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EVENTS

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 terms 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 for their continuing support.

Portfolio Life – Suzanna Taverne

Speaker
Suzanna Taverne
Date & Time
Tuesday 11 September 2018 - 08.30

Suzanna was Finance Director at The Independent, Director of Strategy at Pearson and Managing Director at The British Museum, responsible for delivering the £100m Great Court, before embarking on her portfolio career.

Suzanna has been a trustee of the BBC, chaired the single parent families’ charity, Gingerbread and sat on the boards of Nationwide Building Society, Age UK, the Design Museum. She is currently a non-executive director at Ford Credit Europe, a trustee of StepChange Debt Charity and the Shakespeare Schools Festival and sits on the Advisory Board of Manchester Business School.

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, and how, at Gingerbread, she went about selecting her board.

A Government Portfolio – Charles Randell CBE

Speaker
Charles Randell CBE
Date & Time
Wednesday 26 September 2018

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.

The Headhunter’s Perspective  – Rachel Hubbard from Saxton Bampfylde 

Speaker
Rachel Hubbard
Date & Time
Wednesday 17 October 2018 08.30

Rachel leads the non-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.

Committee Life: Georgina Harvey on Remuneration Committees

Speaker
Georgina Harvey
Date & Time
Wednesday 7 November 2018 - 08.30

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.

Your Due Diligence – Understanding the P&L with Steven Sussman and James Godrich, JM Finn

Speaker
Steven Sussman and James Godrich
Date & Time
Thursday 22 November 2018 - 08.30

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.

The Portfolio Lawyer – Maria Da Cunha

Speaker
Maria Da Cunha
Date & Time
Tuesday 4 December 2018 . 08.30

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.