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Marianne Macdonald

Established in 2016, Non-executive Directorships Consulting, founded by Marianne Macdonald, is a central London-based service offering expert advice and guidance to senior individuals who wish to gain a non-executive role or to embark on or extend a non-executive career.

Based on experience of working closely with chairmen, CEOs and non-executive directors at the highest levels, the fast-track service helps each client avoid pitfalls and to market themselves optimally in a competitive market to create a rewarding and stimulating new chapter.

Alongside Non-executive Directorships Consulting, Marianne is an Ambassador for Nurole, a Board Advisor for the MBS Group and a career advisor for BCKR, the organisation which works to help senior lawyers find portfolio positions. She additionally has relationships with a wide range of search firms, mentoring companies, non-executive development organisations and board players.

Until October 2016 Marianne worked in the non-executive practice of The Zygos Partnership, which was the UK’s leading board search firm in the non-executive space. The Zygos Partnership placed 60 – 90 non-executives and chairmen per annum onto the larger listed and private boards, including many within the FTSE 350. Her non-executive search experience spanned all sectors, including financial services, professional services, FMCG, aerospace and defence, industrial, retail and utilities, and boards ranging in scale from FTSE100 to FTSE small cap, including family businesses, mutuals and markets.

Before joining The Zygos Partnership in 2010, Marianne Macdonald spent a period working in search within the management consultancy space. Prior to that she spent 20 years as a broadsheet journalist, 10 of which were spent interviewing leaders within the arts, media, politics and sports sectors internationally for UK broadsheet newspapers and magazines including the Times, Telegraph, Observer and Independent.

She has a First in English from New College, Oxford, a Diploma in Journalism from City University, and was a Guardian Student Journalist of the Year.