Building your social enterprise board by recruiting non-executive directors

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It is a myth that it is difficult to find NEDs for your Board – let us show you how to do it.

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If you are the founder of a social enterprise, this workshop will equip you to protect your legacy while getting the maximum support from your Board.

You’ve built your social enterprise and it’s time to take it to a whole new level by recruiting a Board of non-executive directors (NEDs). Then of course you need to know how to run a successful Board meeting with deliverable agenda items.

Give us 90 minutes of your time and we will give you practical actions and resources to use to make this happen. That’s 1 hour of teaching and 30 minutes for Q&A from 3 experts.

Our speakers will address the requirements for recruiting the best NEDs for your organisation, then talk about how to successfully run and manage the outcomes of a Board meeting.

Why bother with a Board and how do you find them anyway?

Karen Leigh Anderson is a Social Business Specialist with 20 plus years of experience in social enterprise. She will kick off the workshop by teaching you how to protect your legacy as a social entrepreneur. With extensive experience in the social enterprise field, Karen will then show you how to recruit NEDs. She will also update you on the best practice for social enterprises when building a Board.

Karen’s session includes a set of editable giveaways comprising a Recruitment Policy and Job Pack including Advert, Summary, Job Description and Person Spec for an NED. Plus, Karen will share her recruitment checklist for you to refer to.

How to I manage NEDs on my board? What power do they have in my business?

Charlotte Johns, Director and Founder of Kingfisher HR, is a qualified solicitor and barrister and specialises in employment law and human resources. She will help you to understand the legal status of NEDs in your business, whether they are paid or unpaid. She will also give you a sense of why anyone would become an unpaid NED on your social enterprise Board.

Charlotte’s session includes a basic offer letter that you would use for managing expectations when an NED joins your Board.

Is there a good way to run a Board? How do I stop Board paperwork taking over my business?

Helen Jean Naidoo will talk about the process required to run successful Board meetings. This includes tips and resources covering the minutiae leading up to and after a meeting, as well as an overview of the annual records and registers that any organisation needs to retain for Companies House. Helen is highly skilled at managing actionable outcomes after a Board meeting, and she will show you how to do that.

Helen’s session includes an editable annual Board meeting year planner, as well as outlines for an agenda and action log.


Our workshop is geared to equip you to find and select the best directors for your organisation and then run successful Board meetings.

We are sharing how to select and recruit the correct Board members for when you need them, whilst understanding how governance works to support both you as founder and your legacy in your social enterprise.

Added extra for workshops participants

Workshop participants looking for NEDs for a social enterprise Board who have completed the Job Pack can share their online advert url with Karen in LinkedIn or Twitter and she will promote the opportunity for them.

Karen was a founding member of the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation Changing the Chemistry which is focused on improving diversity of thought in UK Boards. When supporting Board recruitment, she promotes opportunities to this network as well as her LinkedIn and Twitter followers (totalling 14,000 +).


Speaker Bios

Karen Leigh Anderson

Karen works primarily with social entrepreneurs to grow and scale businesses to change the world. She currently works part-time as a Social Business Specialist at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. She delivers start-up business support through other incubator and accelerator programmes across the UK, and scale-up support directly to social entrepreneurs.

Governance is one of her particular focuses because good governance is how social entrepreneurs can truly protect their legacy and grow effectively. She is a Churchill Fellow whose report concentrates on building organisations to create long-term (more than one hundred years) legacy. Karen has held board positions herself since 2005 and is currently NED and chair of a social enterprise Board.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karenleighanderson/

Twitter: @socentraveller

Charlotte Johns

Director and Founder of Kingfisher HR, Charlotte Johns is a qualified solicitor and barrister with more than twenty years of experience in employment law and human resources. She set up Kingfisher HR for supporting SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) to grow without compromising good HR practice. For seven years, she has worked alongside business owners and the senior leadership teams of organisations helping them manage their people well.

Charlotte not only brings her legal expertise to HR and employment support but also experience as a mediator. Her approach is straight forward but always includes people’s emotions so that you can be a better leader and manager.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlottejohns/

Helen Jean Naidoo

Helen Jean Naidoo is an experienced professional with an extensive background in implementing governance through effective administration management. She combines technical skill with many years of exposure to corporate meeting protocols to consistently deliver a highly organised approach to supporting governance and process requirements.

She is developing her service offering as The Board Secretary to support SME and third sector Boards run better. She knows how to support you as founder to make Boards work easily and efficiently so a Board doesn’t become a drain on your time.

She currently works with the Scottish Business Network (a social enterprise) coordinating the Board meetings, compiling the Board papers, managing the agendas, and delivering minutes. Helen has completed course 1 and 2 of the Company Secretary Roles & Responsibilities by The Chartered Governance Institute.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/helenjeannaidoo-theboardsecretary/

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