I first started to think about the idea that has become Nurole when, as part of a corporate social responsibility initiative, I was tasked with repainting a fence at a local underprivileged school. Armed with a bucket of white paint and a brush, I set upon my task enthusiastically. As the day progressed my initial fears became reality; painting has never been a strength of mine and I knew the whole fence needed to be re-painted.
In over 30 years of headhunting, I’ve been fortunate to meet some inspiring people, many of whom I knew were desperate to help non-profit organisations but struggled to hear about relevant opportunities. As I watched the paint dry, the inspiration for Nurole appeared - I knew if I could help connect non-profit organisations with my proverbial black book of contacts, the long-term impact to the organisations would be much greater than the half painted fence.
Since then, Nurole has placed hundreds of people on non-profit boards. We have provided those organisations with talent offering unquantifiable value through improving governance and management that might otherwise have remained untapped. The Nurole platform empowers individuals to self-select themselves for opportunities which critically unearths individuals’ passions.
Two placements that encapsulate the benefit and power of the platform are:
1. Doug Gurr who we placed as a Trustee on the board of the Landmark Trust. At the time Doug was busy running Amazon in China and was also Chair of the Science Museum. Who knew he had capacity for a trustee role on the other side of the world or had a passion for historic buildings…?
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.
2. Jack Boyer OBE (a FTSE 250 non-exec) who we placed as Chair of the Academies Enterprise Trust, the largest Multi Academy trust in the UK. With 66 schools across the UK, I knew the small part that Nurole played would have a far greater impact than any amount of white paint….
Nurole has been an outstanding contributor to the success of Academy Ambassadors. When we look for the highest calibre people to lead the most challenging roles we look to Nurole and they deliver. The impact business leaders can have in raising standards for young people is not to be underestimated – Nurole candidates have been at the front of key changes at some of the largest and most successful multi-academy trusts in England.
While we now work with a range of other organisations (publicly listed companies (PLCs), private equity (PE), venture capital (VC), privately owned companies, government and headhunters), our ultimate goal remains - to make the world a better place through improving board governance. Through our candidate-led platform and our network of 15,000 pre-vetted members and their recommendations (50% of our placements come through recommendations), we help organisations and headhunters cast the net wider, creating a shortlist at a speed and cost that the traditional search process cannot match. As the CEO we found in Colombia and placed in a Private Equity backed business in Spain said, ‘Nurole puts the science into serendipity’.