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.
The King’s Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. It was founded in 1897 by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, to raise money for London’s voluntary hospitals. The work of the Fund has evolved over time in response to the changing needs of the population, but its mission has endured. The money invested in the Fund more than a century ago provides a substantial proportion of its income, enabling it to maintain its independence.
The Fund’s work today involves understanding developments, challenges and opportunities across health and care. It uses this understanding to influence policy and practice, and to help people navigate the complexity of the systems in which they operate. The Fund believes its vision can only be achieved through collective action involving many organisations and sectors, so it seeks to collaborate with and learn from a broad range of partners – including local and national NHS organisations, local government, people using health and care services, the voluntary and community sector and others – working together to achieve its goals.
The King’s Fund’s vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all. It aims to be a catalyst for change and to inspire improvements in health and care by:
- Generating and sharing ideas and evidence
- Offering rigorous analysis and independent challenge
- Bringing people together to discuss, share and learn
- Supporting and developing people, teams and organisations
- Helping people to make sense of the health and care system
In common with many organisations, this is a challenging and exciting time for The King’s Fund, as it seeks to balance the delivery of its strategy with continued support for health and care leaders as they respond to the impact of Covid-19, and whilst working to enhance its financial sustainability and ensure it is fit for the future.
The three areas of focus identified as priorities for the current five-year strategy have only been cemented further by the impact of Covid-19. These are, in cooperation with people in the health and care system, to:
- Drive improvements in health and wellbeing across places and communities
- Improve health and care for people with the worst health outcomes
- Support people and leaders working in health care
The organisation’s broad knowledge of the health and care system and the relationships it holds across the system form the foundation of its work. The King’s Fund will continue to provide independent analysis, explain key issues and respond to developments across the breadth of health and care, making sense of a complex and changing landscape.
The role of The King’s Fund Board of Trustees is to manage and regulate the affairs of the Fund. The Board ensures compliance with the objects, purposes and values of the organisation in accordance with the Royal Charter, as well as compliance with all relevant laws, regulations and requirements of its regulators. It is also responsible for making sure that it submits annual returns, reports and accounts as required by law.
Successful candidates will need demonstrable evidence of the following attributes:
- Commitment to the objectives and values of The King’s Fund and to the Nolan seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership
- Acceptance and understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
- Knowledge and understanding of health and social care policy and the way public and private organisations engage in the provision of services and in policy decision making
- Absolute personal and professional integrity
- The practice of collective and compassionate leadership
- An inclusive approach, with a belief in the importance of embracing diversity in its broadest sense
- Excellent communication skills
- Proven success in working with a diverse team of influential people
Trustees are also expected to engage with the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team outside the regular Board meetings to provide guidance and undertake a range of activities as outlined above.
At this time, The King’s Fund is seeking up to three Trustees to add a diverse range of experience to its Board, whilst sharing in a common passion for its mission. The areas of expertise which it has identified as a priority are:
Finance: Likely suiting an individual from a CFO or audit partner background, Trustees with finance experience will provide appropriate challenge and support on the Fund’s finances to ensure the highest standards the highest standards of probity and financial health, and may sit on the Audit Committee.
Law: A Trustee from a legal background will provide an analytical mindset and valuable perspective about any legal issues which may come before the Board, advising on when it is necessary to consult outside counsel.
Life sciences: Given the nature of the Fund’s work, it would value the sector insight of an individual with a background in health and human life sciences, either in industry or academia. Owing to potential conflicts of interest, those who currently hold executive roles in pharmaceuticals are unlikely to be considered.
The King’s Fund welcomes applications from those seeking their first trustee or non-executive role, and is especially keen to hear from women or candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Required for this role
- Trustee ready Sitting on a trustee board requires the ability to take a more advisory approach than in executive roles. If you have not previously held any trustee or non-executive positions, you should demonstrate a track record of influencing the direction of your organisation at board level. If you already have significant trustee or non-executive experience, please detail this.
Desired for this role
- Advanced financial and accounting acumen In-depth experience of working directly with financial and accounting issues. Experience could be either in a leadership role of a finance function or as a director or partner of a professional services firm. Candidates will be able to lead the board in debates about complex financial and accounting matters, and will ideally be chartered in their field.
- Legal acumen In-depth experience of working directly with legal issues as a qualified lawyer, either in private practice or in-house. Candidates will be able to lead the board in legal debates and in deciding when legal advice needs to be procured.
- Life sciences sector experience Demonstrate previous experience within the life sciences sector.
Rt Hon Professor the Lord Ajay Kakkar, Chair
Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE
Dr Aseem Malhotra
Rt Hon Jacqui Smith
Dr Jane Collins
Sir Jonathan Michael
Dr Mark Britnell
Dame Ruth Carnall
In all candidates, an inclusive approach and a belief in embracing diversity in its broadest sense is important. Applications are particularly welcome from candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds and women. International candidates may be considered for this role under exceptional circumstances.
Terms of appointment
The role is non-remunerated, although reasonable travel expenses may be reimbursed. There are six Board meetings per year (currently held virtually, although the Board is eager to return to in-person meetings when possible), and Trustees are expected to contribute to the wider work of the Fund on a mutually agreed basis. Trustees are elected for a term of three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further term of three years.
This process is being run in-house by the organisation, who will view the applications without edits. We therefore advise applicants to avoid using ‘see CV’ or ‘please call me to discuss further’ in your application as it may restrict your chances of progressing to the next round.
This organisation has requested that candidates do not contact them directly. Instead, if you know someone at the organisation, please mention it in your Reason for Application.