Sep 292021
Urban Intelligence – Chair / Non-Executive Director

Chair / Non-Executive Director - Urban Intelligence

Urban Intelligence Ltd (UI) is looking for a highly skilled non-executive Chairperson to join an existing Board of three Directors (2 Exec / 1 NED) and two advisors/observers. This is a rare opportunity to join an exciting and unique award-winning business entering its prime within the Property Technology (PropTech) space. Working with the directors and advisors of the company, you will have an opportunity to provide valued guidance and shape the next exciting chapter of our story. We are quickly increasing traction, particularly in the public sector market. We have successfully won clients such as HM Government, Transport for London, Birmingham City Council and others.

Founded at UCL, UI is a technology business with a focus on urban planning and property development. We’ve developed a range of first-of-a-kind solutions, including a methodology for automatically identifying and assessing a site’s development potential and sustainability within planning parameters. The market for innovations in this area is developing rapidly due to several pressures; from climate change to the housing crisis which are driving planning reform. Our services transform our clients' ability to dramatically increase productivity in planning and development processes and provide data insight to aid decision-making in a range of segments. Existing investors in the business include leading PropTech VC Pi Labs, the Development Bank of Wales, Ordnance Survey and a group of high profile angels from the property sector.

After seven years of developing an extensive catalogue of proprietary IP, UI launched our latest product (PlaceMaker) in Summer 2021 with the London Borough of Hounslow. UI has since successfully rolled out the solution to other government clients. The business is now at break-even and has successfully been increasing profitability year on year. We are uniquely positioned within our niche, and proud to benefit from significant levels of client satisfaction.

We are seeking a Chairperson to lend experience to our management team and help to provide valuable independent judgement and advice to optimise our growth. The preferred candidate will have a background working within local government, economic development and/or regional planning. You will support the directors with promoting the business within the sector, driving awareness of the benefits and value of digital approaches to planning and development. In addition to this, you will support the monthly management of the Board and assist with fundraising, investor relations and promotion of the business.

We’re keen to attract candidates that can enable a young, driven team to fulfil their potential in a fascinating, fast-moving sector. The time commitment is up to 30 days per year (around 2-3 days a month), but we can offer flexibility for the right person. The role will largely be remote but you may be required to occasionally travel to Cardiff/London from time to time.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • A track record of high-performance commercial management experience with strong relationship skills.
  • Experience in fundraising and attracting external investment.
  • A wealth of experience working with investors and providing stakeholders with crucial information to make business and investment decisions promptly.
  • You will have impeccable communication and have demonstrable experience of working with a range of stakeholders, both internal and external to the business.
  • Familiarity with best practices in Board Management and relevant legislation.
  • A creative, supportive and encouraging approach to leadership and empowerment.
  • An existing extensive relevant network.


Up to £1,000 per day + reasonable expenses

The ability to work with a friendly, honest, passionate and hard-working group of professionals at the top of their game that cares about delivering outstanding innovative solutions to improve society, the economy and the environment.

The deadline for applications is 5 pm on Friday 15th October 2021. Please apply via the website using the application link. For more information or any questions about the role, please contact Daniel Mohamed (Founder and Managing Director) at

Sep 172021
Early-stage technology company – Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair

Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair - Early-stage technology company

Recruiter: Walker Hamill
Location: Central London
Salary: £45,000 + Benefits
Posted: 16 Sep 2021
Closes: 30 Sep 2021
Ref: DC51695
Position/Level: Board, Consultant, Professional / Specialist, Senior Management
Responsibilities: Accounting, Finance, Strategy
Sector: Technology
Contract Type: Part-time
Language: English

Our client is an early-stage technology company seeking an IPO in Q4 2021. The business offers a logistics marketplace via an innovative platform that combines technology with intelligent algorithms to provide quick, efficient solutions at disruptor level prices.


We are currently seeking a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair to join the Board in preparation for the company’s admission to AIM. The appointee will be expected to set the Audit Committee agenda and understand and take a strategic view on how to tackle the risks facing the business. They should make sure that the triangle of Audit Committee Chair, CFO, and the external Audit Partner, work openly and effectively. They should be prepared to hold the CFO to account while supporting them and challenge the External Audit Partner to seek out opinions and obtain clear explanations, whilst keeping the Board Chair and CEO informed on significant issues as they arise. Good quality feedback to the wider Board is essential. As the custodian of ‘true and fair’, they will also be the true representative of the shareholders.


We are seeking qualified accountants with good prior PLC experience, whether main market or AIM and these two criteria are essential. Prior technology sector experience is not essential, nor is experience gained in a start-up. If anything, quality of prior company and experience of “what good looks like” is of paramount importance. Candidates should feel comfortable preparing and managing an agenda and have the gravitas and transparency necessary to form positive and productive relationships with key stakeholders. Independence of thought and robustness of character, combined with mentoring skills in working within an entrepreneurial, early-stage environment would be highly advantageous.

This is an interesting opportunity to join an early-stage technology company, with a very exciting future as it prepares for listing and beyond.

Please note, this opportunity is 2 days a month, based in Central London.


To apply for this role, please email your CV to quoting reference DC51695.

Please note that due to the expected volume of applications, we will only be able to respond to those candidates whose experience matches the requirements of our client. We are sorry, but if you have not heard from us within the next ten days, please assume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Walker Hamill has been a specialist finance and strategy recruiter for over 30 years. We have an extensive client group, including major multinational listed organisations, private equity backed businesses and privately owned companies. We recruit across all sectors and have particularly strong client relationships in media, retail, pharma/biotech, technology, property/real estate, leisure and business services. Headquartered in London, we have additional offices in continental Europe. For more information, please see the Walker Hamill website.

Sep 132021
Distinctive People – Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director - Distinctive People

Business / Organisation Name: Distinctive People
Business / Organisation Sector: Private
Business / Organisation Website:
Business / Organisation Type: Private Company
Role Title: Non-Executive Director
Remuneration: Paid - £2,250 per annum
Role Description: Non-Executive Board Member
Location: Hampshire

Two Saints are delivering an ambitious strategy and have embarked on a period of transformational change to improve our efficiency and ensure we’re in the strongest position (in what are difficult times) to deliver our vision. This is to give people who are homeless, vulnerable or in need of support, the opportunity to build a brighter future.

We are looking for someone to guide and challenge us and help turn our ambitious business growth and development plans into reality.

Our mission is to provide safe, flexible and reliable client led housing and support services that focus on reducing homelessness, improving health and wellbeing and building on people’s skills and resilience. We pride ourselves on being a values based organisation and our values are:

  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • Empowering
  • Inclusive
  • Proactive

These are challenging times for our sector - but we like a challenge and are determined to remain financially strong and grow, so we can continue to support our clients to give them the opportunity to build a brighter future.

As you’ll see from our strategy, our focus is on reducing homelessness, improving health and wellbeing and building on people’s skills and resilience, so we’re looking for a person with governance experience and a professional background in homelessness, health or social care.

Applicants will need to demonstrate experience in working positively in partnership with both non-executive and executive colleagues.

We consider it vital that our board reflects the communities we serve and would welcome applications from a wide range of backgrounds.

Application Details

If you’re looking for a fantastic challenge where you can make a real difference, you can view all the details at or call our retained consultant Denise Kirkham on 07833 475669 for an informal chat.

Closing date and time: 9.00 am on Monday 4th October

We look forward to receiving an application from you.

Contact Name: Denise Kirkham
Contact Telephone: 07833 475669
Contact Email:

Sep 082021 – Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director -

Recruiter: Odgers Berndtson
Location: London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 06 Sep 2021
Closes: 29 Sep 2021
Ref: 83728
Position/Level: Director
Responsibilities: Finance, Information Technology, Strategy
Sector: Business Services, Financial Services
Contract Type: Permanent

Payments are indispensable to our lives as consumers and to the smooth functioning and stability of the economy. As designated operator for the UK’s retail payments, Pay.UK enables £19.2 billion in safe and secure payments every day.

Pay.UK is transforming the way that payments are delivered in the UK now and in the future and has an important role in catalysing and facilitating innovation. It commissions the technology and infrastructure that underpins its schemes - BACS and FPS - from an outsource partner, Vocalink. It needs to ensure that the technology underpinning that scheme infrastructure meets the needs of end-users and participants including banks, fintechs and other intermediaries.

The role

Pay.UK seeks an Independent NED at an important time of change. They will join a collaborative board comprised of Independent and Participant NEDs who together provide oversight of this critical national infrastructure.

They will provide constructive challenge, strategic guidance and offer specialist advice to the executive team and colleagues, and support the Chair in instilling the appropriate values, behaviours and culture in the boardroom and beyond.

The individual

  • Ability to contribute to and influence a broad and varied board agenda
  • Significant experience of organisational transformation in multi-stakeholder environments
  • Deep experience of overseeing material outsourcing contracts, particularly around technology with a strong commercial focus

The deadline for application is midnight on Wednesday 29th September. For further information and to apply, please click here.

Jul 132021
Westfield Health – Non-Executive Director (Audit Committee)

Non-Executive Director (Audit Committee) - Westfield Health

Recruiter: Westfield Health
Location: Homeworking
Salary: Negotiable
Posted: 12 Jul 2021
Closes: 26 Jul 2021
Ref: ESAZ-35091
Contact: Adam Dickson 07935 502 755
Position/Level: Board
Responsibilities: Executive Management
Sector: Healthcare
Contract Type: Part-time
Language: English

Parkinson Lee Executive Search are delighted to be retained partners to Westfield Health in the search to appoint a Non-Executive Director to join their Board and Audit Committee, and ultimately become the Chair of Audit no later than November 2022 when the current incumbent is due to step down.

Westfield Health are an FCA regulated, International, market leading Insurance, Health & Wellbeing organisation with a head office based in Sheffield and operations at numerous sites in the UK and across Europe.

For more than 100 years Westfield Health have been empowering people to lead healthier, happier lives. The business has evolved significantly since their humble beginnings in 1919, and today Westfield Health are proud to work with over 400,000 customers and more than 8,000 companies.

Their vision is to power the world's most resilient businesses by transforming the mental and physical wellbeing of their people.
Westfield Health are on a mission to transform mental and physical wellbeing, pushing themselves to help more people and businesses experience the benefits of putting wellbeing first. They are proud that their work makes a healthy difference every day, not just to their customers, but to their colleagues and communities.

As a not-for-profit organisation Westfield Health are committed to giving back and in the last 20 years alone, they have donated over £15 Million to a wide range of charitable causes.

In recent years, Westfield Health have undergone substantial transformation and modernisation, with a strategic plan to diversify their product offering and become a major player in the European Wellbeing Market, in addition to being a UK market leader in the provision of health insurance. The business transformation has been a huge success and has seen Westfield Health almost double their headcount through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

The organisation has an exceptional Executive Team, led by their CEO, Dave Capper, and COO, Jason Hogan. Through their vision, passion and leadership, the business has a renewed energy, culture and purpose.

The current Chair of the Audit Committee is due to step down no later than November 2022 and as a result an opportunity now exists for a new NED to join the Audit Committee with a view to stepping into the role of Chair within the next 16 months.

The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant and will require FCA/PRA approval to hold Senior Management Function (SMF), so we are inviting applications from only those individuals that have an extensive track record of Audit within the Financial Services Sector and have held or would be capable of being approved to hold an "approved person" role. We would consider individuals looking for their first NED role however you would need to evidence your experience in attending audit committee meetings.

Importantly, we are looking for individuals who are aligned to the vision and values of Westfield Health and have a passion for helping others and improving lives.

Westfield Health are committed to ensuring their workplace environment is inclusive and diverse, we would therefore welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

For more information on this appointment please contact Adam Dickson at Parkinson Lee at 07935 502 755

Jul 072021
Thames Freeport Governing Board – Independent Chair

Independent Chair - Thames Freeport Governing Board

Recruiter: Thames Freeport Governing Board
Location: England
Salary: Competitive
Posted: 05 Jul 2021
Closes: 05 Aug 2021
Ref: 83370
Job Function: Board Member
Industry: Engineering / Manufacturing, Leadership / Management
Position Type: Permanent

Thames Freeport – Britain’s Trading Future is a national and international hub for global trade and investment across the UK which will promote regeneration and job creation in communities in urgent need of ‘levelling-up’. The Freeport has the vision to connect the global ports at London Gateway and Tilbury with Ford’s world-class Dagenham facility, creating an economic zone which accelerates investment and jobs in the region. The Thames Estuary has in recent years regained its status as one of the UK’s largest maritime clusters and it is estimated that the Freeport could generate investment in excess of £4billion and create over 25,000 jobs

The Thames Freeport partnership is a private sector led consortium comprising DP World, Forth Ports and Ford that will bring new investment into the Thames Corridor. The private sector consortium is working very closely with HM Treasury, HMRC, MHCLG, as well as local and regional bodies including Thurrock Borough Council, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council, London Borough of Havering, the South East LEP, as well as the Thames Estuary Growth Board.

The Freeports will have a governance board that has responsibility for the oversight of the Freeport to ensure consistency and compliance with the business case submitted to government and to ensure that the parties collaboratively work towards the stated Freeports strategic objectives. While the individual parties will retain their own budgets for funding and capital allocation decisions, the governance board will have oversight of specific freeports activities and accountability for ensuring public funds are used in accordance with those objectives and business case. The projects will range from multi-million pound infrastructure improvements to a range of programmes covering innovation, skills development, digital connectivity, low carbon solutions and the hydrogen economy.

This is a high profile position and a transformational role, offering a rare opportunity to provide strategic direction and alignment with other major economic interventions across the region and crucially integrates with wider commercial, strategic social and environmental aspirations. The delivery of the Thames Freeport will have a transformative impact regionally and contribute significantly to national economic growth.

The key responsibilities of the role are to:

  • Act as a champion and Ambassador for the Freeport in attracting new investment and thereby supporting local, regional and national economic growth.
  • Be a highly credible interface between the Board and Government
  • Be the strong strategic voice that represents the vision of the Board.

The successful candidate for this role will hold a well-developed and established leadership profile and be able to articulate and implement a strategic vision operating within complex multi-organisational governance structures. They will be a clear, visible and inspirational leader with the personal authority and influencing skills to champion and to represent the ambitions of the Board with the credibility to work across the public and private sectors and wider stakeholders.

For the full information pack, including details of how to apply, please visit:

The closing date for applications is 12noon on Friday 30 July 2021.

Jun 112021 Limited – Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director - Limited

Business / Organisation Name: Lmited
Business / Organisation Sector: Private
Business / Organisation Website:
Business / Organisation Type: Private Company
Role Title: Non-Executive Director
Remuneration: Paid

Role Description

BluDesks provides Corporate and SME customers with a wide range of flexible workspace offerings via its leading online platform. With thousands of UK (and overseas) Grade-A Offices through its network of property partners; post Covid lockdown demand is coming from clients:

  • Considering closing or reducing existing office leases and replacing them with more flexible ad-hoc hot desk space,
  • Interested in saving costs through relocation without taking long term leases and investing in furniture and fittings, and
  • Customers looking for additional flexible office space for ad-hoc meetings, project teams and private offices.

We are seeking to appoint a Finance qualified Non-Executive Director to join our Board who is experienced in early-stage funding, preferably in international e-commerce business, and can proactively help in steering the Company.

NEDs interested in investing in the Company are welcome, but this is not a requirement for this position. The remuneration, at this start-up stage of our business, is around £6,000 p.a.

Application Details

Please send your cv to

Closing Date: 30/06/2021
Contact Name: Chelliah Nakeeran
Contact Telephone: 07920555050
Contact Email:

May 212021
TSB – Chair

Chair - TSB

Business / Organisation Name: TSB
Business / Organisation Sector: Public
Business / Organisation Website:
Business / Organisation Type: Public Company
Role Title: Chair
Remuneration: Paid

Non-Executive Chair, TSB

The Bank is seeking to appoint a new Non-Executive Chair. Candidates should have extensive Non-Executive Director experience ideally in a large retail financial services business, with demonstrated experience of acting in the role of Chair either of a Board, a Committee, or an executive role held during their career.

Candidates must be credible individuals with integrity, gravitas and a strong reputation. They will be able to gain the confidence and respect of a wide range of stakeholders.

Ideally, candidates will bring sufficient practical experience of:

  • Board leadership and stakeholder management in a regulated sector;
  • Customer experience and the ability to put this at the heart of the business’ strategy; and
  • The digital transformation agenda and trends of the banking sector.

Expertise, skills & background

  • Significant Non-Executive Director experience including acting as a Committee Chair in a plc environment. Prior Chair experience would be helpful;
  • A clear understanding of UK FS (ideally UK Banking) having worked in a dual regulatory environment (PRA and FCA), and an appreciation of ring fencing would be an advantage;
  • Have worked in or understand the dynamics of a business that serves the public and all the scrutiny that brings with it;
  • The ability to forge excellent relationships with key stakeholders, including the Shareholder and the Executive team;
  • The ability to foster and maintain an excellent and proactive relationship with both regulators;
  • A sensible, pragmatic and collegiate approach;
  • An advantage to have an understanding of the European banking market.

Time Commitment

Candidates must be able to commit a minimum of 2 days per week to the role.

Application Details

Please send your CV with covering letter FAO Deanne Sutherland to:

Closing Date: 31/05/2021
Contact Name: Axelle Sznajer
Contact Telephone: +442079431929
Contact Email:

May 072021
Royale Union Saint-Gilloise – Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director - Royale Union Saint-Gilloise

Business / Organisation Name: Royale Union Saint-Gilloise
Business / Organisation Sector: Private
Business / Organisation Type: Private Company
Role Title: Non-Executive Director
Remuneration: Expenses only

Role Description

Royale Union Saint-Gilloise is a Belgian professional football club in full expansion with a recent promotion to the highest Belgian division already one month before the end of the championship with 20 points ahead of the first pursuer. Nevertheless, the club's ambitions do not stop there.

To achieve its ambitions, the club is looking for two new people who are willing to attend board meetings to share their ideas and expertise with the club. Ideally, these people have experience in the areas of community work or in the commercial domain. Extensive strategic experience in these areas is a great asset, but the club is willing to look beyond this by accepting people who do not have years of expertise in this area, but who have other assets that can also be used to fulfil the role of non-executive board member. In line with our ambitions to be a club open to all and our conviction that more diverse boards make better decisions, we are casting our net more widely, we will welcome people of all ages, genders, nationalities etc with all different kinds of experience in these domains and submit them all to fair and transparent selection process.

The purpose of the Board is:

  • To contribute to the board's strategy in their particular area of expertise
  • To bring entrepreneurial experience to the club
  • Develop and promote the vision, purpose, culture, and values of the club
  • Ensure that the club’s obligations to the owner and other key stakeholders are understood and met
  • Ensure that the club is making steady and continues progress towards its goals

Specific Board responsibilities:

  • The new non-executives will be expected to attend board meetings (an average of 8 per year)
  • Are able to use own professional experience, expertise, knowledge, and own established and transferable network of contacts in relevant areas to support the work of the board

Responsibility for the role:

To complement the skills of our existing directors, we are looking for individuals with experience in the following areas: sustainability, community work and the commercial domain. Those selected will use their expertise to help the board and the club grow, specifically in these areas.

Person Specifications:

  • Successful experience in the following areas: sustainability, sustainable management, community working and the commercial field (B2B and B2C).
  • Candidates should have a good understanding of the role and responsibilities of a non-executive member.
  • Ideal candidates will demonstrate a positive attitude to problem solving, always seeking constructive solutions with the aim of building strong relationships.

Application Details

If interested, please send your CV and motivation letter to

Contact Name: Ines Van de Velde
Contact Email:

May 052021
Tullis Russell – Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director - Tullis Russell

Tullis Russell is an independent, private, employee-owned specialist coating manufacturing group. It operates three manufacturing plants in Bollington (Cheshire), Ansan (South Korea) and Weihai (China) with distribution facilities in several countries. The group currently has a turnover of £42m and employs 209 people.

The board is comprised of three non-executive directors (including the non-executive chairman) and three executive directors (finance and company MDs) and is now seeking to recruit a new non-executive director to replace a recently retired NED.

He/she will hold/have held a senior executive position (preferably with experience at the CEO level) and will have sufficient main board or subsidiary board experience to provide a good awareness of current corporate governance issues and will have a good grasp of financial decision-making at a strategic level. Previous experience as a non-executive director will also be beneficial.

A background in sales & marketing would be preferrable and his/her experience will include solid commercial experience in a dynamic business preferably in a related sector or process manufacturing business with an international dimension. Experience in new/developing markets, acquisitions, new business and product development activities would all be relevant to this position as would experience of Asian markets, particularly China.

A commitment to promoting/maintaining the values associated with employee ownership would also be critical to anyone undertaking this role.

It is expected that he/she will commit to up to 20 days per annum with some overseas travel involved (at least one board meeting per annum in South Korea).

non-executive director

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