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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.

Our full Events programme for the current and previous term can be viewed here, with forthcoming events listed below.

All our events are held at the offices of JM Finn, 4 Coleman Street, London, EC2R 5TA. BCKR remains very grateful to JM Finn & Co for their continuing support.

The Headhunter’s Perspective

Sally Springbett
Date & Time
Thursday 14 September 2017 - 08.30

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.

Committee Basics: Remuneration Committees

Sean O’Hare
Date & Time
Thursday 5 October 2017 - 08.30

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.

The Portfolio Lawyer

Stuart Popham
Date & Time
Tuesday 17 October 2017 - 08.30

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.

The Outside World: Mediation and advice

Chris Saul
Date & Time
Tuesday 28 November 2017 - 08.30

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.