Role type:
Chair

Gresham College

Chair

Gresham College (est. 1597) an independently funded educational institution, sought to appoint a Chair who would work closely with the Academic Board, Senior Management and sponsors to ensure that it continues to provide free, university-level public lectures of the highest standard. The successful candidate needed to have Board-level experience, ideally be an expert in digital/technology and have Livery company experience.

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In less than a month, Nurole surfaced Loyd Grossman. Best known for MasterChef and pasta sauces, Loyd is also known for his multiple philanthropic board roles. He was the former Commissioner of English Heritage; he was Chair of the University for the Creative Arts, Heritage Alliance, and of the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. He founded and was Chairman of the 24 Hour Museum (now Culture24) which digitally connects arts and heritage organisations with audiences and capacity building through training and conferences. He is also currently Chair of The Royal Parks, a new charity to manage London’s Royal Parks. He brought a strong track record of supporting liveries through his involvement with the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars as a Middle Warden, an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters.

Read Loyd Grossman's interview here

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Loyd Grossman

Chairman, The Royal Parks

(Successful candidate)
"There’s a risk that boards are becoming stale - full of the same people on each others’ boards. The biggest challenge we face is how to bring in new people who may have incredible intelligence, innovation but don’t have the experience - we need a strategy to recruit younger people and those with different types of experience to our boards. I think Nurole is helping with that - reaching out to people beyond the traditional executive search places."

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Clare Loughlin-Chow

Academic Registrar and Company Secretary , Gresham College

(Client)
"For board level hiring, Nurole really is different from other more traditional methods that we’ve used in the past. From collection and compiling of applications to the helpful and patient assistance from the Nurole team, the whole process was conducted in the most efficient and straightforward manner. In addition, Nurole connected us with a hugely diverse range of high calibre candidates. "

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