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Since Sir David Walker brought our founders together just ten years ago, Bvalco has become a partner of choice for forward-looking boards that want to enhance their effectiveness and ability to meet future challenges.
Primarily used by the FTSE 100, we also work with Aim listed, subsidiary, large family and privately owned, sporting and charity boards.
“Alison was a key contributor to the design and delivery of the WCA’s first virtual global board workshop. She facilitated directors and their functional leads through the Association’s strategic and change management agenda with clear objectives and outcomes. She demonstrated great insight and understanding in the opportunities and challenges facing our industry and was able to achieve alignment across diverse geographies and businesses. I have no hesitation in recommending Alison for facilitating this type of strategic board sessions.”
Michelle Manook, CEO, World Coal Association
“As St Paul’s Cathedral School concludes an £8M development of its estate, the governing body and the senior leadership team wanted a head start on planning its strategy for the next 3 to 5 years. We wanted to step back from the day-to-day of operational leadership, make time for our governors to scan the horizon, and to think creatively about our possibilities. Ali helped us to frame and shape our thinking, encouraging us not to jump into solutions but give ourselves time to do hard thinking. Facilitating our virtual strategy day, Ali helped us to collate our thoughts, provided space for reflection and galvanised the energy and enthusiasm for what is possible. We learned about each other, became stronger as a group and had enormous fun. More than anything, Ali gave us the confidence and permission to think as a corporate body, a rare commodity in a world of endless doing.”
Simon Larter-Evans, Headmaster, St Paul’s Cathedral School.
“Alumni tell us that Alison Gill’s module for the FT Diploma, on exploring effective board behaviours, is one of the most challenging but rewarding parts of the course. Ali is very personable in her approach and is exceptional as a non-executive coach and facilitator.”
Jenny Fazakerley, Head of Board Director Programme UK, Financial Times
“Having worked with Alison for over ten years, on the development of the behavioural module and workshops for the FT’s Non-Executive Diploma, I can highly recommend her. She offers a different and insightful perspective and is highly regarded by the aspiring and current non-executives on the diploma.”
Lesley Stephenson, Publisher. The Financial Times Board Director Programme and Governance
“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
“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. One recommendation was about the need for the school to have a clearer idea of its future identity, as the reasons for someone to invest in privately educating their child today are very different from 100 years ago. The recommendation to rethink our brand values was valuable. It made the board more reflective and creative.”
Clarissa Farr, Fellow [NED], Winchester College
“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