The Portfolio Lawyer with Larissa Joy
Larissa is a former lawyer who became a senior executive at media companies and a private equity firm specialising in emerging markets. Since that time, she has developed a tremendous range of NED roles in the corporate and not for profit sectors. These roles currently include NED of Charles Russell Speechlys, Saxton Bampfylde, Hawkins Brown (Chair of the Trust Board), the Social Business Trust (Chair), the Foundling Museum (Chair) and Thrive at Five (Co-Chair).
Larissa explained her approach to acquiring board positions (creating a balance between corporate and not for profit sectors), including the role of due diligence and networking and the importance of taking up opportunities to have conversations. She explored the approach to search firms, the relevance (or otherwise) of a sector focused strategy and the role of serendipity. Larissa also looked at the essential need to appreciate the difference between executive/professional and NED roles (and reflecting this in a CV) as well as the kind of skills which people with a legal/advisory background can bring to NED positions.