BCKR empowers law firm partners who may be interested in taking boardroom roles. It helps lawyers to overcome the obstacles often faced when presenting themselves outside the context of their law firm role, by offering a greater understanding of three things:
• What else lawyers can do – a website (www.bckr.com) and individual email alerts provide notice of boardroom positions in the charity, not-for-profit and governmental sectors, many of which should be compatible alongside full time legal roles. BCKR also offers inspiring speaker events with NEDs from different sectors, often former lawyers, describing real roles in a wide variety of organisations.
• How to go about it– some BCKR events offer guidance on the application and appointment process and how to come across as more than a lawyer when required. They cover for instance, CV style, who lawyers will be up against, what skills they will need to demonstrate and importantly, how to network for themselves rather than for their firm.
• Who lawyers need to meet – BCKR will give its members the knowhow and confidence to build a boardroom network, offering the opportunity to meet practicing and retired lawyers who have found NED roles; headhunters who specialise in trustee and board appointments; and chairmen and other sympathetic senior NEDs and trustees.