Communities perform a vital and mostly unsung role in career progression, through access to knowledge about opportunities, behind the scenes endorsements, cheerleading, information exchange, and networking. We are delighted to offer a session to members on how to best utilise communities, led by SWISH Member, Marianne Macdonald, Founder, Non-executive Directorships Consulting and the 350 Club, the closed online community for FTSE 350 board members, together with Elisabeth Stheeman a FTSE 250 Chair who exemplifies the ability to build and maintain networks and has generously used them to support many others in their personal and professional goals.
In 2016 Marianne founded Non-executive Directorships Consulting Ltd, the leading non-executive career advisory firm in the UK, having spent seven years in the Zygos board practice focused on non-executive appointments. She launched the 350 Club, a closed platform for FTSE 350 board members and FTSE 100 executive committee members to collaborate, message and interact, in July 2021. It uniquely provides a closed community for its FTSE 350 members to identify and message each other to exchange information to solve board and business problems. While emphatically a connection rather than recruitment platform, it can alert its FTSE 350 members to relevant board mandates and connect them direct to the headhunter handling them. It also has the ability, on behalf of board headhunters, to identify members by a range of criteria in order to surface and contact potential candidates to help them solve their searches.
Elisabeth is the Chair of Edinburgh Investment Trust (EIT) plc, a FTSE 250 listed investment trust. In her current portfolio she is also an external member of the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee and Financial Market Infrastructure Board, an external member of the Audit and Risk Committee of AIIB (Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank) and a member of alstria AG’s Supervisory Board.