Frequently asked questions

What is Nurole?

Nurole is a website for board and C-level (CEO, CFO, CMO etc.) hiring, built upon a pre-vetted global network of the best executive and non-executive talent.

Public and private companies, government, non-profits and headhunters can post a role, which is then emailed directly to those members that have expressed a specific interest in that type of role. Our members can then choose to apply for the role and can also recommend from within their own network. This approach, of using technology to flip the traditional search process on its head, consistently generates exceptional candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Nurole offers a higher probability of finding the right candidate, achieving greater diversity and reaching a better outcome, faster.

Why should I use Nurole?

Nurole offers a number of benefits that can overcome the limitations of the traditional search process:

Reach: the traditional search process is limited in its reach. It requires someone to call up prospective candidates to ask if they would be interested, which takes significant time and is based on potentially flawed assumptions about whom to contact, resulting in only a small fraction of the relevant candidates being approached. Reducing the number of individuals under consideration invariably reduces the probability of finding the best person. By contrast, Nurole alerts all of the members on its platform who have expressed an interest in a given role type, and allows those with the capacity, experience and a passion for the role to put themselves forward or recommend others.

Bias: a traditional search process relies on the perspective and network of the search firm running the process. Nurole regularly sees industry experts who are surprised when people they know apply for a role whom they assumed would not be interested. We also see a lot of high quality, international candidates who are not on the radar of the local search team, even where the firm has global offices.

Off limits: traditional search firms will usually have a number of candidates who are off limits, as they cannot approach employees from organisations where they have previously placed candidates. Ironically, this means that the more expert a firm is in a given sector, the more likely it is they will be unable to approach a significant portion of that sector, meaning the best candidate may be excluded from the process.

I already know everyone in the sector - is there any point posting on Nurole?

We sometimes hear sector specialists telling us they know everyone who might be right for the role or already have a complete database. It is exceptionally rare that we come across a situation where the platform has not identified interesting additional candidates - often it’s someone in another geography looking to move back home, someone in another sector who spots something others haven’t or someone who it has been assumed would not be interested because of seniority or other commitments.

Can I post confidential roles?

Yes - we allow organisations to post roles anonymously when circumstances require it.

What organisations work with Nurole?

Organisations include companies who recruit in-house as well as those who work with executive search firms in private equity, venture capital, public and private companies, government and non-profits. Nurole is also used by leading executive search firms and independent headhunters who have spun out from firms like Egon Zehnder, Russell Reynolds and Spencer Stuart. For further details please see our list of success stories.

Organisations using Nurole are the best and most innovative in their fields. They don’t have time to waste with irrelevant applicants and are attracted by the additional reach and insight that Nurole provides.

Can headhunters and search firms use the platform?

Yes - a number of search firms use Nurole to turbocharge their search process.

How do I post a role?

If you have previously posted a role with Nurole, please log in to create your new role. Otherwise please contact us and we will create an account and help you to get started.

Can I choose which headhunter I want to work with alongside Nurole?

Yes, we can work with any headhunter you choose to appoint. Your appointed headhunter will have access to all applications in the same way as any member of your ‘recruitment team’.

I have a suggestion that could improve the site. Where can I leave feedback?

We welcome your comments and feedback and we are always looking to improve our user experience. If you have any suggestions for improvements please click the feedback tab at the bottom of the page or email us at

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Nurole can work either with you and your team or a traditional headhunter.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help you find the perfect candidate.

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What is Nurole?

Nurole is a website that will email you relevant board and C-level (CEO, CFO, CMO etc.) roles that you can then choose to apply for online. Membership of Nurole is invitation-only, with new members needing only to complete a brief registration process to start receiving notifications. You do not need to upload a CV to register.

Nurole provides you with access to a wide range of relevant roles matched to your interests unlike the traditional search process which relies on a third party deciding which roles are relevant for you.

Nobody can see you are on the platform and it costs you nothing.

How do I get invited to register?

The easiest way is to be recommended by someone who is already registered. Alternatively, you can request an invitation by clicking here. All recommendations and requests for invitations are assessed by the Nurole team - invitations will only be sent to suitable individuals.

Who is invited to register with Nurole?

While the decision remains at the discretion of the Nurole review team, typically individuals with the following background are invited:

  • C-level executives (CEO, CFO, CMO etc.) and independent directors sitting on the boards of publicly listed or major private companies
  • Partners in major accountancy firms, law firms and management consultancies
  • Senior members of the financial, private equity and hedge fund communities
  • Other exceptional leaders outside of the commercial world
  • Rising stars who have been recommended by our members
What is the cost to me?

There is no cost for an individual to become a member or apply for a role.

Is there any point in registering now if I am not looking to take on a role?

Yes - for several reasons:

  1. Market insight: even if you are not actively looking, Nurole membership gives you visibility of the markets that interest you without anybody being able to see you are a registered member unless you apply for a role, at which point you become visible to that organisation.
  2. Help others: recommending others for high quality roles is a wonderful way to build relationships. Besides letting someone know you rate them highly enough to recommend them, if they end up getting a position with an organisation they care passionately about, they will be eternally grateful.
  3. Dream role: whether your passion is opera, education, helping the disadvantaged, sport or something else, most people have at least one organisation for which they would drop everything to join its board. These roles may not come up very often but registering on Nurole gives you a great chance of hearing about them without having to actively invest time maintaining relationships with every headhunter.
  4. Give back: Nurole was originally set up as a charitable initiative to help connect charities with great people from the commercial world. That philosophy remains core to the business today as it allows its members to help charities by recommending great people for charity roles, which is often far more valuable than any financial donation.
  5. Mentor rising stars and hidden talent: use the power of your recommendation to help rising stars or hidden talent gain access to opportunities on boards.
  6. Encourage diversity: by engaging in Nurole’s recommendations you will be helping to drive more meritocratic placements rather than simply convenient ones. Our track record shows that this approach naturally leads to greater diversity across gender, race, age and expertise.
Why would I want to take on a non-executive or trustee role?

People take on non-executive and trustee roles for many different reasons including:

  • Career development through learning from how other boards operate
  • Passing on the wisdom and experience you have gained from your career so far
  • Intellectual stimulation
Will any of the information I have entered in my profile be made public?

No. Only when you apply for a specific role will the information you submit be made available to the organisation to whom you apply.

How do I update my profile?

Click here to go back to your personal profile and you can amend as appropriate at any time.

Do I have to keep checking to see when relevant roles are posted?

No, you will be emailed each time a role is posted that matches the criteria you specify. If you think you may be missing out on roles you are interested in, please check your profile settings to ensure they are up to date and your junk mail filters to ensure notifications from Nurole are not inadvertently being blocked. Please contact us if you still think you are missing relevant notifications.

I have a suggestion that could improve the site. Where can I leave feedback?

We welcome your comments and feedback and we are always looking to improve our user experience. If you have any suggestions for improvements please click the feedback tab at the bottom of the page or email us at

Become a member of Nurole

Membership of Nurole is by invitation only.

You can ask an existing member to recommend you or you can request an invitation by clicking the button below.

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