Partner, Board Practice
Louise leads the board practice at Ridgeway and focuses on chair, non executive director and committee chair search. Working with quoted companies, from FTSE 100 to AIM, and with private businesses, she helps companies to recruit senior advisors and advisory board members.
Louise is a functional expert and has worked across all industries, including support services, real estate and housebuilding, healthcare, energy and utilities, construction and infrastructure, financial services, transport and retail.
Louise has worked in executive search for over 20 years and has specialised in board appointments for the past 15. Her earlier career was with Odgers Berndtson and The Zygos Partnership. She has a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Exeter.
What is changing in candidates’ minds?
Over the past few years I have noticed a change in how candidates prioritise the opportunities we take to them, with the scale of a company now being less important than the quality of prospective board colleagues, the effectiveness of the chair and a strong match between what the company is seeking and what that candidate knows they can bring to the table. The modern non executive director or chair typically wants to add real value to a company beyond the core governance remit and knows that they are able to take on relatively few roles, due to ‘overboarding’ constraints. So the bar for what they will choose to do is higher.
How do we keep diversity at the forefront of client discussions?
There is a lot that we and our clients can and should do to make boards more diverse. There have been strides made in female representation at board level and we are now focused on helping clients to build greater ethnic diversity into their boards, as well as appoint more diverse candidates into chair roles. But we have only really scratched the surface in looking at how inclusive boards are across all dimensions, for example socio-economic background and disability.
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