Awards Intelligence is perhaps the only company to help outstanding individuals apply for high-level board and public sector appointments.

Despite the rigour applied to these appointments, we write your application to ensure it is focused, carefully positioned and polished, and that you are well prepared in advance of your interview before the Board.


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The key advantages of a Non-Executive Directorship are many: there’s the prestige, of course, which opens the door to ongoing business opportunities.

But it can also be lucrative, and many Non-Executive Directors sit on several boards so the financial gain can be significant. For many, it’s part of a buy-out or retirement plan. Business people and entrepreneurs find they can lend their talents and perspective to make a valuable contribution to new companies and sectors, thereby keeping their finger on the pulse and remaining actively engaged – without being weighed down by the responsibility of day-to-day operations.

Non-executive directors have an important contribution to make to the effective running of many companies. Their role is to provide an objective and creative contribution to the board of directors of the private or public company. Many non-executive directorships are paid, and often lead to further business and personal opportunities.

As with all of our services, in working with us to professionally draft your application you will have the services of a dedicated consultant who will work with you to write a compelling and bespoke application, positioned to highlight your strengths and suitability for the role.

Companies of all sizes and sectors are keen to attract applications from outstanding business people and entrepreneurs. You can see the full list of public sector appointments here,  but there are plenty of private opportunities that would benefit from your skillset too.

Maybe you have been approached, but don’t know how to take an application forward to maximise your chances of a successful appointment?

“I got it! Or should that be, ‘we’ got it! Thanks for a brill application I couldn’t have done it without you.”




The three main functions of a board appointee are:

  • To provide direction and leadership – this includes setting the organisation’s strategy, agreeing business plans to deliver the strategy and recruiting key staff
  • To hold senior staff to account – this includes holding managers to account on how the body is managed, how business plans are delivered and how the budget is spent
  • To represent the work and views of the body – this might be to ministers, Parliament, key stakeholders and the wider public
  • Those appointed to government committees or advisory bodies provide independent, expert advice to government departments and ministers on specific issues


A public appointment or Non-Executive directorship gives you the chance to:

  • Give something back and share your expertise, and to influence decisions for the greater good
  • Meet people from all walks of life who also want to make a difference
  • Develop your career, gain board experience and boost your skills
  • Return from a career break


There are over 1,200 public bodies across the UK delivering important and essential public services. These include large public bodies managed by boards of directors and small, advisory committees made up of lay members, experts and specialists.

Examples of public bodies include:

  • Key regulatory bodies such as the Competition Commission, the Environment Agency, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and the Health and Safety Executive
  • Expert, advisory bodies such as the Low Pay Commission, the Committee on Standards in Public Life and the House of Lords Appointments Commission
  • A number of specialist scientific and technical committees
  • Health authorities and NHS trusts
  • National museums and galleries, including the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Tate and the National Gallery


People who hold public appointments and Non-Executive Directorships come from all backgrounds, every walk of life and every part of the UK. You need to demonstrate that you have the ability and the capacity to carry out the role.

The skills and experience needed will vary from post to post but, in general, you will need to show:

  • Commitment to devote the time to prepare and take part in the work of the body
  • Courage to ask questions that no one else has asked or ask why things are being done a certain way
  • Confidence to speak up and express your point of view
  • Common sense to be able to assess the impact of decisions on all sections of the community and bring an independent view to the debate
  • Committee experience to take part and influence the actions and decision-making of a formal board or committee
  • Clear thinking to assess a situation quickly, accurately and even-handedly

Let’s discuss your chances

We can help you write a precise and sophisticated application as well as assist in preparing you for your interview before the board.