Women on Boards – Becoming a Trustee/Non-Exec Director
Women from financial service backgrounds are incredibly sought after by organisations wanting to increase diversity across their boards. Whether as a Trustee in a third sector charity or a Non-Exec Director in the private sector, there has never been a better time to take that first (or second or third!) step towards building your board career.
In this interactive session, experienced board members Irene Grant and David Watt will be sharing tips and advice for approaching board applications, covering the following areas:
- How to be confident that you are board ready
- The skills and attributes required for a director
- Where roles are advertised
- Tips for the perfect CV and board application
About our speakers and event partner, The Institute of Directors (IoD):
Irene has a portfolio career, running her own business as an Executive Coach, Mentor and Business Consultant and taking on Non-Executive Director roles. The founder of Craigelachie
Consulting Ltd, she is based in Edinburgh, Scotland and works globally. In 2018, Irene was appointed a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Edinburgh International Book Festival, the world’s largest festival celebrating words, literature and ideas. Irene brings her extensive Board experience in strategic thinking, finance, risk management and governance plus a deep interest in organisational purpose, values and culture. Irene is a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute, a Committee member at the 2025 Foundation, and an active member of the Association of Coaching, Changing the Chemistry and the Institute of Directors.
David now follows a portfolio career, having been in a variety of executive posts over the years as well as a number of trustee and non-executive roles. His particular interest is in governance as well as director and board performance. His involvements focus on how non-executives can add value to any organisation, with current roles including Chair of Fife College, Trustee Goodison Group, Hon. President Scottish Gymnastics Association and Executive Director IoD – Scotland.
Kirsty Livingstone (Co-Host, IoD)
Kirsty has been with the IoD since May 2017 and has been a member of the organisation since 2014. She brings 16 years banking experience from Lloyds Banking Group where she drove improvements within a dynamic and competitive environment.
The IoD is a business organisation for company directors, senior business leaders and entrepreneurs. It is the UK’s longest running organisation for professional leaders, having been founded in 1903 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 1906
This virtual event will be delivered via Zoom - please register with us in advance of the session to ensure you receive the joining instructions.