About the Board Coaching Institute

Board work is complex; we'll keep it simple and support you all the way! 

Meeting you where you are

The Back Story...

It took me over a decade to figure out how to unlock the boardroom. I tried everything that they tell you to.
I graduated from the AICD Company Director course and volunteered for NFP (not-for-profit) roles. I also networked like crazy, but NOTHING seemed to work like they said it would.

It wasn't until I was one day working on my own business and noticed the massive similarity between finding my ideal clients for my executive coaching business, and finding the ideal board role as a NED (Non-Executive director). 

That's when the penny actually dropped!

It didn't just work for me, it works for any senior executive looking for board success. And that's how clients just like you are learning how to fast-track their executive successes and land their dream paid board roles.

Sally Parrish


The Board Coaching Institute supports Executive and Non-Executive Directors in their board roles.

We provide board coaching and online masterclasses and training intensives to empower new, emerging and existing directors to have impact and influence in the boardroom.

The reason I do this (my "why"), is to make boardrooms more accessible to under-represented groups and to enhance board member competency and ethical standards. This will help boards to recruit better and to make better quality decisions ."

Sally Parrish | Director

Where the idea for the Board Coaching Institute came from:

I have had a curiosity with boards ever since my first 'board coaching' contract in 2005. Board dynamics are fascinating. I love the challenges of establishing systems and frameworks and decoding the human instincts that underpin their success. 

I've worked with many boards across a wide range of industries over the years. However, nothing prepared me for my first board role in a start-up Not For Profit. It was intense; fighting our way through one urgent agenda item after the other,  spending hours developing tools and templates to plug our gaps and gaping holes, and frantically searching for solutions for our seemingly impossible conundrums. It was exhausting!

Sometimes the hamster wheel spins so fast, you can't see where you're going. It wasn’t until I had finished my tenure, that I realised I had built an entire suite of corporate governance policies, systems and processes that could be applied universally to all boards. 

I have a knack for simplifying complex information. It comes from a long corporate career as Director of Learning and Development, in the UK, Asia and Australia, translating difficult financial services product information into plain-speaking training resources for Financial Planners. It was my job to take the legal terms and conditions in policy documents and reverse-engineer them into product training that could be used with clients. 

Using my skills and experience and drawing on my formal and informal training, I launched the business in late 2019 and published 'The Essential Field Guide for Company Directors' about 9 months later. Almost immediately, COVID-19 challenged our delivery models, and thankfully my eLearning experience meant we could quickly pivot to a fully online offering. That is the story of how the Board Coaching Institute was born. 

A bit about me personally:

My eleven-year old daughter, reading this over my shoulder, advises me that I shouldn’t sing my own praises so much. It’s “not polite”. So I'll finish by telling you about me personally. 

I was born in South London (my accent gives me away), and was headhunted to Australia in 2002. I arrived with little more than 2 suitcases and some blind faith. I fell in love with life 'down under' almost immediately and was thrilled to later become an Australian citizen in 2007. 

I am based in Melbourne and married to a Kiwi, with two gorgeous daughters who are somehow 'half British, half Australian, half Kiwi and one-eighth Irish’. Our rescue dog Buddy is a similar jumble of breeds. 

My ideal client is a successful, hard-working, action-taking professional, who is looking to either break into boardrooms for the first time or to take their board career to the next level. If this sounds like you, I invite you to check out our resources and to join our happy tribe of ‘Board Stars’. I would love to work with you and help you to excel in your goals for the boardroom.

I look forward to connecting with you and steering you along the road to success. Action takers please click here

Sally Parrish Family

Steve Hugginson | GM Coles Liquor

"Gave me the confidence to get out there and put my best foot forward".

Here's What Some of Our Valued Clients Say About Our Program...

"Great to be plugged into a network of people who are really committed to making your board career successful."

Ellen Hooper

Commissioner & MD

Melbourne, Victoria

"Exceptionally well paced, well structured, excellent value for money and made even more valuable for the network of exceptional executives and future board members it brought together"

Simon Bray

Director & Angel Investor

Melbourne, Victoria

"Has been a very useful process and well-worth the investment"

Kylie Scoullar

NED & Executive Leader
Melbourne, Victoria

"It's Given me the Courage"

Claudia Häger
Non Executive Director

"I would say Sally's program is the world's best kept secret" 

"Clears away the confusion and mystery"

"I knew I needed to look at my board role search differently and Sally’s program gave me a whole new approach. The program provided me with clarity on what I was looking for and why and helped me be clear about my value at the board table and how I can position myself to communicate this effectively.

The modules were great to work through and provided the right amount of stretch, depth, and pace. And it wasn’t just the program – I met amazing people as part of Sally’s community who are now part of my network and brains trust which has been very welcome.

I highly recommend Sally’s program – Sally is hugely knowledgeable, her style in engaging and motivating and she clears away so much of the confusion and mystery inherent in the board role journey."

Thank you Sally!

Anna Hebron FGIA GAICD

NED, Interim Executive & Executive Coach

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