CASE STUDY

A New Portfolio

A New Portfolio

In 2016 the Vice-Chancellor of a well-known British University and highly respected international Business School approached ETL for assistance to prepare for, and find, a commercial non-executive appointment to add to his existing pro-bono appointment, thereby establishing a new portfolio of interests alongside his vice-chancellorship.  Michael Smith was selected to lead this assignment because of his involvement with academe and his long-standing experience of executive coaching & recruitment underpinned by his Professional Doctorate in both.

The client already had an illustrious career in academe, the engineering profession and industry.  Furthermore, he had led a Russell Group university, and received both state and prestigious professional awards.  Consequently, it did not take long to decide at which level, and in which business sector, he would prefer the appointment to be.

The assignment commenced with an audit of his personal circumstances, including finance, contacts, skills and experiences, especially in terms of change and leadership, preferred location, type and culture of employer, and the possibilities he would wish his portfolio to lead to.  It soon became clear that his interest was in the field of advanced technology on an international stage.  This, of course, fitted well with ETL's background.

Based on this foundation, appropriate research was agreed and conducted, routes to market decided and networking commenced.  Within weeks contacts had been made with interested parties, and so the assignment turned to advice on the roles suggested, the preparation for and conduct of interviews, subsequent follow-up action and, finally, terms of appointment negotiation.  

Later that year the client assumed a non-executive directorship with the UK Board of a $multi-billion global corporation.

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