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

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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: www.rockpools.com

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 ruth@wth.co.uk.

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 home.barclays

Please apply by sending a CV and covering letter by email to lcieslik@heidrick.com

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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Jun 052017

Newbury Building Society - Non-Executive Director

Newbury Building Society
location: England
£16,740 - £18,600 a year

Non-Executive Director vacancy

Our vice-chairman John Parker is due to retire in February next year and we are therefore currently seeking a new non-executive director to replace him. Candidates typically need to be senior business leaders with a wide range of skills including strategy development, corporate planning, business governance and general management. In addition to these skills, we are specifically looking for an individual who is qualified and/or experienced in treasury matters.

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

Further details and a role profile are available from our retained consultant Jo Morrison, Morrison Consult, on 01227 722333 to 7pm , or via email to jo@morrisonconsult.co.uk

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May 192017

Non-Executive Director - Tipton & Coseley Building Society

  • Directors Fee: £29,000
  • Tipton, West Midlands

The Tipton & Coseley (‘The Society’) is a successful, contemporary independent Building Society founded in 1901 in the offices of a local solicitor.  They have progressed considerably since then and are now situated in modern purpose built headquarters in the heart of the West Midlands with assets of over £370m, circa 85 employees based out of four primary locations (Tipton, Coseley, Bilston and Sedgley), and some 40,000 members which transact primarily through their branches.

The Society’s strategy of keeping things simple and sticking to its core values stands up well and continues to appeal to existing and new members.  Their principal objective is to provide members with a safe and secure home for their savings, and to help people buy their own home through the provision of residential mortgages.  The Society continues to invest in its long-term growth and prosperity both in terms of resource and through the implementation of the Society’s digital strategy.  The financial services market place is undergoing significant challenge and change from technological developments, with the digital world very much a part of modern life.  The Society’s digital strategy is a long-term vision to ensure that they can continue to meet the needs of customers by providing a greater choice in how they do business with the Society.

As part of a planned succession of the Board, the Society wishes to recruit a Non-Executive Director whose contribution will help shape the Society’s Digital Strategy further in regards to how it continues to respond strategically to technological developments.  The successful candidate will have significant experience in identifying any potential risks associated with technology, helping to prioritise new initiatives and applications, particularly mobile technology, knowing how to link these to customer needs whilst appraising security controls and continuity plans around the potential threats e.g. cyber.  Candidates may come from a variety of backgrounds including Big4 consultancy, telecoms, FS, outsourcing and IT suppliers.

Upon joining, you will be invited to become a Member of the Risk Committee, with the potential to take on a Chair role of a Committee in the future.

Please apply by submitting a CV and short covering letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements of this role, quoting reference number RAGF5553 to nkenyon@warrenpartners.co.uk.  Alternatively, for an informal and confidential discussion please call our advising consultants – Nicola Kenyon or Rupert Gibb - on 0845 261 0600.

May 132017

Holmesdale Building Society is seeking to appoint two new Non-Executive Directors

Recruiter: Fletcher Jones
Location: Reigate, Surrey
Salary: circa £20k
Posted: 12 May 2017
Closes: 26 May 2017
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Finance
Sector: Financial Services
Contract Type: Non-executive director
Language: English

Holmesdale Building Society is seeking to appoint two new Non-Executive Directors, one of which will become Chairman of the Audit Risk and Compliance Committee (ARCC) in due course.

The Society was founded in 1855 in the heart of the Surrey Hills. The Society intends to remain an independent mutual, growing through innovative and fair products that build on a strong ethos of putting members’ interests first, while focusing on long term value and profitability.  With £190 million of assets, low arrears and an economically vibrant region, the Society has a corporate plan to grow steadily.

Candidates for both positions must have recent main Board experience at a UK retail bank, property lender, building society or friendly society.  They must also have helped shape and overseen a business’s strategic response to regulatory and market developments.

Chair of ARCC candidates must also be qualified accountants with an auditing background with the ability to review financial reporting and agree and recommend for approval of the Society’s annual accounts and annual business statement.  They must have the ability to oversee controls and risk management including Conduct Risk Management.   The successful candidate will also monitor and review the effectiveness of the Society’s compliance function and make recommendations to the board regarding the appointment of internal and external auditors.

Non-Executive Director candidates for the second position must have experience of mortgage lending, marketing and IT and be able to contribute to the Board in these areas.

Applications in the strictest of confidence in the form of a CV to Alan Gill, Fletcher Jones Ltd.  Tel:  0131 229 7151.  Email:  replies@fletcher-jones.co.uk.


May 132017

NED- Director Board Level- Pharmaceutical Industry. Ad Hoc

Please call 01189 268 685 for remuneration details.| Home Based| Permanent

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Our client is a leading pharmaceutical healthcare company that provides a product and service based solution for NHS and private healthcare providers; on both a UK and International basis.

On their behalf we now seek to retain a Non Executive Director ( 18 days over year + Board meetings) to the team.

Key responsibilities and main tasks for the NED include:

  • Strategy. Helping ensure a sound strategy is in place serving the interests of the company and meeting agreed performance targets. To support the development of the strategy by challenging the Executive in terms of robustness and contributing ideas, bringing own expertise and experience to bear as external sources of advice on key strategic issues.
  • Management and outsourcing oversight. You will play a key role in the monitoring, continuous evaluation and, where necessary, challenging the performance and competence of internal stakeholders and senior executives. This includes challenging behavior demonstrated by executives that is not in line with the company values and accepted corporate ethical standards.
  • Risk and compliance. Ensuring that effective systems exist for internal control and for the identification and management of risk; and will regularly review major areas of risk, and the adequacy of risk mitigation measures.
  • Governance. Contributing as a member of the Board and a member of its Remuneration Committee. To develop the effectiveness of the whole governance structure, as appropriate, giving independent assurance to the Board that the company abides by the highest standard of business conduct.

Essential Experience and Key Competencies Required

Candidates for this role must have the following experience:

  • Have been a Board level Executive or non-executive Director of a complex Pharmaceutical commercial organisation.
  • Demonstrate the following key competencies:
  • Independence and impartiality, including an ability to question or challenge the Executive, using and applying their experience from elsewhere, and to challenge constructively the existing way of doing things.
  • Business strategy skills, including an ability to interpret business and management information to determine business performance and development, an ability to simplify and focus on big issues, and an ability to understand and appreciate the impact of transformational change that has already taken place within the company, and to support the continuing need for change.
  • Influencing and communicating skills, including an ability to develop an effective and constructive relationship with the MD, other executives and NEDs and other key external influencers.
  • An understanding of Pharmaceutical industry and public sector governance requirements and the way of working; or the ability to quickly gain this understanding.

To apply for this role, please contact Sarah Waring 07887 855 352 sarah@silchesterassociates.co.uk , in the first instance.

Ref no: 132388-SA-2-TNED

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