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IntegraFin
Non-Executive Director
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IntegraFin Holdings plc is a British company which provides platform services, via Transact, to UK financial advisers and their clients. It is listed on the LSE and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. They sought to appoint an Non-Executive Director who had a senior-level background in the UK regulated financial services, board-level UK listed company experience (FTSE/AIM) and prior Chair experience (board or committee).Within a week Nurole surfaced Robert Lister. Robert currently Chairs Credit Suisse Asset Management (UK) and the Aberdeen Smaller Companies Income Investment Trust. He is also on the Board of Investec Wealth & Investment Ltd and the Salvation Army International Trust Company.

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"Whilst a hiring organisation might have some ideas as to whom they would like to appoint before a search process starts, Nurole is a great platform through which companies can cast the net wider. Through Nurole, we ran a very fair and transparent process which generated some strong candidates, all of whom were high calibre. Our expectations have been exceeded and we are thrilled to have identified a new Non-Executive Director through the process. We were also impressed and pleased with the efficiency and helpfulness of the Nurole team."

Ian Taylor, CEO, IntegraFin

Compass Sales Solutions - Eden Capital backed
Board Member (Non-Executive)
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Eden Capital recently acquired Compass Sales Solutions, a business that provides a sales enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution to the sales teams in the Office Equipment space in the US. The company has an ambitious buy-and-build strategy and would like to move into new verticals: Healthcare Equipment, Construction/HVAC, Agricultural Machinery and Heavy Equipment. They were looking for a (Non-Executive) Board member with experience in Software M&A, IT integration and, ideally, vertical expansion.Within one week, the Nurole platform identified Doug Braun, CEO of private equity (Francisco Partners and Temasek) backed transportation supply chain software provider, BluJay Solutions.

Read Doug Braun's interview here

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"There are a wide range of opportunities - all the people I have met, the opportunities and the interactions have been top-notch. Nurole is where I focus 98% of my board activity - it makes life so simple."

Douglas Braun, CEO, BluJay Solutions

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"Nurole efficiently found a great candidate for our Board. It was an important placement for the company. We are very happy with the outcome."

Dina Said, Managing Director, Eden Capital

Law Debenture Corporation Plc
Non-Executive Director
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The Law Debenture Corporation Plc (FTSE 250) is one of the UK's most prestigious investment trusts dedicated to a diversified range of quoted investments. Following the appointment of a new Chairman, CEO & CFO, they were looking for a Non-Executive Director with a commercial background who would work with the Board to develop the Independent Professional Services business in line with the growth aspirations of the company.Through Nurole they found an ideal candidate in Claire Finn, who has 20 years’ experience in financial services and asset management, most recently as a Managing Director at BlackRock and a Non-Executive Director at Artemis Fund Managers. Her previous roles include Product Manager at Henderson Global Investors, where she was responsible for managing, developing and rationalising Henderson’s product range.

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"I’m unusual in that I found my first two NED roles through a recruiter - Nurole - rather than my network, and within about six months too. I’ve really enjoyed the experience of working with Nurole: the platform is really helpful in focusing your mind on whether you can add value to a board. It really makes you consider hard whether your key skills match what the firm is looking for. Nurole also provides feedback if you’re not successful at getting through to interview, or at the interview itself, which other recruiters in the non-exec space frequently don’t. It really helps you to do better next time."

Claire Finn, Managing Director, BlackRock

byrne·dean
Non-Executive Director
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byrne·dean is a leading provider of workplace training and HR / ER support services to over 115 clients across the globe and they help employers create, embed, and maintain sustainable, lasting workplace culture change. They sought to appoint a Non-Executive Director with a strong strategic finance background who had experience working in a business of comparable size and in the training or HR support sectors.Within five days, Nurole's system surfaced Richard Ashcroft, former CFO of Harvey Nash Group Plc, former Finance Director of High Performance Coaching Ltd, and a qualified NLP Master Practitioner. Richard's extensive board experience in training and development companies, as well as his firm belief in the company values that byrne·dean promotes, made him the perfect candidate for the role.

Read Richard Ashcroft's interview here

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"As soon as I saw the opportunity on Nurole I knew I had to apply as there was such a good fit between what the organisation was looking for and my experience. That is the really powerful thing about Nurole, it reaches a broader audience than traditional search and it empowers candidates to put themselves forward."

Richard Ashcroft, Former CFO, Harvey Nash Group Plc

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"We’ve been surprised, not to say a little humbled by the number and the exceptional quality of candidates Nurole’s system surfaced. It’s clearly a really valuable resource for board level hiring and I’ve recommended you to others."

Matt Dean, Founder, byrne·dean

T Bailey Fund Services Ltd
Non-Executive Director
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T Bailey Fund Services (TBFS) provides a full ACD service to 13 fund managers with 24 separate UCITS funds totalling £4.2bn. TBFS has developed a particular expertise working with smaller fund managers and start-ups and helping them grow significantly. They sought to appoint an Independent Director with a sales/commercial background and asset management sector knowledge.In less than a month Nurole identified Anna Troup, NED at Boat Race Company Ltd, Chair of Oxford University Women’s Boat Club and former Emerging Market Portfolio Manager at BlueBay Asset Management LLP and Goldman Sachs International. In addition to her extensive experience, Anna's excitement and enthusiasm at the prospect of being involved with a small, growing business, made her an ideal fit for the role.

Read Anna Troup's interview here

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"Recruitment processes have traditionally been at best opaque. Nurole creates clear requirements for candidates to measure themselves against and therefore makes the process as transparent and as objective as possible. Feedback is straightforward and timely and candidates know where they are. I write this as someone who has not always been successful with Nurole applications. However, my experience to date is that the roles where I am shortlisted and successful are the roles where I have found an immediate cultural fit and can add value to the Board. Nurole takes the potentially subjective recruitment process and generates transparent results through a clear and objective, candidate driven, online platform."

Anna Troup, Former Emerging Market Portfolio Manager, Goldman Sachs

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"Impressed with the variety and quality of applicants. It was great to be able to show the FCA that we had gone through a thorough and diverse hiring process. User-friendly platform and enjoyed the ability to be able to grade and comment on candidates online. You become engaged with it very quickly. Breath of fresh air compared to traditional headhunters – a much more modern hiring process that made us feel really engaged."

Mike Hughes , Non-Executive Director , T Bailey Fund Services Ltd

Open hiring

Change the way your board hires

In a post Covid-19 world, the professional services sector is changing fast with digital disruption, pressure on costs, need for diversity and shifting priorities of millennials.

Nurole's proprietary open hiring platform allows Professional Services firms to access board-level 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, Governors, Trustees and Committee members) with over 1,000 board-level placements, Nurole is a disruptor which has rapidly become the market leader in non-executive appointments.

Organisations in Professional Services come to Nurole when they are looking for exceptional board members with a combination of deep sector, geographic and functional expertise and compliment the diversity of their existing team.

Nurole's team of experts look forward to hearing from you and explaining how Nurole can help you find and appoint the best talent to your Professional Services board.

What we offer

Professional services board recruitment

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

1Understand

1Understand

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

2Find

2Find

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.

3Evaluate

3Evaluate

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

4Hire

4Hire

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

Whatever your organisation

We've got you covered

Exceptional value

How much does Nurole cost?

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

Board insight

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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