Board Appointments

The Watermark Search International board practice

Our board practice is always interested in knowing new directors to assist a wide range of clients. Over the past 12 months we have provided boards with over 35 new directors and chairs across a wide range of companies. Those include ASX listed companies, Not for Profits, Statutory Authorities and Government entities. In addition to that we have assisted a number of companies fill advisory board positions. Our board practice is not focused on a specific sector but on finding outstanding directors for a wide range of clients.

Recent observations

Directors have a number of items on their agenda this year:

  • Diversity (in the broadest sense of the word)
  • Digital Security (a key component of risk)
  • Director’s liability
  • ESG Issues ( Environment, Social and Governance)

Diversity is not about ticking a box. It is about increasing the performance of the board, by introducing different ways of thinking or different sets of experiences.

Digital security continues to grow as a major concern for businesses. As more and more data is captured by businesses the potential value of that information to third parties increases. Staying ahead of the potential for damage to a business is critical.

The increasing governance load, complexity of legislation and potential liabilities that directors take has the capacity to significantly reduce the likelihood of making anything other than ‘safe’ business decisions.

The importance of being a good corporate citizen is widely acknowledged and the tone is set by the board. Perceived lapses in this area can be extremely damaging both to the company and the individual.

Watermark Search International has had the opportunity to assist a number of boards respond to these priorities.

Proven Results

At Watermark Search International we recognise the unique contribution that board members make to a specific business. We conduct your search to a specific brief, we do not just provide a list of names. More often than not we are seeking individuals with a specific skill set that complements those that already exist within a board. Those skills either fill a gap in the board’s current experience or are matched against a strategy or business direction yet to be executed. We are also looking for a specific culture fit given the need for a board to act as a cohesive unit. This does not mean that a new director just says ‘Yes’ a lot but it does mean they are open to listening to others, incorporating someone else’s point of view into their thinking and challenging the status quo in the appropriate manner.

We are focused on ensuring our clients have a diverse range of candidates from which to make a choice. That range includes all of the components of diversity not just gender. The research quite clearly shows that boards, and executive teams, comprised of a more diverse range of contributors perform better.

View our 2015 Watermark Board Diversity Index

 

 

 

Scenarios

At Watermark Search International we assist in:

  • Building boards from scratch
  • Broadening the diversity of a board
  • Bringing new skills into a board
  • Building advisory boards
  • Advising on the appropriate level of directors fees
  • Building an on-boarding process for new directors
  • Developing a board skills matrix to identify potential, current or future, experience gaps

Register your interest

If you want to broaden your board portfolio, be considered for roles for your first board position you are welcome to send your details to graham.willis@watermarksearch.com.au. You can also use our contact form to provide us your background. Your details will be treated in the strictest confidence and we will contact you when we have a board role that we see as a good fit with your skills and experience.

Useful Links

As you embark on, or continue, your board career we hope you find the following links useful.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) is the main body that represents Company Directors in Australia. It provides high quality training to Directors and aspiring Directors and has a wealth of information on its website. If you are, or wish to be, a director you should consider joining the AICD as well as undertaking some of their training.

The Governance Institute of Australia
is another source of useful information and is more geared towards Chartered Secretaries, governance advisors and risk managers. The Institute also have a range of training programs that are well regarded.

The ASX Corporate Governance Council has the role of continually reviewing and enhancing corporate governance practices in Australia. The Council’s recommendations provide the benchmark against which listed entities measure their governance practices. Listed entities do not have to comply with the Council’s recommendation however where they do not conform they have to disclose their non-conformance and the reasons why they do not conform. If you want to check what principles a board should operate under…this is the place to do it.