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At 4 Coleman Street, EC2

BCKR holds events in the City open to all its members two or three times a month, publishing our programme before the start of each term. 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. Notes from our recent events can be found in News & Views.

Our full Events programme for the current and previous term can be viewed here, with forthcoming events listed below.

All our events are held at the offices of JM Finn, 4 Coleman Street, London, EC2R 5TA. BCKR remains very grateful to JM Finn & Co for their continuing support.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.