Non-Executive Director

The Group

eQS’ founding principle is to create a ‘business that does good’ and the company has been driven by that ethos since 2006. Together, the Group’s portfolio of diversity, inclusion and wellbeing businesses comprise the UK’s leading Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) specialists. Now 100-strong, the eQS workforce are united in a common goal: removing barriers to education, work, and life, and transforming internal cultures to create social and business benefits on a national scale.

eQS has initiated a Group-wide DEI review, designed, and delivered by our own workplace DEI division, EW Group and Challenge Consultancy. This project includes a comprehensive diversity audit across all areas of the business from recruitment, management, policies, communications, training and more to ensure all our practices are inclusive and support diverse talent.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a senior professional to join our Board as a Non-Executive Director with specific expertise in HR. Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and disabled people are underrepresented at board level and are particularly encouraged to apply. We are seeking to appoint an individual who shares our values and who also brings strong understanding of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion.

This is a
one-year fixed term appointment.

Remuneration Fee: £1,000 per day, 1 day per month. 

The Role

The Non-Executive Director will work with the Board, CEO, and Executive Directors and our Head of People and Culture to inform, deliver and develop the business plan in line with the overall strategy.

Attendance at our Head Office at 9 Apollo Ct, Hebburn NE31 2ES may be required for monthly board meetings.

The time commitment on average is approximately one day per month with flexibility to offer time online and on site when required. As with all Non-Executive Director posts, the time commitment will be flexible across the year with some periods requiring greater input and less depending on the service issues.


Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • Skills, knowledge, and experience of people management at Board Level.
  • Understanding and expertise or experience in Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion.
  • Preferably experience in Private Equity environments in a mid-market business
  • A personal commitment to eQS and our values
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to understand complex strategic issues and analyse and resolve difficult problems in a pragmatic way
  • Sound, independent judgment, common sense, and diplomacy
  • Politically savvy, with the ability to grasp relevant issues and understand relationships between interested parties
  • Strong knowledge of corporate governance
  • Ability to balance support and fair challenge to Executives whilst acting as a critical friend
  • Experience of decision making within a board-level environment
  • Committed to working as a team member
  • Committed to acting as an ambassador for eQS, facilitating working partnerships within eQS and external Stakeholders.

To be successful in this role, candidates will be excellent communicators, with the ability to create impact, by engaging and influencing key stakeholders to facilitate positive change. They must be driven and passionate about creating and shaping an innovative strategic vision for the best possible long-term benefit of the organisation.

We recognise the positive value of having a workforce with a variety of experiences and that represent the communities we serve. Therefore, we welcome and encourage applications from all members of the community especially Black, Asian, minority ethnic and disabled people.

If you would like any more information or an informal discussion about the role, please email Carol Ducker by
clicking here.

To apply for this role, please submit an up-to-date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement of no more than 2 pages, that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification.

Closing date for applications is Monday 3rd October 2022.

Our Values

We are looking for a candidate who shares our values…

Be Fearless
1+1= Team
We are Impactful
Continuous Self Development
We tell it how it is
Work hard have fun