Non-executive directors should crucially link a company’s boardroom to the outside world, in order to provoke and challenge the processes of creativity, partnerships, boundary pushing and, of course, making money. Anyone who can drive that agenda would certainly be a welcome face around the table. How about Tom Ford? He is a man with a plan, he has created a strong brand for himself that’s believable, with the added ability to diversify himself, too, from product to film – he has always got his eye on the next thing and he brings people with him. Oh, and Oscar Niemeyer would be more than welcome, too – 102, wise, brave and cool.
Julie Oxberry, Director, Household