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What you missed!

BCKR hosts webinars open to all its members two or three times a month. 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.

Our members have access to recordings of all webinars.

Autumn 2022


A Diverse Workplace with Raphael Mokades and Graham White from Rare

Speaker:Raphael Mokades and Graham White
Date & Time: 09:00 Thursday 15 September 2022

We will be joined for this session by Raphael Mokades and Graham White from Rare, the multi award-winning leaders in diversity graduate recruitment.  The session will explore the changing face of the legal profession, and whether firms and corporates are succeeding in their aims to make the profession accessible for all.  It will be easy for members to take some of this thinking back to their firms,  but also apply it in other non-legal contexts for their NED and trustee roles.

Raphael founded Rare in 2005 and remains its managing director. Today, Rare works with 150+ elite employers including all five Magic Circle law firms, the top three global strategy consulting firms, two of the world’s top three investment banks, and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Rare’s contextual recruitment software has processed over 1.5 million graduate job applications.

Raphael has written for the Guardian, Times and Financial Times. He has been named in the Economist’s Top 50 Global Diversity List, the FT’s Empower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives list, and as Legal Week’s Outstanding Innovator.

Graham has been a NED at Rare since 2013 (having worked with the firm since its earliest years). Before that, Graham was a real estate partner at Slaughter and May, where he was also Graduate Recruitment Partner and then Executive Partner.  After retiring from law in 2013, Graham was Chair of Cricket Without Boundaries and a member of the board of High Tide, a theatre company which focuses on the development of new writers. He is currently a director of the Royal Automobile Club and a Governor of Tonbridge School.


The Portfolio Lawyer with Larissa Joy

Speaker: Larissa Joy
Date & Time: 09:00 Wednesday 12 October 2022

We are delighted that Larissa has agreed to talk to us about constructing a portfolio, based on her fascinating experience.

Having started her career as a City lawyer, Larissa moved out of law altogether 10 years ago and now has a full and varied portfolio. She is a Non-Executive Director of recruitment firm Saxton Bampfylde, law firm Charles Russell Speechlys and the housing association L&Q Group. She also chairs The Foundling Museum and SBT, a consortium including Clifford Chance, Bain, EY, Permira and Thomson Reuters, investing in growing high-potential social enterprises.

Larissa has previously been Vice Chairman of WPP’s Ogilvy Group UK, European COO for PR firm Weber Shandwick, Partner of emerging markets private equity firm, Actis LLP, and Chairman of the House of Illustration. She also holds an FTCL from Trinity College London and an LRAM from the Royal Academy of Music and plays and performs regularly with London Lawyers Music Symphony Orchestra.

Members will have a lot to learn from Larissa’s account of her move away from the law, and the breadth of positions she has since held. If you didn’t participate in Larissa’s earlier event (three years ago and very popular!), this is a tremendous opportunity to hear her views on portfolio life.


The Rule of law in a changing world with Murray Hunt of The Bingham Centre

Speaker: Murray Hunt
Date & Time: 09:00 Wednesday 9 November 2022

As Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, Murray Hunt has had a lifelong interest in the social significance of the law and the ways in which practitioners can help to develop a better understanding of the role of the law in society, politics and business. Murray’s session for BCKR will cover modern slavery, accountability for war crimes, parliamentary scrutiny and the significance of the rule of law for global businesses, as he takes members through his own varied career journey as well as the ways in which lawyers can broaden their horizons by engaging with the rule of law issues which confront us today, both domestically and internationally.

He is also the UK’s alternate member of the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy Through Law (the Venice Commission) and Legal Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law, for which the Bingham Centre provides the secretariat. Murray is also an Associate Member of Matrix, which, with a number of like-minded barristers, he helped to set up in 2000.


Summer 2022


Stefan Stern – The Business Journalist View

Speaker:          Stefan Stern
Date & Time:  9.00am Wednesday 27 April 2022

Stefan Stern is a leading journalist and author on management, and is also Visiting Professor in management practice at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) and a Fellow of the RSA.  He was director of the think tank, the High Pay Centre, from 2015 to 2018.  Stefan will be drawing on his extensive experience of writing and teaching about the business world to share his thoughts on the NED role (and what makes a ‘good’ NED) as well as some of the issues which boards are (or should be) facing – executive pay being one.

His career in journalism has included stints at Euromoney, the BBC, Management Today and the Financial Times, (where he was the management columnist). He continues to write for the FT and the Guardian, among other titles.  He is the author of several books, including, “Myths of Management – what people get wrong about being the boss” (with Prof. Cary Cooper) and “How To Be A Better Leader”. His latest book, “The Lady Macbeth Guide to Ambition”, will be out in the autumn.


A Lawyer’s Move to Academia with Sarah Paterson

Speaker:          Sarah Paterson
Date & Time:  9.00am Thursday 12 May 2022

Sarah was a partner at Slaughter and May for 12 years before she took on a full time teaching and research role at the LSE in 2013.  She retains a part time consultancy at Slaughters in their insolvency and restructuring practice, and has recently obtained a professorship at the LSE.  Sarah is regarded as one of the leading insolvency lawyers of her generation but her story is likely to appeal to those lawyers of any discipline who aspire to revert to the academic roots of their profession.  Sarah will take members through her decision to move to academia, how she went about the switch and the changes in approach that were required to excel in the university scene as she had in the City.


A Coach’s Perspective on Lawyers with Niall Foster

Speaker:          Niall Foster
Date & Time:  9.00am Wednesday 25 May 2022

Through our NED skills course, Niall has now helped many BCKR lawyers improve their chances of getting roles outside the law and we’re delighted he has agreed to share a little of his wisdom with all members at this session.  An MBA lecturer, change consultant, or coach at organisations as diverse as EDF Trading, HMRC, Peabody, the East African Seed Company in Nairobi and Kyiv National Economics University, Niall is well placed to help us understand how lawyers come across against the competition, and how just a few changes in approach and plenty of practice can make the path to portfolio life much easier.


The Rule of law in a changing world with Murray Hunt of The Bingham Centre

Speaker:          Murray Hunt
Date & Time:  9.00am Thursday 9 June 2022 – POSTPONED TILL LATER IN THE YEAR

As Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, Murray Hunt has had a lifelong interest in the social significance of the law and the ways in which practitioners can help to develop a better understanding of the role of the law in society, politics and business. Murray’s session for BCKR will cover modern slavery, accountability for war crimes, parliamentary scrutiny and the significance of the rule of law for global businesses, as he takes members through his own varied career journey as well as the ways in which lawyers can broaden their horizons by engaging with the rule of law issues which confront us today, both domestically and internationally.

He is also the UK’s alternate member of the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy Through Law (the Venice Commission) and Legal Adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Rule of Law, for which the Bingham Centre provides the secretariat. Murray is also an Associate Member of Matrix, which, with a number of like-minded barristers, he helped to set up in 2000.


The move from Lawyer to Entrepreneur with Calvin Walker

Speaker:           Calvin Walker
Date & Time:   9.00am Thursday 23 June 2022

Calvin had more than 25 years’ experience as an international project finance lawyer, as a partner at Allen & Overy and Baker McKenzie, before leaving his legal practice behind in 2019, and moving into training, executive and international  consulting roles.  A commercial and entrepreneurial portfolio.

With a couple of others, he set up CCC Training, exclusively offering project finance training for those working in the field; he has become legal and commercial director for a former client, Veleswater, a start-up providing a tradable index on water pricing; and he remains engaged with the legal world internationally through a consulting role with Bonnelli Erede.

Calvin will share with members the paths he has taken so far, the decisions that have shaped this journey, and the opportunities he hopes will come next.  Anyone considering a move into their own business, or an executive role elsewhere would be foolish to miss this interesting session.


Spring 2022


Can music help you become a better lawyer?
Howard Charles and Guy Beringer explain why they believe this to be true

Speaker:           Howard Charles
Date & Time:    9.00am Tuesday 18 January 2022


Howard studied opera at the Royal Northern College of Music. He then worked across the UK and internationally singing leading operatic roles in America, Switzerland, France and Germany.  In 2001 Howard set up City Music Services which provides music lessons in the workplace as well as building and supporting choirs, orchestras and dance groups in City law firms and financial institutions. He has worked with Allen & Overy, Freshfields, Simmons & Simmons and Hogan Lovells.

Howard believes that music and dance can improve wellbeing, team working and efficiency in workplaces. He will talk about how better business outcomes can be achieved through music and dance and will also talk about the talent which lies within every workplace.


Lawyer and Beyond with Matthew Rhodes

Speaker: Matthew Rhodes
Date & Time: 9.00am Wednesday 2 February 2022

After reading Archaeology and Anthropology, Matthew started his legal career as a litigator at Ashurst, leaving in 2000 to found RollOnFriday. He has also spent 6 years as a trustee of Prisoners Abroad and is a visiting lecturer at BPP Law School. Matthew was appointed an OBE in the 2011 New Year’s List for services to legal pro bono, and we’re delighted to report, is one of the founder Directors of BCKR.

Matthew will share with members his experience of leaving practice to found RoF.  And more usefully, perhaps, his insights into the legal profession today and how it helps its senior lawyers to develop and move on from the profession.  What are other firms and legal departments doing to help senior lawyers?



Widening horizons – technology and tomorrow’s lawyers with Richard Susskind

Speaker: Richard Susskind
Date & Time: 9.00am Thursday 3 March 2022

Richard is a leading authority on the interaction between technology and the law. He is a prolific author and speaker as well as being an independent adviser to international professional firms and national governments. He is the IT Adviser to the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and holds professorships at the University of Oxford, Gresham College and Strathclyde University.

Richard has thought deeply about how technology can change the way in which lawyers work and the way in which the law itself works. He will discuss how this should shape the ambitions and horizons of lawyers.



The Portfolio Lawyer with Kathryn Ludlow

Speaker: Kathryn Ludlow
Date & Time: 9.00am Thursday 24 March 2022

Kathryn qualified as a lawyer in 1988 and was a partner at Linklaters for 20 years where she specialised in commercial dispute resolution and investigations. She was also the firm’s first Global Pro Bono Partner and chaired the Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Kathryn had a number of external roles whilst at Linklaters, including as a trustee of the Royal Courts of Justice Citizens Advice Centre, the Bingham Centre and on the Aberystwyth University development board. Since retiring from Linklaters a few years ago, Kathryn has joined the board of The Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust and two not-for-profit organisations, The Hall for Cornwall – the leading arts organisation in Truro – and the humanitarian organisation International Rescue Committee UK. She also continued to serve on the Linklaters new partner election committee, worked with G3 and spent a short period returning to the law in an executive capacity, taking the role of General Counsel at Centerview Partners UK.

In recent years, Kathryn has gained considerable experience of not-for-profit organisations and their boards and will be talking about how she made the decisions which have shaped her post-law firm partner roles and some of the matters to take into account when deciding on a role and operating as a NED. She will also touch on her brief return to executive life as a GC and mention her new business venture…. to be launched imminently.


Autumn 2021

The Headhunter’s Perspective with Kit Bingham

Speaker: Kit Bingham
Date & Time: 23 September 2021 9.00am

Kit Bingham is Head of the UK Board practice at leading headhunter Heidrick & Struggles, leading searches for Chairs, Non-Executive Directors and Chief Executive Officers across a wide range of industries.  He previously headed the Chair & NED Practice at Odgers Berndtson, after a career in financial journalism and financial public relations where he focused on corporate governance. Kit is a member of the development board of The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and he also tutors an MBA in board effectiveness at Henley Management College.


Planning the next stage with Lynda Gratton – author of the 100 Year Life

Speaker: Lynda Gratton
Date & Time: 7 October 2021 9.00am

Smart new technologies. Longer, healthier lives. Human progress has risen to great heights, but at the same time it has prompted anxiety about where we’re heading. Are our jobs under threat? If we live to 100, will we ever really stop working?  Lynda Gratton will give BCKR members some guidance through this minefield and help us work out how we should each make the most of the years given to us. Lynda’s latest book, The New Long Life, co-authored with fellow LBS professor Andrew J Scott, is the essential guide to a longer, smarter, happier life.  Married to corporate lawyer Nigel Boardman, she also knows very well how difficult it can be for lawyers to change tack.

Lynda is a Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School and founder of the advisory practice HSM. She has received many accolades for her work and writings on the future of work and the role of corporations. Her books have sold over a million copies and have been translated into more than 20 languages. Lynda is a member of the Council of the World Economic Forum, has chaired the WEF Council on Leadership and is currently co-chair of the WEF Global Future Council on Work, Wages and Job Creation, as well as a member of the international advisory board of Equinor.

The Chairman’s Perspective with Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen former Chair of RADA and theatre empresario

Speaker: Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen
Date & Time: 1 November 2021

This is a talk which should inspire anyone interested in getting more involved with the arts, revealing how someone can move seamlessly from one professional City career into a hugely successful artistic life.  There are definitely roles for NEDs and Stephen will help us understand how to get them.

Stephen started his career as a financial journalist and was a founder of Euromoney publications before moving to the Lloyds insurance sector where his roles included Chair of Willis Faber & Dumas (Agencies) and director of Steward Wrightson Members Agency. But his principal interest over the last 40 years or so has been the theatre – and he has, since 1984, been a West End theatre owner and manager, managing 11 leading West End theatres including the Victoria Palace, the Vaudeville, the Savoy and the Ambassadors. Most famously, perhaps, he held the licence to produce The Mousetrap (which he acquired from Agatha Christie’s grandson – who had held the rights since the age of 9).

Alongside the management roles, he has also held a number of positions in the Not for Profit sector. He retires this year after 14 years as Chair of the Council (Board) of RADA and, in 1997, he founded the education charity, Mousetrap Theatre Projects, which has taken over 100,000 disadvantaged young people to the theatre. He was a trustee of The Theatres Trust, President of the Society of London Theatre and Chair of Acting for Others (which funds support for theatre workers) and he remains President of JCA Charitable Foundation and Chair of the executive committee of the British-American Project.

The Portfolio Lawyer with Lynn Hiestand former partner at Skadden Arps

Speaker: Lynn Hiestand
Date & Time: 18 November 2021

Lynn spent nearly thirty years in international corporate restructuring, mostly at Skadden Arps in Chicago and London, before moving to Heartland Alliance International, a human rights organisation aimed at assisting marginalized populations. She has recently been Country Director in Iraq where HAI aims to provide legal, mental health and other services to vulnerable Iraqis throughout the Kurdistan Region and Southern Iraq.

Alongside this, Lynn is a NED or trustee for JUSTICE, Wellbeing for Women, Literature for All of Us and Georgetown University Law Center, roles based in the US and the UK.

What marks out Lynn’s CV to us, is that her non-executive career started many years before that, in the 1990s.  We will learn how Lynn manages to juggle so many strands of life, on an international basis, and why she made the move into the human rights sphere on an executive basis where she did.


The Questions the Board is asking about the Markets with James Ayling at JM Finn

Speaker: James Ayling
Date & Time: Wednesday 1 December 2021

We thought members should know what boards are asking about the markets as we emerge from the throes of COVID and we’re delighted that JM Finn has agreed to help us on this.

James Ayling is a Research Analyst within JM Finn’s Equity Research team responsible for UK and overseas equity coverage.  He will guide members through the high and low points for market investors, what you would be expected to know and how you should, as a director, often take market movements with a pinch of salt and concentrate on the core messaging. Prior to joining JM Finn, James worked in venture capital both investing and advising. Outside of work, James runs a small cufflink enterprise (Off The Cuff) and every now and again he attempts to strum a few cords on his dusty guitar.



Summer 2021


The Headhunter’s Perspective with Susanne André

Speaker: Susanne André
Date & Time: 09:00 Thursday 22 April 2021

Susanne is a senior consultant at SRI Executive, a consultancy focused on supporting the development sector by finding new senior talent, and providing advice on strategy and organisation development. Particularly in the international finance and sustainability sectors, they are often successful in bringing in talent from the private sector, in part because the roles are “headhunted” as private sector talent rarely know where to find, or how to approach, development sector positions at senior levels. This headhunting frequently extends to non-executive roles.

Susanne will give members a glimpse of how the consultancy works with organisations, to advise them on strategy and board appointments, and will explain how those interested in moving into this area might approach organisations such as SRI to bolster their chances of finding a role that is right for them.

The Chief Executive & Chair Relationship with Tim Wainwright, CE WaterAid UK

Speaker: Tim Wainwright
Date & Time: 09:00 Thursday 6 May 2021

Tim Wainwright became Chief Executive of WaterAid UK in May 2017. Before that, Tim had been working in the development and human rights arena for many years, at the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, Oxfam and the VSO in the UK, Beijing and Bangkok.  He has been Chief Executive of ADD (Action on Disability and Development) International and the Chair of Bond, the consortium of UK international development agencies.  Tim has seen many charity and NGO boards in action, and using his own experience, will discuss what makes a good board, and where things can go wrong.  He will reveal the huge benefits to be gained by any organisation when the relationship between chair and chief executive is working well, and perhaps highlight some signs to watch out for in any due diligence process if you are nervous that things should not be as you would hope.  We should add that Tim Clark was Tim Wainwright’s first chair at WaterAid UK!

Tim began his career at British Airways, spending eight years in operational research and marketing roles, after completing a degree in maths at Cambridge and a masters at Lancaster.

The Portfolio Lawyer with Andrew Peck

Speaker: Andrew Peck
Date & Time: 09:00 Monday 17 May 2021

Andrew retired from Linklaters in 2007, but quickly built an impressive and varied non-executive portfolio, while enjoying much more of the pastimes that had played second fiddle during his first career.

His non-executive roles have covered the insurance sector (Clerical Medical, Scottish Widows, Abbey Life Assurance) and, and charities principally concerned with education. He was a trustee of the Orwell Youth Prize and has also been a trustee of the Guildhall School Trust (which raises money for, and manages the endowment funds of, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama) and was a member of its investment committee. He is also a trustee of Mary Ward Settlement, a charity based in central London which runs a college of further education and a law centre, of which he is also chair of the audit committee, and is a trustee and treasurer of Conciliation Resources, an international non-governmental organisation focused on peace-building in conflict zones throughout the world.  Plenty for members to learn.

Workaholism: Law, stress and the way to a better life with Gavin Sharpe

Speaker: Gavin Sharpe
Date & Time: 09:00 Monday 7 June 2021

Gavin was once a lawyer at Allen & Overy.  He moved from this to become a recruiter, co-founding Shilton Sharpe, which became one of the leading legal recruitment agencies under his watch.  But reinventing himself once was not enough.  In 2012 he set that aside and began a third career as a coach and psychotherapist.  He lives in Monaco.

Gavin has kindly agreed to take members through his transition out of law, and eventually out of the City altogether.  He will share his perspectives on the burdens of corporate life and the psychological impact of workaholism on himself and on so many lawyers.  He will also touch upon the richness that comes with having a diversified portfolio career, as alongside his main career(s) he has also been a non-executive director and a trustee for many years. We hope his fresh and honest approach will inspire members to reflect on what they want next for their own lives.

The GC’s Perspective with Dan Fitz

Speaker: Dan Fitz
Date & Time: 09:00 Wednesday 23 June 2021

Dan has spent most of his career in the corporate world practising law in New York, Hong Kong and London. He has served as General Counsel and Company Secretary of BT Group, Cable & Wireless and Misys. He has chaired the Association of Corporate Counsel and been Vice Chair of the GC 100. He has been named in the FT’s list of the top 30 Global General Counsel and in 2014 the FT named him one of the top 100 LGBT executives.  Dan has sat in many many board meetings and will have much to offer members on their purpose, politics and dynamics.

He is now using his legal talents in a different arena, as GC of the Crick Institute, the biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying human health and disease.  We will all benefit by hearing whether the governance of this institution is in fact so very different from Dan’s previous corporate world.

Dan will share with members his thoughts on the workings of boards, how advisers are perceived, how lawyers are perceived and therefore the hurdles that may have to be overcome for us lawyers to be accepted as full members of the board room.  Expect a few tales of when the non-executives were truly valued and perhaps too when they simply added little to the pot.


Spring 2021

The Audit Committee with Hilary Wild – portfolio audit chair

Speaker: Hilary Wild
Date & Time: Wednesday 27 January 2020 – 09.30

Hilary is a highly experienced audit committee chair, specialising in financial management, audit, risk and governance in international organisations. 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 currently chairs the audit committee at WaterAid and ICARDA (The International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas) and sits on the audit committees of Constanter Genossenschaft (the private charitable entity founded by Brenninkmeijer family focusing on human dignity) and the Church Commissioners.  She has previously been a member of the audit committees of CGIAR Consortium, ICRAF (the World Agroforestry Centre), the World Meteorological Organisation and the United Nations Development Programme. Her executive career included roles at the World Health Organisation, Kleinwort Benson Group and UNICEF.


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

Speaker: Rebecca Gudgeon
Date & Time: Monday 8 February 2020 – 09.30

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 Sustain. Under Rebecca’s leadership, Hudson Sandler Sustain specialises in ‘cutting through the noise’.

ESG is a broad and complex topic but this will be an event which will give members clear insights into this developing and critical area.


The Headhunter’s Perspective with Jan Hall

Speaker: Jan Hall
Date & Time: Tuesday 2 March – 09.30

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 Heidrich & 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 and boards.

Jan will give a unique perspective on the NED world, based on her experience as adviser to the leaders of many of the world’s major companies.  She will tell members what does and doesn’t work when approaching headhunters, what really happens to those CVs that are simply “filed in their databases”, and what candidates should read into the “you came a close second” messages.  One not to miss!


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

Speaker: Andrea Coomber
Date & Time: Tuesday 16 March 2021 – 09.30

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 Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) where she litigated key cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.  For a decade, Andrea trained lawyers and judges on international law and equality law in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, originally qualifying as a barrister and solicitor in Australia.

In October 2019, Andrea was appointed as a Lay Member of the Conduct Committee of the House of Lords.


The Portfolio Lawyer with Jonathan Scott

Speaker: Jonathan Scott
Date & Time: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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 and Assessment Board of Cambridge University, chairing its Audit and Risk Committee and its The Regulatory and Compliance Committee, he is on the Development Committee of art gallery Kettles Yard, is Chairman of Governors of The Perse School in Cambridge and is a member of St Catharine’s College’s Remuneration Committee.  Previous roles include being a trustee of the Family Holiday Association and a trustee of the Gambling Commission, charged with the regulation of all gambling and gaming in the UK including The National Lottery. He also chaired The National Lottery Committee until April of this year.



Autumn 2020


The Headhunter’s Perspective with Susie Cummings from Nurole

Speaker: 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

Speaker: 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

Speaker: 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

Speaker: 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

Speaker: 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

Speaker: 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.



Summer 2020


Live webinar: Nick Aitchison on One-to-One guidance during the Pandemic

Speaker:  NickAitchison
Date & Time: Wednesday 6 May 2020 – 09.30
BCKR is offering a new preparatory service, enabling individual members who wish to develop a portfolio career in due course, to undertake much of the necessary preparation with one-to-one assistance, while we await the return of more normal times.  The service will be delivered by Nick Aitchison, who will explain his offering more fully, and be available to answer members’ questions, at BCKR’s first online session.


Live webinar: The World post COVID with Nick Alcock from G3

Speaker: Nick Alcock
Date & Time: Thursday 21 May 2020 – 09.30

Nick is a former investment banker and intelligence officer who is now the CEO of the G3. G3 is one of the leading international business intelligence firms advising a range of companies, investors and law firms on issues across the business world.

Nick will share his thoughts with BCKR members on how the world will look as it emerges from the COVID 19 crisis, how risk may change for UK/Western European business and the matters which Boards/NEDs should be thinking about.


Live webinar: The Headhunter’s Perspective with John Schonert

Speaker: John Schonert
Date & Time: Thursday 4 June 2020 – 09.30

John founded Williams Schone as a global boutique headhunter, incorporating both executive and board search and advice on leadership development.

He has a refreshing approach to board searches, often starting purely from Linked-In.  His thoughtful stance will encourage lawyers to believe that if their talents are right, board positions are possible.  His assignments include finding non-executive directors for established corporates, listed and unlisted (he put Elizabeth on the board of her AIM company) or innovative start-ups, so should be a useful  speaker for all our members.


Live webinar: Is America different? The View of the US Portfolio Lawyer with Pam Daley

Speaker: Pam Daley
Date & Time: Monday 15 June 2020 – 5.00pm

Pam Daley is a qualified US lawyer. After graduating from Princeton, she became a partner in Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Pam spent 24 years at GE including Senior Counsel for Transactions and Senior Vice President – Corporate Business Developments with responsibility for the M+A activities of the group worldwide. Since retiring from GE 7 years ago, Pam has pursued a portfolio career – and has been on the boards of various organisations including BG Group, the World Wildlife Fund and the Juilliard School. She is currently on the boards of three listed companies –  BPBlackrock and SecureWorks.

Drawing on her extensive international experience as lawyer, senior executive and NED, Pam will look at the experience of lawyers in the US who seek to follow a portfolio career and the obstacles which they face in making the transition. We are all aware of the large number of former lawyers in the US who succeed in being appointed to boards and Pam will discuss the ‘reality’ of that success and the factors which may distinguish the situation in the US from the one which lawyers face in the UK.

Pam is based on the East Coast of the US – hence the event will start at the later time of 5pm.



Live webinar: The Portfolio Lawyer with Nigel Boardman

Speaker: Nigel Boardman
Date & Time: Wednesday 1 July 2020 – 9.30am

Nigel Boardman is well known as a Slaughter and May corporate lawyer, but the breadth of his non-executive roles is perhaps less appreciated. Stepping down to a consultancy role in April 2019, Nigel continues to work at the firm but has a number of non-executive roles alongside in the charity and government space. He is board member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a Vice-President for Save the Children UK and Deputy Chair of the British Museum. He sits on the Audit and Risk Committee for BEIS and the Museum. Nigel started his in the non-executive space some years before stepping own from full time fee earning.

Nigel will share with members the highlights and pitfalls of his various roles, and how he believes all lawyers can better their chances.


Live webinar: Cyber security in the age of Covid-19

Speaker: Malcolm Sparkes
Date & Time: Monday 20 July 2020 – 09.30

This event will be led by Blacksmiths one of the leading advisers on cyber security and the human and technical components which are at its core.

The event will look at areas where cyber risk has been enhanced by the pandemic and at cyber issues which boards of organisations should be considering as the world moves into the New Normal.



Spring 2020


The Portfolio Lawyer with Miranda Leung

Speaker: Miranda Leung
Date & Time: Thursday 30 January 2020 – 08.30

Since stepping down from life as a Slaughters finance Partner in 2017, Miranda has set about building a non-executive portfolio in London and Hong Kong and used the rest of her time to fulfil other ambitions on the artistic and design front.

Miranda is non-executive director on the board of CCBI Metdist Global Commodities UK Ltd, providing a range of execution and clearing services for contracts on the London Metal Exchange, and on a private Hong Kong based company (a subsidiary of tech giant Tencent) enhancing literacy among the Chinese.  She has also chaired a London based academy trust, comprising six primary schools.

Miranda will share with members how she used her client contacts to gain early roles, the mixed experiences she’s had with headhunters and how she intends to use her experience to date to build her portfolio and other interests in the future.


The Chairman’s Perspective with Sir Mike Rake

Speaker: Sir Mike Rake
Date & Time: Wednesday 12 February 2020 – 08.30

Sir Mike Rake’s first career was at KPMG, stepping down as its International Chairman in 2007.  By 2013 he had an enviable portfolio of non-executive roles, built from scratch after his time in the firm, and that year, he was voted the FTSE 100 non-executive director of the year.  He continues to play a major role in the non-executive arena and members will learn much from understanding how his former career in professional services has helped shape his life today, and perhaps why he sees many more accountants in the board rooms than lawyers.

Today, Sir Mike is Chairman of Phoenix Global Resources, NewDay Ltd, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Majid Al Futtaim Holdings.

He has been President of the CBI and Chair of BT.  He has also chaired Worldpay, EasyJet and ICC UK and been a director of S&P Global, a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and deputy chairman of Barclays.  He has chaired the Guidelines Monitoring Committee (the private equity oversight group) and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.  Before leaving KPMG, he was a director of the Financial Reporting Council.



The Portfolio Lawyer with Nigel Boardman

Speaker: Nigel Boardman
Date & Time: to be confirmed POSTPONED UNTIL 1 JULY 2020

Nigel Boardman is well known as a Slaughter and May corporate lawyer, but the breadth of his non-executive roles is perhaps less appreciated. Stepping down to a consultancy role in April 2019, Nigel continues to work at the firm but has a number of non-executive roles alongside in the charity and government space. He is board member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a Vice-President for Save the Children UK and Deputy Chair of the British Museum. He sits on the Audit and Risk Committee for BEIS and the Museum. Nigel started his in the non-executive space some years before stepping own from full time fee earning.

Nigel will share with members the highlights and pitfalls of his various roles, and how he believes all lawyers can better their chances.


The Parole Board with Martin Jones

Speaker: Martin Jones
Date & Time: Wednesday 11 March 2020 – 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.

If you are after something concrete and useful to do after the law, this may be just the thing. A social purpose, a regular part-time commitment and a new arena. Or just come along to hear about a critical part of the legal system outside your comfort zone.


The Headhunter’s Perspective with Jan Hall

Speaker: Jan Hall
Date & Time: Postponed – date to be confirmed

Awarded an OBE in 1996 for services to the Department of Trade and Industry and feted 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 Heidrich & 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 and boards.

Jan will give a unique perspective on the NED world, based on her experience as adviser to the leaders of many of the world’s major companies.  She will tell members what does and doesn’t work when approaching headhunters, what really happens to those CVs that are simply “filed in their databases”, and what candidates should read into the “you came a close second” messages.  One not to miss!


Autumn 2019

The Portfolio Lawyer – Sandeep Katwala

Tuesday 10 September 2019 – 08:30

Sandeep started his career as a corporate finance banker before transitioning to become a lawyer.  He focused was on emerging markets and project finance, eventually taking on numerous executive management roles at Linklaters, in its EMEA practice and in the UK.  While still at Linklaters, he was a trustee of WaterAid for 6 years.

Since retiring in 2015, Sandeep has developed a very successful second career in the not-for-profit sector.  He chairs west London housing association The Octavia Group, and the charity Bail for Immigration Detainees, which provides access to legal representation for asylum seekers and refugees detained in removal centres and prisons. He also is a Trustee of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Childrens’ Charity and serves on the board of the Mowgli Foundation mentoring charity.


The Headhunter’s Perspective with Simon Page

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

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 Executive Chairman of TSB Banking Group. Appointed to the Board in 2017, he became Chairman in 2018, before taking on his current executive role on an interim basis.

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 while he has 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

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 to successfully weave the two arenas together.  Members will learn a lot from her.


The Parole Board with Martin Jones

Wednesday 20 November 2019 – 08:30 MOVED TO SPRING 2020 DUE TO GENERAL ELECTION

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

Thursday 5 December 2019 – 08:30

After leaving university, Tim spent his career 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.




Summer 2019


Wednesday 1 May 2019: Caroline Carter – The Portfolio Lawyer

Caroline spent 30 years as a lawyer, ending up as head of employment at Ashurst and on a number of the firm’s management committees. While there she co-chaired the City wide female mentoring group, Network for Knowledge. She left the firm, had a very enjoyable gap year, and then embarked on portfolio life. Two years on, she has already developed a rewarding mix of board roles, undoubtedly with more to come.

Caroline’s main interest is education and she is a member of the governing Council at Cranfield University, an advisory board member at international charity AccessEd, a trustee and director of the social mobility charity The Brilliant Club, a governor at an all girls’ state school in north west London and a trustee at Jackson’s Lane arts centre in Highgate. She occasionally still lectures on legal matters at her old college, QMUL and to broaden her outlook further, Caroline is an angel investor in start-up businesses and in a trading platform.  Caroline plans to complete her portfolio with one or two commercial board roles.

Caroline’s engagement with her own continuing development, her open-minded approach to opportunities and her thoughts on adapting her experience as a solicitor to the non-executive arena are well worth all our members hearing.



Wednesday 15 May 2019: Marie Gabriel – The NHS Chair

Marie Gabriel is an upbeat, dynamic speaker, keen to share her enthusiasm for bringing about change in the NHS with members. She is able to explain how taking on non-executive NHS roles can achieve this. Marie chairs East London NHS Foundation Trust, a provider of mental health and community health services. She has also chaired health commissioning organisations (with budgets up to £3bn), Newham University Hospital Trust (Vice Chair) and Newham Community Health Council.  Marie’s contribution to health was on the Health Service Journal’s inaugural ‘Inspirational Women’ list.

Taking her first Director level role at the age of 23, Marie runs her own consultancy company specialising in action research, partnership and Board development, and developing the not for profit sector. Her work reflects her commitment to realising and building the capacity of individuals, organisations and communities. She has experience of working with lawyers on boards – which has left her enthusiastic about their participation as NEDs.

We are delighted that Marie will share her thoughts with members on how they too might contribute to this huge and valuable area.



Thursday 6 June 2019: Sandrine Roseberg from Heidrick & Struggles – The Headhunter’s Perspective

Starting as a lawyer, Sandrine Roseberg moved into search consulting nearly 20 years ago.  Sandrine is now a partner in Heidrick & Struggles London office, leading their CEO and Board Practice, having led JCA’s Board Practice for more than six years before their merger with Heidrick & Struggles in 2016.

Well able to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of lawyers when looking for board roles, Sandrine will take members through her typical search process and how lawyers can help themselves along the way.



Tuesday 18 June 2019: Steve Williams – The Portfolio Lawyer

Soon after qualifying at Slaughter and May, Steve moved into industry, quickly becoming general counsel at Unilever, a role he held for 25 years until 2010. While there, Steve was a non-executive director of Bunzl for 9 years, on their Audit and Remuneration Committees, and of Arriva for 5 years where he was SID, and he joined the board of Whitbread.  The Whitbread role continued until 2017, first as SID and then as chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Steve currently chairs the Remuneration Committee on the board of Croda International, is Deputy Chairman and SID of the Moorfields NHS Trust and Vice Chairman of the De La Warr Pavilion Charitable Trust, a contemporary arts centre in Sussex (having already served as Chairman for six years). He is also a Board Member of The Leverhulme Trust, the second largest research grant funder in the UK, and Senior Advisor to headhunter Spencer Stuart.  He has served as non-executive to Eversheds and on the Companies Committee of the CBI and the Takeover Panel.  He remains a member of the Law Society Company Law Committee.

Members will rarely come across a lawyer with such a diverse range of non-executive roles, and they will gain a lot by understanding how he approaches each role and plays up or down his legal credentials accordingly.



Tuesday 2 July 2019: Anita Hoffmann – Creating a Second Career

Anita is passionate about helping others lead fulfilling and productive lives, long after their first career has ended.  She does this through her senior executive and board search and coaching business, Executiva Ltd, her research on longevity for Cranfield University and her writings.  Her book ‘Purpose & Impact: How Executives are Creating Meaningful Second Careers’, was published in April 2018.

Anita is an inspiring and engaging speaker who will help members realise how they can use their experience and positions to help solve societal issues and create meaningful work through their potentially 60 year-long working lives.  We would strongly encourage you to join us.






Spring 2019


Thursday 10 January 2019: The Portfolio Lawyer – Maria da Cunha

Starting in law as a barrister, before becoming a solicitor, Maria was until recently Director of People & Legal at British Airways, sitting on their Executive Board.  She retired to concentrate on her portfolio life, where she sits as a non-executive director on the board of De La Rue plc, on their Audit and Remuneration Committees, and is a trustee of Community Integrated Care, one of the UK’s largest health and social care charities.  No doubt more will follow.

Maria will talk of how she combined her full-time role with the responsibilities as a non-executive, explaining how and why she added these external roles to her life and how she now intends to develop her portfolio more broadly.

Thursday 24 January 2019: The Portfolio Lawyer – Larissa Joy

Having started her career as a City lawyer, Larissa moved out of law altogether 10 years ago and now has a rather full portfolio. She is a Non-Executive Director of Saxton Bampfylde, Charles Russell Speechlys and the housing association L&Q Group. She also chairs The Foundling Museum and SBT, a consortium including Clifford Chance, Bain, EY, Permira and Thomson Reuters, investing in growing high-potential social enterprises.

Larissa has previously been Vice Chairman of WPP’s Ogilvy Group UK; European COO for PR firm Weber Shandwick; Partner of emerging markets private equity firm, Actis LLP and Chairman of the House of Illustration. She also holds an FTCL from Trinity College London and an LRAM from the Royal Academy of Music and plays and performs regularly with London Lawyers Music Symphony Orchestra.

Members will have a lot to learn from Larissa’s account of her move away from the law, and the breadth of positions she has since held.

Tuesday 5 February 2019: The Headhunter’s Perspective – Patrick Reihill, WIG

Patrick Reihill is Head of Talent for The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG). WIG works to improve the mutual understanding between the private, public and not-for-profit sectors – the organisation has 230 members, including a large number of law firms.  Patrick’s Talent team offers Non-Executive and Trustee opportunities at its member organisations, encouraging applications from those who want to take on such a role in a sector different from their day job.

Prior to joining WIG, Patrick worked for Moloney Search, an international headhunting company, where he led on senior appointments on behalf of Central Government, Educational Institutions, Housing Associations and Charities, in addition to a range of organisations in the private sector.

Patrick will share with members a little more on the opportunities he recruits for, the process he puts candidates through and how lawyers can help themselves in approaching these roles.

Thursday 28 February 2019: Committee life – the Remuneration Committee with Georgina Harvey and Matt Higgins

Following a career in newspapers and media, Georgina now has a non-executive portfolio which includes roles at William Hill, Big Yellow and McColl’s Retail Group.  She sits on the Remuneration committee of all of these and chairs this committee at William Hill and McColl’s.

Matt Higgins is a Partner at FIT Remuneration Consultants, having previously been a Partner at New Bridge Street. He specialises in advising FTSE All Share and AIM Remuneration Committees, acting as the Committee’s independent advisor and advising on all aspects of executive remuneration and shareholder communication.

Georgina and Matt will take members through the role of the Remuneration Committee, the key points of tension, how non-executives can add to the discussions, the use of remuneration consultants and the interplay provided by management and the need to set targets. Remuneration Committees are seen as a good home for lawyers, so it should prove to be a very useful session.

Wednesday 27 March 2019:  The Charity Chair – Peter Bennett-Jones

Peter Bennett-Jones founded PBJ Management, an artistic talent agency, in 1988 alongside the Tiger Television Group and has worked as an agent and producer domestically and internationally since then.  His long-term clients include Rowan Atkinson, Harry Enfield, Lenny Henry and Armando Iannucci.

Members however may be more interested in the BCKR context, in hearing of Peter’s services to charity and the arts.  He co-founded Comic Relief, which he chaired from 1998-2013 and was, until earlier this year, the Chair of Save the Children.  In the arts, Peter was on the Board of the National Theatre for 8 years (Chairing National Theatre Productions – the company which produces all NT work outside the South Bank) and is trustee/director of the Liverpool Everyman-Playhouse. He is also a Governor of Rugby School, Chairing the Arnold Foundation.

BCKR is delighted to welcome Peter to share his experiences on these boards, and his thoughts on the lawyer board members he has encountered along the way.


Autumn 2018

Portfolio Life – Suzanna Taverne

Tuesday 11 September 2018 – 08.30

Suzanna’s wide-ranging career spans finance, education, culture and media, across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She is currently Chair of Marie Stopes International, a Trustee of Age UK and a Non-Executive Director of FCE Bank. She was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Nationwide Building Society, a Trustee of the BBC, StepChange Debt Charity and the Design Museum and Chair of Gingerbread.

Previously, Suzanna worked as Operations Director of Imperial College and Managing Director of the British Museum, responsible for delivering The Great Court – a £100m millennium project. She was also Strategy Director of Pearson and Finance Director of The Independent.  She started her professional life at S.G. Warburg.

Suzanna’s portfolio career has spanned business, charities, arts and education and we will be able to learn much about the similarities and differences between these worlds. Members will be also able to quiz Suzanna on what she looks for in a good board.

A Government Portfolio – Charles Randell CBE

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Charles was a Partner at Slaughter and May until 2013 when he moved into the non-executive world of corporate regulation. He has recently been appointed as Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority. Before this, he was an Independent Director of the Prudential Regulation Committee.

He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and a Visiting Fellow in financial services regulation at Queen Mary University of London.

Charles will speak of the selection process for his government and regulatory roles and the pros and cons of these roles, the way lawyers are perceived and the interface with his roles in education at Queen Mary.


The Headhunter’s Perspective  – Rachel Hubbard from Saxton Bampfylde

Wednesday 17 October 2018 08.30

Rachel leads the non-for-profit practice at Saxton Bampfylde, one of the leading headhunters in that area.  She joined Saxton Bampfylde in 2000 starting in research, before specialising in Board appointments across the charity, arts, higher education, commercial and public sectors. She is a Trustee for Five Talents, an international microfinance charity.

Rachel will take members through the appointment process, looking at the selection criteria, the use of referees, the market’s view of lawyers, the likely competition and what members can do to improve their chances.


Committee Life: Georgina Harvey on Remuneration Committees

Wednesday 7 November 2018 – 08.30 – * TO BE RESCHEDULED TO FEBRUARY 2019 *

Following a career in newspapers and media, Georgina now has a non-executive portfolio which includes roles at William Hill, Big Yellow and McColl’s Retail Group.  She sits on the Remuneration committee of all of these and chairs this committee at William Hill and McColl’s Retail Group.

Georgina will take members through the role of the Remuneration Committee, the key points of tension, how non-executives can add to the discussions, the use of remuneration consultants and the interplay provided by management and the need to set targets. Remuneration committees are seen as a good home for lawyers, so it should prove to be a very useful session.

Your Due Diligence – Understanding the P&L with Steven Sussman and James Godrich, JM Finn

Thursday 22 November 2018 – 08.30

Steven Sussman is CEO of JM Finn and James Godrich is one of their Research Analysts.  As a leading independent investment manager, JM Finn is regularly considering the value of potential equity investments for its clients, looking at each organisation’s finances in depth, highlighting the company’s financial strengths and understanding any risks and anomalies.

It is these same issues that a potential non-executive director should get to grips with when considering a role with a company, and we are delighted that Steven and James have agreed to guide us how they go about this exercise, taking us through the key points to look for in a company’s accounts.  The session will give members a head start in knowing what to explore further at interview, and may just give a few warning signs of any unforeseen problems.  For those looking to move into the commercial non-executive arena, an invaluable session.


The Portfolio Lawyer – Maria Da Cunha

Tuesday 4 December 2018 – 08.30

Starting life as a barrister and then corporate lawyer at Lovells, Maria is now Director of People & Legal at British Airways, sitting on their Executive Board. She also sits on the board of De La Rue Plc, the world’s largest security paper printer.

Maria will talk of how she combines her full-time legal role with the responsibilities as a non-executive in a very different arena, explaining how and why she added an external role to her life.  Members will learn of her recruitment process, her experience of headhunters, the value of networking and how she brings her legal experience to the board table, without simply becoming a further source of legal advice at De La Rue.





Summer 2018


Wednesday 25 April 2018  The Portfolio Lawyer – Josyane Gold

In 2013, Josyane retired from SJ Berwin (latterly King &Wood Mallesons) after 25 years, where she had led their private equity funds practice.  She quickly moved to the board of FTSE 250 company, Electra Private Equity plc as a non-executive director and now sits on the advisory board of Palamon Capital.  Josyane will share with members how she capitalised on her legal experience and networks to make a move into the non-executive arena, the role of advisory boards and the strides lawyers can make to be recognised as more than a lawyer at the board table.

Wednesday 9 May 2018   Housing Associations – Lord Charles Falconer

The former UK Lord Chancellor and first Secretary of State for Justice needs little introduction, but what may be less well known is that until last year, Charlie Falconer had spent nine years chairing Amicus Horizon, a significant and well-respected housing association. He will introduce members to the issues that housing associations are grappling with – political, social and economic – how lawyers can bring value to these boards and how members might go about becoming more involved in this critical area.

Alongside partnership at Gibson Dunn, Charlie also chairs live music venue, The Sage Gateshead.  In addition to Amicus and his government roles, he has also been Chair of the Globe Theatre and the John Smith Memorial Trust, and Visitor of Queens’ College Cambridge and the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.

Wednesday 23 May 2018   The Outside World: Academy Schools  – Kirsty Watt and Gavin Robert

Academy Ambassadors was set up by the government to provide support and advice to the fast-growing academy schools sector. Kirsty Watt heads Academy Ambassadors and is responsible for the growth of its national board recruitment programme. She is always on the lookout for high calibre trustees to appoint, and has placed a number of BCKR members along the way. Kirsty will talk members through the types of role available (a surprisingly varied bunch!), the appointment process and the benefits of getting involved with academy trusts.

We are delighted that Kirsty will be joined by Gavin Robert, who was previously a partner at Linklaters for 14 years before becoming a senior consultant with boutique competition law firm Euclid Law, and a Panel Member of the UK Competition & Markets Authority.  Gavin is Vice Chair of REAch2 Trust Board having been involved since 2015.  Founded in 2012, REAch2 Academy Trust is the largest primary-only academy trust in the country. It is a growing charitable organisation currently supporting some 55 primary academies across England.

Wednesday 13 June 2018   The Headhunter’s Perspective – Will Dawkins from Spencer Stuart

Will Dawkins leads the UK Board Practice at Spencer Stuart. He focuses on the appointments of chairmen, non-executive directors and chief executives in a range of industries. He also undertakes board evaluations and works in the UK and internationally.  Members will have a lot to question him on.

Outside the world of search, he chairs the Evelyn Trust, a £20m medical research grant giving charity based in his hometown of Cambridge. He is a former trustee and former chairman of the Oxford & Cambridge Rowing Association, the body that oversees the Oxford & Cambridge boat race.

Wednesday 20 June 2018   The Big Charity – Sir Nick Young, Red Cross and MacMillan 

Nick Young is a former charity leader and solicitor.  In 1985 he left City law for the charity sector, joining the Sue Ryder Foundation before becoming Director of UK Operations at the British Red Cross (1990-1995), Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Relief (1995-2001) and Chief Executive of the British Red Cross (2001-2014).

In addition, he has held government positions on the NHS Modernisation Board and Human Rights Advisory Group and is an independent member of the National Honours Committee. He is also Chair of the Monte San Martino Trust, which was established by UK prisoners of war (one of whom was Nick’s father).

Nick stepped down from the Red Cross in 2014 though remains Honorary Vice President of the British Red Cross. He was appointed a Trustee of the Wimbledon Foundation in 2015.

With his extensive experience of chairing big charities, Nick is very well placed to advise members on what he looks for when appointing trustees to his boards, and as lawyers how best to go about getting that first role in the charity sector.


Spring 2018

Wednesday 10 January 2018 – Know Your Numbers – Naziar Hashemi of Crowe Clark Whitehill

As a non-executive director, it is critical that you are able to understand the finances of the organisations you work with.  Our legal training can take you so far in this, but for many lawyers that doesn’t leave them confident that they can make a meaningful contribution at, say, an audit committee.  We hope that this session will start to increase members’ confidence in this area.

Naziar, a partner at accountants Crowe Clark Whitehill, provides advisory services to a range of charities, covering risk and finance function reviews, systems, benchmarking and performance measurements and governance reviews.  She also trains non-executive directors on what to look for on the finance side when arriving at a new organisation and how to use their broader experience to best effect on audit committees.  We are delighted that Naziar has agreed to share a little of this with our members and we hope all will leave the session rather more financially aware.

Thursday 25 January 2018 – The Chairman’s Perspective – Nick Vetch

Mr. Nicholas John Vetch, also known as Nick co-founded Big Yellow Group Plc in September 1998 and served first as its CEO. He has been an Executive Chairman since 2004. Prior to this Nick co-founded and ran Edge Properties plc. Nick is SID of The Local Shopping REIT and a NED of Bluespace S.L. (Blue Self Storage). He is also a trustee on the boards of Bedales School and The Fund for Global Human Rights.
Nick will talk through how, as Chairman, he picks and uses his own board, why he chose to have a lawyer sitting on the board, and his own experiences as a member of other boards.

Tuesday 6 February 2018 – The Headhunter’s Perspective – Odgers

Stuart Morton and Anna Ponton were both lawyers before turning to the world of headhunting. They are now partners within the Legal and Professional Services Group at Odgers Berndtson. Anna heads the group.
While they both conduct searches for lateral hire partners and executive management positions in the professional services practices, they are also regularly instructed to find independent non-executives for those practices, whether for law firms, accountants, or other practices. Lawyers often appear on these non-executive shortlists, so it will be a session not to miss.

Tuesday 20 February 2018 – A breakfast at THE FORE TRUST

Mary Rose-Gunn will tell members about the philanthropic work of the Trust, which gives grants (and more) to help bring about significant change in small charities. You will hear about this work, the roles they have available for their charity partner network, their charity networking events and how you might get involved. All this in the amazing surroundings of 2 Temple Place, Astor’s house overlooking the river near Blackfriars Bridge, giving you a chance to see this and their 2018 Exhibition, The Age of Jazz. Marking 100 years of Jazz reaching Britain, Age of Jazz will explore the impact that jazz had on Britons from 1918.

We are thrilled that The Fore have agreed to host this event.


Thursday 8 March 2018 – The Portfolio Lawyer – Denise Jagger

Denise was a corporate finance lawyer in the City before embarking on her in-house career, as Company Secretary and General Counsel at Asda and then Walmart. When she had extensive management experience, as part of the retailer’s executive board,a Denise came back into private practice, joining Eversheds Sutherland as a partner in 2004 but has continued to have a significant non-executive portfolio.

Denise is NED of house builder Bellway plc, terrorism risk reinsurance company Pool Re, St Giles Trust and the University of York. She has held non-executive roles with the British Olympic Association and in the retail, financial services, health, education and museums sectors. In 2012, she was named City Woman of Achievement in recognition of her significant contribution to the promotion of gender equality in the workplace and in 2013 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Laws for promoting women’s development in business.

Denise will share with members how she manages her non-executive work and partnership at Eversheds. Everyone will want to hear more!

Wednesday 21 March 2018 – Karen Brown 

Karen Brown has enormous experience of chairing and sitting on the boards of major charities.  Karen currently chairs the Mines Advisory Group, which clears landmines and unexploded ordnance as well as BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity.

Karen was for 6 years Chair of Oxfam GB, where she sat on the Oxfam International Board of Supervisors and its Finance, Risk and Audit Committee. Prior to working with Oxfam, Karen chaired ActionAid and was Vice Chair of its international board.  She has also sat on a range of other not for profit, business and regulatory boards.

Karen started her career as a programme maker in Granada Television and was later commissioning editor and controller at Channel 4. She was ultimately deputy director of programmes, responsible for a large proportion of Channel 4’s content and Managing Director of 4Learning.

Members will be treated to Karen’s thoughts on the boards of major international and national charities, how non-executive roles at these organisations can add real value (and where they fall short), and how she has chosen and used her own board over the years.



Autumn 2017

Thursday 14 September 2017 – The Headhunter’s Perspective:  Sally Springbett

Sally joined Sapphire Partners in 2010.  She will share with members a headhunter’s thoughts on the best way into the boardroom, the hurdles lawyers must overcome and what, generally, makes a good impression on her as a headhunter when conducting a search. Sally will be drawing on her extensive background in search, having worked previously for over 15 years at Ridgeway Partners, Russell Reynolds Associates, Whitehead Mann and GKR.

Sally is also an empathetic coach and advocate for the importance of supporting candidates through the search process and members will have much to learn from her tales and advice.

Read a summary here


Monday 25 September 2017 – Photographic Exhibition


The BCKR team is hosting a photographic exhibition to celebrate the talents of nine photographers, all lawyers, at the historic Temple Church with drinks on Monday 25th September at 7pm.


The exhibition runs until 6th October, and displays photographs by Andrew Brown, Philip Cayford, Simon Crofts, Paul Downing, Olivier Khan, Bill KnightDee Miller, Richard Slater and Rachael Talibart.

The Temple Church is open for visitors each weekday from 10am to 4pm, and for services at other times.  There is a £5 entry charge to the church (£3 for senior citizens and students) and this includes all exhibitions, including our own.  BCKR’s exhibition can be found in the church’s triforium, the upstairs gallery, accessed by a winding stone staircase.



Thursday 5 October 2017 – Committee Basics: Remuneration Committees: Sean O’Hare

Throughout his career, Sean has specialised in people related issues, from executive remuneration to board efficacy, both on the Board of William Mercer, and as a Senior Partner with both KPMG and PWC.  For many years, he was the key adviser to the Remuneration Committees of FTSE 100 and 250 companies, private companies and public sector bodies.

Sean will use his significant experience to guide members through the role of the Remuneration Committee, the key issues that may arise, how lawyers can best prepare themselves for RemCom roles (and interviews) and explore some of the familiar tensions between the non-execs and management in the remuneration area.

Since leaving PWC in 2013 Sean has focused on a plural career which has seen him holding various board and committee roles and continuing to consult on board issues.  He is currently an Independent Director on the RemCo of the RFU and a member of the ICAEW’s Corporate Governance Committee. Until January 2016 he was also a NED of Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (SAOC), based in the Middle East, where he also chaired the Audit Committee.

Read a summary of the event here


Thursday 19 October 2017  – The Portfolio Lawyer:  Stuart Popham

After a career in law, Stuart joined Citigroup on 1 July 2012 as vice chairman EMEA Banking. Until December 2010, he was the senior partner, worldwide, of Clifford Chance LLP.  Alongside his Citigroup role, Stuart chairs the Chatham House think tank, sits on the boards of Legal & General, The Barbican Centre Trust, the Council of the RNLI, Birkbeck University of London, and the advisory forum of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. He also chairs TheCityUK which promotes London’s financial services. Stuart is a member of the CBI and was for a number of years chair of the London region and is a former patron of the Whitehall Industry Group.

Stuart will tell members of his journey from law to his current, very full, portfolio life, sharing thoughts on what often holds lawyers back in the non-executive world, and what can make them succeed.


Tuesday 28 November 2017 – The Outside World: Mediation and advice: Chris Saul

Since retiring from being Senior Partner of Slaughter and May, Chris Saul has developed an enviable mix of business advisory work, advising public and private companies and professional service partnerships at moments of difficulty or transition – all without doing the law.  Alongside this he is developing a strong mediation practice.

Chris will talk to members on the routes into mediation, the available courses and training requirements and how to start building the right network for a practice.  He will also talk of how his legal career led nicely into his advisory role and how he went about turning that into a business.


Summer 2017

26 April 2017 – The Chairman’s Perspective: Stuart Chambers

Stuart spent much of his executive career with Mars, Pilkington and Nippon Glass, before turning to portfolio life. He has since chaired technology company ARM Holdings and packaging giant Rexam, with NED roles on Associated British Ports, Smiths Group, Manchester Airport Group and Tesco. He currently sits as a NED on the Takeover Panel, on the advisory board of Spencer Stuart, is a fellow of SAID Business School and mentors senior board members.

Stuart’s vast boardroom experience, his knowledge of NED recruitment, and his mentoring role, put him a strong position to guide members into the boardroom. He will have lots to share.

11 May 2017 – The Headhunter’s Perspective: Gavin Orr from Lomond

Lomond is an entrepreneurial search firm focusing in large part on board appointments in the financial, consumer, business services and natural resources sectors. Gavin founded the firm and heads their Private Equity arm, counting many leading and emerging brands amongst his clients. Gavin combines a genuine interest in his clients, their businesses and their sectors – believing in teamwork, transparency and a straightforward approach to doing business.

Come along to hear how an enthusiastic headhunter can help lawyers make their way to the boardroom.

25 May 2017 – The Outside World: The boards of NHS Trusts with Laura Carstensen and Janice Scanlan

Laura’s wide ranging portfolio includes being a non-executive director of NHS Improvement. There she sits on the committee with responsibility for trust leadership, directly appointing to NHS Trusts and influencing the role in Foundation Trusts. She works closely with Janice who heads NHS Non-Executive Development. They will enthusiastically explain what the role of a NHS Trust director involves, and how you might go about securing a role. A huge variety of roles are out there, so come along and see if one might be right for you.

Laura was a partner at Slaughter and May until 2004, when she began her portfolio career, successfully combining business and public service roles. She currently chairs AIM listed Park Group and is a NED on the Co-op Bank board, and has been deputy chair of the Competition Commission and a Commissioner for Equality and Human Rights.

Tue 6 June 2017 – The Chief Executive’s Perspective: Ian Meakins

Ian moved aside from his executive career last year to become chairman of Rexel, the French based electrical company. His appointment followed a contentious governance review at the company, culminating in the split of the roles of CEO and chairman. Previously Ian had been SID at Centrica, chairman of Auto Trader and non-exec of O2 plc.

These various roles, together with his lengthy CEO experience, will give Ian plenty to talk to on the role of boards, where they go wrong and how to set about getting a board back on track. Having started in management consultancy, he is also familiar with the challenges of moving from adviser to board member. All in all, members will have a lot to question him on.

20 June 2017 – The Portfolio Lawyer: Tim Freshwater

Since leaving the law, Tim has held a variety of non-executive roles, here in the UK and in Asia. He currently chairs Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, is the SID at Savills PLC and is a NED on the boards of Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing, Swire Pacific and Dymon Asia Real Estate. Tim is also a Senior Advisor to the Brunswick Group, the corporate communications firm.

Tim’s mix of advisory and board work across two continents and cultures will allow members to see how lawyers can reinvent themselves to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves.

Spring 2017


Thursday 12 January 2017 – The Outside View with Simon Warshaw (Robey Warshaw)

As a leading investment banker Simon regularly comes across lawyers and chairmen, and is well placed to tell members how lawyers are perceived by the boards he advises.  Simon also has a significant NED role alongside his day job, so can readily talk to the benefits of mixing NED work with a senior advisory role and reflect on the contribution which lawyers can make to corporate and other boards.

After 27 years working at UBS in 2013, Simon founded the advisory firm, Robey Warshaw LLP.  Since the firm’s foundation, Simon has advised on a number of the world’s major M&A transactions but still finds time to sit on the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Theatre – which advises and supports the Theatre’s relationships with the corporate sector.

Thursday 26 January 2017 – The Portfolio Lawyer with Amanda Burton 

Amanda’s legal career has very successfully combined law, management and board roles.  After qualifying as a solicitor in 1982 at Slaughter and May, Amanda moved into industry.  She became an executive director of Meyer International at the age of 38, leading their Timber division while continuing her role as their Legal and Corporate Services Director. She took on her first non-executive role in 1998. In 2000, following Meyer’s takeover by Saint-Gobain, she joined Clifford Chance as London COO and then became Global COO.

Retiring from law in 2014, Amanda is now a non-executive director of Skipton Building Society, HSS Hire Group, Monitise and Countryside Properties and chairs Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Amanda will have much to say on lawyers’ skills and translating them into the board room.

Wednesday 8 February 2017 – The Chairman’s Perspective with Sir Damon Buffini

Damon’s hugely successful executive career in private equity, has set him up well for non-executive life.  In 2015 he retired as Chairman of Permira.  Since then he has established a portfolio of roles, in particular involving the arts and social enterprise.  All of this has given him a very wide experience of boards and their dynamics and he will happily share this with members.

Damon currently Chairs the National Theatre and the Social Business Trust.  He co-founded the Trust with the aim of creating national champions in the social enterprise sector, benefitting 1 million young people. Damon is also Governor of the Wellcome Trust, Chairman of the Queen’s Anniversary Trust and Non-Executive Director of the European Golf Tour.  He has previously been Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Council Member of the Prince’s Trust, member of the National Council on Economic Education, Advisory Board member of Judge Business School and President of Fairbridge Charity.

Thursday 2 March 2017 – The Headhunter’s Perspective with Deborah Cooper from The Miles Partnership

Deborah Cooper is a partner at The Miles Partnership, a leading  search firm where she specialises in top level recruitment including non-executive directors.  She has extensive experience in this field, having worked previously at Warren Partners, Heidrick & Struggles and Norman Broadbent.

Deborah will lead members through how she conducts a non-executive search, what she looks for in candidates, and what lawyers can do to better their chances in this highly competitive area.

Tuesday 14 March 2017 – The Portfolio Lawyer with Tom Keevil

Mr. Thomas Keevil, also known as Tom, was for many years a partner at Simmons & Simmons before moving in-house in 2000.  Since then he has been company secretary and general counsel at Gallaher, United Utilities and most recently, Barratt Developments, retiring from Barratt at the end of 2015.  Tom now chairs London based City West Homes, a property services company, and sits on the board of Factories Mutual Insurance, chairing its risk committee.  He is also a trustee of the Land Trust.  He has previously been a non-executive director of the SRA and Manila Water Co. Inc, and trustee of the United Utilities UK Pension Scheme.

Tom’s move from private practice to portfolio life will provide lots of lessons for members.

Wednesday 29 March 2017 – The Portfolio Lawyer with Ian Metcalfe

Ian Metcalfe, former Managing Partner of Wragge & Co, is now embracing a broad and varied portfolio career, in private companies, the listed world education and sport. He is a NED on the boards of Mercia Technologies PLC and Terberg RosRoca Group Limited, and is a governor of the Foundation Board of the Schools of King Edward VI.  He chairs Rugby’s Professional Game Board, is SID on the board of the RFU and chairs the board of Commonwealth Games England. Ian was also a director of England Rugby 2015.

These roles along give a good taster of what members might learn from Ian, as he continues to build his portfolio career after law.

Autumn 2016

Tue 13 Sep 2016 – 08.30  The Portfolio Lawyer with Rosemary Martin

Alongside her role as General counsel and Company Secretary at Vodafone, Rosemary sits on the board of HSBC Bank PLC (the European arm of the HSBC Group), is a member of the FSA’s Listing Authority Advisory Committee, is an advisory board member for the Oxford Internet Institute and has taken numerous charitable and fundraising roles alongside.

Rosemary is a firm believer that her numerous roles have made her a better and more commercial lawyer and a more rounded individual. She has been a partner at Rowe & Maw, GC at Reuters, chief executive of PLC magazine and is very well placed to let members know how to make the most of their legal career and the place in such a career for boardroom roles.

Tue 27 Sep 2016 – 08.30 The Headhunter’s Perspective with Hedley May and regulatory boards

As one of the leading legal headhunters, Hedley May has always known a lot about lawyers. It also knows a lot about the boards of regulators, frequently being called upon to find NEDs and chairmen for the numerous City regulatory bodies, such as the PRA and the FCA and their various committees. Lawyers are well positioned to take on these roles, being steeped in the detail and having a comprehensive understanding of the role of City regulation and such roles often sit very well alongside commercial and charitable roles as part of a broad portfolio.

Hedley May will guide members through a typical appointment process, what they look for in compiling shortlists and the numerous views they have heard along the way about lawyers and how useful they are to such boards.

Wed 12 Oct 2016 – 08.30 The Chairman’s Perspective with Robert Swannell

Since retiring from 30 years in investment banking, Robert Swannell has developed a broad and varied non-executive portfolio. He has been SID of both British Land and 3i Group, and, for two years, chaired HMV Group. Robert became Chairman of Marks and Spencer in January 2011 and of the Shareholder Executive in September last year, in each case having served first for a brief period as a NED.

Robert’s regulatory and government department experience includes the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FSA, the Takeover Panel Appeal Board and the Industrial Advisory Board of BIS. He was Chairman and a member of the Governing Body of Rugby School from 2004 to 2014. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Sutton Trust, a founder and Trustee of the Spring Board Boarding Bursary Foundation and a Trustee of the Kew Foundation. He is a Chartered Accountant and Barrister.

With this background, Robert is extremely well placed to help members understand the transition from advisor to board member, in many types of organisation in the public and private sectors. He will also talk about what he looks for in creating his own boards.

Wed 2 Nov 2016 – 08.30 The Portfolio Lawyer with Tim Eyles

Tim Eyles is UK Managing Partner of Taylor Wessing, but, like many of our speakers has an enviable non-executive practice alongside the day job. Tim also chairs The Jerwood Charitable Foundation, one of the UK’s leading arts charities, is a Director of the Jerwood Space and chairs The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres.

Tim will demonstrate to members how his non-executive career has aided his mainstream corporate and private equity legal career, and how he has used his legal background to enhance the charitable organisations he works with.


Thu 17 Nov 2016 – 08.30  The World of Sport with David Gregson 

David Gregson is Chairman of the Lawn Tennis Association, and of Karma Group, the UK’s largest independent marketing services agency. He is also a Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is transforming the Olympic Park following the 2012 Games, and a member of the Advisory Boards for the Sutton Trust, promoting social mobility through education, and of the Education Endowment Foundation. Previously, David was a co-founder and Chairman of Phoenix Equity Partners and over his career, he has been a director or Chairman of some thirty companies.


Thu 1 December 2016 – 08.30 The Chairman’s Perspective with Paul Myners

Paul’s career to date has covered almost every aspect of commercial and public life. His first career was principally in the City with Gartmore. He has subsequently chaired Marks & Spencer, Guardian Media Group and Land Securities. He has chaired the Trustees of the Tate and the Low Pay Commission and he was City Minister in the last Labour administration, a role which led to his appointment to the House of Lords. He has recently been appointed Chancellor of Exeter University. Paul still takes a close interest in public affairs and is not averse to controversy.

Paul is well placed to talk about the differing requirements of the public and private sector and the challenge of taking on roles in areas which are both new and stretching.

Summer 2016


20 April 2016 08.30 The Chief Executive’s Perspective:  Public Sector Boards Louis Taylor

Louis Taylor is the Chief Executive of UK Export Finance, the UK’s official export credit agency. UKEF is a government department which has its own Board. Its government stakeholders include HM Treasury, BIS and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Louis was previously Chief Executive of Standard Chartered in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos and had wide experience as a banker in the private sector before taking the UKEF role. He also has considerable experience of the voluntary sector and has chaired the boards of Music in Prisons and of Newcastle Royal Grammar School. He became Chief Executive of UKEF in 2015. The UKEF Board is chaired by Guy Beringer who oversaw the process which led to Louis’ appointment.

Louis will talk about governance in the public sector and how it differs from the private sector and the voluntary sector. He will also talk about what he looks for in non-executive members of a public sector board as well as public sector appointment processes. He will consider the skill set of lawyers when presenting themselves for board roles.

Guy will add his observations from the perspective of Chairman. Read more here.


4 May 2016  08.30 The Outside World: Education & Academy Trusts: Margaret Mountford and Simon Staite

Since leaving Herbert Smith after a number of years as a corporate partner, Margaret Mountford has taken on a number of business roles including NED of Amstrad plc and the Apprentice. More recently seen extolling the virtues of Pompeii on the BBC, Margaret also sits on the boards of a number of charities and has for some years chaired the Board of Governors of an inner-London Church of England Comprehensive School. This association has made her very aware of the support that the Academy Schools receives from Academy Ambassadors and we’re delighted that she will share with members her thoughts on what lawyers might bring to boards of Academy Trusts.

Margaret will be joined by Simon Staite, Partner at Nabarro and non-executive director at Active Learning Trust (and BCKR member) who will be sharing his experience as a NED in education and by Kirsty Watt the Chief Executive of Academy Schools. Read a summary here.


17 May 2016 08.30 The Chairman’s Perspective: David Grigson

David is currently Chairman of Trinity Mirror plc, having formerly been CFO of Emap and Reuters. He is also SID at Ocado Group plc, non-executive Chairman of Investis Limited and Director/Trustee at the Dolma Development Fund. He has also been non-executive Chairman of Creston plc, NED of Carphone Warehouse Group PLC, Chairman of Anobii Limited and NED of Standard Life plc, sitting on their risk, capital, nomination and governance committees, and chairing their audit committee.

David will share, in his customary enthusiastic fashion, his wealth of non-executive experience, in the listed and private sectors, from FTSE to the start up. He will explain what he looks for in putting together his boards and how a lawyer might best fit into that mix. Read a summary here


9 June 2016 08.30 The Portfolio Lawyer: Mark Chambers

Mark has for some years now juggled his legal career as general counsel and company secretary, alongside a NED and trustee life.  Recently appointed to chair Amref UK, the largest African health charity, Mark has also sat on the board of the World Wildlife Foundation, chairing their audit committee. Formerly at WorldPay, GE, RSA and Slaughter and May, Mark is now Deputy Company Secretary at HSBC but Mark will be talking about his roles at Amraf, WWF and the academic sector, how those organisations run at board level and how he deploys his legal skills in the non-executive roles. Read a summary here


21 June 2016 08.30 Practical Next Steps: Nick Aitchison

Over the past year or so, our speakers have included high profile FTSE Chairs, trustees of major not-for-profit organisations, the President of the CBI, senior Board headhunters and, importantly, lawyers who have themselves succeeded in ‘Bridging Law and the Boardroom’.

Nick Aitchison, who leads BCKR’s individual career services, will be looking at the main themes and advice that has emerged from these informative and entertaining sessions and will add his own perspectives on the practical lessons that can be drawn by BCKR members. Nick is himself a former Board headhunter and has also provided career advice and support to more than a hundred company directors and professional services partners.


5 July 2016 08.30 The Headhunter’s Perspective: Dom Loehnis

Dom is a senior executive (Consultant) at Egon Zehnder. He is a member of the firm’s Consumer and Technology Practice Groups, coordinating TMT activity in the London Office. He focuses on media and digital business – providing a range of services including executive and NED search and board reviews – and recently led the team advising the National Theatre on the appointment of a new Chair.

Egon Zehnder is one of the leading international search firms with 69 offices in 41 countries across the world and brings a distinctive approach to its work.

Dom will look at the opportunities for law firm partners in the NED arena and the approaches which work best for success in realising those opportunities  – bringing his extensive expertise and experience over many years as a leading practitioner, particularly in the field of media and the arts.

Spring 2016

12 Jan – 08.30   Challenges of the INGO World – Barbara Frost

Barbara has been Chief Executive of WaterAid in the UK since September 2005. During this period, she has increased its coverage from 15 to 27 countries in Asia and Africa and doubled its annual income to almost £100 million. In June 2015 Barbara was awarded the prestigious Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement 2015.

WaterAid is a major international NGO. Established by the UK water companies in 1981, WaterAid focuses on the provision of clean water, sanitation and hygiene to the poorest communities in the world – a world where 750 million people lack access to clean water and 2.2 billion people have no access to proper sanitation. WaterAid employs 900 people around the world, with many of them inevitably operating in very difficult environments.

Barbara will discuss the role of NED’s in an NGO where the Board is entirely non-executive, including the opportunities and obstacles for lawyers (there has been a lawyer on the WaterAid Board for the last eight years – and Tim Clark is the current Chair), the (often challenging) line which NEDs must appreciate between governance and management and the role of search firms in the INGO sector. Read a summary of the event here.


26 Jan – 08.30 The Chairman’s Perspective on the public and private sectors – Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner is a highly experienced chairman and non-executive director. Following his executive career at Shell, he quickly established himself in the portfolio world, chairing diverse private and public sector organisations such as Rio Tinto, Infrastructure UK, the Commonwealth Business Council and the UK Chamber of Shipping. Paul is currently Chair of Defence Equipment and Support, a trading entity within the Ministry of Defence, responsible for the UK’s defence procurement. He is also a NED of Standard Chartered plc, Air Liquide, S.A. and of Tetra Lavel Group and sits on the Public Interest Body of PWC and the Advisory Body of Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.

Paul will discuss his move from executive to non-executive career and share his views of lawyers on boards, what makes a good board and what he looks for in bringing his own boards together. Read a summary of the event here.


9 Feb – 08.30 The Portfolio Lawyer in the world of theatre – Neil Adleman

Neil Adleman is a senior partner in Harbottle & Lewis and advises clients throughout the theatre industry, both in the UK and abroad. His clients include producers, theatre owners and operators, subsidised sector venues and touring companies, drama schools, trade associations, composers, playwrights and directors. He has a deep understanding of how these organisations work and what lawyers can bring to their boards, regularly coming across theatrical organisations where such help would be appreciated.

Alongside Neil’s very successful legal theatre practice, he chairs the Sheffield Theatres Trust and is a trustee of The Peggy Ramsay Foundation funding writers, Stage One (the Theatre Investment Fund) and The Split Infinitive Trust which supports performance arts.

Neil will share with members how he has juggled his external commitments with his own related legal practice and how the lawyer is perceived in the arts world. He will also give members a few ideas on how they might be able to get into the world of theatre. Read a summary of Neil’s visit here.


10 Mar – 08.30 The Headhunter’s Perspective of the Not For Profit world – Sophia Copeman

Perrett Laver is a global executive search firm specialising in education, research and the not-for-profit sectors. Sophia’s work there in senior executive level search includes Board appointments internationally in global development, sustainability and the non-profit sector. Her clients include WaterAid, Oxfam, Save the Children and the University of London.

Sophia will talk us through how she conducts searches, how clients and headhunters come up with their shortlists, what she looks for in candidates and their CVs and the views that the headhunting profession and their clients have of lawyers on boards. She will guide members on what they can do to improve their opportunities in the NED world. Read a summary here.


23 Mar – 08.30 The NED and Cyber Security in a difficult world – Arno Robertse

G3 Good Governance Group (G3) is a business intelligence, risk advisory litigation support and information security consultancy. Arno Robertse is G3’s joint managing partner and has been leading their cyber team since 2008. His practice includes advising Boards on the challenges and considerations relating to cyber risk.Any large business today needs to be confident their data is secure, their customers protected and their own secrets safely hidden from others. NEDs have to know how to gain this confidence, the issues to raise with management, problematic signs to look out for and, importantly, how to respond when things go wrong. Arno Robertse will help members understand more about this complex area, drawing on his extensive experience managing information security engagements for global organisations, specialising in internet investigations and helping clients respond to information leaks or hacking attempts. Read a summary here.


Autumn 2015

10 Sep – 08.30 Lawyers: The Headhunter’s Perspective – Oliver Pawle

Korn Ferry is one of the leading headhunters for NED roles, and Oliver Pawle chairs their Board Services Practice. He has advised on board recruitment for many major companies, including GSK, Cobham, Amadeus, Weir Group, the Prudential, the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Bank of England. Oliver was previously vice chairman of the investment banking division of UBS advising many FTSE companies.

Oliver is a member of the advisory boards of Delancey Real Estate and Reform, a think tank involved in the reform of the public sector. He is also the non-executive global chairman of FTI Strategic Communications, a leading global consulting company. He is on the National Theatre Development Council and on the board of  Goodenough College – a postgraduate educational institute.Oliver will discuss his views on the challenges which lawyers face in considering NED roles and the approaches that can be adopted before and during the appointment process in order to address these challenges.  Read a summary of Oliver’s visit here

Sept 23 – 08:30 The Outside World: How to market yourself – Cilla Snowball

How should you present yourself on LinkedIn? How can Twitter help? What else am I missing? These are questions anyone considering NED roles should think about, and Cilla is the perfect choice for helping us towards the answers. Cilla Snowball has spent her career in advertising and communications, now chief executive of the UK advertising and communications business AMV/BBDO.

Cilla also chairs the Advertising Association and sits on the boards of BBDO Worldwide, Comic Relief and the Women’s Business Council. She was awarded the CBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list for services to the advertising industry and is among the BBC Woman’s Hour “100 most powerful women in the UK” and the Sunday Times/Debrett’s “500 most influential Britons”. Read a summary of Cilla’s visit here.

Oct 6 – 08:30 The Outside World: Education and Academy Trusts – Kirsty Watt

Kirsty Watt runs the Academy Ambassadors Forum and is always on the look out for lawyers interested in working with academy schools. The Forum is part of the government sponsored New Schools Network. One of its key roles is to find suitable candidates for the boards of Academy Trusts (groups of up to 80 schools managed collectively) whether for business as usual, points of crisis or to conquer growing pains. Kirsty will tell us more about the range of trustee roles available with these trusts and how lawyers might go about securing them. Read more about what Kirsty had to say.

Oct 22 – 08.30 The Former Lawyer: Nigel Carrington

Nigel spent the first 21 years of his career with Baker & McKenzie, where he was Managing Partner of the London Office and Chairman of the Firm’s European Region. He left in 2000 to become Managing Director of McLaren Group, the automotive design and production group and since then has gone on to develop a broad portfolio. He is now Vice Chancellor of the University of the Arts London and chairs the Henry Moore Foundation. Along the way, he has held a number of non-executive roles in both the private and charitable sectors, as Deputy Chairman of McLaren Group, Chairman of two charities (Jeans for Genes and The English Concert), a trustee of Crisis and a non-executive director of Hornby Plc and University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Nigel will take members through how he went about changing his career and how his legal background has been viewed on this journey. Read a summary of Nigel’s visit.

Nov 5 – 08:30 The Chairman’s Perspective – Sir Roger Carr

Sir Roger is no stranger to the UK boardroom, having chaired BAE Systems, Centrica, Mitchels & Butler, Cadbury, Chubb and Thames Water. He has been president of the CBI and is Vice Chairman of the BBC Trust. His reputation as a giant in the corporate world has resulted in him knowing lawyers well, so he is extremely well placed to let members know how he views lawyers, their strengths and their suitability for the board room. Hear what Sir Roger had to say.

Nov 10 – 18:30 Networking Drinks with Dr. Alice Maynard, CBE

BCKR is hosting this great opportunity for its members to network, as encouraged by all our speakers! We will be inviting our members and numerous BCKR supporters including chairmen, headhunters and all former speakers.

As a focus to the evening, we are delighted that we will be joined by Dr. Alice Maynard CBE, founder of Future Inclusion and former Chair of Scope. Alice has over 30 years of experience as a Non Executive Director and has also chaired a number of charities. Alice is severely disabled and so has overcome much more than even lawyers have to in forging her success in the NED world. We encourage you all to come and hear how Alice has gone about her NED journey and what she now looks for in creating boards. It will be a great evening.

Nov 18 – 08:30 Lawyers: The Headhunter’s Perspective – Sam Colt

Sam Colt heads the Arts and Heritage Practice at Odgers Berndtson and has focused on senior executive and board recruitment across the not-for-profit sector since she joined the firm in 2007. Her clients have included English Heritage, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Old Royal Naval College and the Natural History Museum. Sam’s background encompasses the public and private sectors joining Odgers from a leading media and entertainment search firm where she worked at the public/private interface, developing the digital media practice and establishing an arts/not-for-profit practice.

Sam will take us through how she conducts searches, what lawyers can offer and where they go wrong. Read a summary of her visit here.

Dec 1 – 08:30 The Nuts and Bolts: Presenting yourself and your CV for a second career – John Stork

In 1995, John Stork founded Stork & May, acknowledged as the UK’s leading career strategy advisory firm. BCKR director Mike Fletcher and Nick Aitchison, BCKR’s individual career adviser, both worked with John at Stork and May. Earlier, John had built a successful pan-European executive search firm, John Stork International and later he chaired executive search firm, Korn Ferry Group. John is therefore uniquely well placed to comment on the subject of re-invigorating and redefining senior careers, and the impact a good CV might have.

Outside his work, John’s interests are collecting modern art and yachting. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of the Royal Yacht Club and was President of the International Council of Yacht Clubs. Read a summary here.


Summer 2015

22 April – 08.30  The Chairman’s Perspective – Sir Nigel Rudd

Sir Nigel will share with members his views on what makes a good board, with his warts and all view of what lawyers might bring to the table and what often holds them back. He will base this on his wealth of executive and non-executive board experience in the listed sector and far beyond.

Sir Nigel currently chairs BBA Aviation, Heathrow Airport Holdings, Aquarius Platinum Limited and the Business Growth Fund. He is a NED of Sappi Limited (a South African pulp and paper company) and a Senior Advisor to Barclays.  Previous chairmanships include Invensys, Alliance Boots, Pendragon and Pilkington and followed his executive career as founder of Williams plc, seeing that company through to its demerger in 2000 into Chubb and Kidde. Sir Nigel is Chancellor of Loughborough University, Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire and a Freeman of the City of London. Read More.

7 May – 08.30      Lawyers: A Headhunters’ Perspective – Neil Holmes

Neil joined search firm Norman Broadbent in 2011 to focus on Board appointments across all sectors, following significant similar experience elsewhere. He covers listed and private companies across all sectors ranging from small and medium sized to FTSE 250 and FTSE 100 companies.

Neil will be joined by Julian Ortner who leads Norman Broadbent’s Legal Practice. Julian has also developed a keen interest in developing lawyers’ talents for the boardroom.

At Norman Broadbent, the board team ensures it takes time getting to know the DNA of their clients’ businesses and so fully understands their demands and the roles they have to fill. This enables them to challenge conventional thinking about suitable candidates, leaving the way open for lawyers with the right skill set. Members will gain a lot from hearing Neil and Julian talk about their constructive approach to building a non-executive career in the private and listed sectors. Read a summary of what Neil and Julian had to say.

20 May – 08.30   The Chairman’s Perspective – Lloyd Dorfman

Lloyd is a British entrepreneur and philanthropist. He founded the business that became the Travelex Group, today the world’s largest non-bank foreign exchange business.

He is a non-executive director of the advertising agency M&C Saatchi, a school governor of St Paul’s, Barnes, deputy chairman of Quest Limited, chairman of the Roundhouse, a director of the Royal National Theatre, a trustee of youth and enterprise charity the Prince’s Trust, and an Honorary Fellow of St Peter’s College, Oxford.

Lloyd will share with members his views on what makes a good board, what lawyers can bring and how to go about gaining the best out of your portfolio. Read a summary of what Lloyd had to say.

4 June – 08.30    BCKR A Success Story – Richard Gubbins

Richard, still senior corporate partner at Ashurst, was last year appointed to chair Henderson Value Trust plc. He also sits as independent member on the audit committee of the England and Wales Cricket Board, a director on the American European Business Association and the board of The Masuri Group Limited and as adviser to the London Chamber Orchestra.

Tim Stephenson was the headhunter instrumental in Richard’s appointment to his Henderson role. Tim began his career in the Army before moving to the search industry where he founded Stephenson & Co and Stephenson Executive Search in 1994 and 2011 respectively. Tim has built a significant headhunting practice specialising in main Board appointments, both executive and non-executive, in the financial services sector and he is highly respected for his insight into Board effectiveness.

Richard and Tim will take us through the route that led to to Richard’s successful appointment, and touch on the challenges Richard has since encountered in the role. Read a summary of what Richard had to say.

16 June – 08.30  Lawyers: A Headhunter’s Perspective – Tessa Bamford

Tessa is a key member of Spencer Stuart’s Board Practice. She is extremely well placed to take members through what headhunters are looking for in filling NED roles, and importantly, why these traits are important, since she also serves as a NED of Wolseley plc and Barratt Developments. Before this, Tessa founded Cantos Communications, an online corporate communications company and spent her previous 18 years with BZW and then Schroders.

Tessa will take members through what she looks for when appointing NEDs to her clients, and what lawyers can do to better their own chances. Read a summary of Tessa’s visit

30 June – 08.30    The Former Lawyer: A Different World – Lesley Knox

Lesley Knox, a former lawyer, is non-executive Chairman of Grosvenor Property, a trustee of the Grosvenor Estate and a member of Grosvenor Group’s audit committee. She chairs the V&A at Dundee and is NED of both SABMiller and Centrica. Lesley will guide members through what she looks for in her own NEDs and board roles, drawing out her views of lawyers on boards.

After qualifying in the City as a solicitor, Lesley spent 15 years with Kleinwort Benson latterly heading their institutional asset management business. She moved to British Linen Bank, became a governor there, and went on to found British Linen Advisers. Since then, Lesley has held a variety of NED roles with international and British corporates and charitable and arts organisations.



Spring 2015

14 Jan 08.30    Lawyers: A Headhunter’s Perspective – Susie Cummings

After a very successful career as a conventional headhunter, Susie decided to do things differently. She started Nurole, finally encouraging charities and corporates to advertise their roles to her huge network of potential NEDs. Susie will talk about how she is helping to make the recruitment process fairer for all. Read a summary here.

29 Jan 08.30    The Outside World: Local Theatre – Graham White & Steve Atkinson

Graham retired from Slaughter and May wanting to get more involved in the arts. He quickly found a NED role with the HighTide Festival Theatre, founded by Steve Atkinson in 2007, which is a very highly regarded theatre specialising in promoting new playwrights. Steve will talk of the benefits he sees to having lawyers on his board (he has two!) and Graham will share his experiences in moving into the arts.  Read More

11 Feb 08.30    The Chairman’s Perspective – Marcus Agius

Former chairman of BAA and Barclays and former SID at the BBC, Marcus currently chairs both the trustees and friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He will lead a discussion on the interplay between charity and commercial boards, giving his thoughts on what makes a good board and what lawyers might have to offer in this area.  Read More

25 Feb 08.30   Lawyers: A Headhunter’s Perspective – Joelle Warren

Joelle founded Warren Partners, a search firm with a strong specialist board practice, which makes a big point of knowing their candidates as well as their clients.  Joelle is supportive of lawyers joining boards and will use her refreshing approach to lead a frank discussion on what lawyers should do to help their own cause.  Read More

12 Mar 08.30    The Former Lawyer – Tony Angel

Tony is one of the few lawyers to move out, and then back into the profession.  In the period between running Linklaters and DLA, he held executive board roles in both Standard & Poor’s and Vantage Diagnostics.  While at Linklaters, he also spent 8 years as a trustee of the Cystic Fibrosis trust.  He will share his experiences of how lawyers’ commercial skills are viewed by the outside world.  Read More

26 Mar 08.30    A BCKR Success Story – John Heaps

John is the retiring Chairman of Eversheds and the incoming Chairman of the Yorkshire Building Society.  John will share with members the story of his recruitment, first impressions of how lawyers are viewed by the world outside and how he used his BCKR learnings to best advantage.


Autumn 2014

11 Sep 08.30      Lawyers – a headhunter’s perspective – Stephen Bampfylde

Stephen co-founded Saxton Bampfylde, a leading recruitment consultancy specialising in the charity and not for profit world. For 27 years he has been involved in the recruitment to senior positions across all sectors and will afford members a valuable headhunter’s perspective on the NED world.  Read More

24 Sep 08.30    The Outside World: Academy Schools Trusts – John Acland-Hood

John, through the New Schools Network’s Academies Ambassadors’ Forum, finds individuals with the strong corporate, business and financial skills needed to strengthen the boards of charitable academy trusts. These trusts are responsible for groups of academy schools, sometimes covering more than 50 schools.  Read More

7 Oct 08.30       The Chairman’s Perspective – Mervyn Davies

Mervyn’s session will give members the chance to question him on how lawyers should present themselves and whether in fact lawyers could be the real answer to the need for diversity!  Read More

23 Oct 08.30     Selection process, from CV onwards – Mairi Eastwood

Mairi co-founded Praesta Partners, a leading executive coach firm. She will guide members through what needs to be done in creating their CV and presenting themselves for roles.

4 Nov 08.30     The Chairman’s Perspective – Paul Drechsler

Paul was chairman and chief executive of the family business Wates Group and now chairs Teach First. His other roles include SID and chairman of the remuneration committee at Essentra plc, and chair of the National Skills Funding Agency Advisory Board. He is also involved in Trinity College Dublin Business School and is on the board of the CBI.  Read More

18 Nov 08.30    The Outside World: Private Equity – Lucy Armstrong

As chief executive of The Alchemists, Lucy works with high growth businesses to accelerate their development. She also chairs Capital for Enterprise, responsible for over £4 billion of government backed support to private and family businesses in the UK. She has been involved in forums for the CBI and the BBC and has recently joined the advisory board of the government’s new Business Bank.  Read More

4 Dec 08.30       Lawyers: A Headhunter’s Perspective – Philip Marsden

Philip founded Ridgeway Partners, the international leadership advisory firm, in 2004. He has a refreshing approach to getting lawyers onto boards, being prepared to think outside the box.   Read More