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Personal perspectives from the NED world

BCKR hosts webinars open to all its members two or three times a month. 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, sympathetic chairmen, senior NEDs and trustees, and areas of general interest for lawyers wishing to expand their horizons.

Our full events programme for the current and previous terms can be viewed here.

Members can view recordings of previous webinars and summaries of previous events in the Members Area. 

The Headhunter’s Perspective with Susie Cummings from Nurole

Susie Cummings
Date & Time
Thursday 24 September 2020 at 09.30

We are delighted that Susie is returning to us to remind members how they can make the most of Nurole, the recruitment platform she created in 2014.

Susie founded Nurole to change the way organisations bring the best people on to their boards.  Gone are the old headhunting processes, secretive searches that throw up safe and predictable names. No little black book.  Instead, Nurole combines smart technology and industry expertise to transform the boards of multinationals, start-ups, charities, government bodies, and everything in between, by encouraging individuals themselves to apply for suitable board roles, without the need for the headhunter to find them first.  This way, the candidates are able to demonstrate their skills, experience and passions without relying on the headhunters’ own contact lists.  Perfect for BCKR members.


An Alternative Approach to Law – Lisa Mulley on Consulting at Peerpoint

Lisa Mulley
Date & Time
Thursday 1 October 2020 at 09.30

Ever thought of abandoning full-time law and becoming a consultant?  Ever wondered how to go about it?  Lisa Mulley heads up the Consultant Management team at Peerpoint, Allen & Overy’s freelance consulting business.  She will talk to members about what makes a good consultant, how lawyers learn to make that transition, and the different types of role available for Peerpoint consultants.  She will also explain the support that Peerpoint gives its consultants to ensure that they retain a feeling of belonging and engagement with a strong legal community.

For those considering a move to a slightly different existence, this session should go down very well.


The Chairman’s Perspective with Christopher Rodrigues, CBE

Christopher Rodrigues
Date & Time
Wednesday 14 October 2020 at 09.30

Following a highly successful career in global organisations including American Express, Visa and McKinsey, Christopher turned fully to the non-executive world.  He continues to combine an international outlook with the worlds of commerce, charity, the arts and sport in a very full and diverse portfolio.

Christopher currently chairs The Port of London Authority, The Royal Ballet School and The National Funding Scheme (a digital platform to enable charities to raise funds easily).  Before this, he has chaired Openwork, The British Council, Visit Britain, the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association, International Personal Finance and Windsor Leadership, the Leander Club and The Almeida Theatre.  He has also held various non-executive roles within The National Trust and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), and chaired the Development Committee at University College School, Hampstead. He is a Steward of Henley Royal Regatta.

Christopher will talk to members about what he looks for in a good board, the highs and lows of chairing such diverse organisations and what lawyers might bring to the board table.


Life after law – Guy Henderson and Ascot Racecourse

Guy Henderson
Date & Time
2 November 2020

Guy spent his 30 year legal career at Allen & Overy, heading up their UK and Asian commercial disputes divisions.  He now does something completely different – he is Chief Executive of Ascot Racecourse.

Before joining Ascot, Guy chaired Wincanton Racecourse, the Horse Trust (the leading UK funder of education and research into equine welfare), and the pension fund trustees of Cobham PLC.  Guy has owned racehorses for over 15 years with runners at 24 of Britain’s racecourses.  His home is a grass farm in North Dorset just south of Shaftesbury, which he farms organically.

This session will provide a fabulous example of how a lawyer might go about a complete career change, and alongside this, offer an insight into board discussions at this high profile sporting venue and the world of racing.


The Portfolio Lawyer with David Paterson

David Paterson
Date & Time
Thursday 19 November 2020 at 09.30

David retired from Herbert Smith in 2018, after a career at the firm as an M&A and board advisory partner.   He has already made significant headway into building a portfolio in the regulatory, charitable and sporting worlds, and he will talk to members about his roles, how he won them and where he sees his portfolio going next.

David is a non-exec member of the Case Management Committee of the Financial Reporting Council and a non-exec director of both the Fairtrade Foundation and the R&A Group, which plays a leading role in the governance of world golf and owns various golf championships, including The Open.  He also sits on the audit committee of these organisations.  In addition, he chairs a Development Board at Christian Aid, overseeing programming and fundraising in the UK while also sitting on the Board of Christian Aid Kenya, its operating vehicle in East Africa.

Once an avid attendee at BCKR events, David provides a great example of what our members can achieve.


Boardroom issues of the day – BLM and the diversity agenda – Miranda Wayland, BBC

Miranda Wayland
Date & Time
Tuesday 1 December 2020

In light of the Black Lives Matter campaign, BCKR wants to help members understand how to address this and broader diversity issues in the board room (and perhaps their firms).  We all know diversity is critical, but that client service and recruiting the top talent comes first – but how best to combine all three eludes many.  We are delighted that the BBC’s Miranda Wayland has agreed to take members through issues surrounding diversity that often go unnoticed in highly successful profitable organisations, and how a board could bring about change in this area.

The BBC is committed to leading the way on diversity, with initiatives under way to promote disabled talent, BAME creativity and socio-economic diversity.  Some areas of diversity are clearly much easier to spot than others but the BBC has plans afoot to address all three. Miranda is the BBC’s Head of Creative Diversity, championing all these areas of diversity in the creative community and with key industry stakeholders to deliver the BBC’s on-screen diversity ambitions.  She works closely with the BBC’s Head of Workforce Diversity & Inclusion.  Members will benefit hugely from hearing her ideas on how an organisation can change.