In this week’s Sunday Times, Mrs Moneypenny alias Heather McGregor argues that companies should be more radical in their approach when appointing their next NED by specifying no previous experience.
At our NEDA debate last year, Heather proposed the motion ‘This house believes that tomorrow’s boards should not appoint the NEDs of today’. After a lively debate the final vote ended up 69% for the motion. We firmly believe and support Heather’s view in cognitive diversity and also how important it is to train and support that talent coming from a wider gene pool. Not having previous boardroom experience should no longer be an obstacle and regarded as risky, not thinking more broadly might turn out a much riskier strategy in addressing the challenges and opportunities ahead.
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