their board.

Call +44 (0)20 7100 6656 or email our expert team to discuss your career transformation.

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You will be supported by professionals who have experience in recruitment, HR, head-hunting, career consultancy and coaching. Our whole team is driven by a desire to unite you with your perfect role.

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