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This profile was last updated on 10/29/15  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Employment History


  • LLB
  • Law
    University of East Anglia and Business at Cranfield
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Nick Stephens - Executive ..., 7 Oct 2013 [cached]
Nick Stephens - Executive Chairman RSA Head Office
Nick Stephens - Executive Chairman
Nick Stephens draws on new industry research to explain how the active management of high potential individuals and leadership development will be the key to success.
New Margins for Success in the Growth World - Nick Stephens' 'Asian Solutions' Strategy
Life sciences firms failing to manage talent - article written by Nick Stephens and printed in the The Grapevine, September 28th, 2011 Posted on 28/09/2011 Hiring and firing is a different business in the US - article written by Nick Stephens and printed in the Financial Times, September 8th, 2011 Posted on 20/09/2011 Betting big on research in China - article written by Nick Stephens and printed in InPharm, September 2011
RSA CEO Nick Stephens chairs a session at the BIA Annual Bioscience Forum in London...
RSA, the leading global Life Sciences Executive Search and Interim Management specialist, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nick Stephens as Executive Chairman and Sarah Wilding as a Non-Executive Director.
Nick Stephens will take on the role of Executive Chairman. Nick has been a Director of RSA since 1986 and joined the business full-time in 1995 where he has been vital in the growth and development of RSA's ever expanding global network. Serving as CEO for the past seven years has enabled Nick to build a remarkable team, allowing RSA to become global leaders in Life Sciences Executive Search and Interim Management. With his professional character and integrity, Nick has built strong relationships and become a respected and well-liked professional in the industry.
RSA named in ‘Recruiter’s 2012 Fast 50’, 13 Mar 2015 [cached]
Nick Stephens, CEO of RSA is delighted by RSA's ranking and says "in a harsh economic climate, we have managed to start off the year in our strongest position ever.
Nick Stephens, Executive Chairman completing his #IceBucketChallenge
Board Level - Nick Stephens examines the power of the board
RSA makes Sunday Times' International Track 100, 13 Mar 2015 [cached]
"This is fantastic news for RSA, and a true reflection of the hard work that the entire company has been doing to provide a global service for life sciences organisations," said Nick Stephens, CEO of RSA.
Nick Stephens, Executive Chairman completing his #IceBucketChallenge
Board Level - Nick Stephens examines the power of the board
The RSA Group Non Executive Directors’ Survey 2014, 13 Mar 2015 [cached]
Nick Stephens, Executive Chairman, The RSA Group
"The point of a board is ..., 6 June 2014 [cached]
"The point of a board is not to sit and agree with each other," says Nick Stephens, chief executive at RSA.
Stephens believes that there needs to be greater turnover at executive level in order to provide women with the opportunity to sit on boards. "If boards were more ready to look at themselves and to say that one or more of their members should move on for the benefit of the shareholders and the business, then you would get more demand," Stephens says. "This is a demand problem, not a supply problem. It is about paying the same care and attention to the annual review of the board as you do to the annual review of every other single member of staff."
While a greater velocity of turnover would create more opportunities for women to make it on to the board, Stephens also rallies against what he describes as the "self-fulfilling prophecy" of risk aversion. "In executive and non-executive roles, clients want candidates to have experience of being on a company board before," Stephens explains. "If that is the case, and you have very few women on boards, you can't appoint a woman. Risk reduction means that boards end up hiring people like themselves."
Getting out of the boardroom
Assuming that boards - and more importantly Chairmen - look at their positions more objectively on an annual basis, then Stephens believes that the women that will claim a seat at the top table are those that are networked with the board. "If you give enough of your senior executive women access to your board, the perceived risk of hiring them goes down and you get rid of the problem that they haven't got experience," he says.
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