Sep 302019

Non-Executive Director - Health and Safety (HSE) engineered products business

Edinburgh – Two Days per Month
£750-£1000 per day

Headquartered in Edinburgh but with clients spread across the UK, ESS’ client is a fast growing and highly ambitious Health and Safety (HSE) engineered products business. Their core technology helps analyse a range of potential medical conditions for workers in heavy industries and construction.

Their wearable smart device records and stores a range of technical, health and safety and product data. This anonymous data is almost a bi-product of what the product is actually used for. The board has identified a potential secondary revenue stream to analyse and sell this data into non-competing sectors and businesses. To help with this, they are now looking to recruit a new Non Executive Director.

Working as part of an integrated board of Directors, the Non Executive Director will work closely with the current CEO and act as the “eyes and ears” for the primary investment partner. Whilst advising and supporting the strategic growth and potential exit of this business, your other key role will be to help the business to gather, analyse, present and ultimately sell this data on.

You are a proven and experienced Non Executive Director (NXD) or Chair, or you are just about to start your portfolio career. We are looking for a candidate who’s experience lies in big data management and has looked at ways to analyse, prepare and create commercial opportunities by promoting or selling anonymous data. This candidate could come from a range of sectors but most likely he/she will have worked in analytics, software, finance, banking, insurance or possibly retail, where data collection and manipulation are key.

Our client is looking for a candidate to commit up to two days per month. Ideally you are based in Scotland, but if not then you are willing and able to travel to Edinburgh. A highly competitive daily rate is on offer for the right candidate.

To learn more about this role and to apply for the position please contact our recruitment partner Bruce Hydes at ESS Holdings Ltd in Edinburgh.

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Sep 242019

Non-Executive Board Member - NHBS

Recruiter: NHBS
Location: Totnes, Devon and London
Salary: Annual remuneration appropriate to a small but successful business
Posted: 19 Sep 2019
Closes: 14 Oct 2019
Job Function: Non Executive Director
Industry: Retail / FMCG

Non-executive Board Member

Ecology and conservation business poised for growth

Meetings in Totnes, Devon and London
Annual remuneration appropriate to a small but successful business

NHBS Ltd is a world leader in its field – the supply of natural history, ecology and conservation books and ecological survey equipment to institutions, retailers, companies, and private customers around the world.

Following recent acquisitions, and fuelled by growth in demand to comply with environmental regulation across Europe, annual sales revenues have doubled since 2013, with further organic growth at 10% or more per annum expected in the near and medium term.

Capitalising on NHBS’s growing brand strength and competitive position, together with increasing demand and opportunity in mainland Europe, the Board has sanctioned a move to create a European operating base, recently registered in Bonn, Germany.

The requirement for an additional Non-Executive Director results from a need both for additional Board capacity and for an infusion of experience in international sales and marketing, because of the company’s planned international expansion.

The successful candidate will be motivated not only by the intellectual and developmental opportunity to engage with a successful, interesting and unusual business at a key stage in its growth but also by a personal enthusiasm for the natural world.

The ideal candidate will be an experienced business leader combining strong strategic and operational skills with equally strong emotional intelligence, great relationship skills, and an enthusiasm for mentoring and coaching NHBS’s highly motivated executive team.

Experience in international sales or marketing is desirable, and an appreciation of the demands inherent in running and growing a small business is essential.

To download further details, including how to apply, visit If you are unable to access the internet please call our advising consultant, David Richards, at OCT Associates on 0845 116 2672.

The closing date for applications is Monday 14th October 2019

Sep 162019

Non-Executive Director - Hackett and Hackett Ltd

Posting date: 11 September 2019
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 11 October 2019
Location: London, UK
Company: Hackett and Hackett ( London ) Ltd
Job type: Contract
Job reference: Hackett & Hackett Group Business / 015


A highly motivated individual with a proven track record in HNW environs being able to demonstrate global presence for a developing brand holding a super high demographic looking to expand and diversify.

The ideal candidate will have experience in luxury travel and events with a desire to become a stakeholder.The individual should be aware of the industry competition and be able to introduce new and uncharted sustainable business.

A modest payment together with incentivised commission on offer to the candidate that wants to capitalise on the success of the core business and develop a global affiliate white label programme.

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Aug 292019

Non-Executive Chairman - Private Sector

Reference: AK/R/017340
Location: London
Job Type: Permanent
Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum
Sector: Senior Management

A multi-award-winning and high-profile London based business, operating from stunning facilities, this £30M annual turnover business delivers exceptional service delivering ultra-high luxury products. They are looking to appoint an independent, forward thinking and commercially focused part-time Non-Executive Chairman who is aligned to the culture, values and ethics of the business.

The Chairman will be an accomplished leader to support the strategy for continued growth, succession planning and change. Chairing the Board, this person will ensure our Client’s mission and vision is achieved, create a framework of good governance and provide inclusive leadership to ensure each Board member drives performance and fulfils their duties and responsibilities.

Promoting effective relationships and open communication, the Chairman will encourage constructive debate and challenge, both inside and outside the boardroom. This person will act as a sounding board and mentor to the CEO, challenging where appropriate, whilst ensuring the Board functions as a collaborative team to achieve their agreed objectives.

We are seeking a combination of the following skills and experience:

  • A successful track record of leading commercial businesses through change and growth, as a CEO, COO, CFO, FD and/or as experienced Non-Executive Director / Chairman
  • A background working with the financial, legal, luxury retail or manufacturing would be beneficial
  • Experience of strategy, governance, succession planning, cultural change, employee engagement and development
  • Strong people skills, with an inclusive, coaching communication style
  • A mature, collaborative and invested approach, effective stakeholder management skills with fellow Directors and the wider business
  • Sound judgement with the ability to guide, advise and appropriately challenge business decisions, long-term planning and strategy
  • Excellent diplomatic skills, the ability to gain respect and trust of individual Board members, and effectively Chair meetings to identify, where appropriate, a consensus way forward


Base salary £30,000 – £35,000 per annum for a commitment of 3-4 days each month.

Please contact Ash Kohli at HCP ( for further details.

HCP International is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.

Aug 202019

Non-Executive Director - Multinational wholesale and retail group

Recruiter: Simpson Judge
Published: 13th August 2019
Location: Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Category: Executive Appointments
Job Type: Permanent
Salary{ £12000 per annum


The Company

A multinational wholesale and retail group with multiple sites in the UK and Asia. The current CEO is looking to add and additional board member with a focus on accountancy, banking, audit and remuneration within the group.

The Role

Working with the existing board of the CEO, Finance Director and 2 NEDs this role will require 12 days on site per year (6 Board meetings and 6 days working directly with the CEO and Finance Director) as well as Ad Hoc contact and advice via phone and email.

About You

Due to the focus of the role, this would suit a current, previous or retired Audit Partner from a Big 4 of Top 10 accountancy firm. Previous exposure to auditing multinational businesses would be a distinct advantage as would a strong network within banking, legal and other associated business services. Specific exposure to the retail/wholesale sector is not a prerequisite.

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Aug 152019

Non-Executive Director - East West Railway Company

Employer: East West Railway Company
Location: London initially, then based in the Oxford-Cambridge corridor
Basis: Permanent, part-time (15-20 days attendance per year)
Role Summary: Provide guidance, encouragement and support to the Leadership team, establishing a strong team empowered to deliver EWR Co.’s strategic aims and objectives

A little bit about us:

East West Rail is a proposed new rail link between Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge and potentially beyond. As part of the wider plans for this strategically important corridor, it is one of the most high-profile infrastructure projects in the UK today. The new railway will improve local connectivity and serve as a catalyst for economic development and the creation of new housing, as well as significantly reducing existing journey times.

We are building a diverse team and we welcome people with different types of experience and outlook.

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of everything we do. Our commitment is based on strong ethical beliefs because we value the individualism each employee brings to our business.

We introduced a number of initiatives to support our diverse team.

We offer a great opportunity to:

  • Innovate, positively disrupt and make impactful decisions
  • Openly share your ideas and knowledge
  • Be part of a professional passionate and diverse team
  • Have the right work-life balance
  • Be rewarded and recognised for your input

This is a unique opportunity to join the Board of the East West Railway Company, which has been established both to construct the line between Oxford and Cambridge and also to challenge some of the established norms in the rail industry.

In addition to our Chairman, Rob Brighouse, and our Exec Team, we currently have 4 non-Exec Directors and are seeking a 5th NED to complete our Board structure.

Key accountabilities:

  • Provide advice to the organisation, representing the interests of the customer within the expectations of Government, regulatory and commercial stakeholders.
  • Champion the EWR Co. vision and objectives, challenging Board decisions where appropriate to maintain the aspired strategic direction and culture.
  • Provide constructive challenge and hold the Leadership Team to account for effective and efficient delivery against the agreed strategy and business plan.
  • Facilitate discussion on key programmatic issues, balancing the legitimate interests of EWR Co. with external stakeholders together with what is considered to be best for the customer journey.
  • Challenge and scrutinise the Board and the validity of recommendations made; demonstrating sound independent judgement.
  • Offer alternative perspectives to the rail industry norm, based on an ability to consider strategic, complex and often sensitive issues from an informed and balanced viewpoint.

Key Requirements:

  • Advanced leadership and people management skills.
  • Excellent customer insight.
  • Complex and capital-intensive programme delivery/project management.
  • Corporate strategy development and implementation.
  • Large-scale operating environments.
  • Planning process for large, complex programmes.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Independent judgement with the ability to constructively challenge and encourage.
  • Stakeholder engagement – preferably management, government or local authority experience.
  • Negotiation and alignment of conflicting stakeholder interests with the ability to resolve disputes.
  • Complex financing and funding arrangements, including PFI and PPP arrangements.

You will need to have the right to work in the UK.


  • Salary: £15,000 per annum, based on 15-20 days attendance
  • Additional payment: £5,000 per annum if requested to chair any EWR Co Sub-Committee

Application Process:

Please send your resume and a covering letter to

Closing date: 2 September 2019

Aug 132019

Non-Executive Chair - Pressure Technologies Plc

Non- Executive Chair required for Leading Designer & Manufacturing AIM Listed Company serving Global Energy, Defence & Industrial Gases Market

Role: 1084

A Non-Executive Chair is required for Pressure Technologies Plc, an AIM Listed designer and manufacturer of high-integrity, safety-critical components and systems serving global supply chains in oil and gas, defence, industrial gases and hydrogen energy markets.

Pressure Technologies is UK based with businesses serving a growing blue-chip customer base. The Group has two divisions: Precision Machined Components and Chesterfield Special Cylinders, with a total of 220 employees across five operational sites in the UK and two regional offices in Germany and the USA.
Pressure Technologies is seeking a Chair who will work closely with the Executive to deliver growth and create value. The Chair will understand the business, mentor and support the Executive team and have a good grasp of AIM governance and guidelines.

The appointment will be for an initial three year term, reviewed annually. The Chair will be expected to work 2-3 days per month for Board and Committee meetings, strategy reviews and workshops. Meetings are held six times per year in Sheffield.

In addition to the Chair role, Pressure Technologies is also seeking to add two Non-Executive Directors who can contribute effectively to the Board. Candidates should have experience of being an Executive or Non-Executive Director, ideally in manufacturing (see separate role specs).

This role will close on 11pm, Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Please click here to log on to our website for further information and to complete an application form.

Aug 052019

Non-Executive Director - Soft FM

non-executive directorPost:Non-Executive Director – Independent Soft FM Business

(18-24 days per annum consisting of average 12 Board Meetings per year plus preparation and ad-hoc days)

Renumeration:£750-day rate plus expensed travel & overnight accommodation where needed

Responsible to: Chairperson

Overview: Now in their sixth year of trading, our client has seen year on year growth taking their turnover to over £20 million. The employ 1600 staff to deliver cleaning, catering & property services to a multitude of public & private sector clients throughout the north of England. With a simple vision “to be the biggest independent soft FM provider in the north of England”, these are exciting times. Working with an engaged and motivated board our client is looking to add a depth of experience to their board with this appointment. They are looking to appoint an experienced industry leader who has a good network of contacts with experience of developing commercial opportunities & identifying acquisition opportunities.

Role purpose:

  • To bring experience, contacts and existing relationships in the cleaning sector and soft services (catering/property services sectors experience is desirable).
  • To operate effectively as part of the Board, providing independent objective insight, to enable the Board of Directors to fulfil their responsibilities for overall governance and direction on issues of strategy, performance and resources including key appointments and standards of conduct.
  • To provide strong leadership.
  • To identify and advise upon new challenges, initiatives and market opportunities.
  • To develop and refocus strategic plans.
  • To support the development of the organisation’s culture in line with company values.
  • To demonstrate a genuine understanding and commitment to the promotion and delivery of facilities management services.
  • To ensure that our client operates in a transparent and ethical manner.
  • To ensure that our client operates profitably.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Constructively challenge and help develop proposals on strategy.
  • Scrutinise the performance of management in meeting agreed goals and objectives.
  • Monitor the reporting of performance.
  • Ensure integrity of financial information.
  • Ensure financial controls and systems of risk assessment are robust and defensible.
  • Determine appropriate remuneration of Executive Directors (via the Remuneration Committee).
  • Involvement in the appointment, removal and succession planning of Executive Directors.
  • Attendance at Board Meetings and other dates as required.
  • Interaction with shareholder as required.
  • Chair or support appeal hearings in relation to issues affecting senior level employees.


  • Demonstrate due skill, care and good faith in exercising fiduciary responsibility.
  • Act within powers set out in the company’s memorandum of association.
  • Promote success of the company.
  • Exercise independent judgement.
  • Exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Do not accept benefits from third parties.
  • Declare interests in proposed transactions or arrangements.


  • Integrity.
  • High ethical standards.
  • Sound judgement.
  • Willingness to challenge.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Confidence.
  • Understanding of how conflict occurs and how to deal with it effectively.
  • Persuasiveness.
  • Leadership and self-awareness, ability to gain respect, influence, challenge and inspire.
  • Critical thinking, creativity and strategic awareness.
  • Business acumen, ability to identify new business opportunities.
  • Strategic planning, risk management and high-performance management.
  • Financial and statistical analysis knowledge and experience.
  • Forward perspective, willingness to embrace change and innovation.
  • Inquiring and inquisitive mind – with an ability to assimilate, assess and analyse information, especially financial information.
  • Co-operation and team-working.
  • Facilitation skills.
  • Ability to take the wider, strategic view.
  • Political astuteness and ability to play the ‘diplomat’.
  • Determination, with the tenacity and drive to succeed.
  • Keenness to gain new knowledge and skills to develop competences further.
  • Ability to identify potential problems and deal with risk.

Person Specification

  • Extensive experience within soft facilities management sectors (cleaning/catering/property services).
  • Extensive management experience at ‘Board’ or very senior level in a complex B2B corporate environment
  • Experience of developing and implementing growth programmes.
  • Strategic thinker and planner, showing an understanding of and responsiveness to the needs of the business and its users.
  • Inspirational/motivational leader, able to motivate, inspire and empower others, by example.
  • Forward-thinker with an innovative approach, able to conceive, develop and implement new initiatives, and manage change.

For further details

Contact Managing Consultant Mark Connor 01228 904321 for a confidential discussion.

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Jun 282019

Chair - BRE Group

Recruiter: BRE Group
Location: Watford, Hertfordshire
Salary: £70,000 per annum, 4 days per month, 3 year Fixed Term Contract
Posted: 27 Jun 2019
Closes: 19 Jul 2019
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Public

An international, multi-disciplinary building science organisation, BRE has been making a positive difference in the built environment since 1921, improving buildings and infrastructure through our targeted application of research and knowledge generation. Owned by a charity called the BRE Trust, we deliver one of the largest programmes of built environment education and research for the public good, with a complete range of advisory, testing, certification, commissioned research and training services. We also use our cutting-edge collaborative research to provide a range of digital products, services, standards and qualifications to bring about positive change in the global built environment.

Our business has always relied on our solid base of science and engineering knowledge and the professional skills of our people and partners; we’re proud to be recognised as a global centre of excellence in the built environment. In order to retain and build on our relevance, we recognise the need to pursue significant business change and we are committed to ensuring that the Group’s UK and international reputation for sector leading scientific expertise is reflected in our financial results; BRE Group can be described as a “for profit with a purpose” business and we must be commercially successful.

Having recently appointed our new Chief Executive, we’re naturally embarking on a period of review to reset the business for future success and are committed to becoming more customer centric; enhancing infrastructure and creating intellectual capital and Group assets to maximise impact and sustain commercial success. BRE Group must also continue to innovate and it’s vital that we continue to attract exceptional people to the business, who can conduct pioneering world class activity for the good of the sector and Society as a whole. BRE Group is at a key juncture and the decisions we make now will not only impact our own future, but also the world and environment in which we live.

As our new Chair, you must be commercial, inspiring and energetic, able and willing to provide support and challenge in equal measure, sharing the benefit of an accomplished international career in an analogous business in which agility and customer experience have been at the heart of success. Whilst you’ll be invested in the importance of our sector, our work and the issues we care about (such as climate change), with genuine empathy for the Trust’s charitable activity, our priority is to appoint a Chair who will support BRE Group commercially. This is critical as we embark upon a period of transformation and improvement, embracing new ways of working and maximizing our impact whilst delivering the financial results that truly reflect our reputation for world class science.

For an informal conversation, contact our advisors at GatenbySanderson: Stephanie Wilson on 07880 382745 or Matt Malone on 0113 205 6063. To find out more and to apply please visit

Closing date: Friday 19 July 2019

Jun 262019

Non-Executive Director - Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operativeBusiness / Organisation Name: Central England Co-operative
Business / Organisation Sector: Private
Business / Organisation Website:
Business / Organisation Type: Private Company
Role Title: Non-Executive Director
Remuneration: Paid

Role Description

Independent Non-Executive Director (Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee)

Approximately 20 days annual commitment £9,104 p.a. (includes Audit & Risk Committee supplement)

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. We are a modern, forward-looking business employing over 8,000 people and operating more than 400 trading outlets across 16 counties in Central England. Our main business activities are food stores, petrol filling stations, funeral services, travel shops and property investment.

We take a long-term approach to doing business and believe that we can drive our performance and create value for our members and local communities by behaving differently from our competitors. The Society has a purpose beyond profit and are guided by our values and principles to achieve sustainable business success. We continually seek opportunities to improve the environment and contribute to the wellbeing of local communities. We invest 1% of our trading profit into supporting local groups and good causes through our Community Dividend Awards.

We are seeking a financially qualified Independent Non-Executive Director to join the Board to contribute to the formulation and monitoring of the Society’s strategy and business affairs, ensuring adherence to co-operative values and principles. Candidates should be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for the co-operative ownership model and an understanding of the difference this has for a co-operative board. The role requires strategic contribution, analysis and decision making, in addition to ensuring that the Society is managed effectively and in line with legal and regulatory requirements, best practice and our governance structures.

An expectation for the role would be to act as the Chair of the Board’s Audit & Risk Committee and therefore experience in this area is a key requirement.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of decision making at a senior level, independence of mind and an intuitive understanding of boardroom dynamics. For this particular position, we are looking for a qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA etc) with relevant experience of a large organisation, such as experience as a chief financial officer. A strong awareness and understanding of risk management, corporate governance and pensions knowledge would be desirable.

If you think you have the expertise to make a difference and share our values of co-operation, fair play and responsible business practice, we would love to hear from you.
At Central England Co-operative, we are keen to attract candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to ensure the composition of the Board appropriately can reflect the rich diversity of the communities the Society serves.

Application Details

Please submit your CV and covering letter explaining why this position is of interest to

Closing Date: 09/07/2019
Contact Name: Nicola Thomas
Contact Email: