Chair Skills

It takes a range of skills and experiences to be a successful Chair. Here are some of the skills and characteristics we seek when meeting Chair candidates.

EquityChair candidates will:

  • Be positively seeking out a hands-on Chair role where they work with the CEO and FD to grow the business and deliver a successful exit for the shareholders;
  • Have a strong track record of value creation and exit as FD or CEO within a private equity backed/SME business;
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of how to build strong relationships with investors and lenders;
  • Probably have held a previous Chair role within a private equity backed business;
  • Have multi-company experience;
  • Be credible to CEOs and financial institutions;
  • Understand the core drivers of value creation;
  • Have relevant but not necessarily direct sector experience of the business in discussion;
  • Be able to demonstrate sound business judgement;
  • Have strong communication skills and be able to lead by persuasion;
  • Be energetic and passionate about business.