Before starting the programme, I was quite apprehensive because I had no experience of boards or working in public sector bodies, however, everyone in both the Programme and my Host Board have been incredibly helpful in offering advice and explaining anything new to me. It’s been great to learn new things and different perspectives.
Time has been by far the biggest challenge – learning to balance commitments between work and day-to-day life, alongside the learning days, board meetings, and in particular preparation required before a board meeting has been a real insight into the role of board members – the few hours each month to attend the board meetings is only a small part of the commitment required. Fortunately for me, both my employer Danske Bank and my host board the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute have been really supportive to help me gain the most from my participation in the programme.
Being a Boardroom Apprentice has definitely helped me understand the benefits of having the views and opinions of people from different backgrounds, of different ages, of different mind-sets etc, and valuing and using those opinions to help a Board to become more effective and make better decisions.