Sir Roger Carr

Chairman of BAE Systems plc

"However good you are, if you are invisible you won’t get onto the radar. If you are not on the radar you are unlikely to get the job – networking is part and parcel of the role".

Donald Brydon

Chairman of Sage Group plc

"I have taken an interest in the Professional Boards Forum since their first event in 2009 as it provides us Chairmen with a new and interesting talent pool.”

Sir Philip Hampton

Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline plc

“I enjoyed the Forum and was pleased to meet and work with some very able candidates. I was also impressed by the presence and energy of my fellow Chairmen and board directors, who demonstrated a clear commitment to ensuring that outstanding women are visible and considered for FTSE NED roles in the future.”

Sir John Parker

Chairman of Pennon Group plc

“I enjoyed the Professional Boards Forum event – the format was both fun and stimulating. I’m delighted that Anglo American is able to support the May 2010 event. It’s fitting as we have one of the few women CEOs in the FTSE100 as well as a woman NED."

Sir Peter Bonfield

Chairman of NXP Semiconductors NV

“When starting an NED career you need a little help and good contacts. The new network women get at the Professional Boards Forum is very important and for the Chairmen it exposes us to a talent pool we might otherwise not see. I have attended the Forum since the inaugural event and will continue to support it."

Bob Cowell

Founding Partner of Makinson Cowell

“Any initiatives that widen and deepen the available pool of
Non-Executive directors deserve support and the Forum does just that. ”

Dame Alison Carnwath

Formerly: Chair of Land Securities Group plc

“I look forward to receiving the biographies and photos of the attendees, as I saw some very capable individuals at your Forum last week. I also enjoyed the event and will continue to be a good supporter. Well done overall – you should be delighted with the event.”

Glen Moreno

Chairman of Virgin Money Holdings (UK) plc

“If a woman does a good job on a board she will be sought by others for NED work. But it is often a matter of initial exposure, so this networking event is very interesting.”

PBF Chairmen Faculty


With thanks to some of the many Chairmen who have participated in Professional Boards Forum events

Explore our

PBF Chairmen Faculty 


What our participants say:

“As a potential NED looking to get noticed, attending a
PBF event is a good place to start. Be clear on your experience
and what you bring to the table – the opportunities are there
and business needs to understand that our society at large
requires diverse boards.”

Sir Mike Rake, Chairman, Phoenix Global

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