Non-Executive Directors

👨‍💼 Non-Executive Directors (2 roles)

📍 UK – London 💷 Pro-Bono 📅 4 Board meetings per year + ad hoc engagement

Closing date: Midnight on 20th June

Develop Training is partnering with Nurole, the leading board-level search specialist, to find new Non-Executive Directors. You can find out more and apply here. To arrange an informal conversation or in case of any other queries, please contact joshua.dernie@nurole.com

About Develop Training Ltd

Develop Training is the UK’s leading accredited provider of compliance, technical, and safety training. It was established in its current form in 2007, but has a history of training and assessment stretching back nearly 50 years. The organisation has a staff of over 100 as well as a rich network of associates, sub-contractors and partnerships which form an extended corporate family.

Training over 30,000 professionals each year, Develop Training’s customers include some of the UK’s largest and best-known organisations from the utilities and construction, defence, healthcare, facilities management, and telecommunication sectors. It works with awarding organisations such as City & Guilds, ILM, CABWI and IOSH delivering a wide range of accredited qualifications. There are a number of training centres across the width and breadth of the UK from Scotland down to Brentwood, Essex; a large number of courses are also delivered from other locations or via a range of eLearning options.

In 2019, Develop Training was acquired by the non-profit JTL Group, with both organisations continuing to operate under their current trading names. This has enabled a turnaround plan which, through continued effective management and governance as well as efficiencies generated through the use of shared resources with JTL, has resulted in a loss-making position moving to break even. Having achieved financial stability and sustainability, Develop Training is now looking to grow and generate returns which can be reinvested as well as shared with JTL Group, its non-profit parent company.

Role specification

The new Non-Executive Directors will work with the Board and executive team to take Develop Training from a neutral position, to one which is growing and profitable. As part of this, they will determine the organisation’s long-term strategy, ensuring that a strong leadership team is in place to guide its journey to profitability.

These positions signal a move towards independent governance for the organisation after its acquisition by JTL in 2019. In addition to one or two independent Non-Executive Directors, the other members of the Board will be JTL’s CEO and Director of Finance. Non-Executive Directors provide independent oversight and constructive challenge to the Executive Directors, contributing relevant industry and functional experience to strategy development, risk management and performance evaluation.

Responsibilities include:

Ensuring that Develop Training Limited complies with its governing document, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

Contributing actively to the Board of Directors role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against the agreed Business Plan

Ensuring the financial stability of Develop Training Limited, confirming satisfaction with the integrity of financial information and that financial controls and systems of risk management are robust and defensible and being confident that these are fully implemented

Safeguarding the good name and values of Develop Training Limited, ensuring its effective and efficient administration

Assisting the Board to reach sound decisions, including by providing guidance on new initiatives and exercising independent judgement

Person specification

Develop Training is looking for up to two new Non-Executive Directors who have held a senior leadership role in the utilities sector. Candidates will be able to provide insight into how its offering can best meet the needs of the sector workforce.

Applicants may come from a variety of utilities businesses, whether large or small, with water and electricity being of particular interest. The Board is open to the functional expertise which candidates may bring, but a broad understanding of issues around training and professional development would be advantageous. They will be able to provide the Board with insight on the needs of the current (and future) workforce, to ensure that Develop Training’s training provision is as relevant as possible. An understanding of the challenges and opportunities presented by the energy transition and drive towards net zero would also be useful.

Above all, candidates will bring the commercial and strategic nous required to build on Develop Training’s strong reputation and enable the organisation to grow its revenue and impact in support of JTL’s overall charitable objectives.

Terms of appointment

This role is unremunerated, and reasonable, pre-agreed domestic travel expenses will be reimbursed. The Board meets four times per year, normally in London during work hours and lasting up to three hours, with an additional two half-days of strategy and occasional ad hoc events / engagement The appointment is for a three-year term, which can be renewed once at the discretion of the Board.

Location

This organisation is based in London and meetings will usually take place in person. Candidates will therefore be UK-based.

How to apply

Develop Training is partnering with Nurole, the leading board-level search specialist, to find new Non-Executive Directors. You can find out more and apply here. To arrange an informal conversation or in case of any other queries, please contact joshua.dernie@nurole.com

Connected parties

Develop Training has requested that candidates do not contact them directly. Instead, if you know someone at the organisation, please mention it in your Reason for Application. Nurole members who do not respect this may risk having their membership terminated.

Role timetable

Deadline for applications: Midnight on 20th June

Candidates can expect to be contacted by: 5th July

Candidates can expect the process to be completed by: 1st September

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