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Non-Executive Director Group: Is age a factor?

September 27, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Non-Executive Director Group
Is age a factor?
Wednesday 27 September


This event is supported by London Capital Club


Are you too young to be a Non-Executive Director by the time you are 35? Should you wait until your 50s? Join the debate to hear the views of business angels, venture capitalists, NEDs and executive search professionals.


The panel discussion and open debate will focus on the key skills needed by boards as they find themselves in new territory. An injection of new blood is vital to helping board decision-making evolve in the rapidly changing global environment. The demand for new competencies is increasing. What might forward-thinking boards consider as key attributes in the next year? What crucial skill sets could you add? How will your CV get noticed? Is age really a barrier these days?


Our panel:


Frederic Lardieg (MBA 05J) is an Investment Director at Octopus Ventures, a venture capital firm which manages over $600m, and which has backed businesses such as Zoopla, Swiftkey, Secret Escapes and Magic Pony. Octopus Ventures invests between £250k and £25m in fast growth businesses that are capable of creating, transforming or dominating an industry.


Sophie Power (MBA 06J) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Airlabs, a start-up creating clean air zones in polluted cities. Her background spans M&A, private equity, FP&A and as CFO of a global marketing agency. She has held non-executive board positions for over five years in growth companies across a variety of industries and countries.


Caroline Turner is a Senior Consultant with the executive search consultancy Sapphire Partners, a specialist firm that undertakes executive and non-executive searches across financial and professional services and PLCs. Caroline has worked as a research and organisational development consultant for over 20 years, for clients in private, public and non-profit sectors across a broad spectrum of industries, in the UK and wider Europe. She is currently a NED on the board of the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe.


Oliver Woolley is CEO and Co-Founder of Envestors Private Investor Network, which has invested £100m into 200 companies. Oliver sits on the Board of the UK Crowdfunding Association (UKCFA), sat on the Board of the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) from 2006 to 2014 and is a Member of Court at Imperial College, London. Prior to starting Envestors in 2004, Oliver started and ran Woolleys Healthfoods which had five stores in the southwest when sold to Northern Foods in 1997.


Moderator: Helen C Stevens (MBA 90D), Chair of the NED Group, Angel Investor and NED / Board Advisor


The NED Group encourages all INSEAD alumni, from an early stage in their career through to more mature professionals, to consider starting an NED career. Whether you are in your 30s, 40s or 50s your experience can add immense value to the right board. We have lined up a diverse group of panellists to start the conversation.


VENUE London Capital Club
15 Abchurch Lane, London EC4N 7BW
Nearest tube: Bank
TIME 18:30 for 19:00
COST Members £25 / Members’ guests (non INSEAD) £35
REFRESHMENTS Wine and canapés