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For me it was all rather like the proverbial waiting for hours for a bus and then four come along all at once. Whilst still employed as a full time executive I came close to a number of NED opportunities but never quite got over the finishing line. Once it had been announced that I was retiring from my full time role then opportunities started to roll in and within 12 months of retiring I was on four public company boards. Networking certainly helped and two of my positions undoubtedly arose with some input from former colleagues and business acquaintances with whom I had stayed in contact. The tried and tested head-hunter route remained the most fruitful avenue for me however.

David Davies

Portfolio Chair / NED including NED Petrofac plc – former CFO OMV AG