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Bvalco helps boards and directors to be the best they can be through board evaluations, advice and training.
Our board evaluations are different. By combining commercial experience with behavioural psychology and governance expertise, we can provide a deeper understanding of board psychology and therefore clearer insights to achieve greater effectiveness.
Bvalco is concerned not with how well a board has performed, but on how well it could perform; we work with boards to create a clear plan of action to meet their evolving challenges and to be fit for the future. Furthermore, our board services don’t just help you to stretch the strategic thinking, but also create the right culture, roles and development to get you there. The Bvalco team will always be engaging, intelligent, straight-talking and when necessary, challenging.
A good, perceptive and competent review which promoted a very healthy debate during and post review and raised some helpful issues. I would certainly recommend Bvalco.James Hambro, Chairman, Guide Dogs for the Blind
The review was well managed, professional, attentive with well conducted challenges. It was a worthwhile process and importantly, it added value to the Board and thus to the business itself because it delivered actionable insights. I would certainly use Bvalco again and would be pleased to refer them.John Daly, Chairman, Britvic
“We used Bvalco to carry out our board review for three years in a row. The recommendations were very insightful. Overall it made the board process more efficient and improved understanding of the respective roles of the executives and non-executives.”Douglas Flint, Former Chairman, HSBC Group
“Often when you go in for a board review everyone sits around the table agreeing but then the report gets put away and nothing happens. Bvalco’s recommendations were very good - substantial but not too long. It made the board more reflective and creative.”Clarissa Farr, Fellow (NED), Winchester College
“We found the analysis was thorough and the final report was focussed and concise, without superfluous comment. The board will put the recommendations to good use and we would be happy to work with Bvalco again.”Charles Sinclair, Chairman, Associated British Foods plc
There is a danger that a board and its constituent members, having engaged an external person to conduct an evaluation and shared with them in confidential sessions their concerns and issues, will feel that they have off-loaded the problems for another then to resolve.
Information for the board needs to be well presented and clear as to what it covers and what is its purpose. If the executive is looking for a decision from the board, this needs to be clear from the face of the document. Too much control can stifle innovation and fetter the ability of the board to engage in high quality debate.