Boardroom Advisor and Independent Non-Executive Director Search

The global financial crisis and subsequent high-profile business failures, coupled with increased regulation have drawn attention to the roles played by Board Advisors and Independent Non-Executive Directors (iNEDs).

From corporate governance through to oversight and mentorship, the requirements of the advisory role have never been so broad, or so demanding.

The ability to review in detail a company’s strategy and decision-making, to support and also to challenge have for a long time now been essential attributes of the trusted advisor. Today, even more than that, is the need to understand real operational detail, including risk, finance, technology and sales.

Emphasis on these skills, and demand for experience in these critical business functions is being driven by;

  • Founders and CEOs of  fast-growth SMEs and high-potential start-ups 
  • VCs & Corporate Innovation teams seeking iNEDs and advisors for portfolio companies

Catalina Consulting can help

Leveraging our experience of working with tech entrepreneurs, our industry knowledge and our extensive network of contacts, we can find the right candidates for advisory and oversight roles including; Chairperson of the Board; Board Advisor; Independent Non-Executive Director, Industry Advisor, Mentor for the Founder or Chief Executive.

For a confidential discussion about this service, please get in touch. We welcome enquiries from those who want to recruit suitable candidates, as well as from candidates seeking new roles.


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Sales & Marketing

Most in demand for advisory roles are people with specific industry knowledge as well as experience of leading high-performance teams. A ready-made rolodex of contacts is also an advantage.

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Advisors are increasingly required to support fund-raising and investor-engagement. In high demand are those who have built and sold successful businesses and who understand how to engage & negotiate with investors.

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Human Capital

As company leaders strive to achieve diversity goals; to provide a good work/life balance for their people; or to build a culture that retains the best talent, there is a need for advisors who can help them to understand how to be an employer of choice.

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The need to realise investment in digital transformation, to manage, protect & monetise data, to drive efficiencies through AI or robotics requires a level of understanding that goes beyond the traditional advisory role. Most in demand are advisors who understand how to commercialise technology

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At financial institutions, the iNED faces much closer scrutiny from Regulators that ever before. However, the growth in Fintech & Regtech companies that sell to a regulated customer base has led to an increasing demand for advisors with regulatory knowledge & expertise.

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Digital Skills

Digital skills are set to be the highest growth area for advisors and iNEDs, with experience/expertise in digital transformation and in particular monetising transformation in high demand.

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