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James Bagge

James Bagge is the executive chairman and co-founder of Bvalco, a board evaluation consultancy focused on helping boards become fit for the future

All posts by James Bagge

Leadership and management are prone to biases, here’s how you can mitigate it

By | 30/06/2022 in Blog posts

How is it that collectively a group can be ‘…….ist’ when its component parts are not?


By | 31/05/2022 in Blog posts

What value attaches to integrity when it comes to leadership and setting the tone at the top? There are two very diametrically opposed views on this currently.


Owning the problem

By | 10/05/2022 in Blog posts

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.

Managing Succession

By | 21/02/2022 in Blog posts

Managing succession remains a challenging process, and it often takes the intervention of an independent third party with whom directors feel able to share their concerns for it to be raised and advanced.

Harnessing the power and dedication of young minds.

By | 14/02/2022 in Blog posts

Reviewing the board of one charity I had the opportunity to observe the contributions of the two youngest members of that board. Each of them was in their twenties and their vision, their insight and their maturity were remarkable. They were a real asset.

Are boards predicting risk effectively?

By | 12/03/2020 in Blog posts

With coronavirus demonstrating the potential impact of existential threats, is the introduction of an audited resilience statement enough to encourage boards to prepare for and stress-test worst case scenarios?

Governance lessons to be learned from TSB debacle

By | 19/11/2019 in Blog posts

The long-awaited probe into the IT crisis, that left 2m TSB customers without access to their current accounts, highlights key governance failings.

Should we be rating boards as good or bad?

By | 26/06/2019 in Blog posts

In the wake of the large-scale failures of firms such as Carillion and BHS, the government is under pressure to crack down on ‘reckless’ directors.

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