Nov 142017

Non-Executive Director (NED,) Speculative Housebuilding, London Office, Major Blue Chip Backers

Recruiter: PSD Group
Location: London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary: Non-Executive Director Package
Posted: 08 Nov 2017
Closes: 06 Dec 2017
Ref: MHE/16409710
Sector: Housing & Social, Planning & Development
Job Role: Director
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time

About the Role

As Non-Executive Director you will work alongside two other NED’s (finance & governance specialists) and be responsible for advising the business on their speculative housing development programme. You will ensure that the business is both protected from undue risk but also identifies opportunity when acquiring development sites. You will also assist the senior management team in developing robust and efficient systems and processes.

About the Client

My client will be a major, newly created residential developer who are backed by a major international fund. They have an impressive strategy for the business and aim to quickly develop and grow. The role will be based in central London with the company covering a large geographic area within the South of England.

What we’re looking for

You are an experienced house-building professional who has operated a senior level (Managing Director or above.) You MUST have both UK housing experience and have worked in the speculative development sector. You are able to commit a minimum of 10 days a year to the role.

To apply please forward your CV to

Nov 082017

Non-Executive Director - Wessex Water

Recruiter: Wheale Thomas Hodgins PLC
Location: Bath
Salary: £65K pa – Initial 3 Year Term
Posted: 07 Nov 2017
Closes: 05 Dec 2017
Sectors: Management
Contract: Type Permanent
Hours: Full Time

“Big Data, Smart Systems, Insightful Analysis & Performance Management”

Our Client, Wessex Water Services Ltd, is a substantial and industry leading, west country based, privately owned, Water & Sewerage Co ( Regulated by Ofwat, the water industry regulator, they are part of YTL Power International of Kuala Lumpur and they are some way through a GBP1bn, 5 year investment programme. They serve a large 10,000sq kilometre area in the South-West (inc. Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, most of Wiltshire and parts of Gloucestershire and Hampshire) supplying approx. 1.3 million people with around 284 million litres of water per day.

They are seeking an additional non-executive director to join their Board and help continue their drive for strategic change across the organisation. This will be a classic corporate governance role with the normal strategic and commercial responsibilities, but with a specific remit covering big data and smart systems to optimise business insight and performance.

To fulfil this role, you will need to have significant experience in managing corporate data, analysis and performance management services in large and complex organisations. You will be used to dealing with big data in a highly-regulated environment, set against the backdrop of a complex infrastructure and using this to drive strategic improvements.

There is an excellent sense of team and purpose on this Board, who are seeking a colleague with long term, in-depth commitment to their goals of VFM, service quality, regulatory compliance, engineering - integrity, financial probity, shareholder return and being an employer of first choice. Rigour and vigour with a fair reward for time and commitment, this is a great opportunity to serve the South-West community in a constructively challenging (proactive) manner.

Please contact Adrian Wheale with a full CV, quoting ref 1473/INT, at Wheale Thomas Hodgins Plc, Search & Selection Solutions, Berkeley Square House, 13 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1HB or email .

Nov 012017

Non-executive director / Business Director / Board Member

Job Description

Job Title: Non-Executive Director

Location: Nationwide – Must be able to travel to Norfolk HQ for Board meetings (usually once per quarter)

Job Type: Board Representative

Salary: £9,000 p.a. for attendance of quarterly board meetings, plus any ad hoc online meetings which may arise

The organisation is the market leader providing Sport & Physical Activity to children in the UK. With 10million visits on their events last year, they really feel they are making a difference to the Health & Wellbeing of the nations’ children.

They are currently looking for an awesome strategic and analytical individual with previous board level experience to join an industry leading UK company, with big ambitions to Educate and Activate the World...!


  • Strategic Direction: provide a professional, constructive and competent challenge (where necessary) of the organisations strategic direction and help to develop creative and informed proposals for change
  • Monitoring Performance: monitoring the performance of executive management, especially with regard to achieving organisational goals and objectives. Primary role is to help in the appointment and, where necessary removal of executive directors and succession planning
  • Remuneration: helping to establish appropriate levels of remuneration of executive directors
  • Communication: helping the business to make key connections through business networks of potentially useful people and or organisations
  • Risk: satisfy themselves on the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible
  • Audit: help to ensure that the company accounts are portrayed accurately to shareholders and that it is a fair reflection on financial performance

Person Specification:

This person would have at least one - but if super awesome, preferably all of the below;

  • Held a board position on a listed company during a period of rapid growth
  • Have extensive Franchise experience, in particular, relating to Franchise law

Wage/ Expenses:

Non-Executives are paid a fee of £9,000 p.a. for attendance of quarterly board meetings, plus any ad hoc online meetings which may arise

Expenses will be paid and share options will be included in the package after certain milestones are achieved

Please click the here to send your CV and Cover Letter for this role.

Candidates with the relevant titles, qualifications, and experience of; Head of Finance, Finance Director, Financial Controller, Senior Finance Director, Director of Finance, CIMA, ACCA, ACA, ICAEW, CCAB Qualified, Finance Director, Financial Controller, Executive Director of Finance, Financial Director, Senior Finance Manager, Franchise Law, Operations Director, Business Managing Director, Senior Service Delivery Manager, Healthcare Director, Dentistry Director, Operations Manager, Head of Operations, Strategic Relationship Executive may also be considered for this role.

Career Level Experienced
Location Central London
Salary Benefits Excellent
Starting ASAP
Industry Legal, Finance, Management
Duration PERM
Salary £9,000 p.a. for attendance of quarterly board meetings, plus any ad hoc online meetings which may arise
Reference Tel. 02071836293

Oct 312017

Nominet - Non-Executive Director - Oxford

Employer: Nominet
Sector: Private Sector
Location: Oxford
Closing Date: 10/11/2017
Ad-ref: GSe37757


Nominet plays a vital role in the UK internet. Recognised as a part of the UK’s critical infrastructure, Nominet is the leading registry of UK domains and a trusted online home for millions of British businesses. On the global stage, we are a leading player in global internet governance and have demonstrated a consistent commitment to developing an internet that benefits all. As a membership organisation we have over 2,800 members, many of whom are also .uk registrars – the sales channel for .uk domains.

Since Nominet was established in 1996, our business has seen consistent growth and we have built what is now an internationally respected registry, with a reputation for technical excellence and great customer service. With a strong management team, headed by an experienced and ambitious chief executive, the organisation has deep technical skills which extend into areas such as DNS network management for enterprises and governments, cyber security and the Internet of Things.

Nominet is now starting to diversify into new business areas by leveraging those skills and the Board is working closely with the executive to develop and execute an ambitious, robust expansion strategy. To help us exploit these opportunities we are looking for highly experienced non-executive director to join the Board to fill an independent seat. We are seeking a director with deep experience in the field of finance, ideally in the context of M&A. Already recognised as an independent and strategic thinker, you will bring credibility and stature and will add value through your knowledge and networks.

Nominet is an exciting business, staffed by enthusiastic, skilled people and led by a very high-calibre executive. As new opportunities open up the organisation needs to move confidently to grow and to extend its reach and you will contribute actively to Nominet’s development and will be excited by the opportunities it now has before it. At this pivotal moment in our development, this appointment offers an exceptional opportunity to make a real difference in the internet space.

The closing date for applications is Friday 10th November 2017.

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Recruitment timetable

  • Closing Date Friday 10 November 2017
  • Shortlist Meeting w/c 12 November 2017
  • Final Panel w/c 4 December 2017
Oct 032017

Pearson Education Limited - Non-Executive Director


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe.We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Purpose of the Position

The Board of Pearson Education Limited is responsible for the governance of Pearson’s UK education businesses, including the development and administration of qualifications for schools, colleges, higher education and work-based learning settings, plus educational publishing and technologies to support teaching and learning.

Non-executive directors have the same general legal responsibilities to the company as any other director. The Board as a whole is collectively responsible for promoting the success of the company. The Board:

  • provides entrepreneurial leadership of the company within a framework of prudent and effective controls which enable risk to be assessed and managed,
  • sets the company’s strategic aims, ensures that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the company to meet its objectives, and reviews management performance; and
  • sets the company’s values and standards and ensures that its obligations to its shareholders and others are understood and met.

Core Tasks and Responsibilities

The role of the non-executive director has the following key elements;

  • Strategy. Non-executive directors should constructively challenge and develop proposals on strategy;
  • Performance. Non-executive directors should scrutinize the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives and monitor the reporting of performance;
  • Risk. Non-executive directors should satisfy themselves as to the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible; and
  • People. Non-executive directors have a role in appointing, and where necessary removing, executive directors and in succession planning.

Time Commitment

All directors must be able to allocate sufficient time to the Company to perform their responsibilities effectively. Non-executive directors will be required to:

  • Undertake that they will be able to allocate sufficient time to meet the expectations of the role, as set out in their letter of appointment, or as agreed from time to time.
  • Disclose their other significant commitments to the Board before appointment, with a broad indication of the time involved.
  • Inform the Board of any subsequent changes.

A Non-executive director should seek the agreement of the Chairman before accepting additional commitments that might impact on the time he or she would be able to devote to the role as a director of the Company.


Professional Profile

Training / Competencies Experience

The following are the skills which NEDs need in order to perform their role:

  • Passion for education
  • High ethical standards
  • Willingness to challenge
  • Digitally savvy
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Confidence
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Leadership and self-awareness, ability to gain respect and attention
  • Critical thinking, creativity and strategic awareness
  • Business acumen, ability to identify new business opportunities
  • An ability to identify potential problems and deal with risk
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • Governance experience; bringing experience of strategic planning, transformational change combined with financial, risk and performance management
  • Experience with large scale transformation projects and managing large scale change programs
  • Commercial and/ or finance experience at senior level
  • Experience of relationship management internally and externally
  • Experience of working within the educational industry is desirable (e.g. schools, further education and vocational, private training/ apprenticeships)

At Pearson, we believe in the power of difference. Harnessing the unique skills, perspectives, and backgrounds of every employee helps us foster innovation and create the most effective solutions for learners around the world. All applicants that meet our professional profile will be considered.

Please note this position can be based anywhere in the UK, travel to London for meetings only would be required on occasion.


Primary Location: GB-GB-London

Work Locations: GB-London-80 Strand 80 Strand London WC2R 0RL

Job: General Business Operations

Organization: Core

Employee Status: External Worker

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Sep 27, 2017

Req ID: 1715565

non-executive director

Aug 212017

Independent Non-Executive Director - Direct Rail Services

Recruiter: Direct Rail Services
Location: Nationwide
Salary: Circa £1,000 per day, plus expenses
Posted: 11 Aug 2017
Closes: 08 Sep 2017
Job Function: Non Executive Director
Industry: Transport / Logistics

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • 3 year contract - Approx. 20-25 days per annum.
  • Circa £1,000 per day, plus expenses

Direct Rail Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Since its formation in 1995, DRS has developed and maintained an industry leading reputation for providing safe, secure, reliable and cost effective services within both nuclear and non-nuclear related markets.

As a profitable, dynamic business with a £75 million turnover per annum and over 400 staff, DRS has sustained and developed critical UK Nuclear transport capabilities and supported the decommissioning activities for the NDA and UK Nuclear Mission. Whilst it has diversified into other services, its raison d’etre will remain firmly focused on the transportation of specialist nuclear materials.

As Non-Executive Director, you will have an incontestable track record of achievement in managing the operational delivery of rail logistics, with a strong understanding of health and safety in a highly regulated context.

You ability to foresee the challenges in rail logistics in terms of development processes, stakeholders, infrastructure planning and operations will be priceless. Moreover, your constructive challenge in a non-executive capacity at Board level will strengthen the strategic development and continued evolution of DRS. Your achievements, challenge and insight will add great value to its corporate governance and leadership.

For further information visit:

Closing date for applications: Friday 8th September 2017

For a confidential discussion, please contact David Thomas on 07967 172902 or Balvinder Sangha on 07739 508312.

At DRS, we provide equality and fairness for all our employees and do not discriminate against age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.


Jul 032017

Non-Executive Director - Chair of Audit & Compliance Committee

Recruiter: Wheale Thomas Hodgins Plc
Location: Hertfordshire (GB)
Salary: Excellent Remuneration
Posted: 27 Jun 2017
Closes: 11 Jul 2017
Ref: 1443/INT
Position/Level: Board, Chair
Responsibilities: Accounting, Audit, Compliance, Executive Management
Sector: Banking, Financial Services
Contract Type: Non-executive director
Language: English

Senior/Proactive Non-Executive Director - Chair of Audit & Compliance Committee

Southern M1 Corridor / Home Counties / FS/Banking / Excellent Remuneration

“Something Substantive and New”

Our client is a new Challenger Bank. They are well capitalised, with an excellent management team, focusing on the SME marketplace and have successfully been through the licence authorisation process, and are currently within the mobilisation phase. They have one outstanding Board position to fill – Chair of Audit & Compliance Committee. The aim is to embed internal control, governance and compliance (as well as best practice) into the business as it opens its doors and beyond, as it builds into “something substantive and new”.

You are a proven Board Player (or adviser at Board Level), qualified Banker with a compliance profile or a Chartered Accountant with a CFO, CRO/Audit background in the sector. You have a balanced stance… matching commerciality with governance, prudence with acumen, transparency and control with practicality, common-sense and best practice. You are up to date, have a strong grasp of the regulatory piece, strong advisory relationships and a flair for stakeholder management. This is an excellent chance to be part of something substantive and new, rather than merely “filling a slot in your portfolio”.

Please contact Adrian Wheale with a full CV, quoting ref 1443/INT, at Wheale Thomas Hodgins Plc, Search & Selection Solutions, 2nd Floor, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BD or email

Jul 022017

Non-Executive Director for Venture Capital Holding Fund

Recruiter: North East Finance (Holdco) Limited
Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear (GB)
Salary: £20,000 per annum + expenses
Posted: 23 Jun 2017
Closes: 25 Aug 2017
Position/Level: Board, Director
Responsibilities: Corporate Finance,Finance, Fund Management
Sector: Banking, Investment,Financial Services, Private Equity
Contract Type: Non-executive director
Language: English

Non-Executive Director for Venture Capital Holding Fund in North East England

North East Finance (NEF) is seeking to appoint a capable individual to join the board of the company as a Non-Executive Director.

NEF is the holding fund manager of the Finance for Business North East (FBNE) programme, a suite of venture capital and loan funds which invested £160m in SMEs based in the North East of England from 2010 to 2017. NEF is a private company which has been funded principally by the European Regional Development Fund, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the UK government. NEF is an investor in, and oversees the activities of, seven sub-funds which are all now fully-invested and in their realisation phase.

The fund managers are independent, FCA authorised firms with fully discretionary mandates. NEF does not have any role in the investment or divestment decisions made by the fund managers but is responsible for monitoring their performance, managing the contracts and for reporting to funders and ensuring that the commitments NEF made to them are honoured. NEF’s board has ultimate responsibility for: portfolio management of c.£70m of in specie assets; oversight of NEF’s executives and the fund managers; addressing conflicts of interests resulting from any successor programmes and for corporate governance, financial reporting, audits and accountability generally.

The next few years remain critical to the overall success of the FBNE programme – with significant final loan repayments becoming due to the EIB and the imperative then to maximise the legacy of the programme, in terms both of the financial returns which can be reinvested in the North East and of the impact on businesses, entrepreneurs and employment in the region. NEF’s board is seeking to appoint a new Non-Executive Director who can help the company successfully achieve these objectives and who will assume a major role in the governance of the company as the terms of office of the current non-executive directors end during 2018. The individual selected will be a potential candidate for the position of Chairman within the director succession plan.

Among the characteristics and competencies required of the successful candidate are:

  • Experience at board level (as an executive or non-executive director) in a venture capital or private equity business and / or a track record in corporate finance, investment banking or broking (ideally on the sell side)
  • Strong networks with key players in the SME investment sector (venture capital and private equity investors; VCT, AIM and EIS market participants; banks)
  • A sound knowledge of venture capital / private equity fund structures
  • Intellect, integrity and drive, backed by excellent communication skills
  • An understanding of the importance of effective corporate governance
  • Excellent networking and stakeholder management skills
  • A commitment to act in accordance with the seven principles which should underpin the actions of all who serve the public in any way as defined by the Committee on Standards in Public Life

The closing date for applications is Friday 25th August 2017.

For further details and the application form which candidates must complete, please download the attached Information for Applicants and Application form file.

Supporting documents

Jun 122017

Non-Executive Directors for UK retail bank

Recruiter: Barclays UK
Location: Greater London
Salary: Annual Director’s fee to be confirmed
Posted: 11 Jun 2017
Closes: 25 Jun 2017
Job Function: Non Executive Director
Industry: Finance

In preparation for structural reform Barclays is establishing a ring fenced bank (Barclays UK) as a member of the Barclays Group, comprising UK retail banking, business banking, consumer credit cards and wealth management. The Chairman of Barclays UK is now looking to appoint a high calibre Board which will include a number of appointments including a Chair of Audit, Chair of Risk and Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Working with the Barclays PLC Board, the Board of Barclays UK will be responsible for development and oversight of Barclays UK’s strategy and constructively challenging Management and holding them to account for delivery of the strategy. Key experience and personal qualities required include the following:

  • Non-Executive Directors will be proven Board leaders, ideally with FTSE 100 or equivalent size organisation experience
  • Candidates will be financially literate with a good understanding of retail and business banking and consumer financial services regulation
  • Candidates should have experience of organisational transformation, particularly with a focus on customer, digital and technology
  • Committee Chairs should have prior experience of chairing Board Committees and retail banking experience at the highest level
  • Candidates should be collaborative and comfortable to challenge constructively
  • Individuals will be of the highest integrity, have strong values and the reputation to sit on a financial service Board

For further information about Barclays please visit

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter by email to

The closing date for applications is 25 June 2017.

Jun 072017

Progressive Building Society - Non-Executive Director



Progressive Building Society is an integral part of the financial services sector in Northern Ireland. The Society seeks to recruit a new Non-Executive Director to complement the existing board.

Non-Executive Director

Progressive Building Society

Progressive Building Society is an integral part of the financial services sector in Northern Ireland. The Society seeks to recruit a new Non-Executive Director to complement the existing board.

The successful candidate must be a strategic and analytical thinker.  We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with a CCAB qualification.

How to become a Non-Executive Director interactive 1-day course

Applications should be made through the submission of a CV and detailed supporting statement, quoting ref no 1626NED before the closing date of Wednesday 21st June 2017.

Prior to submitting your CV we recommend that applicants familiarise themselves with the contents of Progressive’s candidate information booklet, this will provide full details of the role, the person specification and the appointment process.


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