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Member Testimonials

’ The Chairman’s Network has proven to be the ideal networking forum for me since I joined a few months ago. The events are of the right frequency, cover a good range of topics and are attended by a wonderfully diverse range of experienced execs/directors in the right numbers - each event is round table and fully interactive. The additional possibility of positions being advertised through the web site is also attractive. More than anything else being a member has proven to be very enjoyable and good fun’.

Best Regards,

Clive John

June 2018

 

“I joined Chairman’s Network a few months ago and have attended a number of meetings of the CEO group.  The membership is very diverse and I’ve certainly met interesting people I would probably never have encountered otherwise.   I’ve learned quite a lot from the meetings, made some good contacts which have led to some interesting business/career ideas.   It’s so far delivered more for me than I had expected, I guess through the diversity of the membership and the intelligent curating of the meetings.”

As ever, David Landsman

June 2018

I joined the Chairman’s Network only a few months ago and have attended perhaps 4 or 5 events. However, on those relatively few occasions I have made interesting contacts. These have given rise to quite a few meetings which promise to be fruitful relationships. I find the atmosphere of the events and my fellow participants both relaxed and stimulating. The organization seems to me a very comfortable and effective way to network.

Regards

James Calvert

Managing Partner

Regent Partners LLP-Corporate Finance Services- Technology, Media , Telecoms

June 2018

“There is great value in networking at a senior level. I was so impressed by the Chairman’s Network events in Bristol and London,  that I joined up promptly and now am involved  directly  by supporting Caroline and cohosting in Bristol whenever possible.”  

John Dean IP consultant, and NED.

May 2018

Having attended Chairman’s network meetings now in 3 different locations I have been impressed with the calibre and experience of the fellow attendees which has certainly enhanced my network and presented opportunities to do business.

Regards

Chris Finch,Director,Total Intelligence Ltd

May 2018

“ The Chairmans Network provided invaluable in helping me identify and approach a senior Executive for a Company that I am advising. I met Peter at a Coffee Morning. We had a general catchup after that and as a result of these two interactions plus a conversation with Caroline – I approached Peter for an opportunity that he has now taken up. I cant think of another networking forum that I have been to where it has been so easy and conducive to develop valuable contacts. Many thanks”

Shaun Orpen

April 2018

Dear Caroline

I wanted to say thank your for inviting me to join the Chairman's Network. I’ve found all of the sessions I’ve attended beneficial. 

 

From the small informal groups like the women’s network or the larger round table events, the calibre of the  content and discussion is always informative, useful and relevant as well as being enjoyable networking opportunities.

 

Thank you for creating such an engaging environment.

 

Jackie Kavanagh-ward

Owner J.K.W. Comms Ltd

April 2018

 

The Chairman's Network is a wonderful network of Board Directors, CEO's and Chairs who can share freely about their issues with little or no ego in the room.  A minor miracle!  Reflecting the skill, expertise and altruism of its wonderful founder Caroline who is motivated by the honest exchange and supportive networking.   I hugely recommend joining if you haven't already.

 

Catherine Berney 

March 2018

Dear Caroline,

"I’ve always considered a high quality network to be a significant commercial asset. Over the last 25 years I’ve seen a number come and go, but very few that are well managed, operate under appropriate rules of engagement and deliver value. The Chairman’s Network is a shining exception.

Around 10 years ago I was introduced to Caroline and she invited along to a meeting. After attending a few more, it became a regular forum to engage with. It retains its appeal and value still. Why? Excellent and relevant topic-based seminars with high-end speakers. Topics are carefully chosen to reflect current business thinking and issues. A good mix of c-level executives, professional advisers and subject matter experts. The quality and depth of the interaction between the attendees, plus the potential for networking before and after are very powerful. It’s a place where you’re really challenged and made to think – I usually come away a bit smarter than when I went in!

On that basis, I can thoroughly recommend the Chairman's Network to all high-level professionals seeking an effective forum for networking, learning and sharing thoughts and ideas.”

I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Warmest wishes,

Harry Cruickshank

March 2018

Dear Caroline,

The round table this week was BRILLIANT!  I love your network.

Have a good weekend.

Regards,

Alpa Shingadia / Director

March 2018

Hi Caroline, 

I think you have done a great job of establishing and growing the Chairman’s network.  Every meeting I have been to is intimate enough that people really do talk and understand how they can help each other.  The discussions are always focused and great at stimulating debate. I always walk away with new contacts and ideas.  Having volunteered to lead the women’s group I hope we can extend the success and grow the network of female and indeed male members who want to press for progress on having more women in Board roles and more women Entrepreneurs and Investors. 

Congratulations on starting to change the game on the way we network.


Kind regards,

Karen Thomas-Bland

March 2018

I have only just joined the Chairman’s Network, which I came to hear about thanks to Caroline making contact with me through Linked-in, and I am delighted to have become part of it. The coffee meetings work really well because great people attend and the discussions (and connections) which ensue are excellent. By keeping the meeting numbers tight Caroline has created great networking opportunities and a really cooperative environment where members are keen to help each other if they possibly can. 

Alistair Darby

March 2018

 

Having fallen out with ‘networking’ I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Caroline Hayward at a conference and instantly saw the benefit of being part of such a collaborative venture with like-minded people.  Since joining the Chairman’s Network in 2017, I have not been disappointed and now support Caroline in rolling out the coffee meetings for the Midlands promoting my particular area of expertise in Manufacturing and Engineering.  The Chairman’s Network has indeed reignited my passion for being part of a collaborative organisation and having met some very inspiring leaders, facilitated topical and interesting discussions where challenges have been aired, I am sure the Network will go from strength to strength.  I am an active member of the Group and, as a business leader, look forward to engaging with others outside of the day to day operation of Search & Selection. 

Alison Poole, BA (Hons) C.I.P.D., CEO ASP Search & Selection Group

March 2018

Testimonial- The Chairman’s Network.

 

I was looking for a discreet and professional networking group of people who could make things happen within the NED sphere and I found what has proved to be a stunning organisation in The Chairman’s Network.

I started attending the Coffee Meetings and found the level of discussion and input from members of these small groups both stimulating and addictive. Great debate, everyone wanting to help with others issues and offering real concern. The connections I have made have been really helpful and are ongoing.

I joined late in 2017 with a belief that something good will come out of it and it has.

Real professional organisation to be involved with.

Egan O’Callaghan

NED/Chairman/Mentor….

February 2018

 

"Having spent the last 15 years building my network in the Professional Audio Industry, I was very keen to expand my contacts beyond my existing network. But after joining a few other organisations which delivered very little, I was recommended to join The Chairman's Network, which I did in November 2017. This has turned out to be a tremendous recommendation.

So far, I have attended a few coffee mornings and a couple of focused events and I have to say that these meetings absolutely excellent. Listening to the views of other peers, leaders and senior executives regarding a wide range of subjects really helps to challenge my thinking and refine my ideas. The quality of members and guests attending the meetings are superb and contribute a diverse range of experience and opinions.

I would highly recommend The Chairman's Network to any senior leaders wishing to widen their network, exchange ideas, learn from like minded professionals and expand their thinking regarding leadership."

Andy Trott

February 2018

“I joined the Chairman’s Network in 2017 primarily because I was looking for a gentle networking environment for self development and to meet like-minded Board members.

I enjoy the networking events with a real diversity of talent – and the Board effectiveness workshops have helped to reinforce best practice whilst also highlighting alternate approaches to running a Board.

High energy enthusiastic people help to make this network most enjoyable"

Nikki

Nikki Cole B.Sc. C.Eng. FIET. FIoD.

Member of Strategic Industry Advisory Board, Canterbury  Christ Church University”

"I joined The Chairman’s Network in 2017 and have subsequently attended a number of their coffee mornings in London and the Midlands. Caroline is very welcoming and inclusive and we have gone on to make a number of new contacts, two of which we have recently appointed to our advisory board. The increasing membership numbers and open and friendly nature of the communication on coffee mornings make it an effective investment of time”

Best,

Andy Raymond

Director - HRedline Executive Ltd 

Caroline,

"Thank you for another great interactive meeting. Good company and topics"

See you soon

best wishes

Jonathan Hebbes

Hi Caroline,

"Having been to a number of Chairman's Network events, I am pleased to commend you to others.

Your coffee mornings are a good introduction to an interesting range of SME chairs, NEDs and high level consultants through small groups. It works well for me to meet others in a pleasant and informal environment.

The two events that I have attended have been relevant, well presented and of good length to gain appropriate knowledge and to provide a further networking opportunity

I look forward to seeing you again soon"

John Bickell

SME Chair, NED and Consultant 


Hi Caroline,

"I enjoyed the event last week, the speaker was very good, excellent topic so important to many businesses and good content" 

Regards

 Andrew Blatherwick

CEO

a2b4p

Hi Caroline,

"I met a number of people and have set up three meetings already and so that speaks volumes about how valuable I found it!

Re: the event, I really liked the content of the presentation by Shirlaws. I don’t think it matters if the presentation time takes up even 30 minutes, provided the subject matter is interesting. Perhaps a presentation on the Envestry platform and a view of the financial outlook from an Investec perspective would be some things to consider for another time.

All-in-all, though, very worthwhile!"

Cheers,

 

John Busby

Member- Event February 2017

 

Hi Caroline

"Sorry for hopeless delay in replying to your email – I’ve been travelling extensively and somewhat overwhelmed.

Anyway, just to let you know that I thought the coffee morning was extremely useful.  I’ve made contact with a couple of the other delegates already so it must be good!"

Phil Lowe

Director, Symphony

February 2017

"Yes, I think that the coffee morning last week was a great success with, as you say elsewhere, an interesting diverse mix of people!

I am sure that the relaxed, comfortable lounge setting is good – if that can be in a semi-informal annex of a lounge setting, all well and good.

The Group last week naturally broke into two types – those on a fact-find exercise to see what this grey, imprecise, world of NED Chairman type work is all about, and the other type being the experienced NED who has just about fathomed out what this management froth is all about.

Access to your network of expertise professional services people in my mind is also highly relevant, not just the one on one of NED:NED contact"

Best regards,

Steve Bennett, Chairman

November 2016

Hi Caroline
"Great seeing you again today.
I thought the venue was spot on, the  choice of relaxed atmosphere lounge area conducive to more open and frank discussions and the discussion points relevant to what I wanted out of it.
I struck up a great conversation with Shaun and Stephen after you left which may progress well, I'll keep you posted.
Count me in for the next one ..."
Thanks again

Nicholas St John

November 2016

 

"Caroline – many thanks for yesterday. Caroline. I have to say I thought it was an excellent “meetup”, really great and interesting people. Absolutely spot on. Many thanks. Look forward to seeing the next set of dates"

Regards

Shaun Orpen

November 2016

 



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Member documents

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Cyber Security: Board Perspectives PDF (322.36 KB) J. Madelin 20/06/2017
Cybersecurity Checklist PDF (238.31 KB)  more ] C. Hayward 05/06/2017
Cybersecurity Essentials PDF (26.25 KB)  more ] C. Hayward 05/06/2017
GDPR Overview Jim Sneddon PDF (4.8 MB)  more ] C. Hayward 05/06/2017
Flexibility for the Digital Boardroom Link C. Hayward 23/05/2017
Board Diversity DOCX (30.56 KB) Administration 13/06/2016
AspiringNXD DOC (50.5 KB) Administration 13/06/2016