bckr | Our Core Offering
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Our Core Offering

For all our members

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.



English National Ballet seeks new Trustee with a legal background

Closing Date
8 December 2022
Meetings held in Canning Town
Time Commitment
4 Board + 4 Committee meetings per year + ad hoc engagement

English National Ballet (ENB) exists to take world-class ballet to as many people as possible — delighting them with the traditional and inspiring them with the new. ENB’s artistic output, reputation and ambition continues to grow rapidly, and it is proud to have built a new home on London City Island, Canning Town (the cultural anchor of a new community).

The leadership of Tamara Rojo (Artistic Director), Patrick Harrison (Executive Director) and Grace Chan (COO) have taken ENB to new heights in terms both of the aspiration of its repertoire and the shape and drive of its operations. ENB is thrilled to have a new Artistic Director, Aaron Watkin, who will take up his role in August 2023. Although based in London, ENB tours both nationally and internationally, and has its own acclaimed orchestra, the ENB Philharmonic. The organisation runs extensive learning and engagement programmes for people of all ages, working in partnership with other arts organisations and community groups to co-create and deliver workshops, classes and creative learning resources.

ENB’s building combines training facilities, teaching and rehearsal studios, commercial hire possibilities, and spaces for the public to view its work and to eat and drink, in a state-of-the-art environment. This wonderful building provides the physical space ENB needs to achieve its vision to be the country’s most innovative ballet company.

Role specification


The Board of Trustees is led by the Chair, Sir Roger Carr. The Board’s key role is to guide the strategy of ENB, to stimulate its contribution to the wider community and to be responsible for its governance. In order to provide effective oversight and to enable particular focus on key areas of the day to day operations, three Board committees support the work of the Board and typically meet prior to Board meetings.

The committees are appointed by and generally made up of members of the Board. These are: the Finance and General Purposes Committee; the Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee; and the Development Board. The successful candidate for this role would be expected to join the Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee, which meets four times per year.

Person specification

ENB is looking for an additional Trustee with a legal background to join the Board and help maintain the exciting momentum of the company.

To bolster further the Board’s active and engaged Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee, ENB is keen to hear from candidates who have a legal background, with experience of advising on Board governance principles and processes in either the commercial or not-for-profit sectors. This candidate may be (or have been) a Partner in a commercial law firm, or may work (or have worked) in a legal or governance role in a commercial or charitable organisation.

This person may be London-based, but as ENB is a touring company, candidates with roots and continuing connections elsewhere (particularly in Manchester, Liverpool, or Southampton) would be very welcome. While prior board experience would be beneficial, ENB welcomes applications from first-time non-executives. Above all, the successful candidate will be enthusiastic, love dance, and will have an appreciation for the joy which the arts can bring to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Board composition

Sir Roger Carr (Chair)
Sue Butcher (Vice-Chair)
Marilyn Berk
Lady Debbie Buffini
Kamara Gray
Chris Marks
Paul Pacifico
Christopher Saul
Sue Sloan
Dr Shirley Thompson OBE
Caroline Thomson

You can read more about the Board of Trustees here.

Terms of appointment

Board meetings take place four times a year, at ENB’s home in Canning Town. In addition, the Governance, Nomination and Remuneration Committee meetings takes place four times per year, typically preceding the in-person Board meetings. Trustees are also encouraged to attend a number of ENB performances and other events. The appointment is for an initial three-year term, which can be renewed once at the discretion of the Board. This role is unremunerated.


Board meetings are currently held in person in Canning Town.


ENB strongly welcomes applicants from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, belief or disability. Applications from younger people and those from global majority backgrounds would be particularly encouraged. All appointments will be made on merit, following a fair and transparent process.


For application details please contact www.nurole.com directly enquiries@nurole.com