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Get on Board

Join our half-day workshop to develop your personal plan to build the board career you aspire to.

Date and Time
17 Oct 2023
09:00 - 12:00
ICBC Standard Bank, 20 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7JE
Director’s Circle
£ 225
Full Member
£ 225
Digital Member
£ 299
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Refunds for all our individual events are available if notice is given three business days prior by email or telephone, or one month prior to first session of our programmes. After this, a transfer to another event will be given. Cancellations on the same business day will not generally be eligible for a refund or transfer, however you may substitute someone to come in your place. In the case of exceptional circumstances let us know and we will consider a refund/transfer.

We know our approach works – 8 of our members secure a new NED role every week. This workshop shares how you can do it too.

You will come away from this highly practical session with a strategy to secure a NED role. This workshop has been specifically designed to simplify governance and, importantly, to refine your board pitch – which is what will aid you in securing the roles. 

We will focus on targeting the more competitive and remunerated positions, and how to overcome the ‘experience trap’ if you do not have prior NED experience. During the session, we will also briefly consider how to best approach non-executive headhunters. 
You will identify where and how to pitch yourself as a non-executive, guided by:

  • Fiona Hathorn, Founder and CEO of Women on Boards UK,
  • Célia Pronto, Presenter, Women on Boards UK

Specifically, you will consider and receive expert advice in a limited group of your peers on: 

  • the role, duties and legal responsibilities of director and protecting yourself as a non-executive director;
  • which type of boards will value your skills and align with your goals;
  • where to find the opportunities, including how best to approach non-executive headhunters;
  • what boards are looking for, in terms of both hard and soft skills;
  • your individual boardroom value-add and how to pitch yourself as a prospective NED.

The workshop is practical, strategic and interactive.  Participants are engaged and supported by the Women on Boards team and encouraged to make use of our wider “network of influence”.

Suited to people:

  1. Thinking about or already on a board       
  2. Seeking strategic and practical advice
  3. Looking for an influential support network
  4. Looking at long-term career options


Fiona Hathorn

Co-founder and CEO, Women on Boards UK

Fiona is the CEO of Women on Boards UK alongside advising a number of different boards and organisations. Currently she is an Advisory Panel Member for the FRC (Financial Reporting Council), advisor to Peel Hunt (mid-cap stockbroker) and Chair of Hanx‘s Nominations Committee (FMCG start-up). She is an expert in the areas of Governance, Regulation and Talent Management who has sat on both marketing and audit & finance committees. Fiona was formerly a director for Hill Samuel Asset Management. She has advised the board of the Thai Euro Fund and is a Judge for the Non Executive Director Awards, sponsored by The Sunday Times. In 2020 Fiona joined King’s College London’s ‘Global Institute for Women’s Leadership‘ Advisory Board.

Célia Pronto

Célia is currently a Non-executive Director on four boards that are regulated, PE-backed, family owned and listed: South East Water – where she chairs the Remuneration Committee, moto hospitality (the UKs largest motorway services operator) – where she chairs the Risk & Audit Committee, Samworth Brothers (an own-label food manufacturer and owner of brands including Higgidy, Soreen & Ginsters) and Hostmore plc (operators of the TGI Friday’s brand in the UK).

Her Executive career spans across  25 years+ in blue chip listed companies, PE and VC-backed start-ups and family owned businesses. She has worked in subscription model businesses as well as restaurants, logistics, travel, hospitality, leisure, FMCG, E-Commerce and automotive retail.

Célia is an ambassador for Women on Boards, an advisory board member for social enterprise marketingKind and co-founder of Impact Ventures Group, an Angel syndicate investing in female founders aligning themselves with at least one of the UN SDGs as well as impact investing in underrepresented communities of female founders.

With thanks to our event host