BCKR holds events in the City open to all its members two or three times a month, publishing our programme before the start of each term. The subjects covered include informed guidance on the application and appointment process, the personal experience of current and former lawyers who have been successful in this field, headhunters who specialise in trustee and board appointments and sympathetic chairmen, senior NEDs and trustees. Notes from our recent events can be found in News & Views.
All our events are held at the offices of JM Finn, 4 Coleman Street, London, EC2R 5TA. BCKR remains very grateful to JM Finn for their continuing support.
Suzanna’s wide-ranging career spans finance, education, culture and media, across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She is currently Chair of Marie Stopes International, a Trustee of Age UK and a Non-Executive Director of FCE Bank. She was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Nationwide Building Society, a Trustee of the BBC, StepChange Debt Charity and the Design Museum and Chair of Gingerbread.
Previously, Suzanna worked as Operations Director of Imperial College and Managing Director of the British Museum, responsible for delivering The Great Court – a £100m millennium project. She was also Strategy Director of Pearson and Finance Director of The Independent. She started her professional life at S.G. Warburg.
Suzanna’s portfolio career has spanned business, charities, arts and education and we will be able to learn much about the similarities and differences between these worlds. Members will be also able to quiz Suzanna on what she looks for in a good board.
Charles was a Partner at Slaughter and May until 2013 when he moved into the non-executive world of corporate regulation. He has recently been appointed as Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority. Before this, he was an Independent Director of the Prudential Regulation Committee.
He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and a Visiting Fellow in financial services regulation at Queen Mary University of London.
Charles will speak of the selection process for his government and regulatory roles and the pros and cons of these roles, the way lawyers are perceived and the interface with his roles in education at Queen Mary.
Rachel leads the non-for-profit practice at Saxton Bampfylde, one of the leading headhunters in that area. She joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2000 starting in research, before specialising in Board appointments across the charity, arts, higher education, commercial and public sectors. She is a Trustee for Five Talents, an international microfinance charity.
Rachel will take members through the appointment process, looking at the selection criteria, the use of referees, the market’s view of lawyers, the likely competition and what members can do to improve their chances.
Following a career in newspapers and media, Georgina now has a non-executive portfolio which includes roles at William Hill, Big Yellow and McColl’s Retail Group. She sits on the Remuneration committee of all of these and chairs this committee at William Hill and McColl’s Retail Group.
Georgina will take members through the role of the Remuneration Committee, the key points of tension, how non-executives can add to the discussions, the use of remuneration consultants and the interplay provided by management and the need to set targets. Remuneration committees are seen as a good home for lawyers, so it should prove to be a very useful session.
Steven Sussman is CEO of JM Finn and James Godrich is one of their Research Analysts. As a leading independent investment manager, JM Finn is regularly considering the value of potential equity investments for its clients, looking at each organisation’s finances in depth, highlighting the company’s financial strengths and understanding any risks and anomalies.
It is these same issues that a potential non-executive director should get to grips with when considering a role with a company, and we are delighted that Steven and James have agreed to guide us how they go about this exercise, taking us through the key points to look for in a company’s accounts. The session will give members a head start in knowing what to explore further at interview, and may just give a few warning signs of any unforeseen problems. For those looking to move into the commercial non-executive arena, an invaluable session.
Starting life as a barrister and then corporate lawyer at Lovells, Maria is now Director of People & Legal at British Airways, sitting on their Executive Board. She also sits on the board of De La Rue Plc, the world’s largest security paper printer.
Maria will talk of how she combines her full-time legal role with the responsibilities as a non-executive in a very different arena, explaining how and why she added an external role to her life. Members will learn of her recruitment process, her experience of headhunters, the value of networking and how she brings her legal experience to the board table, without simply becoming a further source of legal advice at De La Rue.
Wednesday 25 April 2018 The Portfolio Lawyer – Josyane Gold
In 2013, Josyane retired from SJ Berwin (latterly King &Wood Mallesons) after 25 years, where she had led their private equity funds practice. She quickly moved to the board of FTSE 250 company, Electra Private Equity plc as a non-executive director and now sits on the advisory board of Palamon Capital. Josyane will share with members how she capitalised on her legal experience and networks to make a move into the non-executive arena, the role of advisory boards and the strides lawyers can make to be recognised as more than a lawyer at the board table.
Wednesday 9 May 2018 Housing Associations – Lord Charles Falconer
The former UK Lord Chancellor and first Secretary of State for Justice needs little introduction, but what may be less well known is that until last year, Charlie Falconer had spent nine years chairing Amicus Horizon, a significant and well-respected housing association. He will introduce members to the issues that housing associations are grappling with – political, social and economic – how lawyers can bring value to these boards and how members might go about becoming more involved in this critical area.
Alongside partnership at Gibson Dunn, Charlie also chairs live music venue, The Sage Gateshead. In addition to Amicus and his government roles, he has also been Chair of the Globe Theatre and the John Smith Memorial Trust, and Visitor of Queens’ College Cambridge and the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.
Wednesday 23 May 2018 The Outside World: Academy Schools – Kirsty Watt and Gavin Robert
Academy Ambassadors was set up by the government to provide support and advice to the fast-growing academy schools sector. Kirsty Watt heads Academy Ambassadors and is responsible for the growth of its national board recruitment programme. She is always on the lookout for high calibre trustees to appoint, and has placed a number of BCKR members along the way. Kirsty will talk members through the types of role available (a surprisingly varied bunch!), the appointment process and the benefits of getting involved with academy trusts.
We are delighted that Kirsty will be joined by Gavin Robert, who was previously a partner at Linklaters for 14 years before becoming a senior consultant with boutique competition law firm Euclid Law, and a Panel Member of the UK Competition & Markets Authority. Gavin is Vice Chair of REAch2 Trust Board having been involved since 2015. Founded in 2012, REAch2 Academy Trust is the largest primary-only academy trust in the country. It is a growing charitable organisation currently supporting some 55 primary academies across England.
Wednesday 13 June 2018 The Headhunter’s Perspective – Will Dawkins from Spencer Stuart
Will Dawkins leads the UK Board Practice at Spencer Stuart. He focuses on the appointments of chairmen, non-executive directors and chief executives in a range of industries. He also undertakes board evaluations and works in the UK and internationally. Members will have a lot to question him on.
Outside the world of search, he chairs the Evelyn Trust, a £20m medical research grant giving charity based in his hometown of Cambridge. He is a former trustee and former chairman of the Oxford & Cambridge Rowing Association, the body that oversees the Oxford & Cambridge boat race.
Wednesday 20 June 2018 The Big Charity – Sir Nick Young, Red Cross and MacMillan
Nick Young is a former charity leader and solicitor. In 1985 he left City law for the charity sector, joining the Sue Ryder Foundation before becoming Director of UK Operations at the British Red Cross (1990-1995), Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Relief (1995-2001) and Chief Executive of the British Red Cross (2001-2014).
In addition, he has held government positions on the NHS Modernisation Board and Human Rights Advisory Group and is an independent member of the National Honours Committee. He is also Chair of the Monte San Martino Trust, which was established by UK prisoners of war (one of whom was Nick’s father).
Nick stepped down from the Red Cross in 2014 though remains Honorary Vice President of the British Red Cross. He was appointed a Trustee of the Wimbledon Foundation in 2015.
With his extensive experience of chairing big charities, Nick is very well placed to advise members on what he looks for when appointing trustees to his boards, and as lawyers how best to go about getting that first role in the charity sector.
Wednesday 10 January 2018 – Know Your Numbers – Naziar Hashemi of Crowe Clark Whitehill
As a non-executive director, it is critical that you are able to understand the finances of the organisations you work with. Our legal training can take you so far in this, but for many lawyers that doesn’t leave them confident that they can make a meaningful contribution at, say, an audit committee. We hope that this session will start to increase members’ confidence in this area.
Naziar, a partner at accountants Crowe Clark Whitehill, provides advisory services to a range of charities, covering risk and finance function reviews, systems, benchmarking and performance measurements and governance reviews. She also trains non-executive directors on what to look for on the finance side when arriving at a new organisation and how to use their broader experience to best effect on audit committees. We are delighted that Naziar has agreed to share a little of this with our members and we hope all will leave the session rather more financially aware.
Thursday 25 January 2018 – The Chairman’s Perspective – Nick Vetch
Mr. Nicholas John Vetch, also known as Nick co-founded Big Yellow Group Plc in September 1998 and served first as its CEO. He has been an Executive Chairman since 2004. Prior to this Nick co-founded and ran Edge Properties plc. Nick is SID of The Local Shopping REIT and a NED of Bluespace S.L. (Blue Self Storage). He is also a trustee on the boards of Bedales School and The Fund for Global Human Rights.
Nick will talk through how, as Chairman, he picks and uses his own board, why he chose to have a lawyer sitting on the board, and his own experiences as a member of other boards.
Tuesday 6 February 2018 – The Headhunter’s Perspective – Odgers
Stuart Morton and Anna Ponton were both lawyers before turning to the world of headhunting. They are now partners within the Legal and Professional Services Group at Odgers Berndtson. Anna heads the group.
While they both conduct searches for lateral hire partners and executive management positions in the professional services practices, they are also regularly instructed to find independent non-executives for those practices, whether for law firms, accountants, or other practices. Lawyers often appear on these non-executive shortlists, so it will be a session not to miss.
Tuesday 20 February 2018 – A breakfast at THE FORE TRUST
Mary Rose-Gunn will tell members about the philanthropic work of the Trust, which gives grants (and more) to help bring about significant change in small charities. You will hear about this work, the roles they have available for their charity partner network, their charity networking events and how you might get involved. All this in the amazing surroundings of 2 Temple Place, Astor’s house overlooking the river near Blackfriars Bridge, giving you a chance to see this and their 2018 Exhibition, The Age of Jazz. Marking 100 years of Jazz reaching Britain, Age of Jazz will explore the impact that jazz had on Britons from 1918.
We are thrilled that The Fore have agreed to host this event.
Thursday 8 March 2018 – The Portfolio Lawyer – Denise Jagger
Denise was a corporate finance lawyer in the City before embarking on her in-house career, as Company Secretary and General Counsel at Asda and then Walmart. When she had extensive management experience, as part of the retailer’s executive board,a Denise came back into private practice, joining Eversheds Sutherland as a partner in 2004 but has continued to have a significant non-executive portfolio.
Denise is NED of house builder Bellway plc, terrorism risk reinsurance company Pool Re, St Giles Trust and the University of York. She has held non-executive roles with the British Olympic Association and in the retail, financial services, health, education and museums sectors. In 2012, she was named City Woman of Achievement in recognition of her significant contribution to the promotion of gender equality in the workplace and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws for promoting women’s development in business.
Denise will share with members how she manages her non-executive work and partnership at Eversheds. Everyone will want to hear more!
Wednesday 21 March 2018 – Karen Brown
Karen Brown has enormous experience of chairing and sitting on the boards of major charities. Karen currently chairs the Mines Advisory Group, which clears landmines and unexploded ordnance as well as BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity.
Karen was for 6 years Chair of Oxfam GB, where she sat on the Oxfam International Board of Supervisors and its Finance, Risk and Audit Committee. Prior to working with Oxfam, Karen chaired ActionAid and was Vice Chair of its international board. She has also sat on a range of other not for profit, business and regulatory boards.
Karen started her career as a programme maker in Granada Television and was later commissioning editor and controller at Channel 4. She was ultimately deputy director of programmes, responsible for a large proportion of Channel 4’s content and Managing Director of 4Learning.
Members will be treated to Karen’s thoughts on the boards of major international and national charities, how non-executive roles at these organisations can add real value (and where they fall short), and how she has chosen and used her own board over the years.
Thursday 14 September 2017 – The Headhunter’s Perspective: Sally Springbett
Sally joined Sapphire Partners in 2010. She will share with members a headhunter’s thoughts on the best way into the boardroom, the hurdles lawyers must overcome and what, generally, makes a good impression on her as a headhunter when conducting a search. Sally will be drawing on her extensive background in search, having worked previously for over 15 years at Ridgeway Partners, Russell Reynolds Associates, Whitehead Mann and GKR.
Sally is also an empathetic coach and advocate for the importance of supporting candidates through the search process and members will have much to learn from her tales and advice.
Read a summary here
Monday 25 September 2017 – Photographic Exhibition
THE CREATIVE SIDE OF LAWYERS
The BCKR team is hosting a photographic exhibition to celebrate the talents of nine photographers, all lawyers, at the historic Temple Church with drinks on Monday 25th September at 7pm.
The exhibition runs until 6th October, and displays photographs by Andrew Brown, Philip Cayford, Simon Crofts, Paul Downing, Olivier Khan, Bill Knight, Dee Miller, Richard Slater and Rachael Talibart.
The Temple Church is open for visitors each weekday from 10am to 4pm, and for services at other times. There is a £5 entry charge to the church (£3 for senior citizens and students) and this includes all exhibitions, including our own. BCKR’s exhibition can be found in the church’s triforium, the upstairs gallery, accessed by a winding stone staircase.
Thursday 5 October 2017 – Committee Basics: Remuneration Committees: Sean O’Hare
Throughout his career, Sean has specialised in people related issues, from executive remuneration to board efficacy, both on the Board of William Mercer, and as a Senior Partner with both KPMG and PWC. For many years, he was the key adviser to the Remuneration Committees of FTSE 100 and 250 companies, private companies and public sector bodies.
Sean will use his significant experience to guide members through the role of the Remuneration Committee, the key issues that may arise, how lawyers can best prepare themselves for RemCom roles (and interviews) and explore some of the familiar tensions between the non-execs and management in the remuneration area.
Since leaving PWC in 2013 Sean has focused on a plural career which has seen him holding various board and committee roles and continuing to consult on board issues. He is currently an Independent Director on the RemCo of the RFU and a member of the ICAEW’s Corporate Governance Committee. Until January 2016 he was also a NED of Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (SAOC), based in the Middle East, where he also chaired the Audit Committee.
Read a summary of the event here
Thursday 19 October 2017 – The Portfolio Lawyer: Stuart Popham
After a career in law, Stuart joined Citigroup on 1 July 2012 as vice chairman EMEA Banking. Until December 2010, he was the senior partner, worldwide, of Clifford Chance LLP. Alongside his Citigroup role, Stuart chairs the Chatham House think tank, sits on the boards of Legal & General, The Barbican Centre Trust, the Council of the RNLI, Birkbeck University of London, and the advisory forum of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He also chairs TheCityUK which promotes London’s financial services. Stuart is a member of the CBI and was for a number of years chair of the London region and is a former patron of the Whitehall Industry Group.
Stuart will tell members of his journey from law to his current, very full, portfolio life, sharing thoughts on what often holds lawyers back in the non-executive world, and what can make them succeed.
Tuesday 28 November 2017 – The Outside World: Mediation and advice: Chris Saul
Since retiring from being Senior Partner of Slaughter and May, Chris Saul has developed an enviable mix of business advisory work, advising public and private companies and professional service partnerships at moments of difficulty or transition – all without doing the law. Alongside this he is developing a strong mediation practice.
Chris will talk to members on the routes into mediation, the available courses and training requirements and how to start building the right network for a practice. He will also talk of how his legal career led nicely into his advisory role and how he went about turning that into a business.
26 April 2017 – The Chairman’s Perspective: Stuart Chambers
Stuart spent much of his executive career with Mars, Pilkington and Nippon Glass, before turning to portfolio life. He has since chaired technology company ARM Holdings and packaging giant Rexam, with NED roles on Associated British Ports, Smiths Group, Manchester Airport Group and Tesco. He currently sits as a NED on the Takeover Panel, on the advisory board of Spencer Stuart, is a fellow of SAID Business School and mentors senior board members.
Stuart’s vast boardroom experience, his knowledge of NED recruitment, and his mentoring role, put him a strong position to guide members into the boardroom. He will have lots to share.
11 May 2017 – The Headhunter’s Perspective: Gavin Orr from Lomond
Lomond is an entrepreneurial search firm focusing in large part on board appointments in the financial, consumer, business services and natural resources sectors. Gavin founded the firm and heads their Private Equity arm, counting many leading and emerging brands amongst his clients. Gavin combines a genuine interest in his clients, their businesses and their sectors – believing in teamwork, transparency and a straightforward approach to doing business.
Come along to hear how an enthusiastic headhunter can help lawyers make their way to the boardroom.
Laura’s wide ranging portfolio includes being a non-executive director of NHS Improvement. There she sits on the committee with responsibility for trust leadership, directly appointing to NHS Trusts and influencing the role in Foundation Trusts. She works closely with Janice who heads NHS Non-Executive Development. They will enthusiastically explain what the role of a NHS Trust director involves, and how you might go about securing a role. A huge variety of roles are out there, so come along and see if one might be right for you.
Laura was a partner at Slaughter and May until 2004, when she began her portfolio career, successfully combining business and public service roles. She currently chairs AIM listed Park Group and is a NED on the Co-op Bank board, and has been deputy chair of the Competition Commission and a Commissioner for Equality and Human Rights.
Tue 6 June 2017 – The Chief Executive’s Perspective: Ian Meakins
Ian moved aside from his executive career last year to become chairman of Rexel, the French based electrical company. His appointment followed a contentious governance review at the company, culminating in the split of the roles of CEO and chairman. Previously Ian had been SID at Centrica, chairman of Auto Trader and non-exec of O2 plc.
These various roles, together with his lengthy CEO experience, will give Ian plenty to talk to on the role of boards, where they go wrong and how to set about getting a board back on track. Having started in management consultancy, he is also familiar with the challenges of moving from adviser to board member. All in all, members will have a lot to question him on.
20 June 2017 – The Portfolio Lawyer: Tim Freshwater
Since leaving the law, Tim has held a variety of non-executive roles, here in the UK and in Asia. He currently chairs Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, is the SID at Savills PLC and is a NED on the boards of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, Swire Pacific and Dymon Asia Real Estate. Tim is also a Senior Advisor to the Brunswick Group, the corporate communications firm.
Tim’s mix of advisory and board work across two continents and cultures will allow members to see how lawyers can reinvent themselves to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.
Thursday 12 January 2017 – The Outside View with Simon Warshaw (Robey Warshaw)
As a leading investment banker Simon regularly comes across lawyers and chairmen, and is well placed to tell members how lawyers are perceived by the boards he advises. Simon also has a significant NED role alongside his day job, so can readily talk to the benefits of mixing NED work with a senior advisory role and reflect on the contribution which lawyers can make to corporate and other boards.
After 27 years working at UBS in 2013, Simon founded the advisory firm, Robey Warshaw LLP. Since the firm’s foundation, Simon has advised on a number of the world’s major M&A transactions but still finds time to sit on the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Theatre – which advises and supports the Theatre’s relationships with the corporate sector.
Thursday 26 January 2017 – The Portfolio Lawyer with Amanda Burton
Amanda’s legal career has very successfully combined law, management and board roles. After qualifying as a solicitor in 1982 at Slaughter and May, Amanda moved into industry. She became an executive director of Meyer International at the age of 38, leading their Timber division while continuing her role as their Legal and Corporate Services Director. She took on her first non-executive role in 1998. In 2000, following Meyer’s takeover by Saint-Gobain, she joined Clifford Chance as London COO and then became Global COO.
Retiring from law in 2014, Amanda is now a non-executive director of Skipton Building Society, HSS Hire Group, Monitise and Countryside Properties and chairs Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Amanda will have much to say on lawyers’ skills and translating them into the board room.
Wednesday 8 February 2017 – The Chairman’s Perspective with Sir Damon Buffini
Damon’s hugely successful executive career in private equity, has set him up well for non-executive life. In 2015 he retired as Chairman of Permira. Since then he has established a portfolio of roles, in particular involving the arts and social enterprise. All of this has given him a very wide experience of boards and their dynamics and he will happily share this with members.
Damon currently Chairs the National Theatre and the Social Business Trust. He co-founded the Trust with the aim of creating national champions in the social enterprise sector, benefitting 1 million young people. Damon is also Governor of the Wellcome Trust, Chairman of the Queen’s Anniversary Trust and Non-Executive Director of the European Golf Tour. He has previously been Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Council Member of the Prince’s Trust, member of the National Council on Economic Education, Advisory Board member of Judge Business School and President of Fairbridge Charity.
Thursday 2 March 2017 – The Headhunter’s Perspective with Deborah Cooper from The Miles Partnership
Deborah Cooper is a partner at The Miles Partnership, a leading search firm where she specialises in top level recruitment including non-executive directors. She has extensive experience in this field, having worked previously at Warren Partners, Heidrick & Struggles and Norman Broadbent.
Deborah will lead members through how she conducts a non-executive search, what she looks for in candidates, and what lawyers can do to better their chances in this highly competitive area.
Tuesday 14 March 2017 – The Portfolio Lawyer with Tom Keevil
Mr. Thomas Keevil, also known as Tom, was for many years a partner at Simmons & Simmons before moving in-house in 2000. Since then he has been company secretary and general counsel at Gallaher, United Utilities and most recently, Barratt Developments, retiring from Barratt at the end of 2015. Tom now chairs London based City West Homes, a property services company, and sits on the board of Factories Mutual Insurance, chairing its risk committee. He is also a trustee of the Land Trust. He has previously been a non-executive director of the SRA and Manila Water Co. Inc, and trustee of the United Utilities UK Pension Scheme.
Tom’s move from private practice to portfolio life will provide lots of lessons for members.
Wednesday 29 March 2017 – The Portfolio Lawyer with Ian Metcalfe
Ian Metcalfe, former Managing Partner of Wragge & Co, is now embracing a broad and varied portfolio career, in private companies, the listed world education and sport. He is a NED on the boards of Mercia Technologies PLC and Terberg RosRoca Group Limited, and is a governor of the Foundation Board of the Schools of King Edward VI. He chairs Rugby’s Professional Game Board, is SID on the board of the RFU and chairs the board of Commonwealth Games England. Ian was also a director of England Rugby 2015.
These roles along give a good taster of what members might learn from Ian, as he continues to build his portfolio career after law.
Tue 13 Sep 2016 – 08.30 The Portfolio Lawyer with Rosemary Martin
Alongside her role as General counsel and Company Secretary at Vodafone, Rosemary sits on the board of HSBC Bank PLC (the European arm of the HSBC Group), is a member of the FSA’s Listing Authority Advisory Committee, is an advisory board member for the Oxford Internet Institute and has taken numerous charitable and fundraising roles alongside.
Rosemary is a firm believer that her numerous roles have made her a better and more commercial lawyer and a more rounded individual. She has been a partner at Rowe & Maw, GC at Reuters, chief executive of PLC magazine and is very well placed to let members know how to make the most of their legal career and the place in such a career for boardroom roles.
As one of the leading legal headhunters, Hedley May has always known a lot about lawyers. It also knows a lot about the boards of regulators, frequently being called upon to find NEDs and chairmen for the numerous City regulatory bodies, such as the PRA and the FCA and their various committees. Lawyers are well positioned to take on these roles, being steeped in the detail and having a comprehensive understanding of the role of City regulation and such roles often sit very well alongside commercial and charitable roles as part of a broad portfolio.
Hedley May will guide members through a typical appointment process, what they look for in compiling shortlists and the numerous views they have heard along the way about lawyers and how useful they are to such boards.
Since retiring from 30 years in investment banking, Robert Swannell has developed a broad and varied non-executive portfolio. He has been SID of both British Land and 3i Group, and, for two years, chaired HMV Group. Robert became Chairman of Marks and Spencer in January 2011 and of the Shareholder Executive in September last year, in each case having served first for a brief period as a NED.
Robert’s regulatory and government department experience includes the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FSA, the Takeover Panel Appeal Board and the Industrial Advisory Board of BIS. He was Chairman and a member of the Governing Body of Rugby School from 2004 to 2014. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Sutton Trust, a founder and Trustee of the Spring Board Boarding Bursary Foundation and a Trustee of the Kew Foundation. He is a Chartered Accountant and Barrister.
With this background, Robert is extremely well placed to help members understand the transition from advisor to board member, in many types of organisation in the public and private sectors. He will also talk about what he looks for in creating his own boards.
Wed 2 Nov 2016 – 08.30 The Portfolio Lawyer with Tim Eyles
Tim Eyles is UK Managing Partner of Taylor Wessing, but, like many of our speakers has an enviable non-executive practice alongside the day job. Tim also chairs The Jerwood Charitable Foundation, one of the UK’s leading arts charities, is a Director of the Jerwood Space and chairs The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres.
Tim will demonstrate to members how his non-executive career has aided his mainstream corporate and private equity legal career, and how he has used his legal background to enhance the charitable organisations he works with.
Thu 17 Nov 2016 – 08.30 The World of Sport with David Gregson
David Gregson is Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association, and of Karma Group, the UK’s largest independent marketing services agency. He is also a Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is transforming the Olympic Park following the 2012 Games, and a member of the Advisory Boards for the Sutton Trust, promoting social mobility through education, and of the Education Endowment Foundation. Previously, David was a co-founder and Chairman of Phoenix Equity Partners and over his career, he has been a director or Chairman of some thirty companies.
Thu 1 December 2016 – 08.30 The Chairman’s Perspective with Paul Myners
Paul’s career to date has covered almost every aspect of commercial and public life. His first career was principally in the City with Gartmore. He has subsequently chaired Marks & Spencer, Guardian Media Group and Land Securities. He has chaired the Trustees of the Tate and the Low Pay Commission and he was City Minister in the last Labour administration, a role which led to his appointment to the House of Lords. He has recently been appointed Chancellor of Exeter University. Paul still takes a close interest in public affairs and is not averse to controversy.
Paul is well placed to talk about the differing requirements of the public and private sector and the challenge of taking on roles in areas which are both new and stretching.
20 April 2016 08.30 The Chief Executive’s Perspective: Public Sector Boards Louis Taylor
Louis Taylor is the Chief Executive of UK Export Finance, the UK’s official export credit agency. UKEF is a government department which has its own Board. Its government stakeholders include HM Treasury, BIS and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Louis was previously Chief Executive of Standard Chartered in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and had wide experience as a banker in the private sector before taking the UKEF role. He also has considerable experience of the voluntary sector and has chaired the boards of Music in Prisons and of Newcastle Royal Grammar School. He became Chief Executive of UKEF in 2015. The UKEF Board is chaired by Guy Beringer who oversaw the process which led to Louis’ appointment.
Louis will talk about governance in the public sector and how it differs from the private sector and the voluntary sector. He will also talk about what he looks for in non-executive members of a public sector board as well as public sector appointment processes. He will consider the skill set of lawyers when presenting themselves for board roles.
Guy will add his observations from the perspective of Chairman. Read more here.
4 May 2016 08.30 The Outside World: Education & Academy Trusts: Margaret Mountford and Simon Staite
Since leaving Herbert Smith after a number of years as a corporate partner, Margaret Mountford has taken on a number of business roles including NED of Amstrad plc and the Apprentice. More recently seen extolling the virtues of Pompeii on the BBC, Margaret also sits on the boards of a number of charities and has for some years chaired the Board of Governors of an inner-London Church of England Comprehensive School. This association has made her very aware of the support that the Academy Schools receives from Academy Ambassadors and we’re delighted that she will share with members her thoughts on what lawyers might bring to boards of Academy Trusts.
Margaret will be joined by Simon Staite, Partner at Nabarro and non-executive director at Active Learning Trust (and BCKR member) who will be sharing his experience as a NED in education and by Kirsty Watt the Chief Executive of Academy Schools. Read a summary here.
17 May 2016 08.30 The Chairman’s Perspective: David Grigson
David is currently Chairman of Trinity Mirror plc, having formerly been CFO of Emap and Reuters. He is also SID at Ocado Group plc, non-executive Chairman of Investis Limited and Director/Trustee at the Dolma Development Fund. He has also been non-executive Chairman of Creston plc, NED of Carphone Warehouse Group PLC, Chairman of Anobii Limited and NED of Standard Life plc, sitting on their risk, capital, nomination and governance committees, and chairing their audit committee.
David will share, in his customary enthusiastic fashion, his wealth of non-executive experience, in the listed and private sectors, from FTSE to the start up. He will explain what he looks for in putting together his boards and how a lawyer might best fit into that mix. Read a summary here
9 June 2016 08.30 The Portfolio Lawyer: Mark Chambers
Mark has for some years now juggled his legal career as general counsel and company secretary, alongside a NED and trustee life. Recently appointed to chair Amref UK, the largest African health charity, Mark has also sat on the board of the World Wildlife Foundation, chairing their audit committee. Formerly at WorldPay, GE, RSA and Slaughter and May, Mark is now Deputy Company Secretary at HSBC but Mark will be talking about his roles at Amraf, WWF and the academic sector, how those organisations run at board level and how he deploys his legal skills in the non-executive roles. Read a summary here
21 June 2016 08.30 Practical Next Steps: Nick Aitchison
Over the past year or so, our speakers have included high profile FTSE Chairs, trustees of major not-for-profit organisations, the President of the CBI, senior Board headhunters and, importantly, lawyers who have themselves succeeded in ‘Bridging Law and the Boardroom’.
Nick Aitchison, who leads BCKR’s individual career services, will be looking at the main themes and advice that has emerged from these informative and entertaining sessions and will add his own perspectives on the practical lessons that can be drawn by BCKR members. Nick is himself a former Board headhunter and has also provided career advice and support to more than a hundred company directors and professional services partners.
5 July 2016 08.30 The Headhunter’s Perspective: Dom Loehnis
Dom is a senior executive (Consultant) at Egon Zehnder. He is a member of the firm’s Consumer and Technology Practice Groups, coordinating TMT activity in the London Office. He focuses on media and digital business – providing a range of services including executive and NED search and board reviews – and recently led the team advising the National Theatre on the appointment of a new Chair.
Egon Zehnder is one of the leading international search firms with 69 offices in 41 countries across the world and brings a distinctive approach to its work.
Dom will look at the opportunities for law firm partners in the NED arena and the approaches which work best for success in realising those opportunities – bringing his extensive expertise and experience over many years as a leading practitioner, particularly in the field of media and the arts.
Barbara has been Chief Executive of WaterAid in the UK since September 2005. During this period, she has increased its coverage from 15 to 27 countries in Asia and Africa and doubled its annual income to almost £100 million. In June 2015 Barbara was awarded the prestigious Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement 2015.
WaterAid is a major international NGO. Established by the UK water companies in 1981, WaterAid focuses on the provision of clean water, sanitation and hygiene to the poorest communities in the world – a world where 750 million people lack access to clean water and 2.2 billion people have no access to proper sanitation. WaterAid employs 900 people around the world, with many of them inevitably operating in very difficult environments.
Barbara will discuss the role of NED’s in an NGO where the Board is entirely non-executive, including the opportunities and obstacles for lawyers (there has been a lawyer on the WaterAid Board for the last eight years – and Tim Clark is the current Chair), the (often challenging) line which NEDs must appreciate between governance and management and the role of search firms in the INGO sector. Read a summary of the event here.
Paul Skinner is a highly experienced chairman and non-executive director. Following his executive career at Shell, he quickly established himself in the portfolio world, chairing diverse private and public sector organisations such as Rio Tinto, Infrastructure UK, the Commonwealth Business Council and the UK Chamber of Shipping. Paul is currently Chair of Defence Equipment and Support, a trading entity within the Ministry of Defence, responsible for the UK’s defence procurement. He is also a NED of Standard Chartered plc, Air Liquide, S.A. and of Tetra Lavel Group and sits on the Public Interest Body of PWC and the Advisory Body of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.
Paul will discuss his move from executive to non-executive career and share his views of lawyers on boards, what makes a good board and what he looks for in bringing his own boards together. Read a summary of the event here.
Neil Adleman is a senior partner in Harbottle & Lewis and advises clients throughout the theatre industry, both in the UK and abroad. His clients include producers, theatre owners and operators, subsidised sector venues and touring companies, drama schools, trade associations, composers, playwrights and directors. He has a deep understanding of how these organisations work and what lawyers can bring to their boards, regularly coming across theatrical organisations where such help would be appreciated.
Alongside Neil’s very successful legal theatre practice, he chairs the Sheffield Theatres Trust and is a trustee of The Peggy Ramsay Foundation funding writers, Stage One (the Theatre Investment Fund) and The Split Infinitive Trust which supports performance arts.
Neil will share with members how he has juggled his external commitments with his own related legal practice and how the lawyer is perceived in the arts world. He will also give members a few ideas on how they might be able to get into the world of theatre. Read a summary of Neil’s visit here.
Perrett Laver is a global executive search firm specialising in education, research and the not-for-profit sectors. Sophia’s work there in senior executive level search includes Board appointments internationally in global development, sustainability and the non-profit sector. Her clients include WaterAid, Oxfam, Save the Children and the University of London.
Sophia will talk us through how she conducts searches, how clients and headhunters come up with their shortlists, what she looks for in candidates and their CVs and the views that the headhunting profession and their clients have of lawyers on boards. She will guide members on what they can do to improve their opportunities in the NED world. Read a summary here.
G3 Good Governance Group (G3) is a business intelligence, risk advisory litigation support and information security consultancy. Arno Robertse is G3’s joint managing partner and has been leading their cyber team since 2008. His practice includes advising Boards on the challenges and considerations relating to cyber risk.Any large business today needs to be confident their data is secure, their customers protected and their own secrets safely hidden from others. NEDs have to know how to gain this confidence, the issues to raise with management, problematic signs to look out for and, importantly, how to respond when things go wrong. Arno Robertse will help members understand more about this complex area, drawing on his extensive experience managing information security engagements for global organisations, specialising in internet investigations and helping clients respond to information leaks or hacking attempts. Read a summary here.
10 Sep – 08.30 Lawyers: The Headhunter’s Perspective – Oliver Pawle
Korn Ferry is one of the leading headhunters for NED roles, and Oliver Pawle chairs their Board Services Practice. He has advised on board recruitment for many major companies, including GSK, Cobham, Amadeus, Weir Group, the Prudential, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Bank of England. Oliver was previously vice chairman of the investment banking division of UBS advising many FTSE companies.
Oliver is a member of the advisory boards of Delancey Real Estate and Reform, a think tank involved in the reform of the public sector. He is also the non-executive global chairman of FTI Strategic Communications, a leading global consulting company. He is on the National Theatre Development Council and on the board of Goodenough College – a postgraduate educational institute.Oliver will discuss his views on the challenges which lawyers face in considering NED roles and the approaches that can be adopted before and during the appointment process in order to address these challenges. Read a summary of Oliver’s visit here
How should you present yourself on LinkedIn? How can Twitter help? What else am I missing? These are questions anyone considering NED roles should think about, and Cilla is the perfect choice for helping us towards the answers. Cilla Snowball has spent her career in advertising and communications, now chief executive of the UK advertising and communications business AMV/BBDO.
Cilla also chairs the Advertising Association and sits on the boards of BBDO Worldwide, Comic Relief and the Women’s Business Council. She was awarded the CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list for services to the advertising industry and is among the BBC Woman’s Hour “100 most powerful women in the UK” and the Sunday Times/Debrett’s “500 most influential Britons”. Read a summary of Cilla’s visit here.
Kirsty Watt runs the Academy Ambassadors Forum and is always on the look out for lawyers interested in working with academy schools. The Forum is part of the government sponsored New Schools Network. One of its key roles is to find suitable candidates for the boards of Academy Trusts (groups of up to 80 schools managed collectively) whether for business as usual, points of crisis or to conquer growing pains. Kirsty will tell us more about the range of trustee roles available with these trusts and how lawyers might go about securing them. Read more about what Kirsty had to say.
Nigel spent the first 21 years of his career with Baker & McKenzie, where he was Managing Partner of the London Office and Chairman of the Firm’s European Region. He left in 2000 to become Managing Director of McLaren Group, the automotive design and production group and since then has gone on to develop a broad portfolio. He is now Vice Chancellor of the University of the Arts London and chairs the Henry Moore Foundation. Along the way, he has held a number of non-executive roles in both the private and charitable sectors, as Deputy Chairman of McLaren Group, Chairman of two charities (Jeans for Genes and The English Concert), a trustee of Crisis and a non-executive director of Hornby Plc and University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Nigel will take members through how he went about changing his career and how his legal background has been viewed on this journey. Read a summary of Nigel’s visit.
Sir Roger is no stranger to the UK boardroom, having chaired BAE Systems, Centrica, Mitchels & Butler, Cadbury, Chubb and Thames Water. He has been president of the CBI and is Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust. His reputation as a giant in the corporate world has resulted in him knowing lawyers well, so he is extremely well placed to let members know how he views lawyers, their strengths and their suitability for the board room. Hear what Sir Roger had to say.
BCKR is hosting this great opportunity for its members to network, as encouraged by all our speakers! We will be inviting our members and numerous BCKR supporters including chairmen, headhunters and all former speakers.
As a focus to the evening, we are delighted that we will be joined by Dr. Alice Maynard CBE, founder of Future Inclusion and former Chair of Scope. Alice has over 30 years of experience as a Non Executive Director and has also chaired a number of charities. Alice is severely disabled and so has overcome much more than even lawyers have to in forging her success in the NED world. We encourage you all to come and hear how Alice has gone about her NED journey and what she now looks for in creating boards. It will be a great evening.
Sam Colt heads the Arts and Heritage Practice at Odgers Berndtson and has focused on senior executive and board recruitment across the not-for-profit sector since she joined the firm in 2007. Her clients have included English Heritage, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Old Royal Naval College and the Natural History Museum. Sam’s background encompasses the public and private sectors joining Odgers from a leading media and entertainment search firm where she worked at the public/private interface, developing the digital media practice and establishing an arts/not-for-profit practice.
Sam will take us through how she conducts searches, what lawyers can offer and where they go wrong. Read a summary of her visit here.
In 1995, John Stork founded Stork & May, acknowledged as the UK’s leading career strategy advisory firm. BCKR director Mike Fletcher and Nick Aitchison, BCKR’s individual career adviser, both worked with John at Stork and May. Earlier, John had built a successful pan-European executive search firm, John Stork International and later he chaired executive search firm, Korn Ferry Group. John is therefore uniquely well placed to comment on the subject of re-invigorating and redefining senior careers, and the impact a good CV might have.
Outside his work, John’s interests are collecting modern art and yachting. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Yacht Club and was President of the International Council of Yacht Clubs. Read a summary here.
Sir Nigel will share with members his views on what makes a good board, with his warts and all view of what lawyers might bring to the table and what often holds them back. He will base this on his wealth of executive and non-executive board experience in the listed sector and far beyond.
Sir Nigel currently chairs BBA Aviation, Heathrow Airport Holdings, Aquarius Platinum Limited and the Business Growth Fund. He is a NED of Sappi Limited (a South African pulp and paper company) and a Senior Advisor to Barclays. Previous chairmanships include Invensys, Alliance Boots, Pendragon and Pilkington and followed his executive career as founder of Williams plc, seeing that company through to its demerger in 2000 into Chubb and Kidde. Sir Nigel is Chancellor of Loughborough University, Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire and a Freeman of the City of London. Read More.
Neil joined search firm Norman Broadbent in 2011 to focus on Board appointments across all sectors, following significant similar experience elsewhere. He covers listed and private companies across all sectors ranging from small and medium sized to FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 companies.
Neil will be joined by Julian Ortner who leads Norman Broadbent’s Legal Practice. Julian has also developed a keen interest in developing lawyers’ talents for the boardroom.
At Norman Broadbent, the board team ensures it takes time getting to know the DNA of their clients’ businesses and so fully understands their demands and the roles they have to fill. This enables them to challenge conventional thinking about suitable candidates, leaving the way open for lawyers with the right skill set. Members will gain a lot from hearing Neil and Julian talk about their constructive approach to building a non-executive career in the private and listed sectors. Read a summary of what Neil and Julian had to say.
Lloyd is a British entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded the business that became the Travelex Group, today the world’s largest non-bank foreign exchange business.
He is a non-executive director of the advertising agency M&C Saatchi, a school governor of St Paul’s, Barnes, deputy chairman of Quest Limited, chairman of the Roundhouse, a director of the Royal National Theatre, a trustee of youth and enterprise charity the Prince’s Trust, and an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford.
Lloyd will share with members his views on what makes a good board, what lawyers can bring and how to go about gaining the best out of your portfolio. Read a summary of what Lloyd had to say.
Richard, still senior corporate partner at Ashurst, was last year appointed to chair Henderson Value Trust plc. He also sits as independent member on the audit committee of the England and Wales Cricket Board, a director on the American European Business Association and the board of The Masuri Group Limited and as adviser to the London Chamber Orchestra.
Tim Stephenson was the headhunter instrumental in Richard’s appointment to his Henderson role. Tim began his career in the Army before moving to the search industry where he founded Stephenson & Co and Stephenson Executive Search in 1994 and 2011 respectively. Tim has built a significant headhunting practice specialising in main Board appointments, both executive and non-executive, in the financial services sector and he is highly respected for his insight into Board effectiveness.
Richard and Tim will take us through the route that led to to Richard’s successful appointment, and touch on the challenges Richard has since encountered in the role. Read a summary of what Richard had to say.
Tessa is a key member of Spencer Stuart’s Board Practice. She is extremely well placed to take members through what headhunters are looking for in filling NED roles, and importantly, why these traits are important, since she also serves as a NED of Wolseley plc and Barratt Developments. Before this, Tessa founded Cantos Communications, an online corporate communications company and spent her previous 18 years with BZW and then Schroders.
Tessa will take members through what she looks for when appointing NEDs to her clients, and what lawyers can do to better their own chances. Read a summary of Tessa’s visit
Lesley Knox, a former lawyer, is non-executive Chairman of Grosvenor Property, a trustee of the Grosvenor Estate and a member of Grosvenor Group’s audit committee. She chairs the V&A at Dundee and is NED of both SABMiller and Centrica. Lesley will guide members through what she looks for in her own NEDs and board roles, drawing out her views of lawyers on boards.
After qualifying in the City as a solicitor, Lesley spent 15 years with Kleinwort Benson latterly heading their institutional asset management business. She moved to British Linen Bank, became a governor there, and went on to found British Linen Advisers. Since then, Lesley has held a variety of NED roles with international and British corporates and charitable and arts organisations.
After a very successful career as a conventional headhunter, Susie decided to do things differently. She started Nurole, finally encouraging charities and corporates to advertise their roles to her huge network of potential NEDs. Susie will talk about how she is helping to make the recruitment process fairer for all. Read a summary here.
Graham retired from Slaughter and May wanting to get more involved in the arts. He quickly found a NED role with the HighTide Festival Theatre, founded by Steve Atkinson in 2007, which is a very highly regarded theatre specialising in promoting new playwrights. Steve will talk of the benefits he sees to having lawyers on his board (he has two!) and Graham will share his experiences in moving into the arts. Read More
Former chairman of BAA and Barclays and former SID at the BBC, Marcus currently chairs both the trustees and friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He will lead a discussion on the interplay between charity and commercial boards, giving his thoughts on what makes a good board and what lawyers might have to offer in this area. Read More
Joelle founded Warren Partners, a search firm with a strong specialist board practice, which makes a big point of knowing their candidates as well as their clients. Joelle is supportive of lawyers joining boards and will use her refreshing approach to lead a frank discussion on what lawyers should do to help their own cause. Read More
Tony is one of the few lawyers to move out, and then back into the profession. In the period between running Linklaters and DLA, he held executive board roles in both Standard & Poor’s and Vantage Diagnostics. While at Linklaters, he also spent 8 years as a trustee of the Cystic Fibrosis trust. He will share his experiences of how lawyers’ commercial skills are viewed by the outside world. Read More
John is the retiring Chairman of Eversheds and the incoming Chairman of the Yorkshire Building Society. John will share with members the story of his recruitment, first impressions of how lawyers are viewed by the world outside and how he used his BCKR learnings to best advantage.
Stephen co-founded Saxton Bampfylde, a leading recruitment consultancy specialising in the charity and not for profit world. For 27 years he has been involved in the recruitment to senior positions across all sectors and will afford members a valuable headhunter’s perspective on the NED world. Read More
John, through the New Schools Network’s Academies Ambassadors’ Forum, finds individuals with the strong corporate, business and financial skills needed to strengthen the boards of charitable academy trusts. These trusts are responsible for groups of academy schools, sometimes covering more than 50 schools. Read More
Mervyn’s session will give members the chance to question him on how lawyers should present themselves and whether in fact lawyers could be the real answer to the need for diversity! Read More
Mairi co-founded Praesta Partners, a leading executive coach firm. She will guide members through what needs to be done in creating their CV and presenting themselves for roles.
Paul was chairman and chief executive of the family business Wates Group and now chairs Teach First. His other roles include SID and chairman of the remuneration committee at Essentra plc, and chair of the National Skills Funding Agency Advisory Board. He is also involved in Trinity College Dublin Business School and is on the board of the CBI. Read More
As chief executive of The Alchemists, Lucy works with high growth businesses to accelerate their development. She also chairs Capital for Enterprise, responsible for over £4 billion of government backed support to private and family businesses in the UK. She has been involved in forums for the CBI and the BBC and has recently joined the advisory board of the government’s new Business Bank. Read More
Philip founded Ridgeway Partners, the international leadership advisory firm, in 2004. He has a refreshing approach to getting lawyers onto boards, being prepared to think outside the box. Read More