Board Excellence launches Non-Executive Director Search Service
One of the biggest challenges for boards of all sizes is the increasing focus on ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance). As the spotlight focuses much more keenly on board governance all organisations, public, private and non-profit, are looking much more strategically when selecting Non-Executive Directors and Board Chairs. Gone are the days of jobs for the boys or girls; today’s board members are strategically chosen based on specific areas of expertise, leadership and management experiences, integrity and a deep ‘commitment to do the right thing’ for the organisation.
Due to this strategic shift in selection processes, and an increased demand for such services, Irish based international board consultancy practice, Board Excellence has launched a new arm to the business with an Non-Executive Director Search Service.
Kieran Moynihan, Managing Partner, Board Excellence says “Many companies are aware of the benefits of having independent board directors, but the process of finding directors can seem intimidating. Our new service provides a cost-effective solution, supporting companies at every stage of the process, from understanding what the company is looking for in a director, identifying high-calibre candidates, managing the interview/shortlisting process, right through to preparing the offer package.”
Board Excellence provides this personalised service whether the company already has an established board and wants to recruit a new director or chair, or whether it’s an SME or family business appointing their first independent director.
Kieran added, “What makes our service different is that, as the core of Board Excellence’s business is board evaluations and training, we know first-hand what good looks like in terms of a board director, the importance of the right fit with the board and executive team, and who will add significant value to the board and company. All Board Excellence partners are experienced directors and former senior executives themselves, so we have a deep practical understanding of boards and their dynamics.”
Anne-Marie Taylor, recently appointed Partner, will be leading the Search service. At the launch Anne-Marie added, “Too often companies don’t know how to go about finding a director and end up relying on suggestions from colleagues and advisors. This ‘tap on the shoulder’ approach means that companies are often limiting their options. If companies just appoint directors from within their own network, they can miss out on rich sources of talent which can bring innovation and fresh thinking to the business. Diversity – age, gender, nationality, experience – is proven to contribute significantly to improved decision-making and company performance. Board Excellence has an extensive network of potential directors with a wide range of backgrounds and experience.”
A business which recently benefited from the service is the popular athleisure brand Gym Plus Coffee, which partnered with Board Excellence to successfully appoint a Board Chair and a Non-Executive Director with deep industry experience.
Niall Horgan, CEO and co-founder of Gym+Coffee commented,
“We were delighted with our experience working with Board Excellence to help us recruit top talent to our newly formed Board of Directors. We wanted the best help to get it right. From the beginning of the process, Kieran and his team worked with us to firstly understand how a successful Board should be structured and then helped us identify our needs and clearly define the job specs. Board Excellence’s network is incredible and they connected us with some fantastic individuals who all would have been suitable for our Board. What was most impressive was that they understood our brand and business and matched our passion to find the right board members to help the business grow. For any early-stage business looking to start a board then I would highly recommend Board Excellence.”
For further information on Board Excellence and the Non-Executive Director & Board Chair Search Service please visit www.boardexcellence.ie. Candidates who wish to be considered for board appointments can contact Anne-Marie Taylor ([email protected] ).