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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 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.

Peter Bennett-Jones – Charity Chair

Peter Bennett-Jones
Date & Time
Wednesday 27 March 2019 - 08.30

Peter Bennett-Jones founded PBJ Management, an artistic talent agency, in 1988 alongside the Tiger Television Group and has worked as an agent and producer domestically and internationally since then.  His long-term clients include Rowan Atkinson, Harry Enfield, Lenny Henry and Armando Iannucci.

Members however may be more interested in the BCKR context, in hearing of Peter’s services to charity and the arts.  He co-founded Comic Relief, which he chaired from 1998-2013 and was, until earlier this year, the Chair of Save the Children.  In the arts, Peter was on the Board of the National Theatre for 8 years (Chairing National Theatre Productions – the company which produces all NT work outside the South Bank) and is trustee/director of the Liverpool Everyman-Playhouse. He is also a Governor of Rugby School, Chairing the Arnold Foundation.

BCKR is delighted to welcome Peter to share his experiences on these boards, and his thoughts on the lawyer board members he has encountered along the way.

Marie Gabriel – The NHS Chair

Marie Gabriel
Date & Time
Wednesday 15 May 2019 - 08.30

Marie Gabriel is an upbeat, dynamic speaker, keen to share her enthusiasm for bringing about changes in the NHS with members. Marie chairs East London NHS Foundation Trust, a provider of mental health and community health services. She has also chaired health commissioning organisations (with budgets up to £3bn), Newham University Hospital Trust (Vice Chair) and Newham Community Health Council.  Marie’s contribution to health was on the Health Service Journal’s inaugural ‘Inspirational Women’ list.

Taking her first Director level role at the age of 23, Marie runs her own consultancy company specialising in action research, partnership and Board development and developing the not for profit sector. Her work experience reflects her commitment to realising and building the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities. This is also reflected in the range of voluntary work Marie undertakes.

We are delighted that Marie will share her thoughts with members on how they too might contribute to this huge and valuable area.

Sandrine Roseberg from Heidrich & Struggles – The Headhunter’s Perspective

Sandrine Roseberg
Date & Time
Thursday 6 June 2019 - 08.30

Starting as a lawyer, Sandrine Roseberg moved into search consulting nearly 20 years ago.  Sandrine is now a partner in Heidrick & Struggles/JCA Group London office, covering their CEO and Board Practice and she led JCA’s Board Practice for more than six years before their merger with Heidrich & Struggles in 2016.

Well able to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of lawyers when looking for board roles, Sandrine will take members through her typical search process and how lawyers can help themselves along the way.

Steve Williams – The Portfolio Lawyer

Steve Williams
Date & Time
Tuesday 18 June 2019 - 08.30

Soon after qualifying at Slaughter and May, Steve moved into industry, quickly becoming general counsel at Unilever, a role he held for 25 years until 2010. While there, Steve was a non-executive director of Bunzl for 9 years, on their Audit and Remuneration Committees, and of Arriva for 5 years, where he was SID, and he joined the board of Whitbread.  The Whitbread role continued until 2017, first as SID and then as chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Steve currently chairs the Remuneration Committee on the board of Croda International, is Deputy Chairman and SID of the Moorfields NHS Trust and Vice Chairman of the De La Warr Pavilion Charitable Trust, a contemporary arts centre in Sussex (having already served as Chairman for six years). He is also a Board Member of The Leverhulme Trust, the second largest research grant funder in the UK, and Senior Advisor to headhunter Spencer Stuart.  He has served as non-executive to Eversheds and on the Companies Committee of the CBI and the Takeover Panel.  He remains a member of the Law Society Company Law Committee.

Members will rarely come across a lawyer with such a diverse range of non-executive roles, and they will gain a lot by understanding how he approaches each role and plays up or down his legal credentials accordingly.

Anita Hoffman – Creating a Second Career

Anita Hoffman
Date & Time
Tuesday 2 July 2019 - 08.30

Anita is passionate about helping others lead fulfilling and productive lives, long after their first career has ended.  She does this through her senior executive and board search and coaching business, Executiva Ltd, her research on longevity for Cranfield University and her writings.  Her book ‘Purpose & Impact: How Executives are Creating Meaningful Second Careers’, was published in April 2018.

Anita is an inspiring and engaging speaker who will help members realise how they can use their experience and positions to help solve societal issues and create meaningful work through  their potentially 60 year-long working lives.  We would strongly encourage you to join us.