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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 Chairman’s Perspective

Nick Vetch
Date & Time
Thursday 25 January 2018 - 08.30

Mr. Nicholas John Vetch, also known as Nick, co-founded Big Yellow Group Plc in September 1998 and served first as its CEO. He has been an Executive Chairman since 2004. Prior to this Nick co-founded and ran Edge Properties plc. Nick is SID of The Local Shopping REIT and a NED of Bluespace S.L. (Blue Self Storage). He is also a trustee on the boards of Bedales School and The Fund for Global Human Rights.

Nick will talk through how, as Chairman, he picks and uses his own board, why he chose to have a lawyer sitting on the board, and his own experiences as a member of other boards.

The Headhunter’s Perspective – Odgers Berndtson

Stuart Morton and Anna Ponton
Date & Time
Tuesday 6 February 2018 - 08.30

Stuart Morton and Anna Ponton were both lawyers before turning to the world of headhunting. They are now partners within the Legal and Professional Services Group at Odgers Berndtson. Anna heads the group.

While they both conduct searches for lateral hire partners and executive management positions in the professional services practices, they are also regularly instructed to find independent non-executives for those practices, whether for law firms, accountants, or other practices. Lawyers often appear on these non-executive shortlists, so it will be a session not to miss.

A Breakfast at The Fore Trust

Mary Rose-Gunn
Date & Time
Tuesday 20 February 2018 - 08.30

Mary Rose-Gunn will tell members about the philanthropic work of the Trust, which gives grants (and more) to help bring about significant change in small charities. You will hear about this work, the roles they have available for their charity partner network, their charity networking events and how you might get involved. All this in the amazing surroundings of 2 Temple Place, Astor’s house overlooking the river near Blackfriars Bridge, giving you a chance to see this and their 2018 Exhibition, The Age of Jazz. Marking 100 years of Jazz reaching Britain, Age of Jazz will explore the impact that jazz had on Britons from 1918.

We are thrilled that The Fore have agreed to host this event.

The Portfolio Lawyer

Denise Jagger
Date & Time
Thursday 8 March 2018 - 08.30

Denise was a corporate finance lawyer in the City before embarking on her in-house career, as Company Secretary and General Counsel at Asda and then Walmart. When she had extensive management experience, as part of the retailer’s executive board,a Denise came back into private practice, joining Eversheds Sutherland as a partner in 2004 but has continued to have a significant non-executive portfolio.

Denise is NED of house builder Bellway plc, terrorism risk reinsurance company Pool Re, St Giles Trust and the University of York. She has held non-executive roles with the British Olympic Association and in the retail, financial services, health, education and museums sectors. In 2012, she was named City Woman of Achievement in recognition of her significant contribution to the promotion of gender equality in the workplace and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws for promoting women’s development in business.

Denise will share with members how she manages her non-executive work and partnership at Eversheds. Everyone will want to hear more!

The Chairman’s Perspective

Karen Brown
Date & Time
Wednesday 21 March 2018 - 08.30

Karen Brown recently stepped down as Chair of Oxfam after eight years, where she sat on the Oxfam International Board of Supervisors and their Finance and Audit Committee. Prior to working with Oxfam, Karen chaired ActionAid and was Vice Chair of its international board and has sat on not for profit, business and regulatory boards and been a governor of Haverstock School. Since 2014, she has also been Chair of Booktrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity.

Karen started her career as a programme maker in Granada Television and was later commissioning editor and controller at Channel 4. She was ultimately deputy director of programmes, responsible for a large proportion of Channel 4’s content and Managing Director of 4Learning.

Members will be treated to Karen’s thoughts on the boards of major international and high profile national charities, how non-executive roles at these organisations can add real value (and where they fall short), and how she has chosen and used her own board over the years.