“The boardrooms of the 21st century can no longer look or act like the boardrooms of the 20th century. It’s time for a boardroom (r)evolution!

Our role is to empower and support the ‘Future Directors’, those shaping the boardrooms of the future, and the future from the boardroom.

– Paul Smith, Founder of Future Directors –

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently going through a refresh of our brand and website. This current website is therefore not the best reflection of the awesomeness of our work.
✅ We help next-generation Aspiring Directors seeking their first (or next) board roles.

✅ We support Developing Directors seeking to increase their influence and impact, so they can truly say they are making a difference.

✅ The ultimate destination for our community is to become Future Directors, those shaping the boardroom of the future, and the future from the boardroom.

✅ We also work with those purpose-driven boards wishing to evolve and future-proof themselves for the 21st century.


Boardrooms are becoming more diverse, but being a director is not for everyone. So, first we help answer the question, “is this for me?”.

We then help move people from CAN I? to I AM? transforming you from an Aspiring Director to a Developing Director – an empowered, confident and contributing member of the boardroom.

Ultimately, our goal is to support the growth of directors and boards so they become what we call FUTURE DIRECTORS and FUTURE BOARDS – with the skills, perspectives, tools and ideas to effectively navigate change, make more informed decisions and increase their positive impact.

Get your copy our book ‘Right Seat, Right Table: An Outsider’s Guide to Securing the Ideal Board Role’. Practical and inspiring!


Our intensive group program gives you the tools, knowledge, confidence and support to accelerate your journey and secure your ideal board role(s).


For existing ‘Developing Directors’ looking to accelerate their influence via a supportive and facilitated peer-2-peer local experience.


Individual, board, group or company? Work exclusively with our founder, Paul Smith – author, coach, mentor, board advisor, chair and Boardroom Futurist.

“Put simply, Future Directors is the reason I have a boardroom career. They helped me understand my unique value and gave me the courage to secure my first non-executive board role at the age of 29. I am now Deputy Chair of that board and being asked to step into the Chair role.”Hannah Stenning -



  • Am I too inexperienced to be a board director?

    It’s better to know now what you need to know than wait until you think you’re ready. Let our experts show you the tools, knowledge and frameworks to give you the confidence to move forward, chances are you already have more than you think! The world needs you to step up now and be that leader… right where you are. We have proof that you are at the perfect point in your life to start. Our youngest graduate was 21 and she’s now on two boards at the age of 22 but we also help people of all skills, ages and experiences!

  • Do I have the time to be a board director?

    You can create time when something is important. All boards are different but allow 10-30 hours per month.

  • What boards are looking for?

    They are looking for you! You have unique strengths, skills and value that sets you apart from others. Not all boards need the same things so with our help, we will get you ‘pitch ready’ for the boardroom of your choice.

  • Where do I even begin getting a role on a board?

    That’s where we come in! It’s called the CONNECT Method and we will help you every step of the way.

  • What’s the right board for me?

    As we get to know you and your talents more, we can help point you in the right direction. We are confident you will find a board where you can thrive.

  • People say it’s still about who you know… I don’t know anyone!

    What and who you know will always important. But, we also know it’s WHO KNOWS YOU that is the key to kickstarting a board career. We help you get ready and plug into networks that will get you in front of the right people so you can make those crucial connections.