Aug 222018

Case study - Tension between Chairman and Chief Executive - NEDworks LinkedIn Group Discussion

The NEDworks LinkedIn group is currently featuring the following Case Study (anonymised but based on a real-life situation)

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You are a non-executive director on the board of a listed company in the financial services sector. 3 years ago the Chairman and non-executive directors had been instrumental in removing the Chief Executive, a colourful, charismatic, character with a big reputation, as he had been unable to revive the company’s fortunes and had lost the confidence of both the shareholders and the regulator.

His replacement, an internal candidate, was seen as a safe pair of hands to steady the ship and implement the strategy which had been agreed by the board, to clean up the company’s operations, to the satisfaction of the regulator, and improve performance to satisfy the restless shareholders.

Unfortunately the new Chief Executive has not managed to make as much progress as either the regulator or shareholders would have wanted. The board has recently appointed a new Chairman who is keen to get the company back on track and there is clearly some tension between him and the Chief Executive.

As a non-executive director, how can you act to help resolve this situation? What is your role and what options should the board explore?

Julie Garland McLellan - Boardroom Expert First step is to look at the role of the board in setting targets and monitoring performance for both the CEOs. It would appear that they haven't been tremendously effective with the safe pair of hands or with the colourful and charismatic CEO. Is there a problem with the way the board sets expectations and commits to a strategic course of action? If the problem is in the boardroom it needs fixing before any new recruit is brought in.
Next step is to review the business and business model. Is the business meeting the current needs of its customers? Is it using the appropriate technology? Does it have the appropriate products and services? How are commissions calculated and paid? What is the culture? This should give some clues about what the new (or current) CEO should focus on to make a change that drives improvements.
Then recruit the CEO you need for the actions you have to take.
Final step is to monitor and guide the CEO so that actions are taken as expected and plans changed to suite

David Doughty Julie - I agree with everything you say but I would be tempted to start even further back with a refresh of the Vision Mission and Values as, in my experience, many business plans and strategies evolve organically and become detached from a coherent Vision.

As you say, it is impossible for the CEOs to succeed without clear expectations and it is the role of the NEDs to support the Chair to produce a clear strategy and objectives in line with the Vision, Mission and Values, which the CEO can then be tasked with delivering.

CEOs are often blamed for the failure of the business when it is more likely that it is a failure of the Board to provide clear direction


Terry Bowman There are surely 2 points here and at least 1 reflects badly on the established NEDs.

The issues with the regulator need to be examined by the Board to identify what they say about the strategy and delivery by the executives. The Board would seem to have been asleep at the wheel if the problems remain after 3 years. It may be that the problems with the regulator are adversely affecting market performance and, again, the Board is culpable for not getting to grips with this problem.

Overall a root and branch review of the business and its senior team would seem to be in order for the Board


David Doughty Terry - yes the NEDs should have been closely monitoring the relationship with the regulator looking to make improvements - as you say they seem to have been asleep at the wheel and it is time for them to wake up before they can think about making any senior appointments




Neil Britten David - a thought provoking case. Many valuable points already made here. As a NED I would be interested to know what the regulators perspective is - if I don't already. If there is a SID on the board I would expect him/her to be on top of this. Second I would like to know what the tension between Chair and CEO is being caused by. I would speak to the Chair about this obviously. Possibly the CEO too.
It is not so clear to me that the Board has been asleep - within the 3 year period both CEO and Chair have changed. Perhaps both changes have been prompted by the Board. Maybe initially the results from the new CEO looked encouraging.
Clearly it is time for the Board to be focusing on reaffirming the purpose of the enterprise, as David suggests, and revisiting the strategy to provide the clear direction sought.
Fundamentally the Board cannot function effectively without an effective relationship between Chair and CEO. I would like to understand the problem there first.

David Doughty Thanks Neil for making some good points. Clearly this has been an unsettling time for the business so in addition to all the actions that have been suggested by contributors to this discussion the NEDs also have a role to try to minimise the disruption caused by changes to CEO and Chair




Peter Curnow-Ford MIoD Interesting is that its the shareholders and the regulator that are raising the issues and not the Board. I think the Board should reflect on its own performance and only then look to seek what happens next - why are we here, what is the objective and the strategy to enable the 'why' and then if needed update the board itself and then the CEO if needed - it maybe that a refreshed board is all that's needed as it better supports the existing CEO



David Doughty Peter - I think it has certainly been the case in sectors such as Banking that the board members have been the last people to question their own performance - more often than not it is the shareholders, regulators and analysts who are asking the right questions





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Jun 062017

Institute of Directors commissioned report highlighted value Non-Executive Directors bring to family businesses

In 2015, then Ulster University post-graduate Caoimhe McGuinness explored the role of Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) in SMEs in Northern Ireland in a report commissioned by the Institute of Directors.

Interviews were conducted with executives and non-executives on company Boards including family businesses, and every Director interviewed felt the NED contribution undoubtedly added value to the firm, with most believing the NED role helped improve profitability.

The key differentiator between a family business and other private sector companies tends to be the breadth of experience round the Boardroom table. A family firm often grows organically and family members who join may not have benefited from working in another company or from specific training in running a business. While this isn’t of itself a handicap to business success, it can result in a narrower view, which could limit growth potential.

And that’s exactly where an independent, NED can add value to a family business.


Strategy formulation was considered one of the most important roles a NED plays. Directors often get caught up in the day to day management of the company so an independent outsider with time to devote to developing a strategic plan can be extremely valuable.

A NED can act as mentor providing ‘wise counsel’ to the executives, particularly the Managing Director, offering a ‘shoulder to cry on’ and providing advice from someone who understands the business but is not involved in day-to-day operations.

Challenge and credibility

When it comes to Boardroom decision making, sometimes it takes an outsider to challenge the decisions a Board is making, and to question the potential impact on the health of the company. This is why the NED needs to maintain their independence. It is worth noting that the majority of respondents in the IoD research stated that the NEDs had helped them greatly by forcing them to arrive at decisions faster, ‘pushing them over the final hurdle’.

The presence of a respected and competent NED on a Board helps enhance the company’s reputation and credibility; which is particularly beneficial when it comes to sourcing external financing. A competent NED will also keep the Board right on issues of good governance.

Finding your NED

I’ve referred several times to independence and competence. These qualities should be at the forefront of your mind when you are looking for a non-executive director for the family Board. You also need to think about the gaps in the current Board’s experience, knowledge and contacts.

It might be easy just to approach a family friend or your old bank manager, for example, but the choice of a NED should be considered with the company’s strategy in mind. If, say, you’ve never exported and want to grow the business in that way, you’ll want someone with experience of overseas markets. Or if the company has grown quickly but your structure and governance procedures haven’t changed, then a NED who has the IoD’s Chartered Director qualification will have the necessary experience and skills.

IoD Northern Ireland’s NED Register already contains the biographies of over 30 potential NEDs. Everyone included has undertaken training in good governance, many are Chartered Directors or hold the IoD Diploma in Company Direction, and all are committed to continuing professional development. Find out more about the Register at IoD can also identify potential NEDs not on the Register if you can’t see anyone with the experience you need.

Aug 232016

As a director how comfortable are you with company finance?


Are you confident in your ability to understand the three core elements of Management Accounts:

  • Cash Flow?
  • Profit and Loss (or Income and Expenditure)?
  • Balance Sheet?

Do you understand Forecast/Budget, Actuals and Variance reports?

Do you know how to use Key Ratios to evaluate your company's performance?

Do you know if you are trading whilst insolvent?

This half-day course will provide the essential knowledge of those key financial issues and concepts that are needed by successful Executive and Non-Executive Directors in order to discharge their duties and responsibilities as a company director. The completion of this course will provide a good grasp of the key elements of Management Accounts and Statutory Financial Accounts. It will also provide a sound theoretical financial knowledge base upon which to build and acquire new and more advanced financial skills.

Who should attend?

Executive and Non-Executive Directors, senior executives or aspiring directors looking to understand more about company finance.

Course Content

  • The Three Key Financial Statements
    • Cash Flow Statements: Importance of cash flow and Impact of credit and credit control, Problems affecting cash flow, Dealing with Debtors and Creditors
    • Profit & Loss Account, Types of profit, and Layout & use of the profit & loss account
    • Balance Sheets: Assets; Liabilities; Net current assets, capital employed and how to interpret the information;
  • Revenue and Capital Expenditure
    • What are Capital and Revenue Expenditure
    • Phasing of capital spend and its Implications for budget holders
  • Depreciation; Assets and liabilities
    • What is Depreciation?
    • The Different types and uses
  • Forecasts and Budgets
    • The purpose of forecasts for the business
    • Budget objectives
    • Budgetary Control as a management tool
    • Variance analysis
  • Using Ratios to Support Investment Decisions
    • Return on Capital Employed (ROCE); Payback; Internal Rate of Return (IRR); Net Present Value of assets (NPV)
    • Investment decisions and Return on Investment (ROI); Cost of capital
    • Gearing, is the level of borrowing too risky?
    • Liquidity, could the company hit cash flow problems?
    • Profitability, how well is the company doing?

Learning Objectives

This half-day course enables participants to understand better, the key attributes and approaches that underpin a strategic and tactical financial approach to management and help to develop the key skills and styles that will allow participants to be more effective when adopting and applying a decision making approach to management.

By the end of this training course participants will be better able to:

  • Read, analyse and interpret any set of Financial Statements, including the Balance Sheet, the Profit & Loss Account and the Cash Flow statements
  • Understand and quantify the impact of the fundamental accounting concepts and the chosen policies upon any set of accounts
  • Recognise and understand the underlying impact of the generally accepted accounting principles and policies on any Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Account
  • Understand the key differences between statutory published accounts and the internal monthly management accounts
  • Identify and discuss the key financial issues facing an organisation
  • Understand the wider commercial impact of any business decision and its interaction with non-financial aspects of the organisation, enabling you to make a better contribution to key discussions and decision making amongst managers and within the organisation
  • Understand the basics of budgets and the implementation of budgeting processes
  • Value any business using commonly used and widely accepted valuation techniques such as Net Asset Value, Enterprise Value and EBITDA
  • Communicate more effectively and easily with Finance Directors, and other Finance professionals; through an in depth understanding of financial terminology, management and evaluation techniques.

Course Leader:
David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here:

Key Details

Duration: 1/2 day
13:00 - 16:30
Orchard Street Business Centre
14 Orchard Street
Bristol BS1 5EH

£170.00 (ex VAT)
Payment with Booking Price £160.00 (ex
Partner Discount Price £150.00 (ex VAT)*

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To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
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The fee includes refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 3 verifiable CPD hours of structured learning which count towards the requirements of most business focussed institutes, including the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Consulting, the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and many others.  After successful completion of the course, you will receive an electronic Certificate confirming that you have successfully completed the course, detailing the outcomes and results.

*Discounts on Excellencia course fees are available for:

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May 142015

Going it alone as an Independent Director

GBRThe Great British Workforce Revolution conference is a must-attend event for Independent Directors, value-added Business Angels and cashed-out entrepreneurs who are interested in finding out how to prosper in the ever-evolving Independent Executive recruitment landscape.

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In light of the recent discovery that nearly half of the UK working population are not full-time employees - thus being left almost entirely to find their own work and their own contracts - this Conference aims to understand, explore and seek out the opportunities available to this increasingly popular dynamic of independent working.

The Great British Workforce Revolution conference is the only live event in the UK focused on bringing hundreds of senior level executives together in one day and in one place, alongside the key influencers in the executive recruitment industry. Come along to hear from industry experts, gain educational insight, participate in exciting debates, enjoy quality networking and hear from some excellent keynote speakers.

This year's event will be taking place on 3rd June at Dexter House, No 2 Royal Mint Court, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4QN.

Take a look around our event website, and please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about the 2015 Workforce Revolution, or visit our registration page to BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY!

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This year we are offering the option to purchase a 1:1 consultation with a Russam GMS Principal in addition to your ticket. This session may include CV help, career planning, sourcing NED and Trustee work, and/or an introduction to Interim Management work.

£25 of the ticket price for these consultation sessions will be donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. This charity directly supports cutting edge research to help find a cure for this terrible disease.


The Great British Workforce Revolution - 3rd June, 9.00am-5.00pm




Introductions from Chair of the Day - MODWENNA REES-MOGG


Welcome from Headline Sponsor - STEVE GILROY, CEO of Vistage


Opening Keynote Speaker - ROS ALTMANN


Special Debate 1: The next 20 years - your time, your opportunity

How are you going to maximise your opportunities in the next two decades?  In this vital debate you will learn from the experts how to make the most money and get the highest levels of satisfaction from your work and why a plural or portfolio career can be the best way to both earn and build wealth.

Panel: Stuart Lucas (Asset Match)




We need you! – 5 minute presentations from SME's looking to hire senior level expertise


Special engagement session with VISTAGE: From Success to Significance - Practical Steps to Build Your Portfolio Career

With a revolution taking place in the world of work it's critical people know what they want from their next career stage and how to get it. This session will give you some practical advice that can help you on the way to achieving greater career satisfaction - whatever you're looking to do next.


Special Debate 2: Passport to Export

It's not only British goods that are global brands.  Our senior management skills are too. Never have British interims, consultants and C level directors been more in demand outside the UK, picking up the most lucrative contracts acros the globe.  In this special session led by Jason Atkinson of Russam GMS we will reveal where the most exciting opportunities are to be found and how to win them for yourself.




Introductions from Chair of the Day


Keynote Speaker


Special Debate 3: £2,000 Tuesdays; £5,000 Fridays

Experts from the world of investment will explain how to generate an income of between £2,000 and £5,000 a day to replace the money you would otherwise have earned from working

Panel: Camilla Shaughnessy (Eventful Stays), Alex Stephany (JustPark), Mattioli Woods






Audience Discussion: What's wrong with my CV?

In the past your cv counted for everything, but in today’s rapidly changing world where references may not be taken up (after all you have been checked out on LinkedIn(!)) this interactive session will discuss how you position yourself so that you can maximise your earning potential through having the right attitude, degree of enthusiasm and level of commitment to your future employer. 

Panel: David Burdon (Simply Clicks)


Special Debate 4: Board not bored - where the best executive and non executive opportunities will be found for high flyers

Experts from leading head hunters will share with you the tips and techniques you should be using to guarantee yourself a successful board level career. There will be a special focus on issues such as quoted vs unquoted board positions and the role a Charity Trusteeship will play in your portfolio.

Panel: Tom Attenborough (London Stock Exchange), Oliver Woolley (Envestors)


Special Debate 5:  Cracking Venture Capital

With some of the best opportunities for experienced executives coming from the Venture Capital community, in this debate we will discuss everything from becoming a candidate that VCs or their portfolio companies want to hire, through to how to raise funding for a business you are working in. 


Closing Keynote Speaker - KRESSE WESLING






Mar 142014

pitching for management

Get involved with an exciting new business at Pitching for Management on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 from 18:00 to 21:30 (GMT)

Nabarro LLP
84 Theobalds Road
WC1X 8RW London
United Kingdom
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  • The sector we work in is Advertising, more specifically Experiential MarketingWe are looking for someone(s) who can help us grow the business through hands on advice (not a full time requirement) but industry contacts and the opportunity to bring in business is most important.
  • A Company with a new and engaging approach to learning emotional intelligence knowledge and insights using bite sized interactive modules. Each module includes 'mini drama' videos demonstrating how to deal with everyday workplace people challenges. This exciting and fast growing e-learning business are seeking to fill two roles to help them grow the business: 
    1. Marketing Head to develop a marketing plan and help execute it, primarily to:
      • Develop the value proposition for distributors
      • Raise awareness of the business in their market
      • Develop the company proposition for the US
    2. Technical Head/architect to create and build platform to deliver existing and new products.

    Working at their offices in Basingstoke and remotely the package can be a mix of sweat equity, commission and or exit fee.

  • We are creating the first premium brand craft distillery in the heart of Oxford City. The distillery complex will include a bar and restaurant and we will be using a locally grown 2000 year old organic Rye to ferment and distill our alcohol. (Vodka, Gin & Rye Whiskey) This will be a sustainable business and all the spent grain (still full of nutrition) will be picked up by local organic farmers each week to be used as animal feed. They in turn will give us preferential rates and cuts on the meat which will be used in our restaurant. With 9.5 million visitors to the city every year, our primary income in the first 2 years will be via distillery tours. At this time we are looking for a very cool GM to help us pull together the company structure, apply for licenses set up accounting systems and help us set achievable goals etc. I am interested in finding a great structured organiser who is a team player with possible background in hospitality, drink and luxury goods sectors. I am happy to consider all strong proposals. There is a budget for a wage from September, plus I will look at rev share and equity for the right person.

Click here for more information on all of the roles.

Book your ticket now so you don't miss out

At these events, exciting start-up and early-stage companies present their businesses to a room of individuals with the right skills to help them reach their next stage of growth. The roles available range from sales, marketing and finance board positions to mentorships, chair, CEO and non-executive director positions.

The roles on offer can be full or part time. Some offer paid remuneration and all packages offer additional rewards such as sweat equity, share options, commissions and bonuses.

If you think you could make a significant difference to a fast-growing company, then this is the event for you. The networking is also highly recommended.


18.00 : Registration & soft drinks

18.30 : Introductions Modwenna Rees-Mogg & Nabarro

18.35 : Speaker - Heather White - Non-Exec Hub

18.40 : Pitching Companies

19.10 : Break

19.20 : Speaker - Marks & Clerk

19.25 : Pitching Companies

20.00 : Networking and nibbles

21.30 : Finish

Feb 282014

Seek & Adore is looking for a strong retail Non-Executive Director to join the board and support our ambitious plans

non-executive directorThis is a great opportunity to work with a talented, passionate team, guiding them to deliver strong growth, prioritise and introduce new revenue streams and prepare for a trade sale in five years. Retail experience is preferred, together with a generous approach to sharing your contact book and opening doors. This is a non-salaried role with equity offered for results.

Role Outline

Seek & Adore is looking for a strong retail Non-Executive Director to join the board and support our ambitious plans by:

  • providing guidance and direction, particularly with regards to the development of pop-up retail opportunities
  • acting as a door-opener to help complete an investment round and build strategic brand partnerships
  • identifying and assessing opportunities for new revenue streams
  • preparing the company for a trade sale in 2018
  • advising on corporate governance

To be considered for this role, it is likely that you will:

  • have developed a start-up from through a period of significant change and growth
  • have experience of delivering high business growth on a tight budget
  • be interested in the world of ecommerce and have first-hand experience of different retail models
  • A skilled coach and mentor
  • be hands-on and enjoy a creative, entrepreneurial vibe!

To find out more, or to apply to be considered for the role, please contact:
Hatty Fawcett, Founder
07931 400740

Oct 072013

At a time when businesses need to focus on growth why is it that most Non-Executive Directors see their primary role as something else?

Growth businesses need contacts, funding, relationships, coaching, governance, risk management and more. Which of these do or could non-executive directors provide to businesses?

By Bryan Foss and Alison Bond

non-executive directorA recent mini-survey of non-executive directors and CEOs provides at least some insight, but what do the findings mean for what businesses have achieved? What should boards do differently in future when selecting, using and perhaps moving on their non-exec board members? Are non-execs valuable or a costly distraction for a growth business?

Our survey respondees were about 60% ‘primarily Non-Executive Directors and 30% Executives with a Non-Executive Director role, with the final 10% representing prospective Non-Executive Directors, so a very experienced and representative group.

We were initially surprised to see that Non-Executive Directors rated their contribution to the organisations they serve highest on Governance, challenge and risk reduction, which could be considered supportive, or perhaps constraining, in different circumstances. Growth and mentoring came firmly second, with Stability and cost reduction to follow, then finally contacts and funding contributions as the lowest self-ratings.

The respondees considered that the CEO’s they work with have very similar views of the experienced priorities of challenge, governance, risk reduction, growth, mentoring, stability, cost reduction, contacts and funding as delivered by the Non-Executive Directors that they work with.

This tells us that:

  • Non-Executive Directors already know (and are quite comfortable with) their prime time being spent in areas that constrain the business rather than those that grow the business
  • Board and executives are not happy that Non-Executive Directors contribute with sufficient priority in areas such as contacts, funding and growth, but appear to keep replacing their Non-Executive Directors using the same appointment approaches and criteria, expecting things somehow to improve
  • Those businesses that need Non-Executive Director support with growth issues will need to develop different ways to find, brief and engage with new Non-Executive Directors to achieve their goals.

We find these points very worrying. Shareholders expect growth from their investments and Non-Executive Directors are accountable to shareholders. Thinking about the status quo which currently exists in Non-Executive Director appointments, if organisations persist in the current strategy all we will have are stolid, inward looking organisations intent on protecting themselves. This certainly isn't an attitude that matches well with many stages of a company’s growth development and not only will this fail to inspire investors but will stymie talent and innovation and create no new wealth, with all the associated issues this will cause.

Alternatively Non-Executive Directors will be marginalised and ignored as the CEO drives the business to their personal strategy and for the short term, without the board’s proper engagement. Seeing challenge wrapped around governance and risk reduction would make something which could be a positive into a negative. The kind of challenge which aligns with a focus on governance and risk reduction is bound to be inward looking and to an extent judgemental, rather than supportive of the measured risks which drive assured growth and rewards.

After six years of economic constriction organisations need to be looking outward and onwards; at growth and connections, at creativity and developing free thinking. The decade of command and control needs to be replaced with a more empirical and outward focus.

Where the winners will be those who make a positive and visible difference, clearly they have to follow the rules, but that has to be hygiene factor now and not a goal. Any organisation that has to pay people to be on their board just to ensure the rest of the board keeps to the rules has not learnt the lessons of the last decade and will surely be punished for such negligence of opportunity.

Now is the time to use all that has happened to make a difference, to show the market what good really looks like and to build on that to bring the team with them. It is going to need a new look at decision making and possibly some new faces as Non-Executive Directors. It is vital that the last ten years of lessons have not been in vain. To keep looking for those mistakes at the top of organisations rather than at future possibility is frankly missing the point and also the value
of positive governance.

As one respondent commented on the opportunity provided by a well-chosen Non-Executive Director,

‘NEDs bring experience without an agenda and, if the Exec team embrace that without being
threatened, they can access a wealth of support, both personally and commercially’

Bryan Foss & Alison Bond

Bryan Foss is an independent board level advisor, business author, non-executive director
and visiting professor with Bristol Business School.

Alison Bond is an expert researcher and director of whose aim is to
help the people in their client boards and businesses to be the best that they can.

Oct 032013

Find your next role at the latest Pitching for Management event in Oxford on 8 October 2013 at 5.00pm - 8.30pm.


At these events, exciting start-up and entrepreneurial businesses present their companies and the roles available to a room of senior quality business professionals. The roles on offer range from sales, marketing and finance board positions to mentorships, chair, CEO and non-executive director positions.

The roles can be full or part time. Some offer paid remuneration and all packages offer additional rewards such as sweat equity, share options, commissions and bonuses.

If you think you could make a significant difference to a fast-growing company, then this is the event for you. The networking is also highly recommended.

ROLES ANNOUNCED - these are just two of the exciting businesses that will be pitching

  1. Innovative Sports Centre which is growing fast and popular in the busy Bristol Centre is urgently seeking help with funding applications and with good contacts and experience within the Leisure/Sports industry.  Ideally an NED role with a tailored package on offer when future investment is secured, full or part-time within the South West area.  A young enthusiastic team with a new approach to fitness which is motivating and refreshing are keen to expand the business
  2. We bring to market an inclusive Online Bank, leveraging new payment technologies to deliver an innovative and holistic portfolio of highly competitive financial services. We provide clear money management advice and simple affordable banking services for the nine million private individuals in the UK who do not have full access to mainstream financial services. The founders are now looking toidentify an executive leadership team with the vision and business acumen to establish an enduring brand and build a high growth and high value Online Bank. Following completion of the first round of funding, expected within 90 -120 days, remuneration offered will  include Salary, Bonus, Equity and executive level benefits to attract and retain the best and motivate great individual and team performances. The opportunity is to write the future of the financial services market


17.00 : Registration & soft drinks

17.30 : Introductions Modwenna Rees-Mogg

17.35:  Welcome from our hosts at Critchleys

17.40 : Guest Speaker

17.45 : Pitching Companies

18.15 : Break

18.25 : Guest Speaker

18.30 : Pitching Companies

19.00:  Networking and nibbles

20.30:  Finish

Hope to see you there.  If you are interested in pitching at one of the events, please call the AngelNews team on 01761 452248. 

Book your place now by clicking this link

Sep 262013


The Great British Workforce Revolution Conference


Going it alone as an Independent Director

Wednesday 16th October 2013, Dexter House, Royal Mint Court, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4QN

The Great British Workforce Revolution conference is a must-attend event for Independent Directors, value-add Business Angels and cashed-out entrepreneurs who are interested in finding out how to prosper in the ever-evolving Independent Executive recruitment landscape.

In light of the recent discovery that nearly half of the UK working population are not full-time employees - thus being left almost entirely to find their own work and their own contracts - this Conference aims to understand, explore and seek out the opportunities available to this increasingly popular dynamic of independent working.

The Great British Workforce Revolution conference is the only live event in the UK focused on bringing hundreds of senior level executives together in one day and in one place, alongside the key influencers in the executive recruitment industry. Come along to hear from industry experts, gain educational insight, participate in exciting debates, enjoy quality networking and hear from some excellent keynote speakers.

Take a look around the event website, and please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about the 2013 Workforce Revolution, or visit the event booking page to BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY!

With an increasing trend towards a "portfolio" or "plural" career with senior, professional executives. holding a mixture of positions simultaneously or consecutively, across a broad range of businesses ‘Workforce Revolution’ will delineate, demonstrate and debate the innovative approach that individuals and companies are taking in order to capitalise on this changing work-dynamic.

The day will include keynote addresses, inter-active debates, live interviews and of course, excellent networking opportunities. Speakers include:

Peter Whitehead

Editor, FT Executive Appointments; Editor, FT Non-Executive Directors' Club.

Peter will be sharing his invaluable insight into how the nature of work is changing and the factors that are driving it.

Humphrey Walters

Consultant and Motivational Speaker

Speaking of his experience over the past 30 years of working exclusively in helping individuals perform to high levels as well as developing winning teams and leaders for many Organisations and professional bodies.

Lara Morgan

Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Pacific Direct Ltd and

Lara started her first company at just 23 years old. 17 years later she sold her 99% share for £20million!

To join up to 200 like-minded delegates please click here to book your place and take advantage of the ‘Summer Flyer’ 25% off discounted tickets.

More details are available on: or get in touch with Fuchsia Curry on or 07766 954 155.

Sep 122013

Guildford Pitching for Management™ at Baker Tilly

pitching for managementWednesday, 18 September 2013 from 16:00 to 19:30 (BST)

Baker Tilly, 3rd Floor One London Square
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The latest Pitching for Management™ event is in Guildford on Wednesday 18th September at 4.00pm - 7.30pm. This is a unique opportunity to network with fellow business professionals, meet the best entrepreneurial talent from around the UK and find roles in dynamic, ambitious fast-growing businesses. At these events, senior executives see exciting entrepreneurial businesses present their businesses and the roles available ranging from sales, marketing and finance board positions to mentorships, chair, CEO and non-executive director positions.

The roles on offer can be full or part time. Some offer paid remuneration and all packages offer additional rewards such as sweat equity, share options, commissions and bonuses.

If you think you could make a significant difference to a fast-growing company, then this is the event for you. The networking is also highly recommended.


16.00 : Registration & soft drinks

16.30 : Introductions Modwenna Rees-Mogg

16.40 : Guest speaker -

17.00 : Pitching Companies

17.30 : Break

17.40 : Pitching Companies

18.10:  Networking and nibbles

19:30   Finish

We hope you can make it!

Book your ticket now so you don't miss out!