Gemma Sanders had never thought about board positions until she heard Fiona Hathorn speak on an in-house webinar. She was 26 at the time working in HR at Oracle, concentrating on learning management and doing a CIPD HR course externally. What particularly resonated with Gemma was hearing Fiona talk about starting your board career at an early age and how “You’re never too young – you just need to find the right board”. In one of the CIPD newsletters they asked people to let them know if they were interested in board roles and what she’d heard in the webinar gave her the confidence and impetus to tick the box. By doing this, only a couple of months later Gemma heard that Featherstone Primary School was seeking a governor with HR experience – it seemed like she could add value not only with her HR experience but also because she is passionate about education and young people.