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Gresham House Renewable Energy VCT 1 Plc
Chair Successor / Non-Executive Director
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Gresham House Renewable Energy VCT 1 Plc (formerly Hazel Renewable Energy VCT1 Plc) is a Venture Capital Trust with £32m AUM, which invests in renewable energy projects. They sought a new Chair with experience investing in VCTs or sitting on a VCT board, and a new Non-Executive Director who had experience in the energy and/or renewables sector.In less than a month Nurole surfaced Gill Nott OBE, Chair of JP Morgan Russian Securities Trust Plc, Premier Global Infrastructure Trust Plc and PGIT Securities 2020 Plc to name a few, and Duncan Grierson, Partner at 7percent Ventures, former CEO & Founder of waste-to-biofuels technology company Sterecycle and former Managing Director of Smart Energy at Iona Capital.

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"Having used Nurole both as a candidate and as a client, I found that the system gives its users access to an excellent platform which allows them to quickly review opportunities that interest them and that best fit their experience. This helps streamline the hiring process. Furthermore the very wide reach of Nurole both in the UK and overseas can deliver candidates that would not otherwise be identified. These aspects of Nurole differentiate it from the usual search process and validate Nurole as a valuable resource for board level hiring."

Gill Nott OBE, Chairman, JP Morgan Russian Securities Trust Plc

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"The Nurole platform provided us with a really diverse range of high calibre candidates for both of the roles we posted. Nurole enabled us to reach beyond our network by attracting applicants who traditionally might not have considered becoming a NED of a VCT. We are delighted by the outcome and were very impressed by how straightforward, efficient, and cost effective the Nurole process was."

Christian Yates, Chairman, Gresham House Renewable Energy VCT 1 plc

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"Nurole is a great platform for sourcing high calibre candidates, as it casts the net wider by enabling its members to recommend individuals within our own professional circles."

Duncan Grierson, Managing Director of Smart Energy, Iona Capital

CQS Natural Resources Growth and Income
Non-Executive Director
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CQS Natural Resources Growth and Income (previously named City Natural Resources High Yield Trust Plc), an investment trust that has £140m assets under management, sought to appoint two Non-Executive Directors to ensure that the Company is operating effectively for its shareholders.Within a month Nurole surfaced Christopher Casey, an established Non-Exectuive Director, Chairman and Auditor with 30 years’ experience, 15 of which were spent as an Audit Partner of KPMG; and Carole Cable, Global Co-Head of Brunswick’s Energy & Resources and NED at Nyrstar N.V. and Women in Mining UK.

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"Nurole is on the cusp of something very powerful, it is exactly what recruitment needs. it’s great for clients because they have access to a vast number of high calibre applicants and it's incredibly useful to candidates because the application processes are very efficient and straightforward."

Christopher Casey, Former Partner, KPMG

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"I found Nurole to be an excellent addition to traditional recruitment agencies as the platform allows the candidates full control of their preferences which can be altered as your career moves on and ensures the best match. I was alerted to a NED role by a friend so I joined Nurole immediately and applied. I found the process to be thorough and swift and I joined the Board of CQS Natural Resources Growth and Income Fund within a few months. "

Carole Cable, Global Co-Head , Brunswick’s Energy & Resources

Henry Royce Institute
Non-Executive Director
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The Henry Royce Institute is the UK’s home of advanced materials research and commercialisation. The £235m Institute will support world-leading research and foster innovation in advanced materials, bringing together leading scientists and industry experts. The Chair & CEO were seeking non executive directors who could bring combinations of strong industry knowledge, a passion for research, a record of successful innovation, and technology investment, to help The Royce deliver major impact through materials innovation.

Through Nurole and working with their headhunter they identified Zeina Bain (Partner at Carlyle), Jack Boyer (Mitie PLC NED) and Martin Green (Group Strategy Director Johnson Matthey PLC).

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"Nurole brought us candidates from outside of our normal networks and was a very effective and economic solution for building our board."

Andrew Hosty, CEO, Henry Royce Institute

Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve
Managing Director
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Based over two sites in Kent and covering over 650 acres, Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve welcome over 300,000 visitors a year and have grown a substantial overnight accommodation offering. They were seeking an MD who would be responsible for all commercial aspects of the wild animal parks, the overnight accommodation at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, and fundraising. They sought someone with prior leadership experience and relevant consumer sector experience.In one day Nurole identified Anthony Kelly, the former Executive Director Racing of the Hong Kong Jockey Club and previous Managing Director of Arena Racing Corporation in the UK.

Click here to read Anthony Kelly's insights on the cultural and corporate contrasts between working in the UK and China.

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"I haven't found any other platform that has such diverse range of board level roles and it’s extremely easy to use and apply for roles."

Anthony Kelly, Successful candidate, Hong Kong Jockey Club

LIGNIA Wood Company Limited
Non-Executive Chair
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LIGNIA® Wood Company is a producer of sustainable modified wood. The company is helping to tackle issues around the limited supplies of legal and sustainable hardwoods – such as reducing deforestation and increasing sustainability awareness - by producing a modified wood with the brand name LIGNIA®. They sought to appoint a Non-Executive Chair who had experience in fundraising and scaling a start-up from no revenues to £10m+ revenues.In four weeks Nurole surfaced Russ Cummings, former CEO of VC-backed Touchstone Innovations Plc, Non-Executive Director at British Patient Capital, a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of British Business Bank plc, the UK government’s economic development bank.

Click here to read Russ Cummings discuss NEDs, the future of business and mountain climbing

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"Nurole is a complementary resource to add to your personal networks."

Russ Cummings, Non-Executive Director, British Patient Capital

Open hiring

Change the way your board hires

With climate change, broader stakeholder consideration and sustainability rising to the top of boards' agendas in an increasingly volatile political environment, there has never been a more challenging time for organisations in the energy and natural resources space. The demand for materials across the developing world and shifting consumer behaviours in the developed world present both opportunities and challenges.

Nurole's proprietary open hiring platform allows Energy & Natural Resources organisations to access talent that was previously unreachable using a research-backed structured assessment process designed to improve hiring outcomes at an affordable cost.

As a specialist in board-level hiring (Chairs, Independent Directors and Committee members) with over 1,000 board-level placements, Nurole is a disruptor which has rapidly become a significant player in Energy & Natural resource non-executive board appointments.

Organisations in Energy & Natural Resources come to Nurole when they are looking for exceptional board members with deep sector, geographic or functional expertise who will compliment the diversity of their existing team.

Boasting over one hundred years of headhunting experience, Nurole's team of experts are looking forward to hearing from you and explaining how Nurole can help you find and appoint the very best talent to your Energy & Natural Resources board.

What we offer

Energy and natural resources board recruitment services

Advisory service

The alternative to the traditional headhunter process. We run the process for you, using the Nurole platform and our inhouse sector experts to actively approach talent. Fixed pricing starting from £5,000 up front and £15,000 per appointment.

Platform service

Instead of relying on your personal network or a jobs board, we give you all the tools you need and a Nurole process expert to find world class board level talent to transform your organisation. Fixed pricing starting from £5,000 up front and £5,000 per appointment.

Charity service

As part of our social impact, we make it easy for charity boards to find the best Chairs and Trustees on the planet for a small administrative fee. Learn more.

Open Hiring

How it works



We work closely with your team to understand your organisation and the skillset you're looking for, and create the perfect candidate brief.



We bring you the best candidates by matching your role with relevant members, crowdsourcing recommendations and approaching talent inside and outside of the Nurole network.



We present the strongest candidates through our easy-to-use portal and we'll help you choose the shortlist to interview.



We support you with scheduling interviews, managing rejections and finalising your hire(s).

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If you tell us more about your organisation and role, our sector expert will be in touch via email to provide a price quote.

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Nurole non executive director compensation report

Nurole's 2021/22 independent director compensation report includes annual and day rate compensation levels by organisation size and type, how many days a year on average most independent directors work for their organisations, the average number of board positions they hold, which organisations are more likely to compensate with a mix of stock and cash and which most often require directors to take an equity stake.

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