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About Competent Boards

The rise of active and aware corporate boards has never been so important. Board Directors are witnessing and participating in truly transformative times. Shifts from shareholder primacy to stakeholder priority, increasing pressure for corporations to make a positive environmental impact, and the struggle for equitable social fairness are just a few of the worthy goals being championed by today’s next-gen Directors.

Competent Boards provides aspiring or experienced Board Directors and corporate executives with a holistic and integrated view of how all of these pieces fit together, have impact, satisfy multiple stakeholders, and simultaneously drive the organization forward.

Our Certificate Programs offer deeply informed knowledge and insight from some of the world’s most respected Board Directors, strategists, and advisors, instilling the skills needed to achieve world class governance and become a future-fit leader.

The time to enroll in a Competent Boards Certificate Program is now.

Helle Bank Jorgensen

CEO of Competent Boards offering global online ESG Competent Boards Certificate and Designation Program with a faculty of over 100 renowned international board members, executives and experts.

Helle has a 30-year track record in turning Environment, Social, Governance (ESG), Climate and Sustainability risks into innovative and profitable business opportunities. She has worked with many global Fortune 500 board members and executives, as well as smaller companies and investors.

Advisory Board


We are privileged to have the support, expertise, and strategic thought partnership of our Advisory Board – an international network of subject-matter experts that help ensure our programming develops future-fit leaders.

Amanda Ellis

Director Global Partnerships, Arizona State University; Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory; Ex. Director Asia-Pacific, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation; Professor of Practice, Thunderbird School of Global Management (Oceania)

Edmund Jeneker

Managing Executive and Managing Director, Absa Group; Chartered Director (SA), Board and Leadership - Corporate and Public Sector, Fintech, Social Enterprise (South Africa)

Emily Waita Macharia

Director, Public Affairs, The Coca-Cola Company; Board Director, East African Business Council (Kenya)

Eric Wetlaufer

Member, Board of Directors of TMX Group, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO), Enterra Solutions LLC, and Niyogin Fintech Ltd. (Canada)

Jonathan Drimmer

Partner, Paul Hastings, LLP (USA)

José Garrido-Lecca

L+1: Líderes Impulsando un Desarrollo Sostenible; Corporate Vice President, Grupo TDM (Latin America)

Joyce Cacho

Board Director, Non-Executive Director, Sunrise Banks, NA; World Benchmarking Alliance (USA)

Judith Mosely

Non-Executive Director, BlackRock World Mining Trust plc; Non-Executive Director, Galiano Gold & Eldorado Gold; Trustee, Camborne School of Mines Trust; Board Member, Women in Mining. (UK)

Ken Urish

Board Member, BlackRock Multi-Asset Complex Fund; Member, AICPA’s ESG Task Force Committee; Managing Partner, Urish Popeck & Co LLC (USA)

Kevin Coon

Partner, Baker McKenzie Toronto; Chair Policy Committee, Baker McKenzie International; Member, UN Global Compact Advisory Group on Supply Chain (Canada)

Mary Francia

Partner, Board and Technology Practice, Odgers Berndtson (USA)

Paul Druckman

Chair, World Benchmarking Alliance, Corporate Reporting Council, and Clear Insurance Management; Board Member, Shift and UK Financial Reporting Council; Founding CEO, International Integrated Reporting Council (UK)

Shailesh Haribhakti

Chairman, Shailesh Haribhakti & Associates Chartered Accountants; Non-Executive Chairman, L&T Finance Holdings Ltd, L&T Mutual Fund, Future Lifestyle Fashions Ltd, NSDL e-Governance Infrastructure Ltd and Blue Star Ltd (India)

Shireen Muhiudeen

Founder, Corston-Smith Asset Management; Board Director and Chairman, Investment Committee and Risk and Governance Committee, Federal Land Development Authority (Malaysia)

Torben Möger Pedersen

CEO, PensionDanmark (Denmark)

Meet our Team

The only way to conquer great things every day is with great people. These are the people that make the magic happen:
We call them our “Team Incredibles”!

Helle Bank Jorgensen

Chief Executive Officer

Nancy Wright

Chief Operating Officer

Amy Geisberger

Senior Manager, Sustainability & Governance Projects

Julie Foster

Manager, Sustainability & Governance Projects

Paa Boateng

Client Relations Lead

Martina Filipic

Program Manager

Lena Onupko

Alumni Relations

Mara Di Loreto

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Alyssa Merendino

Administrative & Program Assistant

Elvin Madamba

ESG Research Lead

Erin Stanton

Digital Media Coordinator

Paolina Spremulli

Finance & Human Resource Administrator

Become a delivery partner

To best achieve global impact, Competent Boards is partnering with select, leading organizations to enable effective delivery of the Certificate Programs around the world. If your organization is interested in becoming a global delivery partner, or promoting the Certificate Programs to your networks, we’d love to hear from you. 

Join the team!

Competent Boards is a dynamic, impact-oriented company serving an international community of business professionals. We are connected by our shared mission to elevate Environmental, Social and Governance competency in boardrooms around the globe.

Our amazing benefits

Remote work
from home

Continuous learning opportunities

Collaborative team environment

Health benefits

Flexible work day

Make an impact on the world

Our Current Openings

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If you want to work for a company with a passion for purpose, Competent Boards is for you.


Competent Boards provides professional development and advisory services focused on bringing ESG (Environmental. Social. Governance), Climate and Sustainability training and insight to boards, investors and executives around the world. The faculty delivering our highly praised online ESG Competent Boards and Climate Competent Boards executive training programs consist of over 100 of the world’s leading board members, C-suite executives, investors and experts.


We need an amazing COMMUNICATIONS & Public Relations Professional


Are you public relations savvy, a strong writer and possess above average knowledge around climate change issues and/or ESG?  Do you have a keen interest in corporate climate change strategy and how ESG is changing financial models, with more than 4 years experience as a Comms professional? If so, this role is for you.


We are looking for an accomplished Communications & PR professional to be an integral member of Competent Boards‘ management team. To be successful in this new role, you will use all the tools in your toolbox to build, maintain and manage awareness of Competent Boards’ work and brand while overseeing our small Communications team. You’ll help create and communicate key messages to defined target audiences in order to help establish and maintain a global leading position for our fast-growing, mission-based company.


This is a key role that requires a balance of public relations and communication experience with a strong roll-up your sleeves and ‘get it done’ mentality. We’re a smart, collaborative team helping to conquer big global challenges. In this role you’ll drive effective storytelling and outreach with multiple, cross-functional stakeholders, including the media, program participants, potential partners, subject matter experts, and company leadership.


Core Responsibilities

  • Identify and coordinate media opportunities that are both strategic and creative to raise awareness of the company’s flagship products and thought leadership to appropriate target markets.
  • Regularly solicit op-eds, and notable developments or achievements to the news media.
  • Oversee development of a Comms plan including promotional materials, such as marketing collateral, press kits, slide decks, and other PR-related collateral.
  • Work with communications team and plan and direct content strategy for website and social channels.
  • Direct and oversee the work of the Communications team; manage and provide coaching to optimize performance; foster ongoing learning and development within the team.

  • Develop a plan to amplify CEO’s new book and work with the publicist to maximize pre-order sales.

  • Establish criteria for creating and/or selecting speaking engagements presented to leadership and develop public relations plans around events in which we participate.

  • Develop a stakeholder management process by creating and maintaining a contact database and a communication plan that targets key stakeholder groups.
  • Write press releases and other media communications as needed.
  • Develop media and partner lists to approach to amplify our messaging.



  • 4 years of relevant work experience with demonstrated skills in communications and public relations, and above-average knowledge of climate change and business.
  • University degree in PR, Communications, International Relations, Journalism or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Excellent writing skills and a flair for copywriting.
  • Ability to think both creatively and strategically to help support business development.

  • Ability to collaborate and be able to mentor less experienced Comms team members
  • Previous media relations experience and proven ability to cultivate relationships with national and international press.
  • Ability to pitch the media and to run PR campaigns that deliver measurable results and meet objectives.
  • Experience providing strategic communications counsel to C-level leadership and all levels of staff.

  • Experience in market and competitive analysis (identifying competitors; tracking and increasing the share of voice).
  • Ability to prioritize and plan effectively.
  • Possess a growth mindset and a passion for mentorship.

  • Ability to build and manage an effective team.


This is a work from home opportunity which reports to the COO. 

Please submit a brief cover letter with your resume.  Resumes received without a cover letter will not be considered.  Send your resume and/or questions about this opportunity to the attention of Nancy Wright, nw@competentboards.com


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The Board Member course is designed for people who hold a position on the board of a publicly traded organization.

The Business Professional course is designed for people who hold senior positions within an organization.