Conversation with a Chair

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Hosted in conjunction with the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club, our ‘conversation with a chair’ events have allowed us to tap into the wisdom and experience of many FTSE 100 chairs. Find out what they had to say below and register for our next event here.

Maggie Carver, CBE on the Benefits & Pitfalls of a Non-Executive Career.

Maggie Carver CBE, Chair of the Racecourse Association and Deputy Chair of Ofcom, talked to Bvalco’s Peter Snowdon about the benefits and pitfalls of a non-executive career. We are pleased to share Key Learnings from this fascinating conversation.

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Colin Tenwick on the Role of the Board in scaling technology enabled businesses.

Colin Tenwick, Senior Advisor, Investor, Chairman and NED joined us to discuss his substantial experience helping organisations to grow and scale. Colin discussed how Boards can approach the opportunities and challenges posed by upscaling.

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Steve Allen on preparing for a low carbon economy

Steve Allen, group company secretary, Rio Tinto, joined us to discuss his role in helping the board to prepare for a low-carbon economy. He spoke both eloquently and passionately about taking stock of the risks and opportunities to get ahead of the curve on this complex but important issue. Inspiring our blog on this topic.

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Douglas Flint CBE on the importance of trust

Douglas Flint, former chairman of the board of HSBC Holdings, highlights the importance of sustaining good relationships between execs and non-execs. Explaining the role of the chair as independent facilitator and discussing why ‘trust between the executives and non-executives is absolutely vital’.

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Sir Howard Davies on regulatory responsibilities

Sir Howard Davies, a former regulator and academic, who has held roles ranging from deputy governor of the Bank of England to chair of the risk committee at Prudential PLC, discusses the principle challenges facing financial institutions.

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Sir Simon Robertson on reacting to a crisis

Sir Simon Robertson, a former chair for both Kleinwort Benson and Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC, contrasts his experiences of working for the financial sector and an international engineering company. Explaining why the real test of a board’s mettle is how it reacts in a crisis.

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Jim Leng on creating the right board dynamics

Jim Leng, whose international career has included the role of chair for financial, steel and oil companies, discusses why board members have to get on well and ‘spark off one another’ for the sum of the whole to be greater than the parts.

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