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The Inner Chief

Mar 23, 2022

In this episode of The Inner Chief podcast, you’ll hear from Alison Gaines, MD & Founder of Gaines Advisory, on hiring great executives, becoming an NED, and characteristics of successful boards.


Alison founded Gaines Advisory in 2020 to provide a unique board search and board advisory service, while also specialising in the provision of strategic support to leaders to develop and implement their corporate strategy.

She currently sits on the board of Blackstone Minerals (we had their MD, Scott Williamson on the show in episode 222), Tura New Music Ltd, is the Chair of Hiremii recruitment, and is the Governor of the College of Law Ltd. She is also the independent Chair of the Nominations Committee of Hockey Australia and member of the Nominations Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (WA).

Alison was Global CEO and Head of the Board Practice for international boutique search firm, Gerard Daniels, for nearly 15 years, following a career as a CEO of a law society and senior executive in government responsible for government boards and committees and the Senior Executive Service.

In this episode we talk about:

  • The traits she looks for when hiring a CEO and appointing Board members;
  • Career journeys and transitioning into NED roles;
  • How the changing world has impacted the expectations of boards and Chairs; and
  • What makes a Board successful and how tenures are managed.

Connecting with Alison Gaines

You can connect with Alison via LinkedIn

Books and resources

International Directors Programme at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, in France - it’s a very sophisticated, very focused, small, higher education institution with amazing faculty and research.