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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 with Miranda Leung

Miranda Leung
Date & Time
Thursday 30 January 2020 - 08.30

Since stepping down from life as a Slaughters finance Partner in 2017, Miranda has set about building a non-executive portfolio in London and Hong Kong and used the rest of her time to fulfil other ambitions on the artistic and design front.

Miranda is non-executive director on the boards of CCBI Metdist Global Commodities UK Ltd (a member of the London Metal Exchange), of China Literature Ltd, listed in Hong Kong and the largest e-book & e-publisher in China, and of Indochina Starfish Foundation, a Cambodian based charity enhancing literacy skills. She has also chaired an academy trust, comprising six UK primary schools.

Miranda will share with members how she used her network to gain early roles, the mixed experiences she’s had with headhunters and how she intends to use her board experience to date to build her UK portfolio while maintaining her other interests in the future.

The Chairman’s Perspective with Sir Mike Rake

Sir Mike Rake
Date & Time
Wednesday 12 February 2019 - 08.30

Sir Mike Rake’s first career was at KPMG, stepping down as its International Chairman in 2007.  By 2013 he had an enviable portfolio of non-executive roles, built from scratch after his time in the firm, and that year, he was voted the FTSE 100 non-executive director of the year.  He continues to play a major role in the non-executive arena and members will learn much from understanding how his former career in professional services has helped shape his life today, and perhaps why he sees many more accountants in the board rooms than lawyers.

Today, Sir Mike is Chairman of Phoenix Global Resources, NewDay Ltd, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Majid Al Futtaim Holdings.

He has been President of the CBI and Chair of BT.  He has also chaired Worldpay, EasyJet and ICC UK and been a director of S&P Global, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and deputy chairman of Barclays.  He has chaired the Guidelines Monitoring Committee (the private equity oversight group) and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.  Before leaving KPMG, he was a director of the Financial Reporting Council.

The Portfolio Lawyer with Nigel Boardman

Nigel Boardman
Date & Time
Tuesday 25 February 2020 - 08.30

Nigel Boardman is well known as a Slaughter and May corporate lawyer, but the breadth of his non-executive roles is perhaps less appreciated. Stepping down to a consultancy role in April 2019, Nigel continues to work at the firm but has a number of non-executive roles alongside in the charity and government space. He is board member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a Vice-President for Save the Children UK and Deputy Chair of the British Museum. He sits on the Audit and Risk Committee for BEIS and the Museum. Nigel started his in the non-executive space some years before stepping own from full time fee earning.

Nigel will share with members the highlights and pitfalls of his various roles, and how he believes all lawyers can better their chances.

The Parole Board with Martin Jones

Martin Jones
Date & Time
Wednesday 11 March 2020 - 08.30

Martin has been Chief Executive of the Parole Board since October 2015 having spent the majority of the past 25-years working in the justice system in a range of delivery or policy roles. We are delighted that Martin has agreed to share his thoughts with us on this important area of the justice system.

Currently the Parole Board has 240 members, all public appointees. There is no need to be legally qualified, but many members are. Martin will explain the role of Parole Board members, the recruitment process, the commitment required and the highlights of the job.  No doubt he’ll share something of the trickier parts too.

These paid but part time roles could very easily form the core of a portfolio life, working as an integral part of the justice system to enhance the chances of prisoners coming up for possible release.

If you are after something concrete and useful to do after the law, this may be just the thing. A social purpose, a regular part-time commitment and a new arena. Or just come along to hear about a critical part of the legal system outside your comfort zone.

The Headhunter’s Perspective with Jan Hall

Jan Hall
Date & Time
Wednesday 25 March 2020 - 08.30

Awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to the Department of Trade and Industry and feted 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!