The 50NED Challenge Breaking into the Boardroom

Starfish is committed to supporting organisations that want to improve their diversity. One of the most effective ways to deliver positive change is to address the diversity of non-executive Boards. Having inclusive board recruitment practices and being prepared to recognise and value the contributions offered by a broader range of backgrounds holds the key.

After many years of supporting candidates who have been through board recruitment processes, we thought it was time that we made better use of the insights we’ve gained.

We decided to create an initiative that would:

  • encourage and support would-be non-executives from all walks of life who want to join boards, but simply don’t know how to access opportunities and get started
  • help to contribute 50 ‘boardroom ready’ first time non-executives by the end of 2023: our hope is that, by setting ourselves this target, we can do our bit to break down the barriers that exist when it comes to getting on boards without having any board experience

The articles on this site capture the many observations we have made about what really matters in board work, and what organisations are increasingly looking for.

We hope that you enjoy listening to the stories of those who have already made this journey, and that you feel inspired to follow them.