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Tech Nation is seeking up to 4 non-executives for its Board of Directors, including Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee Chairs. This is an exciting opportunity for digital tech, business and industry leaders to help shape and guide the next stage of development of this successful tech industry catalyst.

About Tech Nation

Tech Nation is the growth platform for tech companies and leaders. We fuel the growth of game-changing founders, leaders and scaling companies so they can positively transform societies and economies, by providing them with the coaching, content and community they need for their journey in designing the future.

Tech Nation brings together a network of purposeful founders, leaders and philanthropists, progressive enterprises and policymakers, influential funds and institutions, collaborating in building the technological innovation that will improve the future for the UK and beyond. To its members, it provides learning and content, insights and analysis, coaching and research. Laser-focused on delivering powerful outcomes and impact, Tech Nation wants to create a world in which anyone with vision and drive can access the skills and support needed to scale and succeed as a game-changing leader.

With alumni including Babylon Health, Monzo, Checkout.com, SkyScanner, DarkTrace and Swoon, among others, Tech Nation has already become integral in shaping the UK's technology landscape, delivering over $547m to the UK economy, and has ambitious plans to unlock the growth potential of 1,000 scaling tech leadership teams across the UK, generating over $880m to the UK economy by March 2022.

 Joining the Board at this stage is an exciting opportunity for digital tech, business and industry leaders to help shape and guide the next stage of development of this successful tech industry catalyst, as well as helping the organisation become even more commercially driven.

Our company values:

  • Deliver impact that lasts
  • Collaborate to innovate
  • Inform to inspire
  • Be all in

About the role

Tech Nation is aiming to build out a Board of world-class calibre, to act as a model both for the companies within its network, and the wider tech industry as a whole.

Tech Nation’s Board is made up of nine Non-Executive Directors and one Executive Director (CEO Gerard Grech). The organisation is looking for up to four new members for its Board of Directors, due to a combination of some end-of-tenure appointments and an eagerness to expand the skills and knowledge of its Board. This is an opportunity for digital tech, business and industry leaders to help guide the next stage of development of this successful tech industry catalyst in a time when it’s never been needed more.

The Board of Tech Nation is responsible for the long-term strategy and success of the organisation. The Board maintains prudent and effective controls to assess and manage risk, ensures that resources are in place for the company to meet its objectives, and reviews management performance. The Board also sets Tech Nation’s values and culture, and ensures that its obligations to its stakeholders and others are understood and met.

Non-executive appointments to the Board are based on merit and with full regard to the benefits of diversity.

Person Specification 

Tech Nation is seeking Non-Executive Directors to join its Board in Autumn 2020. Tech Nation lives and breathes the sector it serves; it therefore seeks Board members with a founder, investor, marketing or other senior digital leadership background, and a deep understanding of entrepreneurship and digital ecosystems. In addition, they should be influencers in the tech scale-up community. 

 Board members are expected to have strong ties to one or more UK tech clusters, particularly those outside London as well as internationally, such as Silicon Valley in California, New York, Singapore or Shenzen. As Tech Nation works closely with the UK government, a network within Whitehall would be a welcome advantage. 

 Beyond this, the team hopes that new Non-Executives will be able to enrich the Board's knowledge base more generally; experience of growth capital raising, business academia, scalable digital knowledge platforms and partnerships in particular would be valuable to Board discussions.            

 Additional Information   

 Board composition   

Stephen Kelly, Chair, former CEO of Sage, Micro Focus, Chordiant and COO of UK Government

Tim Luke, Vice Chairman Barclays Investment Bank 

Sarah Wood, Co-Founder of Unruly David Richards, Co-Founder and CEO of Wandisco

Lesley Eccles, Founder & CEO HelloRelish 

Gerard Grech, Executive Director, Chief Executive of Tech Nation    

Time Commitment and Terms of Office   

The expected time commitment will be approximately 6-8 days per year, to include scheduled quarterly Board meetings, quarterly operational updates, any emergency meetings and meetings of any governance committee to which the selected candidate is appointed, as well as appropriate preparation time.  

The appointment is for an initial term of 3 years, which can be renewed for a further 3 years.   

Legal Structure   

Tech Nation Group Limited (formally Tech City UK Ltd ) was incorporated on 14 January 2014 as a private company, limited by guarantee, without share capital (company number 088437778). It generates private income and secures grant funding through public bodies such as Her Majesty’s Government in the UK. Tech Nation’s financial year runs from April to March. Its UK government grants are administered through various departments including the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Department of International Trade (DIT).    

Process 

This process is being run by Nurole on behalf of Tech Nation. For non-members of Nurole who are interested in applying, please email your covering letter and CV to enquiries@nurole.com quoting TECHNATION at the start of the subject line.

 

Where to from here?

We welcome those with alternative identities, backgrounds, and experiences. Our team includes women, men, mothers, fathers, the self-taught, the university-educated, and people of a wide variety of nationalities, ages, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Obviously, we’re looking to ensure it’s a solid fit from both sides: we want you to step into a role you love, and we want to offer you a place you’re proud to come to every day. 

We know that diverse teams are strong teams. We are committed to a fair and accessible recruitment process for all candidates. We would be happy to meet any accommodation requests during the application or interview process, please just let us know.

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We are a small, high performance team with high standards and big ambitions.

We strive for excellence in everything we do. Our aim is to be transformative and collaborative in our work. We focus on speed, scale, resourcefulness and optimism. We never ship junk and never start with ‘no’. We’re solutions oriented and always focus on the outcome and impact of any project or priority.

We’re a curious bunch, creative and a little quirky. We debate things passionately in team meetings and stand-ups. We sometimes disagree how the world should work, but we all agree on making a big difference through our work at Tech Nation. Which is why we love it here and never take it for granted.

Want a peek behind the curtain? Check out our blog on our culture here.

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