Developing tomorrow’s executives in the East of England

Developing tomorrow’s executives in the East of England

An innovative scheme to develop tomorrow’s executives in the East of England has been launched.

Backed by Cranfield Business School, the Board Ready Talent Scheme has been developed on a not-for-profit basis by Pure Executive, the executive search division of Pure, the professional recruitment specialists for the East of England.
The scheme is unique to the Eastern region and has been created, to not only support organisations develop their leaders of the future as well as their own succession plans, but to bring greater diversity to their boards.

The initiative was introduced at a round table dinner event in March attended by CEO’s and HR Directors and hosted by members of the team at Pure Executive and the scheme’s ambassador Dr Andy Wood, Chief Executive at Adnams. As you would expect, conversation was lively at the dinner with the opportunity taken by business leaders to discuss board level succession planning and creating ‘Board Ready’ talent pipelines which will secure the future of the region’s businesses.

The Board Ready Talent Scheme has been created to support organisations to grow and fast track their talent to become ‘Board Ready’ through a combination of coaching, mentoring, executive training and direct experience. This direct experience is created by organisations hosting a participant on their own board, while also nominating their own aspiring employee to attend and observe the board or senior leadership meetings of another host organisation. It is a unique development opportunity for ambitious people to make the career step up to board level and for organisations to bring greater diversity and fresh thinking to their boards.

The scheme includes an exclusive executive training programme created by Cranfield School of Management. It has been uniquely designed to prepare participants for their secondment and to support them to become well-rounded board members in the future.

There is no doubt that by developing the talent pipeline of executive and non-executive directors in the region and supporting organisations to achieve a more balanced representation, it will help to ensure the region continues to thrive, remain innovative and a great place to work.

Pure is committed to actively working to improve diversity and develop talent as well as supporting organisations in the region to recruit the best people. The Board Ready Talent Scheme is a natural complement to its existing initiatives, all created to support the continued economic growth of the region through the development of people and organisations.

Pure’s other initiatives include the Women’s Leadership Programme, developed with People and Performance, and the Best Employers Eastern Region, founded with eras Ltd. The Women’s Leadership Programme supports organisations to achieve the business benefits of gender equality and helps strengthen their leadership skills. The Best Employers Eastern Region supports businesses to develop inclusive cultures and create inspiring, innovative and engaging places to work.

The Board Ready Talent Scheme is open to progressive organisations, of any size or sector, within the East of England. A subsidised place will also be available for a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Pure Executive supports participants and organisations throughout the duration of the scheme, as if it was a permanent appointment, and all participants sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep all materials and knowledge confidential.

For those interested in participating, more information is available at or by emailing

Article was written for Spring Suffolk Director Magazine April 2018 -