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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


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, 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 first 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 on NED and Ministerial Public Appointments will be in Westminster on 12 September 2019. Seminars are followed by Aperitivo informal drinks & networking. These are interactive events at which you have the opportunity to gain top tips and insights.

Sessions are held in collaboration with Patron Sarah Anderson CBE and other leading public appointees. Along  with an overview on Ministerial Public Appointments and current opportunities you’ll get  practical  information on 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.

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

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