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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 Outside World: Academy Schools – Kirsty Watt and Gavin Robert

Kirsty Watt
Date & Time
Wednesday 23 May 2018 - 08.30

Academy Ambassadors was set up by the government to provide support and advice to the fast-growing academy schools sector. Kirsty Watt heads Academy Ambassadors and is responsible for the growth of its national board recruitment programme. She is always on the lookout for high calibre trustees to appoint, and has placed a number of BCKR members along the way. Kirsty will talk members through the types of role available (a surprisingly varied bunch!), the appointment process and the benefits of getting involved with academy trusts.

We are delighted that Kirsty will be joined by Gavin Robert, former BCKR member and former partner at Linklaters for 14 years before becoming a senior consultant with boutique competition law firm Euclid Law, and a Panel Member of the UK Competition & Markets Authority.  Gavin is Vice Chair of REAch2 Trust Board having been involved since 2015.  Founded in 2012, REAch2 Academy Trust is the largest primary-only academy trust in the country. It is a growing charitable organisation currently supporting some 55 primary academies across England.


The Headhunter’s Perspective – Will Dawkins from Spencer Stuart

Will Dawkins
Date & Time
Wednesday 13 June 2018 - 08.30

Will Dawkins leads the UK Board Practice at Spencer Stuart. He focuses on the appointments of chairmen, non-executive directors and chief executives in a range of industries. He also undertakes board evaluations and works in the UK and internationally.  Members will have a lot to question him on.

Outside the world of search, he chairs the Evelyn Trust, a £20m medical research grant giving charity based in his hometown of Cambridge. He is a former trustee and former chairman of the Oxford & Cambridge Rowing Association, the body that oversees the Oxford & Cambridge boat race.

The Big Charity – Sir Nick Young, Red Cross and Macmillan

Sir Nick Young
Date & Time
Wednesday 20 June 2018 - 08.30

Nick Young is a former charity leader and solicitor.  In 1985 he left City law for the charity sector, joining the Sue Ryder Foundation before becoming Director of UK Operations at the British Red Cross (1990-1995), Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Relief (1995-2001) and Chief Executive of the British Red Cross (2001-2014).

In addition, he has held government positions on the NHS Modernisation Board and Human Rights Advisory Group and is an independent member of the National Honours Committee. He is also Chair of the Monte San Martino Trust, which was established by UK prisoners of war (one of whom was Nick’s father).

Nick stepped down from the Red Cross in 2014 though remains Honorary Vice President of the British Red Cross.  He was appointed a Trustee of the Wimbledon Foundation in 2015.

With his extensive experience of chairing big charities, Nick is very well placed to advise members on what he looks for when appointing trustees to his boards, and as lawyers how best to go about getting that first role in the charity sector.