Board Development

Leadership Stage Board Development Services

All our work with Boards has a common root: we add value to the people who populate them, individually and collectively, because it is their strategic contributions that affect organisational performance.

The Boards we work with are many and varied. They include listed, private equity and family businesses; government departments; public sector organisations; professional partnerships; and bodies in the voluntary sector. The services we provide to them are also many and varied.

The expectations for Board engagement, ethics, governance and overall performance have never been higher. Boards are under pressure from the capital markets, media, regulators, shareholders, the CEO and other constituencies to provide strategic value and to ensure the sustainability of the enterprise through executive transitions and complex market conditions. Whether it’s advising individual Board members,lead directors, key committee chairs, or working with the entire Board, Thiyagarajakumar Ramaswamy offers the following Board Development services:

Board Reviews

We conduct sensitive, insightful board reviews that enable Chairman and Directors to identify aspects of their board’s work that, if done differently, will improve its effectiveness. Our reviews typically cover two things: what the board works on (content) and the way it works on it (process, including culture and behaviours). We then support the board as it implements changes in its arrangements.

  • Board Advisory, Consulting and Development
  • Board & C-level Recruiting

Working with Directors

We do a lot of work with individual Chairs, CEO's and Directors in support of their wish to do the best-possible job.
  • Director Assessment and Evaluation
  • Director Selection and Composition
  • Director Succession and Assimilation 


Becoming Chairman – or woman – of an organisation for the first time, particularly of one that has a high public profile, is a unique challenge. The role demands different leadership skills and behaviours to those commonly practised by CEO's and other senior executives, from whose ranks Chairs are usually chosen. We help Chairs prepare for and step up to their role.


A CEO’s job is one of the most demanding and complex there is. CEO's are all-powerful, yet must keep many diverse stakeholders on-side. They must be convincing on strategy whilst masters of the detail. They are fully accountable and responsible for their organisations but rely completely on others to get things done. We act as Leadership Stage coach and sounding board to many CEO's – first-time appointments and others – as they get to grips with their agenda and move it forward.

  • CEO & CXO Succession and Assimilation
  • CEO and Board Coaching


Many executive and non-executive directors who join a board for the first time find it is an experience for which they are almost completely unprepared. We help them comprehend and become confident in their new “cabinet” role, and thereby make a valuable contribution.


We help talented executives become credible, attractive candidates for board positions. We continue to support them as they step up.

  • Governance, Risk Management & Compliance Consulting
  • Compensation Committee Assistance
  • Equity Strategy Management
  • Crisis Management

Women in boardrooms

We provide specialist help to Chairman and CEO's who want to create an environment in which talented women, as well as talented men, are encouraged and supported so that they become excellent candidates for board positions - and excellent contributors once appointed. 

Our Thiyagarajakumar Ramaswamy authored ‘A Women’s Place in the Leadership Stage Boardroom’, a study of why women still face ‘barriers to entry’ at the highest level, and what organisations can do to help women fulfill their potential.

Board Events

Most boards benefit from spending quality time off-site. We help Chairman, CEO's and Board Secretaries plan and prepare off-site meetings which we facilitate.

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