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 SFO’s mission is to fight complex financial crime, deliver justice for victims and protect the UK’s reputation as a safe place to do business. We do that by investigating and prosecuting the most serious or complex cases of fraud, bribery and corruption. Upholding the rule of law, we deliver justice for victims and recover the proceeds of financial crime. We deter criminals and require offending companies to reform in order to protect the UK’s economy and global reputation as a safe place to invest and do business. We are unique in that we both investigate and prosecute offenders and have special legal powers to enable us to do this.
We are seeking to appoint two new Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to our Board. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute at a strategic level to the essential and high-profile work undertaken by the SFO within the UK and internationally. For one of the NED appointments, we are seeking an individual with a background and qualifications in finance (ACA, ICAEW, CIMA or equivalent). They will, act as Audit and Risk Committee Chair (ARCC) and bring a robust understanding of corporate governance, risk and performance management, most likely gained within a senior leadership or board level finance role. For both NED roles, we are interested in hearing from candidates with valuable experience of embedding and leading organisational, cultural and behavioural change, with a first-hand understanding of technology enabled transformation.
We welcome diverse candidates with a wide range of backgrounds and experience to support the delivery of the Board’s responsibilities and enable us to move forwards in the next phase of transformational change for the organisation. The ability to demonstrate a significant track record of achievement and personal effectiveness in senior leadership roles within the business, financial, legal, compliance or law enforcement arenas is central to the requirement. Politically aware with the ability to influence a diverse range of stakeholders, you will bring an established network of contacts and the credibility required to engage subject matter experts and special advisors, as well as advocating for the SFO through your support of its people and work.
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