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Norman Broadbent

Why rigour and independent assessment beat the ‘old mates act’

Norman Broadbent’s Board Practice has been working with Boards for over 40 years to create effective leadership teams, and we are proud to say that we have been at the forefront of the changing face of Boards during that time. We have long advocated for greater cognitive diversity on Boards, having seen the benefits it brings to Boards and businesses.  We are the only UK partner to the UN Women initiative, and one of only a handful of firms recognised by the Hampton-Alexander Review for Diversity. We were also an early member of the 30% club and have seen with pleasure the increased emphasis on diversity in boards – the advances made by the FTSE 350 in recent years, with the AIM market not far behind. As members of the Quoted Companies Alliance we work alongside them to encourage these businesses to adopt the best practice, encouraging diversity but also transparency which is so critical for shareholders and investors.

Our proven search process aims to de-risk board appointments by identifying weak spots in boards existing skill-sets or experience, then seeking out candidates with the relevant skills, and experience to fill those weak spots and create balanced, effective boards. Candidates are assessed against pre-agreed criteria to create an objective process, avoiding the perils of groupthink that ‘gut feeling’ assessments fall prey to.

Norman Broadbent plc (LON:NBB) is a leading Professional Services firm offering five interrelated Talent Acquisition & Advisory Services: Board & Leadership/Executive Search, Senior Interim Management, Research & Insight, Leadership Consulting & Assessment, and executive level Recruitment solutions.