Douglas Board

Dr Douglas Board specialises in career change and leadership coaching, and is the founder of Maslow’s Attic Ltd ( He is a senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School. After receiving degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, Douglas worked as a fast-stream civil servant in the UK Treasury and then for 18 years as a headhunter, becoming deputy chairman of a 50 person London firm. Since then he gained a doctorate in management and writes from time to time for the FT on leadership, careers and selection. His book ‘Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead: Science, Politics and Intuition in Executive Selection’ was published in 2012 by Gower, and is co-writing with Rob Warwick a book on leadership and knowledge to be published in 2013. From 2007 to 2012 he was chair of the Refugee Council, Britain’s largest refugee and asylum charity.