Investment trust board search

The smart new way for investment trusts to source diverse board level talent.

Why our innovative platform works exceptionally well for investment trusts

1. Unmatched scale

Through our tens of thousands of registered members, their recommendations and our in-house research team, we have redefined the meaning of global reach. Technology frees us from sector, geography or off limits constraints.

2. Impressive talent

Our candidates are hand-picked, vetted by us, invited by top headhunters or recommended by other board members. This yields an amazing talent pool of high-calibre non-executive directors, registered globally.

3. Remarkably appropriate fit

Our unique, candidate-led platform allows senior, seasoned candidates to self-select for posted investment trust board positions or to recommend others in their network.

1 x 2 x 3 = Exponentially effective search

The scale, calibre and candidate-led alchemy combine to deliver exceptional shortlists. The calibre and breadth has surprised and delighted countless investment trust boards.

Stories from outstanding investment trusts

The Merchants Trust PLC
Non-Executive Director
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The Merchants Trust plc needed an Audit Chair and new non-executive directors. They wanted candidates with experience as a mid or large cap CFO for the audit chair role and with FTSE board and CEO or CFO experience for the NED roles.

In eleven days, Nurole identified Timon Drakesmith (CFO of FTSE 100 Hammerson PLC) as Audit Chair and in four weeks Nurole surfaced Mary Ann Sieghart (former Editor of the Times) and Sybella Stanley (Director of Corporate Finance at Reed Elsevier Group PLC) as Non-Executive Directors.

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"We are delighted with this result. We were impressed by the calibre and range of the long list provided by Nurole, nearly every applicant seemed well-suited. Out of the eight we shortlisted it was difficult to choose which to take forward. In the end we appointed two rather than one."

Simon Fraser, Chair, The Merchants Trust PLC

Pantheon International plc
Non-Executive Director
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Pantheon International PLC required a Non-Executive Director who had spent most of his/her career at the front end of a private equity fund making investment decisions.

In thirteen days they identified John Burgess, who held senior roles with F&C Ventures Ltd and Candover Investments plc before co-founding BC Partners LLP (formerly Baring Capital Investors Ltd) in 1986 where he was a Managing Partner until 2005.

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"I am a huge fan of Nurole. Having posted roles for three different organisations on its website, I can vouch for its effectiveness in reaching an extremely high quality of candidates. It accesses people outside the normal head hunter target zone and its charges are much more reasonable."

Sir Laurie Magnus, Chair, Pantheon International PLC

JPMorgan Russian Securities plc
Non-Executive Director
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JPMorgan Russian Securities plc sought a Non-Executive Director with experience of investing in the Russian markets.

In twenty one days, Nurole identified Tamara Sakovska (Partner, Global Family Partners), a rising star with regional expertise who was recommended for the role by a current Nurole member.

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"We have all been most impressed with the process you ran and the efficient support you gave us. Thank you and your team. I am already recommending Nurole to others and have plans to use you again in the future."

Gill Nott, Chair, JP Morgan Russian Securities Trust

Diverse Income Trust plc
Non-Executive Director & Chair of the Audit Committee
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The Diverse Income Trust plc required an Audit Committee Chair with an accounting qualification or similar financial expertise gained in a commercial or treasury environment.

In seven days, Nurole identified Calum Thomson (NED of BLME plc, Baring Emerging Europe plc and Standard Life Private Equity Trust as well as a former audit partner at Deloitte).

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"There was huge interest for the position and Nurole were helpful identifying an initial long-list. We were impressed by the extremely high quality of the candidates and delighted with the final selection."

Michael Wrobel, Chair, Diverse Income Trust plc

Keystone Investment Trust
Non-Executive Director & Chair Successor
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Keystone Investment Trust was seeking a new Non-Executive Director, who could be a potential successor to the Chair within the next 12 months.

In twenty one days, they identified through Nurole Katrina Hart (NED Miton plc, Polar Capital Trust plc and AEW REIT plc) and Karen Brade (Director, Aberdeen Japan Investment Trust plc).

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"Nurole is both fast and efficient; I found a new board role for myself and as chair of Keystone found two new directors through the platform. So having seen it from both sides of the table I can vouch for the quality of roles and candidates. I also love the way they motivate members to recommend up and comers for board roles by rewarding successful introductions with charitable donations"

Beatrice Hollond, Chair, Keystone Investment Trust

Standard Life Investment Equity Income Trust PLC
Non-Executive Director
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Standard Life Equity Income Trust plc were seeking a Non-Executive Director with experience at board level, and familiarity with the investment world.

In fourteen days, Nurole identified Caroline Hitch (HSBC Global Asset Management and non executive director of the Asian Total Return Investment Company).

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"The Nurole process spread the net wider and enabled us to reach candidates we might otherwise not have reached. The board is very pleased with the result."

Mark White, Non Executive Director, Standard Life Investment Equity Income Trust

Stories from outstanding investment trust talent

Four more reasons why investment trusts have chosen Nurole

1. Confidentiality

If an investment trust wants to keep the search confidential, it can be posted anonymously. Many of our roles are posted without the firm being identified. Our candidates are wise enough to realise why not all roles can be public.

2. Return on effort

Of course, finding the right talent is critical, but our clients are busy and many don’t have the appetite to sift through applicants, no matter how spectacular. We support searches for investment trusts with industry-leading services tailored to their needs.

3. Transparency

In a world where corporate governance is under ever increasing scrutiny, showing you have run a transparent hiring process is critical. Nurole's invitation only platform is the new benchmark in transparent board hiring.

4. Bespoke services

We offer tailor-made services to support your search. These typically follow a traditional headhunting pattern but we often also add in new best-practices and market-leading techniques for evaluation.