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The Portfolio Lawyer with Jonathan Scott

Jonathan retired as Senior Partner and Executive Chair of Herbert Smith Freehills in 2015, and has since taken on a number of external appointments.  He has sought roles which would be “intellectually challenging” and “take him out of his comfort zone” as well as enabling him to "put something back".  Does this resonate with what you’re after?  Members will learn a lot from hearing how Jonathan has gone about building his portfolio. Jonathan is currently a non-executive director of The Competition and Markets Authority where he is interim chair, SID and chair of the audit committee.  He sits on the Press...

How can lawyers shape society? with Andrea Coomber, Director – JUSTICE

JUSTICE is the all-party law reform and human rights organisation, working to strengthen the UK justice system in all its guises.  Andrea has been the Director of JUSTICE for seven years, hugely instrumental in developing its role in shaping the UK legal landscape. She will talk about the contribution that lawyers can make to society and to the world around them, considering the skills required for this wider role and the opportunities for lawyers to make such a contribution.  Sitting on boards is one such opportunity! Between 2002 and 2013 Andrea was Equality Lawyer and then Legal Director at INTERIGHTS (the International...

The Headhunter’s Perspective with Jan Hall

Awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to the Department of Trade and Industry and fêted with being on the Woman’s Hour power list, Jan Hall was for many years regarded as one of Britain’s leading headhunters.  She founded the highly successful JCA Group in 2005, having previously been a senior partner at Spencer Stuart. In 2018 (after selling JCA to Heidrick & Struggles), Jan stepped away from direct headhunting to start her own consulting business, advising boards on strategic succession planning and performing Executive and Board Effectiveness Reviews, as well as coaching and supporting the development of top executive teams...

ESG and corporate reputation: how should a Board respond? Rebecca Gudgeon, specialist in reputation management at Hudson Sandler

ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) has become a critical area for companies and the institutions which invest in them, who increasingly apply these non-financial factors as part of their analysis process to identify material risks and growth opportunities. As a result, it is an area which directors of a wide range of organisations (and their lawyers!) need to understand in the context of sustainability, reputational risk and responsible environmental and social stewardship. Rebecca is one of the leading advisers on ESG, supporting leading UK and global brands. She is a partner at the communications firm Hudson Sandler and the head of its ESG consultancy - HS...

The Audit Committee with Hilary Wild – portfolio audit chair

Hilary is a highly experienced audit committee chair. She will guide members through the role, proceedings and challenges of the audit committee, so they are better prepared to join such a committee. Hilary has a portfolio of board and audit committee roles.  She is on the CGIAR System Board which is a global partnership for agricultural research and innovation. Within this role she chairs the Finance and Audit committee of ICARDA (The International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas) and sits on the audit committees of the CGIAR System, Africa Rice, Bioversity International, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the International Institute of Tropical...