Back in 2017 I self-funded my Financial Times Non-Executive Director Professional Diploma. This is Level 7 Masters degree qualification and it is tough going to graduate. When did you last sit a 3 hour observed pass/fail professional examination? Anyway I passed and that was to set me up in my journey to be a NED. I can’t say I expected to be called up to serve on the board of a PLC. Something else happened that set me on an unexpected journey to startup a business with the snappy name Digi-Board.

I have sat on boards of a private family company, charity and not for profit. I conduct governance reviews for charity and non-for-profit organisations in my role as Co-Founder of Digi-Board Limited . That is highly rewarding work assisting boards to improve their governance and step up to the use of digital technology to aid board effectiveness.

Today I read a report published by the Financial Times ‘The Great Board Reboot’. It tells of big changes ahead in terms of how a board operates.

As an author of books, the most recent being commissioned by Microsoft Corp, the report highlights a deficit of understanding among boards about digital technology. The FT report talks about changes to operating models and myself and co-authors coined the term ‘Digital Operating Model’. To explain this for the non-technical reader, we wrote a book that you can download here.

What did the FT report highlight about boards understanding of digital technology?

I continue my search for a NED position and this report suggests my technology background puts me in the frame. Do get in touch if your board needs an injection of digital technology with governance and understanding of risk.