page-template,page-template-full_width,page-template-full_width-php,page,page-id-24535,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,select-theme-ver-1.7.1,vertical_menu_enabled,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-6.4.2,vc_responsive


Personal perspectives from the NED world

BCKR hosts webinars open to all its members two or three times a month. 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, sympathetic chairmen, senior NEDs and trustees, and areas of general interest for lawyers wishing to expand their horizons.

Our full events programme for the current and previous terms can be viewed here.

Members can view recordings of previous webinars and summaries of previous events in the Members Area. 

Boardroom issues of the day – BLM and the diversity agenda – Miranda Wayland, BBC

Miranda Wayland
Date & Time
Tuesday 1 December 2020

In light of the Black Lives Matter campaign, BCKR wants to help members understand how to address this and broader diversity issues in the board room (and perhaps their firms).  We all know diversity is critical, but that client service and recruiting the top talent comes first – but how best to combine all three eludes many.  We are delighted that the BBC’s Miranda Wayland has agreed to take members through issues surrounding diversity that often go unnoticed in highly successful profitable organisations, and how a board could bring about change in this area.

The BBC is committed to leading the way on diversity, with initiatives under way to promote disabled talent, BAME creativity and socio-economic diversity.  Some areas of diversity are clearly much easier to spot than others but the BBC has plans afoot to address all three. Miranda is the BBC’s Head of Creative Diversity, championing all these areas of diversity in the creative community and with key industry stakeholders to deliver the BBC’s on-screen diversity ambitions.  She works closely with the BBC’s Head of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion.  Members will benefit hugely from hearing her ideas on how an organisation can change.


The Audit Committee with Hilary Wild – portfolio audit chair

Hilary Wild
Date & Time
Wednesday 27 January 2020 - 09.30

Hilary is a highly experienced audit committee chair, specialising in financial management, audit, risk and governance in international organisations. She will guide members through the role, proceedings and challenges of the audit committee, so they are better prepared to join such a committee.

Hilary currently chairs the audit committee at WaterAid and ICARDA (The International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas) and sits on the audit committees of Constanter Genossenschaft (the private charitable entity founded by Brenninkmeijer family focusing on human dignity) and the Church Commissioners.  She has previously been a member of the audit committees of CGIAR Consortium, ICRAF (the World Agroforestry Centre), the World Meteorological Organisation and the United Nations Development Programme. Her executive career included roles at the World Health Organisation, Kleinwort Benson Group and UNICEF.

ESG and corporate reputation: how should a Board respond? Rebecca Gudgeon, specialist in reputation management at Hudson Sandler

Rebecca Gudgeon
Date & Time
Monday 8 February 2020 - 09.30

ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) has become a critical area for companies and the institutions which invest in them, who increasingly apply these non-financial factors as part of their analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities. As a result, it is an area which directors of a wide range of organisations (and their lawyers!) need to understand in the context of sustainability, reputational risk and responsible environmental and social stewardship.

Rebecca is one of the leading advisers on ESG, supporting leading UK and global brands. She is a partner at the communications firm Hudson Sandler and the head of its ESG consultancy – HS Sustain. Under Rebecca’s leadership, Hudson Sandler Sustain specialises in ‘cutting through the noise’.

ESG is a broad and complex topic but this will be an event which will give members clear insights into this developing and critical area.

The Headhunter’s Perspective with Jan Hall

Jan Hall
Date & Time
Tuesday 2 March - 09.30

Awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to the Department of Trade and Industry and fêted with being on the Woman’s Hour power list, Jan Hall was for many years regarded as one of Britain’s leading headhunters.  She founded the highly successful JCA Group in 2005, having previously been a senior partner at Spencer Stuart.

In 2018 (after selling JCA to Heidrich & Struggles), Jan stepped away from direct headhunting to start her own consulting business, advising boards on strategic succession planning and performing Executive and Board Effectiveness Reviews, as well as coaching and supporting the development of top executive teams and boards.

Jan will give a unique perspective on the NED world, based on her experience as adviser to the leaders of many of the world’s major companies.  She will tell members what does and doesn’t work when approaching headhunters, what really happens to those CVs that are simply “filed in their databases”, and what candidates should read into the “you came a close second” messages.  One not to miss!

How can lawyers shape society? with Andrea Coomber, Director – JUSTICE

Andrea Coomber
Date & Time
Tuesday 16 March 2021 - 09.30

JUSTICE is the all-party law reform and human rights organisation, working to strengthen the UK justice system in all its guises.  Andrea has been the Director of JUSTICE for seven years, hugely instrumental in developing its role in shaping the UK legal landscape. She will talk about the contribution that lawyers can make to society and to the world around them, considering the skills required for this wider role and the opportunities for lawyers to make such a contribution.  Sitting on boards is one such opportunity!

Between 2002 and 2013 Andrea was Equality Lawyer and then Legal Director at INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) where she litigated key cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.  For a decade, Andrea trained lawyers and judges on international law and equality law in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, originally qualifying as a barrister and solicitor in Australia.

In October 2019, Andrea was appointed as a Lay Member of the Conduct Committee of the House of Lords.

The Portfolio Lawyer with Jonathan Scott

Jonathan Scott
Date & Time
Wednesday 24 March 2021

Jonathan retired as Senior Partner and Executive Chair of Herbert Smith Freehills in 2015, and has since taken on a number of external appointments.  He has sought roles which would be “intellectually challenging” and “take him out of his comfort zone” as well as enabling him to “put something back”.  Does this resonate with what you’re after?  Members will learn a lot from hearing how Jonathan has gone about building his portfolio.

Jonathan is currently a non-executive director of The Competition and Markets Authority where he is interim chair, SID and chair of the audit committee.  He sits on the Press and Assessment Board of Cambridge University, chairing its Audit and Risk Committee and its The Regulatory and Compliance Committee, he is on the Development Committee of art gallery Kettles Yard, is Chairman of Governors of The Perse School in Cambridge and is a member of St Catharine’s College’s Remuneration Committee.  Previous roles include being a trustee of the Family Holiday Association and a trustee of the Gambling Commission, charged with the regulation of all gambling and gaming in the UK including The National Lottery. He also chaired The National Lottery Committee until April of this year.