Azura Search Board Report

Azura Search Board Report

This is the first report produced by Azura Search examining the Executive and Non-Executive appointments made between November 2019 to October 2020. The research our team undertook covers a myriad of industries, only excluding the Financial Services, Insurance, and Investments industries.

As board diversity continues to  dominate the FTSE 350 agenda, we analyse the Executive and Non-Executive appointments that have been made by gender, ethnicity, and age, to give an insight into how inclusive the UK's biggest companies are.

Between November 2019 and October 2020 there were 241 board appointments in the FTSE 350 companies, comprising of 41 executive directors and 200 non-executive directors. Of those appointments 43% were female, 11% were Black, Asian or Minority Ethic (BAME) and 24% were under 50.

Thank you to the team that put this report together. To learn how we can help improve the effectiveness and performance of a board through our board advisory, board assessment and director recruitment services, please contact us today, [email protected]

Azura Search delivers Non-Executive Director Seminar

Azura Search Update

Azura Search delivers Non-Executive Director seminar

Earlier this month Azura Search hosted a virtual seminar that explored the route to achieving Non-Executive Director roles. The seminar was the first virtual event held by Azura and was attended by 26 aspiring non-executive directors.

The seminar was chaired by Melanie Clark, MD of Azura and had three guest speakers. First up was Liz Smith, Director at PwC, currently responsible for PwC’s FTSE 350 non-executive director programme, to share her insights with the attendees. Liz covered the practical element of the seminar including; where to look for non-exec appointments, what headhunters and Boards are looking for, how to present experience in a non-exec CV and the due diligence that needs to be done prior to accepting an appointment.

Next up we had Mark Smith and Lorna Tilbian sharing their experiences of being non-executive directors and how they progressed to Chair. They both provided valuable insight into what the roles entail, the importance of a strong network and the key skills that have enabled their success.

This seminar provided a lot of guidance into the process of becoming a non-exec. A key outcome was the evolution in the types of skills expected from a non-exec, including experience in digital, revenue, strategy, restructuring and transformation. Often a key requirement is being able to demonstrate outstanding leadership and humility, with mentoring being crucial for Chair positions.

 The Azura Search team has received fantastic feedback from the event, if you would like to learn more about our next event or how we can help you secure your first non-exec role please contact us [email protected].

Attendee feedback:

CEO – Leading Commercial Property Development, Management & Investment business: 
“The Azura Search Non-Exec Seminar was a very informative session for someone considering their first non-exec roles.  There was plenty of practical advice and guidance on the process of finding a suitable role and what life would be like as a non-exec.  This was combined with hearing first hand from 2 respected non-exec directors with multiple roles, which gave a good feel for the challenges and enjoyment non-exec roles bring.”

CEO – AIM listed Media Technology Consultancy:
“This was a very insightful seminar – very helpful in clarifying how these processes work, what Boards are specifically looking for, and appropriate types of companies to consider.  Time well spent!”.

 CEO – Global Media business:       
"I’ve been to a couple and thought this was by far the best - very practical and informative and thought-provoking for those considering a position alongside their exec role or building a portfolio career.  The accompanying booklet is very useful too.  Highly recommended.”

Ex EMEA CEO – Global Retailer:
“a brilliant breakfast seminar, really useful tips and the right balance ..congratulations”

CFO – Leading Telecommunications business:
“incredibly insightful and useful”

Azura Search grows team in Netherlands to keep pace with European demand

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Azura Search Update

Azura Search grows team in Netherlands to keep pace with European demand

Azura Search, a leading modern executive search firm headquartered in London and Amsterdam, is pleased to announce the appointment of two strategic hires to strengthen the Netherlands team.

Azura Search is part of Altum Group which has had a presence in Amsterdam since 2016. In 2019, Azura Search expanded by opening its first overseas office in Amsterdam to partner with clients to deliver senior executive searches within Europe. Since the launch, the team has gone from strength to strength resulting in the expansion of the team to meet demand.

Natasja Lemmens joins Azura from sister company Alum Consulting. Natasja brings with her an extensive network and proven track record of delivering senior searches leading to a natural fit with Azura. Natasja will lead Azura’s focus on senior hires for clients in the growing NL Financial Services industry.

To further support the growth, Natasha Wint has been appointed to the centralised research and delivery team to help execute searches. Relocating from London, Natasha will be based in Amsterdam to coordinate executive searches within Azura’s board and finance practice areas.

Paul Thompson, Principal Europe, Azura Search said: “We are thrilled to have Natasja and Natasha join the Netherlands team. It further strengthens our established offering to the European market and will be key to delivering on client needs and objectives going forward.”

Over the last six months Azura Netherlands has delivered searches for numerous clients, including CFO, Commercial Finance Director, CTO, GM and Development Director within the FMCG and Technology sectors, proving that they are a trusted partner of choice throughout Europe.

For more information on how we partner with clients to deliver searches or to learn more about executive opportunities within Europe, please contact [email protected].