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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.

The Portfolio Lawyer – Larissa Joy

Larissa Joy
Date & Time
Thursday 24 January 2019 - 08.30

Having started her career as a City lawyer, Larissa moved out of law altogether 10 years ago and now has a rather full portfolio. She is a Non-Executive Director of the leading charity headhunter Saxton Bampfylde, the law firm Charles Russell Speechlys and the housing association L&Q Group. She also chairs The Foundling Museum and SBT, a consortium including Clifford Chance, Bain, EY, Permira and Thomson Reuters, investing in growing high-potential social enterprises.

Larissa has previously been Vice Chairman of WPP’s Ogilvy Group UK, European COO for PR firm Weber Shandwick, Partner of emerging markets private equity firm, Actis LLP and Chairman of the House of Illustration. She also holds an FTCL from Trinity College London and an LRAM from the Royal Academy of Music and plays and performs regularly with London Lawyers Music Symphony Orchestra.

Members will have a lot to learn from Larissa’s account of her move away from the law, and the breadth of positions she has since held.

The Headhunter’s Perspective – Patrick Reihill, WIG

Patrick Reihill
Date & Time
Tuesday 5 February 2019 - 08.30

Patrick Reihill is Head of Talent for The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG). WIG works to improve the mutual understanding between the private, public and not-for-profit sectors – the organisation has 230 members, including a large number of law firms.  Patrick’s Talent team offers Non-Executive and Trustee opportunities at its member organisations, encouraging applications from those who want to take on such a role in a sector different from their day job.

Prior to joining WIG, Patrick worked for Moloney Search, an international headhunting company, where he led on senior appointments on behalf of Central Government, Educational Institutions, Housing Associations and Charities, in addition to a range of organisations in the private sector.

Patrick will share with members a little more on the opportunities he recruits for, the process he puts candidates through and how lawyers can help themselves in approaching these roles.

Committee Life – the Remuneration Committee with Georgina Harvey and Matt Higgins

Georgina Harvey and Matt Higgins
Date & Time
Thursday 28 February 2019 - 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 chairs the Remuneration Committee of all of these and is currently SID at McColl’s.

Matt Higgins is a Partner at FIT Remuneration Consultants, having previously been a Partner at New Bridge Street. He specialises in advising FTSE All Share and AIM Remuneration Committees, acting as the Committee’s independent advisor and advising on all aspects of executive remuneration and shareholder communication.

Georgina and Matt 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.

The Portfolio Lawyer – Steve Williams

Steve Williams
Date & Time
Wednesday 13 March 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.

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 is currently 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.