Nicole M. Sandford

Senior Advisor to Ellig Group’s Board Search and Advisory Practice

In addition to executing director and C-suite placements, Nicole Sandford advises boards and senior executives on the most strategic elements of governance, particularly those related to board competency and diversity. Ellig Group’s board advisory practice seeks to identify improvements that enhance both the effectiveness and the efficiency of board-level processes.

Nicole joins Ellig Group after nearly three decades at Deloitte. She was appointed to roles of increasing responsibility, ultimately leading the firm’s regulatory and operational risk practice during a period of strategic transformation. Nicole’s client work at Deloitte focused on governance, crisis response and regulatory risk management across sectors but with a focus on regulatory remediation in the banking sector. She has helped dozens of public and private companies – including several of the largest global banks – transform governance, risk and compliance programs. She also served as the audit partner for a number of highly-complex public companies where her experience included mergers and acquisitions, initial and secondary public offerings, leverage buy-outs and other complex transactions.

Nicole has extensive board experience including her current roles as Chairman of Girl Scouts of Connecticut and director of the Stamford Public Education Foundation. She is an Emeritus Member of the Advisory Board of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware. She previously served as the audit committee chair and member of the CEO selection committee for both the Society for Corporate Governance and The Global Partnership for Afghanistan. She was also the chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA).

Nicole is passionate about helping people with cancer as a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society and the patient advocate on the Greenwich Hospital Breast Center Leadership Committee.