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BoardAble Programme

The BoardAble Programme: Collaborative role model reinforcement

The BoardAble Programme has been created to enable participants to step-up to Public Appointments, NED roles and Senior Board positions.

BoardAble Patron is Sarah Anderson CBE

Opportunity

The need to address the imbalance at the highest levels of public life and on boards has been clearly identified. The benefits of diversity and widening participation at all levels within an organization are well established. For anyone considering such a role the best way of discovering exactly what is involved is to gain real life experience from others who are already there.

Inspiring leaders who have been BoardAble ‘Shadow Principals’ include Sarah Anderson CBE; Dame Kate Barker CBE; Tracey Bleakley; Natalie Campbell, Dame Teresa Graham; Claire Ighodaro CBE; Kate Nash OBE; Sandi Rhys Jones OBE and Anne Watts CBE. We are hugely thankful to these amazing women for sharing their valuable time and expertise.

BoardAble Participants

BoardAble is designed for people of all backgrounds and career sectors interested in finding out exactly what is involved in taking on a Ministerial Public Appointment and/or moving up to a Board or NED role.

The programme has been devised specifically and particularly to tackle the issues which have been and still are preventing women and people from diverse backgrounds reaching the top. The shadowing experience is supported by professional workshops and other key activities. There is a selective recruitment process aligned with that of applying for a board level or public appointment, with professional feedback at every stage.

Next Steps

The programme runs each spring and autumn plus there are BoardAble Seminars at least twice each year. The next open seminar on NED and Ministerial Public Appointments will be a virtual roundtable with the Cabinet Office at 4.00pm on 23 June. All are welcome but places are limited so please email events@pinkshoeclub.com to book.

Virtual Seminars are followed by ‘Tea & Talk’ informal conversation & networking hosted by a leading Pink Shoe Ambassador.

Westminster Seminars are followed by ‘Aperitivo’ informal drinks & networking hosted by Pink Shoe founder Helene Martin Gee.

Both live and virtual events are interactive sessions at which you have the opportunity to meet other senior leaders and gain top tips and insights.

Sessions are held in collaboration with Patron Sarah Anderson CBE and other leading public appointees and NEDs. Along  with an overview on Ministerial Public Appointments and current opportunities you’ll get practical information on working at board level plus details of the application process from Vanda Green and the Pink Shoe leadership team. The programme thus helps fulfil the aim of achieving greater participation for women and under-represented groups in public life and at board level.

Applications for the BoardAble autumn 2020 programme are open.

Subject to Government guidelines, sessions for the autumn programme take place on Thursday 24th September and Wednesday 25th November 2020 from 1pm-6pm.  

To find out more about BoardAble and what’s involved, please contact Programme Director Vanda Green for an information pack – email vanda@pinkshoeclub.com

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