BCKR works with lawyers to help them navigate, in a time efficient manner, the relatively unknown world of identifying and securing non-executive roles. We highlight the obstacles often faced by lawyers when presenting themselves outside of the context of their legal role and show how they can be overcome by offering a greater understanding of three things:
- What exactly they can do – our website and individual email alerts provide notice of pre-screened positions in the charity, not-for-profit and government sectors which should be compatible alongside full time legal roles. Amongst the inspiring speaker events that BCKR offers, NEDs from different sectors, often former lawyers, discuss the real roles they hold and how they came to get them.
- How to go about it – some BCKR events offer informed guidance on the application and appointment process and how to come across as more than a lawyer when required. They cover for instance, CV style, who they will be up against, what skills they will need to demonstrate and importantly, how to network for themselves rather than for their firm.
- Who they need to meet – BCKR will give its members the knowhow and confidence to build a portfolio network. As well as specific advice on how to build up new networks, BCKR offers members regular opportunities to meet practicing and retired lawyers who have found NED roles, headhunters who specialise in trustee and board appointments and sympathetic chairmen, senior NEDs and trustees.