Other relevant topics discussed by the panel were the need for prospective board members to create their own personal support team and how crucial it is in finding success. Locating the right recruiters, finding mentors who offer guidance and even a sponsor on your desired board are all ways prospective board members can create and sustain that support.
Rose spoke about the need to support one another and the importance of working together to get more women into board positions.
“I believe that pathways are open and have always been open, but we didn’t realise it,” Rose explained. “If we work together and connect to each other and sponsor each other into roles there will be a lot more women on boards, even 12 months from today.
Pilkington then took to the stage to speak about the REINSW board, and upcoming elections, the process of nominating for the available positions as well as the eligibility criteria for nominees. She was very pleased and encouraged by the enthusiasm of panellists and audience members alike.
“There’s lots of enthusiasm around the next board election. I think a better understanding of what prospective board members need to do to actually achieve a place on the board is something I’m really excited to see,” said Pilkington.