December 15, 2020 – U.K.-based executive search and leadership consultancy firm The Good Board has appointed five new team members. Jo Sands joins as leader and director of interim and executive search, Lexie Sims as director of search and diversity, equity and inclusion; Veronica Linares as director of leadership development; Shivani Patel as a research manager; and Sian Gatenby as project manager. The search firm said that the expansion is in response to “renewed demand from boards and senior leadership teams to find, develop and connect the inclusive and purpose-led leaders they need to create a successful and sustainable future.”
“The world is changing at an unprecedented rate and there are significant pressures on boards and leaders to adapt,” said Louise Gatenby, CEO of the search firm. “The Good Board was founded on the belief that every business has the potential to create positive change and, more significantly, that every business is going to have to change, to develop a more inclusive and sustainable approach, in order to survive.”
“Embracing these challenging and exciting times, I am thrilled to say that we have taken the decision to expand our team so we can more effectively meet the needs of our clients,” Ms. Gatenby said. “We are supporting listed, private and not-for-profit organizations on the appointment and development of boards and senior leadership teams who have the courage and resolve to challenge the status quo and create a future which brings the needs of our environment, societies, people and profit into balance.”
Ms. Sands brings a 20-year track record of placing senior professionals across a range of industries around the world. She previously led the interim practice at Signium. Prior to this, Ms. Sands served as principal consultant – global FMCG and consumer, supply chain and procurement – search interim with Barracuda Search. She also held various roles with Norman Broadbent Interim and Interim Partners.
An experienced HR professional, Ms. Sims has worked in the retail, public and third sector in senior HR, DE&I and talent roles as well as in executive search. She is a coach, course facilitator, a trustee for the National Scout Association and advocate for social mobility based on opportunity and education.
Ms. Linares is a qualified coach and has spent her career to date within blue chip organizations like Mondelez, PwC and Coty in senior finance, transformation and HR roles.
Ms. Patel will work closely across executive and non-executive assignments as well as managing a not-for-profit mentoring scheme, The Good Mentor. She was previously with Korn Ferry.
Ms. Gatenby will be leading the launch of the “What is a Good Board” podcast engaging with purpose-led and inclusive leaders on next generation board members.
Ms. Gatenby launched The Good Board last year to support the development of boards and leaders “who believe that sustainable success tomorrow must start with the way we lead businesses today.” With 20 years of experience in leadership consultancy, including 15 leading the Orcid Partnership, Ms. Gatenby is deputy leader of the consumer and retail practice for IIC Partners. She is also co-founder of the Orcid Partnership. In addition, Ms. Gatenby is also a trustee of WeMindTheGap, an award-winning social mobility charity.
“We need diverse and effective boards and leaders with the courage to challenge the status quo if we are to create a viable future which brings the needs of our environment, societies, people and profit into balance,” said Ms. Gatenby.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media