What is the Diverse Directors Programme?
The Diverse Directors Programme is a Director/Non-Executive Director (NED) development programme, designed to help bring about meaningful change. It aims to provide opportunities to those who may previously have been overlooked for Director/NED roles, or who may not have felt able to put themselves forward in the past. The DDP was launched to combine RBW and Start Codon’s respective skills, knowledge and experience to help address the diversity gap at senior levels in Life Science organisations. The programme comprises practical experience and comprehensive training – utilising an experiential platform – for those looking to make the step up into a director or NED position.
Why is diversity at board-level so important?
Boards play a pivotal role in shaping an organization's strategic direction and overall success, and diverse board members bring a wealth of perspectives and ability to decision-making processes.
By finding and nurturing diverse board-level talent and creating opportunities for those whose lack of direct experience has held them back, change can happen.
Research and experience have shown that capable and diverse individuals are out there, but they may lack confidence, experience, opportunities and access to advance into Director/NED roles. By giving real-life board experience, alongside everything else on offer, the DDP aims to remove the barriers to becoming a director or NED.
The DDP aims to bridge the gap that has traditionally existed, by providing a unique blend of skills training, mentoring, coaching and real-world experience – including board observer placements and mock board exercises.