Effective board composition emphasises diversity of social background, gender, nationality and experience, and our clients come from a wide range of backgrounds. All have operated at a senior executive level. They are UK-based or based out of Europe, the US and Asia, although we can be most helpful to those interested in the UK market.
Clients include a number of the most senior retiring or retired Big Four partners with strong audit, tax and consulting experience. They typically have an accountancy qualification and can chair audit committee.
Others have very heavyweight general management, sometimes with a multi-billion P&L, across all sectors. These include former FTSE CEOs and CEOs of large family businesses including BP plc, Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, Mars Inc and AXA SA, and successful entrepreneurs, senior divisional CEOs supported by their board to gain a NED role, and former public sector CEOs.
A number have a finance background. They include a current and former FTSE CFOs and divisional CFOs and others from large-scale unlisted companies. In addition, clients may have a senior HR, digital, asset management, consulting or operational expertise.
Some 60% of clients are at the point of retirement and creation of a portfolio career. Around 30% are serving executives who wish to secure a non-executive directorship alongside the day job. Around 10% of clients are seeking to extend or broaden their portfolio by company type or geography or because they are gaining capacity. These include both experienced chairmen and non-executives.
Clients come from a spectrum of private and public sector organisations including:
• Listed companies, including FTSE 100 and non-UK equivalents
• Privately owned companies, including family owned businesses
• Professional services firms
• Public sector/ government
• Private equity
Clients come from a wide range of sectors:
SECTOR SPREAD Consumer & Retail Industrial & Energy Technology/Digital Financial Services Business Services Defence/Intelligence
Some 50% of the current client group are women.