Venture Board Recruitment – Insights into process and requirements for skills and experiences

Recruiting non-executive directors for a VC-backed business is a huge challenge. It is not just about identifying and filling a skills and experience gap – the right NED must have a growth mindset, understand the inherent issues brought by the venture capital incentives and control structures, and be able to quickly make a strategic contribution.

Speaking with Maria Josife, Senior Partner at Erevena, a specialist executive, board and strategic search firm, we will cover many aspects of venture board recruitment, with an opportunity to ask questions.


Maria Josife

Maria specialises in digital business models and digital transformation across VC, PE and corporates. She also leads Erevena’s Board practice group. Areas of expertise include FinTech, E-Commerce/Marketplaces, Health and Education.

She brings deep experience across a range of functions, particularly in General Management/Operations and Commercial Leadership roles. Recent clients include Nutmeg (acquired by JP Morgan), Bought By Many (EQT, Octopus), Citymapper (Balderton), Coursera (IPO 2021), and Handshake (EQT Ventures), as well as more scaled clients such as eBay, Barclays, and Holland & Barrett.

She works with a number of well-known funds, including Index Ventures, EQT, Vitruvian Partners & Inflexion.

Previously, Maria was a Director at The Cornell Partnership and worked for MWM Consulting, a leading Board Practice Group.

Natalia Blagburn

With a background in venture capital, Natalia is currently working at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, where she coaches teams of student entrepreneurs and mentors startup founders whilst teaching starting up, growing and closing ventures.

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