At Diversifying Group, social change is our driving force and this means starting at the very top, diversifying Boards.
With Diversifying Group as your trusted recruitment partner, we’ll help you enrich your methodology and ensure long lasting, impactful change.
Diverse Boards that are inclusive of protected characteristics are proven to be more successful. We can help you get on the right track.
Board Recruitment Track Record
Our dedicated Board Practice team have over 60 years’ experience between them.
Having worked in a range of Executive Search, Global Recruitment Agency and Internal Talent & Leadership roles, our team have a strong track record of consistently delivering inclusive shortlists for high-profile organisations seeking to diversify their Boards.
With the amalgamation of traditional headhunting methodologies and our innovative creative solutions to candidate attraction, we’re confident in our ability to successfully deliver on all Board level mandates.
We’ve delivered a diverse shortlist on every Trustee search we’ve conducted
Around 80% of Trustees we’ve placed have been from a Racially Diverse background
1 in 3 of Non-Executive Directors we’ve placed have been from a Racially Diverse background
Our diverse team are uniquely placed to deliver diverse and inclusive recruitment campaigns
Board Recruitment Clients
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"She expertly guided me through the recruitment process for a Trustee role, that ended in success and resulted in me becoming a Board member of a fantastic charity"
"Thank you for all of your help in recruiting our new Trustees. We got a great result and I found the process well managed and effective."
"The team were a delight to work with from the beginning. They took seriously the needs and nuances of our organisation and recruitment needs. They provided a professional but personalised service."
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With Jake Daniels, the Blackpool footballer, recently coming out; and with us being in PRIDE Month, we wanted to look at LGBTQIA+ representation on UK Boards. This is quite a difficult thing to measure as it fundamentally requires individuals to feel that their professional environment is inclusive enough for them to feel comfortable coming out.
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Happy New Year to all of our subscribers!
A few weeks ago, the results of the ‘Race at Work’ survey conducted by Business in the Community (BITC) were published.
This month’s newsletter is a little different to our usual thought piece, and instead includes a useful guide to all things cover letters, CVs, interview techniques and handling rejection when applying for Board appointments.
We started this year’s Black History Month on the back end of Inclusion Week, which could not have been a more brilliant blend of celebration for the under-represented.
England’s football manager, Gareth Southgate this week was asked about Hungary's racist football fans, to which he said, "hold on, before I judge another country let me first look to the challenges this country is facing".
Are Boards Becoming More Diverse? Our previous content has been focused on how a board is made up and the different types of board members there are. One question we get asked about the most; are boards actually becoming diverse?
Our last newsletter focussed on the role of a Trustee, and we get just as many questions regarding the role of the Non-Executive Director, from what does NED mean to what’s the difference between a NED and a Trustee and the most asked question, how do I secure one? So, below I’ve done a little deep dive which I hope you’ll find helpful…
Becoming a Trustee...
I’m Rebecca, Talent Lead for Board level appointments here at BAME Recruitment and this is what drives me
How do I get my first spot on a board?
It’s not easy but there are lots of differe pathways open to you.
- You can ask someone in your network if you can shadow them to gain some experience which will help
- You can take a course from a reputable source that can help you to establish connections like Getting on Board
- You can just apply. If you have the passion and the skill set required, then you should have as good as shot as anyone
Are organisations really open to diversifying their boards?
They are, we promise. We’ve not fixed the world yet but we’re making good progress and we, as an organisation, believe in the power of inclusion. We have on more than one occasion walked away from working with an organisation who we felt were being purely tokenistic, so the organisations we do chose to represent are always genuine.
I think I can add a lot to a board and really want to give back to my community but don’t seem to be getting past the application stage. Why is this?
It’s great that you have a passion for boards and for your community but getting on a board isn’t always easy. You also need to be able to answer yes to four key questions:
- Do you know what good governance looks like?
- Are you able to take a strategic viewpoint?
- Are you abe to demonstrate that you have a skill set which will complement the current board?
- Do you have the time to commit?
How do you ensure an inclusive process?
It’s not about lowering the bar, it’s about widening the gate. Our networks are so important to us because they’re a way to ensure that we have access to the widest possible talent pools of candidates.
From a client perspective we work on an exclusive basis with organisations from the very beginning of a recruitment process right to the end to ensure that everything from the language of their adverts to the make-up of their interview panels are free from unconscious bias and as inclusive as they can be.
What’s the expected time commitment and salary for a board role?
That’s a good question and one that doesn’t have a simple answer.
For organisations in the charity sector, the role is likely to be unremunerated and they’re likely to stipulate anywhere between 8-14 days per year as Trustee (though this can change dependent on the whether you join any committees or there’s another global pandemic!)
As a remunerated Non-Executive Director within parts of the public sector or profit sector, you could be looking at a yearly salary anywhere from £12,000 + (according to Glassdoor the current highest salary for a NED is £149,000!) but they will be expecting a bigger time commitment of at least three days a month, rising to two days a week.