I’m Valerie Stogdale, expert external board evaluator and founder of Stogdale St James

With over 30 years of deep insights into how boards work best and which are the key attributes of effective directors, we support business leaders to ensure their boards flourish and demonstrate the highest standards of corporate governance.

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We specialise in Board Evaluation and Skills Reviews

We bring business rigour and shared wisdom through deep experience, saying what needs to be said but sensitively.

External Board Reviews, in skilled hands, mitigate corporate risk and attest to the healthy dynamics and effective performance of boards.

Skills Assessments of board members bring clarity to board composition and guide strategy for board refreshment and succession planning.

30+ yrs
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What people say about us

We think our clients’ perspectives are the best testament of our ability to deliver what we say we do. We take pride in being recognised for our independent, bespoke business proposition which combines professionalism, pragmatism, and sector specific experience, to deliver cost effective services which add real value.

“We selected Stogdale St James after a thorough review of a number of alternative firms. Valerie Stogdale knows the Investment Company industry and conducted a very detailed review of the functioning of the board and our relationship with our key service providers. The feedback received was valuable and is being acted on by the board. This is something we will definitely repeat in the future.” 
Paul Meader - Chair, Schroder Oriental Income Fund Ltd (FTSE 250)
“The Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust (SREIT) Board appointed Stogdale St James to perform their Board evaluation. Valerie conducted a smooth, seamless and professional process, which included Board attendance and interviews with Board members and other stakeholders. I was pleased with Valerie’s comprehensive evaluation, which provided some useful pointers for further enhancement to how the Board operates. I would not hesitate in recommending Valerie for her external Board evaluation services.”
Lorraine Baldry - Chair, Schroder REIT
“This was our first external review and we were more than happy with the result. Valerie was a pleasure to work with, very professional and the report was clear, on time and contained constructive recommendations.”
Nicola Ralston - Chair, Henderson EuroTrust Plc
“Stogdale St James came to us recommended by several firms and Valerie undertook a thorough process of discussion, analysis and recommendation with all members of the Board. She also interviewed key members of our Manager team in order to present an integrated and well-rounded view of our effectiveness as well as the Board’s skills. Overall we were very pleased with her work in both evaluation and skills assessment.”
Ronald Gould - Chair, BlackRock Smaller Companies Investment Trust Plc (FTSE 250)
“The Temple Bar Investment Trust Board appointed Stogdale St James to carry out our Board assessment and we are pleased with our choice. Valerie conducted a very professional and thorough review taking input from the board and a range of other stakeholders. She also observed the Board and its committees as they worked through the business of preparing the Annual Report. Her insights were extremely helpful to the future development of the Board. The whole process was very far from the box-ticking exercise that I had half expected; it actually added real value.”
Arthur Copple - Chair, Temple Bar Investment Trust Plc (FTSE 250)
“Valerie Stogdale brings her extensive experience of working with very senior boardrooms across the world, but most importantly real judgement and pragmatism that makes her advice grounded and actionable, rather than yet another box ticking assessment.”
Sir Ian Cheshire – Chair, Channel 4
“I have known Valerie for decades and she has excelled throughout her career. I have no doubt that she is well placed to engage with Chairs and Directors effectively as they review the quality of debates at board level in the context of good governance and beyond.”
Dame Alison Carnwath – NED, Asda
“Valerie Stogdale has had an impressive career in the search business including the financial services sector. She is extremely well placed to undertake board reviews, not least because she combines high emotional IQ with her deep experience of working with boards on corporate transactions and appointments.”
Sir Laurie Magnus CBE – UK Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests. Former Chair - Pantheon International
“With a number of relatively recent directors, the Board asked SSJ to do a full Chair/Board evaluation as well as a skills gap analysis, following a competitive process. Valerie conducted thorough stakeholder research, and came up with sensible suggestions, including some new insights, which are now being put to use. A discrete and thoughtful process.”
Adrian Brown Chair – BlackRock Energy & Resources Income Trust Plc