BCKR works with lawyers to help them navigate, in a time efficient manner, the relatively unknown world of identifying and securing non-executive roles. Through regular live webinars, we highlight the obstacles often faced by lawyers when presenting themselves outside of the context of their legal role and show how they can be overcome by offering a greater understanding of three things:
- What exactly they can do – our website and weekly email alerts provide notice of pre-screened positions in the charity, not-for-profit and government sectors which should be compatible alongside full time legal roles. An example of one of our most recent roles posted to our website can be found at the end of the page. Amongst the inspiring speaker events that BCKR offers, NEDs from different sectors, often former lawyers, discuss the real roles they hold and how they came to get them.
- How to go about it – some BCKR events offer informed 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 they will be up against, what skills they will need to demonstrate and importantly, how to network for themselves rather than for their firm or employer.
- Who they need to meet – BCKR will give its members the knowhow and confidence to build a portfolio network. As well as specific advice on how to build up new networks, BCKR offers members regular opportunities to meet practicing and retired lawyers who have found NED roles, headhunters who specialise in trustee and board appointments and sympathetic chairmen, senior NEDs and trustees.
We email our members a weekly list of publicly advertised roles for non-executive directors and trustees, most of which are compatible with a full-time role. An example of a recent posting can found below.
Our core offering is available for individual lawyers or through corporate membership, for all partners at a firm or senior lawyers in an organisation.
Spires are are looking for new trustees for our committed and proactive board and are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with backgrounds in social care, education and probation services.
Spires is an award-winning charity that has been working with homeless and disadvantaged people in Streatham, South London, since 1990. Working with some of the most isolated and vulnerable in our society, we support over 900 men and women every year.
This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in an organisation that is committed to helping vulnerable people to become active agents of their own lives.
We are entering an exciting period of change for Spires. You will be involved in driving the strategic direction of our organisation, as we continue our provision of services which aim to empower individuals to lead more meaningful and purposeful lives, your input as a trustee is key in ensuring our future sustainability.
Our board of trustees works together to ensure Spires’ work is sustainable and accountable by exercising good governance and following all necessary policies and procedures.
In addition to your statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.
We are looking for individuals with a background in social care, education and probation services as well as the following attributes:
- A commitment to Spires and its objectives.
- Good, independent judgement
- Strategic vision
- A willingness to speak their mind
- An understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
- A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee
- An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
- An ability to think creatively
As an organisation we are particularly keen to ensure that our trustees are fully representative of the community in which we work and at the current time we would warmly welcome applications from people with a diverse range of background, ethnicity, gender, culture and physical ability.
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