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”