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Landmark Trust
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The Landmark Trust, which rescues buildings of historic or architectural importance across Britain and Europe, needed a Trustee who could help them navigate an increasingly digital world.In five days through a member recommendation Nurole surfaced Doug Gurr who was running Amazon in China. The trust subsequently appointed two further trustees through the platform: Dame Liz Forgan DBE (Deputy Chair of the British Museum and former Chair of the Arts Council) and John Hastings Bass (Non-Executive Chair of Novae Group Plc).

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"I would never have found out about this opportunity through my regular headhunting contacts alone. Nurole levels the playing field and empowers busy professionals to take direct charge of their portfolio careers."

Doug Gurr, President China, Amazon

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"Nurole provides me with open and easy access to really interesting board roles. The system allows me to focus my attention on those 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

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"I had been keen to do some work in the heritage sector since giving up my full-time executive role. Having worked exclusively in finance, it was difficult to track down what is on offer. Nurole provides an excellent gateway into the rest of the world."

John Hastings Bass, Non-Executive Chair, Novae Group PLC

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"We were delighted with all six applicants generated by this dynamic website. Our board is exclusively made up of individuals who have a real passion for the Landmark Trust. Traditional headhunters can’t know who those people are but Nurole enables those people to let us know."

Neil Mendoza, Chairman, Landmark Trust

The Hideaways Club
Non-Executive Chair (initially Executive Chair)
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The Hideaways Club, which allows members to combine luxury property investment with a luxury lifestyle, sought an experienced individual to join as a near full-time Executive Chairman before moving to a Non-Executive Chairmanship after the first year.Through Nurole, they identified Robin Edwards, a Chartered Accountant and Fund Manager who for 15 years managed one of Europe's largest global macro funds. He is Chair of Latis Homes, which is committed to building low carbon, lifetime homes designed and built to promote sustainable living, and is a former Chairman of The Queen's Club where he continues as a Trustee.

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"Nurole is great - very easy to use and lots of interesting roles on offer which I would apply for as well, but have no more days in the week left! So impressed I recommended it to my wife as well."

Robin Edwards, Finance Director and Chairman, Latis Homes Limited

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"The Nurole approach is quite unique and the quality of people on there is impressive. We had a broad response in our search for a Chairman of The Hideaways Club and Nurole helped to conclude in a most efficient and timely manner."

Helmut Schoen, Founder, The Hideaways Club

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VC-backed ParkBee is a tech company providing private car parks through an innovative keyless and cloud-based solution. They sought to appoint a Chair and were looking for someone who could help them achieve their growth objectives in the coming years, including international expansion. The successful candidate needed to have previous VC experience, a track record of scaling an early-stage business and extensive technology experience.In one month, Nurole identified Mikko Suonenlahti, notably the shareholder and former chair of a 16-year-old’s penny auction site which we now know as DealDash, and Finland’s IObox Oy, a pre-revenue business which was acquired for €230 million by Telefonica 18 months after funding. Sounenlahti, having served on 100 different boards, had more than 35 years of start-up experience and more than 25 years as a venture capitalist in both the US and Europe.

Read Mikko-Jussi Suonenlahti's interview here

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"Nurole has an incredible network, and some tremendous operational management to recruit. Nurole scales because of their tech platform!"

Mikko-Jussi Suonenlahti, Shareholder & Former Chair, DealDash

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"Nurole offers a genuinely differentiated approach to search. They delivered a strong and diverse shortlist of candidates and were on hand to support throughout the process - we’re delighted with outcome and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them."

Tom Buchmann, Managing Director,

DSM Demolition & St Francis Group
Non-Executive Chair
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DSM (specialists in demolition and site decomissioning) and The St Francis Group (regeneration and brownfield development experts) have recently been acquired by Metric Capital Partners to form a strategic partnership with shared governance. These highly profitable businesses are now under PE ownership for the first time. The business sought a new Chair with relevant sector expertise, listed board experience, and experience of taking a PE-owned asset to exit.Through the Nurole platform, DSM & St Francis appointed Frank Nelson, Senior Independent Director of HICL Infrastructure, McCarthy and Stone, and Eurocell.

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"This is the first role I have applied for through Nurole, so 100% success rate so far! I think it’s great how the specificity of the focussed job requirements fields forces you to really address your suitability. You don’t waste your clients time or mine! I look forward to taking on the challenges that the DSM Chair role will present."

Frank Nelson, Senior Independent Director, McCarthy and Stone, HICL Infrastructure, and Eurocell

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"This was the first time we have used Nurole to hire and we have been pleasantly surprised by the results. The platform is efficient and effective, leading to the hiring of an exceptional candidate. The ease of process that the platform affords is a great asset."

Brian Baker, Group CFO, DSM Demolition & St Francis Group

Redhill Aerodrome Ventures Limited
Independent Chair
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Redhill Aerodrome Ventures Limited, through subsidiaries, is a CAA-licensed airfield with circa 45,000 movements in 2017. It comprises some 570 acres of land and property and has development potential - the current promotion scheme envisages the development of some 8,000 homes with associated amenities and infrastructure. They sought to appoint an Independent Chair with prior experience as a Chair or Director of a privately-owned company as well as large scale property development sector experience.Within a month Nurole identified Nicholas Stagg, Executive Chairman at Management Consulting Group PLC, Independent NED at Western Selection plc, Chairman at Alexander Proudfoot Co, Chairman/Chief Executive at Management Consulting Group plc and NED at Shinetrip Ltd.

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"I really enjoyed working with Nurole on the appointment of Nick Stagg at Redhill. Ned did a brilliant job. Altogether it was a really good experience and I am a big promoter of Nurole."

Hugh Godsal , Director , Redhill Aerodrome Ventures Limited

The King's Fund
Facilities and Estates Committee Member
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The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. Its vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all. The Fund sought to appoint a Facilities and Estates Committee Member. The ideal candidates needed to have current or recent professional (not personal) real estate investment experience (both commercial and residential).Through Nurole they appointed Andy Doyle and Anna Rule. Andy's experience includes senior industry (Grosvenor) and advisory (Deloitte LLP) roles in real estate, development and construction, with a proven track record of working alongside Board and Executive Management. As a Chartered Surveyor by background, he has worked extensively on complex real estate projects and programmes in both the public and private sector. Anna is Head of Real Assets at Railpen and is responsible for implementing the long-term property strategy and managing Railpen’s £2.2bn, commercial and residential, property portfolio. During 2017 she set up all of Railpen’s in-house property investment capabilities enabling the internalisation of this property portfolio. She also has over 20 years’ property investment experience and before joining Railpen she held a position as a Senior Director and Fund Manager at Aviva Investors.

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"I have been impressed with the high-quality opportunities which I have been able to access through the Nurole platform. The application process was simple and straightforward to use and I’m delighted to have secured the appointment with The King’s Fund, which I would not have found had it not been for Nurole."

Andy Doyle, Director of Major Projects, Grosvenor

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"This is the second time we have used Nurole to recruit committee members. We had many more applicants than we would have reached using our own networks and the candidates were a diverse group of individuals with excellent skills and qualifications. We have appointed two well qualified individuals who will bring valuable experience to our committee. The online portal is easy to use and regular reminders and updates from Nurole ensure that the process is accurate and efficient."

Lucy Johnson-Brown, Governance Support Manager, The King's Fund

Impact Healthcare REIT
Audit Chair
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Impact Healthcare REIT Plc are a real estate investment trust that are dedicated to investing in the future of healthcare within the UK. Through Nurole, they sought to appoint an Audit Chair. The successful profile needed to have an accountancy qualification, along with previous experience as an audit partner or CFO at REITs or listed property companies, and bring diversity to the board.Within four weeks, Nurole identified Amanda Aldridge, a Non-Executive Director at Headlam Group Plc, who has been an audit and advisory partner at KPMG for twenty years.

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"Nurole’s platform provided us with an impressive and diverse range of Audit Chair candidates. We were delighted by the service."

Rupert Barclay, Chair, Impact Healthcare REIT Plc

The Historic England Foundation
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The Historic England Foundation was recently established to support fundraising for Historic England projects which focus on helping people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's historic environment. The Foundation was interested in speaking to individuals from a range of different backgrounds as they wanted to build a board with breadth and diversity.Through Nurole they appointed Peter Beckett former Chief Operating Officer of MBNA Bank; Fabian Ritcher the former Business Director at Ruffer LLP; Matthew O'Connell, Head of Wine Investment, BI Wines & Spirits; and Jay Barrymore, the former Head of Special Projects at Medea Capital Partners.

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"The Nurole process was very smooth and submitting an application was quick and straightforward. I’m very excited to have been appointed as a Trustee for The Historic England Foundation and look forward to working with the organisation."

Peter Beckett, COO, MBNA Bank

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"We approached Nurole to help us build our board of Trustees, following a recommendation from a trusted source. We were greatly impressed by the response to our role posting, which attracted many candidates who were passionate about our cause and who demonstrated relevant and interesting experience and skills. As a result we have now appointed four Trustees and are excited to see how they help The Historic England Foundation grow and continue to meet its charitable objectives."

Caroline Crewe-Reed, Head of Philanthropy , Historic England

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"Any platform where one has a 100% success rate is going to get good feedback! In all seriousness, I have followed Nurole’s progress from its launch so it was interesting to be a direct user for the first time, and I was very impressed."

Matthew O'Connell, Head of Wine Investment, BI Wines & Spirits

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"I've found that Nurole consistently profiles very interesting not-for-profit opportunities and helps me identify where I can be most helpful to organisations which resonate with me. Applying for roles is quick and straight forward and I’m currently very excited to be working with The Historic England Foundation as a Trustee, courtesy of Nurole."

Jay Barrymore, Head of Special Projects , Medea Capital Partners

Open hiring

Change the way your board hires

For both commercial and residential real estate investors, real estate developers, operators and asset managers around the world, it is a time of both great challenge and opportunity. The rise of e-commerce is putting pressure on traditional retailers while generating new demand for warehouses and data storage sites. The low interest and politically volatile macro environment makes long term planning challenging. The changing behaviours and demands of travellers and consumers means that real estate organisations will need to continue to innovate if they are to survive.

Nurole's proprietary open hiring platform allows Real Estate 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, 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 Real Estate come to Nurole when they are looking for exceptional board members who have deep sector, functional or geographic expertise and compliment the diversity of their existing team.

Nurole's team of real estate experts, led by former headhunter Sam Ellis, are looking forward to hearing from you and explaining how Nurole can help you find and appoint the very best talent to your board.

Our service

Real estate 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 £/$/€20,000 on success.

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 £/$/€10,000 on success.

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.

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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).

Whatever your organisation

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Compensation insights

Nurole's 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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