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Career Transition News

08th Feb 2024

Financial Times Board Director Programme

Mike Clancy and portfolio NED Jeremy Williams were delighted to facilitate their popular, practical, interactive, workshop for aspiring NEDs, "How to get your first NED Role". The workshop took place at the FT's headquarters in London. It was the first of four for 2024 and  once again was fully booked. Next date for 2024 confirmed as 9th May. 

30th Jan 2024

Women on Boards Webinar - “Meet the Headhunters”

Mike Clancy was a panellist alongside Nikola Kindlova from Green Executives for a webinar hosted by Women on Boards. The interactive webinar, "Meet the Headhunters", with its "elevator pitch and discussion" format assisted aspiring NEDs with their recruiter engagement, i.e. presenting capability, motives and ambitions concisely and effectively to generate interest in them as candidates for NED roles.

29th Nov 2023

Financial Times Board Director Programme

Mike Clancy and portfolio NED Jeremy Williams were delighted to facilitate their popular, practical, interactive, workshop for aspiring NEDs, "How to get your first NED Role". The workshop took place at the FT's headquarters in London and was the fourth of four for 2023. The first date for 2024 confirmed as 8th February. 

05th Sep 2023

Financial Times Board Director Programme

Mike Clancy and portfolio NED Jeremy Williams were delighted to facilitate their popular, practical, interactive, workshop for aspiring NEDs, "How to get your first NED Role". The workshop took place at the FT's headquarters in London and the expanded format - now a full day of discussion and practical exercises - was a huge success. This workshop was the third of four scheduled for this year. The final workshop for 2023 takes pace on 29th November. Dates for 2024 to be released shortly.

17th May 2023

Financial Times Board Director Programme

Mike Clancy and portfolio NED Jeremy Williams were delighted to facilitate their popular, practical, interactive, workshop for aspiring NEDs to help them address the realities of building their positioning as a NED, developing an action plan and getting that all-important first non-executive position. 

23rd Mar 2023

Women on Boards Webinar - “Meet the Headhunters”

Mike Clancy was a panellist alongside search professionals from Anderson Quigley for a webinar hosted by Women on Boards. The interactive webinar, "Meet the Headhunters", with its "elevator pitch and discussion" format assisted aspiring NEDs with their recruiter engagement, i.e. how to present their NED capability, motives and ambitions concisely and effectively to generate interest in them as candidates for NED roles.

08th Feb 2023

Financial Times Board Director Programme

Mike Clancy and portfolio NED Jeremy Williams were delighted to facilitate their popular, practical, interactive, workshop for aspiring NEDs to help them address the realities of building their positioning as a NED, developing an action plan and getting that all-important first non-executive position. During 2023 the workshop will take place four times - up from twice a year in 2022. The workshop has also been expanded from a half day to a full day format with new content included.

27th Oct 2022

Financial Times Board Director Programme

For the second time in 2022 Mike Clancy and portfolio NED Jeremy Williams were delighted to facilitate their popular, practical, interactive, half-day workshop for aspiring NEDs to help them address the realities of building their positioning as a NED, developing an action plan and getting that all-important first non-executive position.

25th May 2022

Financial Times Board Director Programme

Following the re-introduction of in person events post pandemic Mike Clancy and portfolio NED Jeremy Williams were delighted to once again facilitate their popular, practical, interactive, half-day workshop for aspiring NEDs to help them address the realities of building their positioning as a NED, developing an action plan and getting that all-important first non-executive position.

17th May 2022

Institute of Directors Webinar - “Advice on sourcing your first NED role”

Mike Clancy presented a webinar hosted by the Institute of Directors (IoD). The webinar was for IoD members who have completed the Chartered Director qualification and are starting the non-executive phase of their career. John O'Brien, Chartered Director Ambassador for the IoD's Surrey branch chaired the online event and facilitated the Q&A. The topics discussed included; when to start a non-executive career? portfolio approach or single NED role alongside an executive role? pre-search preparation including career review, positioning, messaging and CV, networking to source opportunities, what to expect in an appointment process plus expected probabilities and time frames for success.

03rd Mar 2022

Women on Boards Webinar - “NED Succession Planning”

Tanya Gass, NED Lead, Women on Boards and Mike Clancy facilitated a webinar to discuss the topic of succession planning in relation to Chair and other non-executive board positions. The Q&A format with attendees covered; planned vs unplanned succession, mitigating "vacancy risk", addressing subjective and objective influences on succession, when to discuss and when to action succession, differences between executive and non-executive succession, NED to SID to Chair internal succession vs external appointments. 

20th Apr 2021

Women on Boards Webinar - “Meet the Headhunters”

Mike Clancy was a panellist alongside search professionals from Russell Reynolds and Norman Broadbent for a webinar hosted by Women on Boards. The interactive webinar, "Meet the Headhunters", with its "elevator pitch and discussion" format assisted aspiring NEDs with their recruiter engagement, i.e. how to present their NED capability, motives and ambitions concisely and effectively to generate interest in them as candidates for NED roles.

21st Sep 2020

Convoy Webinar - “Advice on sourcing your first NED role”

Convoy Community is a not for profit, career transition, support provider founded by Chris Ross in June 2020. The purpose of Convoy is to turn "job seekers" into "job finders" by removing the isolation of the post redundancy / career break job search. Mike Clancy was the guest speaker on a Webinar for Convoy members interested in learning about starting the plural phase of their career and particular non-executive director roles.


11th Feb 2020

Financial Times Board Director Programme

As part of the Financial Times' Board Director Programme, Mike Clancy and portfolio NED Jeremy Williams designed and facilitated a practical, interactive, half-day workshop for 40 delegates to help them address the realities of building their positioning as a NED, developing an action plan and getting that all-important first non-executive position.

20th Nov 2019

Financial Times Non-executive Director Diploma

Mike Clancy presented to Cohort 38 of the Diploma at their induction day. The talk focused on tips and advice to source a first non-executive role. Good luck with the studies to all those starting the diploma today!

17th Sep 2019

Financial Times Non-executive Director Diploma

Mike Clancy presented to Cohort 37 of the Diploma at their induction day. The talk focused on tips and advice to source a first non-executive role. Good luck with the studies to all those starting the diploma today!

04th Jun 2019

Financial Times Non-executive Director Diploma

Mike Clancy presented to Cohort 36 of the Diploma at their induction day. The talk focused on tips and advice to source a first non-executive role. Good luck with the studies to all those starting the diploma today!

05th Mar 2019

Financial Times Non-executive Director Diploma

Mike Clancy presented to Cohort 35 of the Diploma at their induction day. The talk focused on tips and advice to source a first non-executive role. Good luck with the studies to all those starting the diploma today!

30th Apr 2019

Non-executive Director Remuneration

As career transition advisers for aspiring non-executive directors we are frequently asked about remuneration for such roles. The topic is a broad church. A key point is you should not be undertaking a role for the money. It is a valid argument that if you are hostage to the fees you earn your independence is comprised. However it is wise to be informed on current levels of remuneration. Today KPMG published a survey of directors' remuneration in AIM listed companies. Pages 17 and 18 cover non-executive director fees. The analysis against company turnover may help to provide some "rules of thumb". 

Click here to download a copy of the survey

11th Dec 2018

Becoming a Non-executive Director

Search firm Norman Broadbent have published a guide on how to start a non-executive career. The guide is concise and helpful. We particularly like the sections on pages 5 and 6 about the preparation required and how external help can make a difference at this critical career stage.

Click here to download a copy of the guide

10th Dec 2018

The Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies

Following the responses to a 2016 Green Paper on Corporate Governance Reform the UK Government concluded that a case had been made for more transparency and accountability for corporate governance in large privately held businesses. The Government invited the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) to work with a variety of partners to develop a set of corporate governance principles for such companies. A Coalition Group (the Group) representing numerous interested parties was formed in January 2018. The Group was chaired by James Wates of the Wates Group a company captured by the definitions of large private company. Today the Group published, "The Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies". 

Click here to download a copy of the Principles

22nd Nov 2018

Financial Times Non-executive Director Diploma

Mike Clancy presented to Cohort 34 of the Diploma at their induction day. The talk focused on tips and advice to source a first non-executive role. Good luck with the studies to all those starting the diploma today!

12th Sep 2019

Financial Times Non-executive Director Diploma

Mike Clancy presented to Cohort 33 of the Diploma at their induction day. The talk focused on tips and advice to source a first non-executive role. Good luck with the studies to all those starting the diploma today!

16th Jul 2018

New Corporate Governance Code Released

Today the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) released the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code (the Code). This updates and replaces the previous code released in April 2016. The Code applies to accounting periods beginning on or after 1st January 2019. The main changes apply to the sections regarding; Workforce & Stakeholders, Succession & Diversity, Culture and Remuneration.

Click here to download a copy of the Code

16th Jul 2018

Revised Guidance on Board Effectiveness

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) also published a revised Guidance on Board Effectiveness which supplements the Code by suggesting good practice to assist companies in applying the 2018 Code's Principles and reporting on the application.

Click here to download a copy of the Guidance

21st Jun 2018

Survey Report Published

Following the event at the Financial Times on 13th June regarding the personal implications of becoming a non-executive director the survey report was published today.

Click here to download a copy of the report

13th Jun 2018

The Personal Implications of becoming a Non-executive Director

Mike Clancy of Walgrove and Ian McNally of wealth manager Saunderson House today presented the findings of a survey conducted by the Financial Times Non-executive Director Club and Saunderson House on the implications of becoming a non-executive director. Mike presented the findings on the non-financial implications and Ian the financial ones before jointly fielding questions from the audience. The event took place as part of the NED Conversations events series run by the Financial Times for members of their NED Club.

29th May 2018

London Business School Non-executive Director Panel

As part of their Alumni Career Programme London Business School today hosted a Non-executive Director Panel for Alumni interested in finding out more about becoming a non-executive Director. Our clients Jean-Paul Rigaudeau and Clarissa Farr briefly presented about their non-executive careers to date and then fielded questions from the audience. Questions on the evening included, “Are you seeing increased diversity on Boards?”, “How did you get your first non-executive role?” and “What are the main challenges of being a non-executive director?”

What clients say

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