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Feedback from some of the NED candidates who have participated in Professional Boards Forum events.  If you need a reason to connect us with women candidates Natalia Camprubi says it better than we could..

“Thank you for making this creative initiative available to me. I am not sure that when you started PBF you could have anticipated the real dimension of the impact it would have on people like me. The event was pure inspiration and a source of invaluable lessons, both from your conversation with Sir Roger Carr and Sir Andrew Mackenzie (what a privilege to have them both!) and from the discussions in the break-out rooms with the other participants. The event strengthened my conviction to pursue an executive career combined with an NED role – with eyes open to the challenges it brings. Keep sharing your generosity through more events. PBF is having a great impact.”


Natalia Camprubi, candidate 18th May 2022

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“I’d like to thank you and PBF and share another success as it was announced that I am joining Sir Douglas Flint’s Board at IP Group plc. PBF has been a wonderful networking opportunity for me, and many others.”

Caroline A. Brown, Independent Director, IP Group plc

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“This is a great opportunity to spar with experts on topical corporate board matters and get the insights of those who have been there and dealt with them at the most senior level. What a delight to have an afternoon to play Boardroom Games with such experts. I learned a lot and hope to apply my knowledge on a board in future.”

Michelle Baker, Chief Procurement Officer, KPN

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“This afternoon absolutely exceeded my expectations. I did not know that so much could be accomplished in just 3 hours. I got quality insights from very experienced and extremely engaged Chairs and board members.”

Zeynep Deldag, Partner, EY

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“I greatly enjoyed this afternoon. I really valued the open, safe and cooperative atmosphere of this unique setup and the board dialogues. I also thoroughly enjoyed meeting other ambitious and

accomplished women, an experience that has given me so much energy and encouragement.”

Femke Brenninkmeijer, Director, Energy, Cargo & Offshore, Port of Amsterdam

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“As I open this new chapter in my career, it was great to attend a forum with such a good structure,

focus and purpose; with Chairs willing to give up their valuable time, in a format that encourages

positive engaging participation; along with a great format for networking and demonstration of styles and expertise.”

Karen Mackay, Group Chief Financial Officer, Optegra International

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“The Chairs’ advice and guidance was amazingly useful and I came away with many tips, as well as the confidence to approach them and others who may be able to help me on my journey to the boardroom.”

Susan Swabey, Company Secretary, Smith & Nephew plc

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“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was very informative, learning from Chairs during the fireside chat, interesting case-study discussions and great networking. It enabled experiential discussions and made us reach a decision with diverse views. It was a pleasure to meet women from different business sectors, and to immediately collaborate together.”

Marianne Davies, VP and Head of Global HR Operations, GSK

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“PBF has accelerated my understanding of the workings of boards in both technical and practical terms. The calibre of the Chairs involved gives deep insight into what is required and the highly realistic case studies challenge participants to demonstrate their capability in a demanding but also supportive environment. I have been appointed to two boards since my engagement with PBF – thoroughly recommended!”

Priya Nair, Managing Director, Royal Bank of Canada

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“The case enabled us to have an in-depth dialogue on board issues and it made it possible for all to

contribute. It was so much fun. I really enjoyed working with seasoned chairs, and what a great group of women present!”

Petra de Weerd-Nederhof, Professor, University of Twente

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“A great opportunity to test and learn from others on what would it take to be part of a Professional Board. An invaluable networking platform.”

Anna Mascolo, President Global Aviation, Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd

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