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Hilary Sears

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Hilary Sears

Step on Board Delivery Team

Hilary has private, public and third sector experience. She is now a portfolio Not for Profit Chairman and Trustee, and an executive coach and career mentor. She had a 25-year career in Executive Search and worked on secondment in talent management in the Cabinet Office. Following an early career in advertising and marketing, Hilary studied a full-time MBA at Cranfield. She then joined A T Kearney where she became Vice President Executive Search.  She was also a Vice President in global firm Korn Ferry.  At ATK she led the UK practice on Board/Leadership Assessment.

Hilary was a Director of the Institute of Directors, has served as Chairman of City Women’s Network, the Association of MBAs, the MS Society and of the UK charity for disabled children, KIDS. She is currently Chair of Kings College Hospital Charity, a Trustee of Leonard Cheshire, and Deputy Chair of the International Advisory Board at Cranfield School of Management. Hilary helped deliver Russam’s Interim Women initiative and is part of the Step on Board delivery team.

Hilary undertook the research for four reports on UK Boards (Women on FTSE Boards, Chairmen, NEDs and Board Appraisals), and presents on the Cranfield Non-Executive Director programme – now focusing her presentation on Trustee and NED appointments in the Third Sector.

 She has been active in supporting women onto boards, speaking at conferences, and was the first woman to appear on the front cover of BusinessWeek International (Breaking through the Glass Ceiling).  Hilary has a BSc (Hons) in Economics from University College London, an MBA from Cranfield and an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change from Henley Business School.

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