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Boards Seeking Directors Event

Wednesday 24th January 2018 (5.30 - 8.00 pm)

The Boards Seeking Directors event is designed to help connect for-purpose organisations with purpose-led individuals seeking director opportunities. In partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, People for Purpose have co-hosted 9 'Boards Seeking Directors Events' connecting over 45 for-purpose organisations with 100's of new Directors. Organisations including Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels (NSW), Greenpeace, Batyr, Good 360, Landcare Australia, Get up!, Special Olympics Australia, SDN Children's Services, Sydney Eisteddfod and OzHarvest.

'Our organisation benefited immensely from our successful AICD Boards Seeking Directors event last January. We recently held our AGM where we appointed 4 new Directors including our new Chair, Peter Janssen'

Tim Silverwood, Founder, Take 3

What to expect


  • Exposure to a diverse range of for-purpose organisations seeking Directors

  • An understanding of the responsibilities and expectations of Board members

  • Connectivity to others on a similar journey

If you are interested in attending email

Only 15 places remaining.


  • ​The opportunity to 'pitch' your organisation to 80+ board ready members of the AICD
  • Access to a broad and diverse network of skills and experience
  • The opportunity to get to know individuals on a formal and informal level
If you are interested in pitching email


What was Take 3's main purpose for attending the BSD event?

Take 3, like many grassroots organisations were struggling with governance challenges. We knew we needed to recruit new, skilled and passionate Board Directors but didn't know quite how to tackle the seemingly insurmountable task. We learnt about People for Purpose and immediately made contact to see how they could assist. We were supported by the friendly team and advised of the BSD opportunity. PfP were absolutely fantastic in securing us a spot and supporting us in preparation for the exciting event.

How would you describe the BSD evening?

Imagine speed dating for charities and Directors. The event is incredibly energetic and exciting. Take 3 were able to present our story and needs to a room of potential Directors who could then question us in a comfortable and informal setting. It was very evident who had a specific interest in our program and easy to record information for follow up and in our case, recruitment.

What types of people did you meet, engage with?

Take 3 successfully recruited four Board Directors through the BSD event, including a new Chairman. We could have only dreamed for such an amazing result. We also met people who agreed to assist with strategic planning and recruitment of our Board. It was a phenomenal outcome.

How critical is networking as a tool for emerging directors looking for a seat on the board and also as an appeal for boards seeking new talent ?

The format for the BSD event is perfectly structured for Boards and potential Directors. Admittedly, we were exhausted by the end of the evening having met so many wonderful people but the networking enabled us to gain a clear insight into who was/ wasn't interested and suitable. Had we not participated in the BSD event we would have found it incredibly challenging and expensive to canvas such a broad range of candidates.

Would you agree that the BSD event is a great face-to-face platform for organisations, as one element to populating boards is very much about finding the right chemistry. Where else would you say that the BSD evening adds value?

The BSD event was exactly what Take 3 needed to help solve our Director recruitment challenges. We would thoroughly recommend the BSD experience for anyone in a similar situation to Take 3. One year on our Board of Directors are focussed and committed to the ongoing development of Take 3 and delivery of our programs. We couldn't be happier.

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