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If you’re only advertising roles to the same people, then the ones you want to attract outside of that circle will never hear about them.

Richard Etienne, Deputy Head of Communications at Department of International Trade & Trustee Hackney Empire Theatre

I'm a big fan of the service. It's simple and easy to use and I now recommend it to lots of people!

Sean Cornwell, Chief Digital Officer Travelex & Trustee Wildscreen

Nurole gives access to really interesting board roles that interest me rather than just those roles for which someone else thinks I would be right.

Dame Liz Forgan DBE, Former Chair, Arts Council & Trustee Landmark Trust

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Stories from extraordinary non-profit organisations

University of Hertfordshire
Governor (Trustee)
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The University of Hertfordshire is aspiring to be internationally renowned as the UK’s leading business-facing university. The University sought to appoint a Governor (Trustee) who had advanced financial acumen and ideally be a chartered accountant. The successful candidate would play a pivotal role in shaping Hertfordshire's ambitious vision and strategy.Through Nurole they appointed three Governors, Bob Macnaughton, Chair of ACS International Schools, Lesley Titcomb, former CEO of The Pensions Regulator and David Williams, Leader of the Council at Hertfordshire County Council.

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"Nurole is disrupting an industry which has been in need of change for a long time. There’s no other platform that has such a diverse range of board-level roles. Not to mention it’s extremely easy to use and apply for roles."

Bob Macnaughton, Chair , ACS International Schools

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"Nurole is an excellent innovation in the recruitment industry. It is easy to apply for roles and to recommend others. And the notifications of specific roles that may be of interest are particularly useful."

Lesley Titcomb, Former CEO, The Pensions Regulator

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"The University recently used Nurole (for the first time) to recruit independent members to its Board of Governors. Nurole provided excellent support and delivered an outstanding field of candidates."

Jeff Hughes, Head of Governance , University of Hertfordshire

Big Issue Invest
Retail and Institutional Fund Role
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Big Issue Invest is the social investment arm of The Big Issue and currently manages or advises on over £170m of social funds. Big Issue Invest needed a leader to work with the Chair to take on and help grow its specialised retail fund division.

Within one week, the Nurole platform identified Paul Hanratty, former Group Operating Officer and PLC Executive Director of Old Mutual PLC.

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"The appointment process provided by for Big Issue Invest was great and we had a really impressive group of people to choose from coming through their tech platform. It’s all about the people of course but we are extremely appreciative of Nurole just charging a nominal fee and waiving any success fees for charities and non-profits."

Nigel Kershaw, Chair, The Big Issue Group

British Council
Independent Member, Commercial Committee
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The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. It creates friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries it works with – creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. The British Council sought an Independent Commercial Committee Member to support the leadership of the British Council’s commercial activities.Through Nurole they appointed Rajiv Garodia, SVP and Global Head at Real Time Payments and former International MD and CEO of in-house Fintech "Pay By Bank App" at Vocalink (a Mastercard Company) and Peter Phippen, Chairman at Bell Educational Services Ltd and Chairman at Texere Ltd.

Rajiv Garodia on bringing commercial acumen to a non-profit board.

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""Through Nurole I was appointed Chair of Wildscreen and we have since used them again to hire our new Trustees. I think they’re one of the most impressive organisations in their field and my experience of them, both as a candidate and from the client side, has been wholly positive.""

Peter Phippen, Former Director, BBC Worldwide

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"Nurole turned out to be such a refreshing way to connect with NED roles and organisations seeking to recruit for them. The whole process is simple - starting with great opportunities, easy application, regular updates and quick turnarounds. A new disruptive force in NED searches - Highly recommended!"

Rajiv Garodia, International MD Vocalink and CEO, Pay By Bank App, Mastercard

Trustee - Safeguarding
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Oxfam is a globally renowned aid and development charity. The charity was seeking a Trustee to lead the Board’s work on safeguarding and ethics, who would have extensive senior management or practitioner experience in safeguarding and could use this experience to help drive and support Oxfam’s strategic direction and be part of a worldwide movement of millions of people working towards one goal – an end to poverty for everyone.Nurole identified Annie Hudson, an experienced social care leader who has a strong track record in leading change across children and adult services, including in her role as a Director of Children’s Services in two large authorities (Bristol and London Borough of Leadership), and as Chief Executive of The College of Social Work (TCSW) until its closure. She is also a Trustee at Social Care Institute for Excellence.

"Nurole is different from other methods that we’ve used for sourcing as it connected us with a number of high quality and diverse individuals at a great price point. We were very pleased with our shortlist and found an ideal candidate in Annie who we're sure will be a really valuable all-round trustee."

Judeth Neville, Head of Governance, Oxfam

The British Board of Film Classification
Advisory Panel on Children's Viewing - Independent Panel Members
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The Advisory Panel on Children's Viewing was set up by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in 1999 to provide advice on issues relating to classifying content for children. The role of the Panel is to advise the BBFC on issues concerning the interests and welfare of children and young people that are relevant to the BBFC’s regulatory duties. BBFC were seeking new independent members to join their Panel and contribute their expertise.Through Nurole they appointed three candidates:
– Catherine Doran has spent her career providing and developing services, policy and regulation to enhance and protect the lives of children and young people, and is currently Non-Executive Director at Cafcass and at the charity Over the Wall, part of the Serious Fun Network.
– Dr Helen Molden is a Senior Paediatric Psychologist at Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust, with over 20 years’ experience working with children and young people, including periods at BBC Children in Need and Childline.
– Catherine McAllister has worked in children’s media since 2005. As the Head of Editorial Standards at BBC Children’s, Catherine is an expert in policy and practice related to digital and broadcast content for children and young people.

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"I registered and applied for this role on the back of a recommendation, which helped me hear about this role. I have always been passionate about screen & film for young people, so this is a fantastic opportunity for me to assist the BBFC in its work."

Dr Helen Molden, Senior Paediatric Psychologist, Child & Family Service, Hampshire Hospitals Trust

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"The Nurole process is extremely straightforward and clear. Thanks to Nurole, I found a perfect match between my professional experience and the needs of the BBFC. Having spent my career developing services, policy and regulation to enhance and protect the lives of children across the UK, I’m excited to contribute my expertise to the Advisory Panel on Children’s Viewing."

Catherine Doran, Non-Executive Director, Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)

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"The Nurole platform was easy to make use of, be it when applying for the role or when receiving regular updates about the ongoing search process. I felt well-supported by Nurole throughout, and would recommend the platform to anyone looking to take on a board position."

Catherine McAllister, Head of Editorial Standards, BBC Children’s

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"It was a pleasure working with Nurole throughout the process, and I was very impressed with the candidates they were able to match us with. The calibre was high across the board and I've no doubt that the successful candidates will add real value to the BBFC's Advisory Panel on Children's Viewing."

David Austin, Chief Executive, British Board of Film Classification

Our innovative plaform

Delivering spectacular results for charities

1. Wide reach

You can move beyond the constraints of an existing network to a talent pool of tens of thousands of individuals, covering all the skills you need: fundraising, finance, marketing, legal, HR.

2. Exceptional talent

Our candidates are all hand-picked to ensure the highest calibre of talent. Candidates are invited by specialist not-for-profit headhunters or recommended by other members.

3. Passion unearthed

Our unique, candidate-led platform allows brilliant people to propose themselves or others. They know they fit the capability you need, but also self-select for their passion and commitment to your cause.

Exponentially effective search

Scale, quality and commitment multiply to deliver exceptional shortlists, raising the bar for non-profit organisations. Charities are delighted by our accessible fees and amazing outcomes.

Transform your organisation

Find exceptional people with a passion for your cause

Thousands of the world's highest quality business leaders are members of Nurole.

Leverage the power of our platform

Giving back

Many senior top performers want to give back and adding a trustee role enables them to do so whilst still in an executive role. They will choose a cause they care about and the platform enables them to see many potential roles of interest.

Board experience

Many of our candidates are building their portfolio careers by including not-for profit boards because larger charity roles create the experience desired by PLCs. And charities get committed, focused, well-connected and impressive talent.


Sometimes dumb luck creates magical outcomes. A candidate looking for their next executive role just happens to spot the most perfect trustee role for them or someone they know. Because of our scale, this happens more than you’d ever imagine.

Reassuringly straightforward

How it works

1Preparing your role

1Preparing your role

With an extensive track record in the not-for-profit sector, we understand the qualities of outstanding trustees. We also work with you to understand the culture and values of your organization and the capabilities you are looking for this particular trustee or chair.

2Sourcing candidates

2Sourcing candidates

We cast the net wider, way further than most charities' existing networks. We notify all members who want to hear about roles like yours. Our high-calibre candidates then put themselves forward or recommend others who have the combination of skill required and passion for your cause.

3Creating your shortlist

3Creating your shortlist

Candidates fill out a succinct application of substance that evidences how their experience dovetails with your requirements. You can see all candidates or only review those absolutely appropriate for your role. We can evaluate the application, handle feedback and rejections, leaving you to interview the strongest candidates.

4Charity Pricing Model

4Charity Pricing Model

At Nurole, we are passionate about elevating the quality of boardrooms. To further our cause, we decided to offer charities an accessible pricing model, starting at only £500 to post a role. To find out more, you can request a quote below. Charities have been surprised and delighted by our fees as well as the quality and range of the shortlists they get by using us.

Accessible fees

How much does Nurole cost?

If you tell us more about your organisation and role, our sector expert will be in touch via email with an estimated pricing quote. Nurole takes great pride in the social impact it is having helping non-profits connect with amazing people. We waive our success fees for unpaid roles, only charge a de minimis posting fee.