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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 Headhunter’s Perspective with Simon Page

Simon Page
Date & Time
Tuesday 24 September 2019 - 08:30

Simon is part of the Board Consulting practice within leading headhunter, Egon Zehnder.  He is well known as a trusted advisor on board performance and talent development. Based in London, he works with clients in education, business services, and government and nongovernment organisations. He was previously Managing Partner of the firm’s Hong Kong office, and prior to that led Egon Zehnder’s Global Public and Social Sector Practice.

Before joining Egon Zehnder, Simon was a British diplomat and helped to negotiate the transition of Hong Kong from British to Chinese administration.

Members will benefit greatly from hearing Simon’s views on lawyers on boards, how they can help themselves overcome some of the perceived weaknesses, and what he looks for in appointing non-executives.

The Chairman’s Perspective with Richard Meddings

Richard Meddings
Date & Time
Thursday 10 October 2019 - 08:30

Richard is a hugely experienced non-executive in the financial services world, government and elsewhere. A chartered accountant by training, with more than 30 years in the financial sector, he is now Chairman of TSB Banking Group. Appointed to the Board in 2017, he became Chairman in 2018, taking on the role of executive chairman on an interim basis last September until a new chief executive was in place in April this year.

Richard’s non-executive positions currently include Deutsche Bank and Jardine Lloyd Thompson. He also sits on the Boards of Teach First and ICC UK, having stepped down from the Board of HM Treasury on taking on his executive responsibilities at TSB. He has previously served as a non-executive director of 3i Group and Legal & General.

Richard can shed much light on the use of non-executives in the regulated financial sector, how government and charities use their non-executives and, very usefully, what he looks for as a chairman in creating a board.

The Portfolio Lawyer with Moni Mannings

Moni Mannings
Date & Time
Tuesday 5 November 2019 - 08:30

Moni started her non-executive portfolio while still at Olswang.  By then, she had led their banking practice for 13 years and wanted a broader perspective.  Her first non-executive role was on the board of the SRA where she chaired its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, but she quickly added the Fund for Women Graduates and Cranfield University, and then, in 2014, her first listed role as non-executive of Polypipe.

Since leaving Olswang in 2016, Moni has expanded her portfolio and is now SID and Remuneration Chair at Investec Bank, chairing their Irish operations and until its acquisition by Saputo, sat on the board of Dairy Crest Group.  She is also Deputy Chair of children’s charity, Barnardo’s. On leaving Olswang, she spent 18 months as COO of  data analytics company Aistemos Limited.

Moni is a great example of a lawyer who managed to start her non-executive life while still firmly in the day job.  She built her listed portfolio onto her pro bono roles and has continued successfully to weave the two arenas together.  Members will learn a lot from her.

The Parole Board with Martin Jones

Martin Jones
Date & Time
Wednesday 20 November 2019 - 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.  Do come along to hear more.

The Chairman’s Perspective – Tim Ingram

Tim Ingram
Date & Time
Thursday 5 December 2019 - 08:30

After leaving university, Tim spent his career in international and retail banking, here and abroad, finishing his executive life as CEO of Caledonia Investments before stepping down in 2010.

Since then he has led a busy plural life as a non-executive, with a much broader spectrum than financial services. His roles have included being SID at both Sage and Savills, chairman of Collins Stewart and a non-executive at Alliance Trust (somewhat controversial!) and at Fastjet. He is currently chairman of Greencoat UK Wind plc (UK wind farms) and of QBE Europe (an Australian-owned insurance company). He chaired the Fulham Palace Trust for 6 years, and now chairs the finance committee of London Community Foundation, supporting community based organisations focused on helping disadvantaged London.

His interests include travel, skiing, shooting and driving his small collection of old cars around Dorset (the oldest is steam powered:  a 1919 Stanley Steamer). Tim Clark never quite persuaded him to buy an aircraft.