Board Advisory

What Does a Board Advisor Do?

Board advisors help to guide businesses, but are not legally authorised to bind them. As companies establish themselves, moving from an idea to a fully structured and realised organisation, they typically prepare for full operation, sales, and/or fundraising.

As they begin these processes, experts in the field – including mentors or specialists brought into the organisation by a mentor – become hugely valuable as the organisation works to achieve its first goals. Advisors are key assets, and it’s crucial to formalise exactly what they will provide, their availability, who they can introduce you to, and how much time they can give you – as well as how they will be compensated in exchange for these services.

Board advisors can provide a huge amount of value as you grow. They can help fill in any gaps in your founding team in terms of both experience and expertise. They can also help you bring in new team members and sources of funding as opportunities allow. Most crucially, they can do all of this while giving you time to think about what your Board of Directors needs to look like.

Board advisors are also far more flexible, offering services either on an ongoing basis, in parallel to a Board of Directors, or as part of your transition into a formal, Board-run business.

…invaluable strategic business advice in many areas…

Ian Gosden, Managing Director, Higos Insurance

…valuable assistance in setting objectives and arranging strategy plans…

John Freshwater, Managing Director, Permaframe

…no hesitation in recommending him as a Non-Executive Director…

Colin Flaherty, Chairman, Academy of Business Strategy