Emma reports on the first Intro to Becoming a Director Workshop

Emma Patterson Taylor was one of the facilitators of the first running of our new workshop aimed at encouraging future rural leaders and new directors in our co-ops and across the industry. She tells us:

“We’d a great day. Bob Yuill kicked things off, talking about the role of the board and looking at governance. Then Stephen Young talked more about the actual role of a director, what skills are required and what makes a good director.

“Fifteen people attended and there was a good level of sharing and discussion as we looked into creating the right culture to develop board members and boards, through learning, challenging and ‘constructive  dissent’.

“We were delighted to have Kate Rowell, Chair of QMS, as our guest speaker. Kate spoke eloquently and honestly about her ‘Journey of a Director’ saying that, for her, she felt the journey began in childhood with involvement in the Girl Guides, and then through various clubs and committees, including the Peebles Show. She described a feeling of “wanting to get involved” which she thought was vital.

“One question asked of Kate was about how she deals with failure. Kate admitted that initially she found it really hard to take but you just have to pick yourself up and keep going – she described how being unsuccessful as a Nuffield applicant was particularly tough, but she can’t believe how far she has come since then, when after a few years on the board of QMS, she was appointed as their Chair.

“Kate shared her aim to “get off the farm once a week, get out of town once a month and out of the country once a year” however, having already been to Paris twice, and not long back from Tokyo, Kate says she can’t quite believe how much her life has changed!”

Thanks to everyone who attended on Thursday. The second running of this workshop, again with 15 signed up, is this Thursday 21st March. If you’d like to find out more about SAOS’ work on Board Diversity, contact emma.pattersontaylor@saos.coop