The Challenge

Our client was a UK-based not for profit organisation that promotes the work of a particular group of professionals and encourages young people to study the subject. The successful and long-serving Chairman was preparing to retire and the Board were looking for his replacement. The position was high-profile and reasonably time consuming but unremunerated.

Our Approach

As this was an unremunerated role, the core challenges were to work out an effective way of ‘selling’ the opportunity and the potential of the organisation to candidates and to use our network and knowledge of the plans of senior individuals to determine who might be interested and available.

Working with the Chief Executive, we put together a core group of messages for potential candidates that highlighted the attractions of the role. We also discussed extensively internally who might be right for it and how and who might most effectively approach them. We approached small number of potential candidates whom we knew would have the availability and potentially the appetite. There was a high hit rate and the client was able to meet a strong shortlist of five candidates which included figures from the world of academia, politics and business.

The Outcome

The new Chairman, who came from a commercial background and had run a multi-billion organisation, was the unanimous choice of the Board and the Nominations Committee. Since joining he has made a substantial impact on the organisation, raising its profile at the highest levels of government and business, reforming the governance structure and building a strong relationship with the Chief Executive. We continue to work with the organisation in the recruitment of new Board members.