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“I enjoy finding a way for boards to discuss undiscussables and finding practical solutions that will help improve board performance”
Alison Gill is a founding director and CEO of Bvalco. She helps boards and leadership teams prepare for the future by designing and delivering external board reviews, with a particular emphasis on the human behaviour and dynamics elements that can contribute to, or undermine, board effectiveness. She is valued for her ability to listen deeply to issues and concerns and for helping leaders find actionable solutions.
By background Alison is a behavioural psychologist. Prior to co-founding Bvalco, Alison spent 18 years running a consultancy helping clients to understand the impact of values, behaviour and culture on performance. She acted as a special advisor on matters of culture and behaviour to Sir David Walker, for his Review of Banks and Other Financial Institutions. This gave rise to the recommendation in the Corporate Governance Code that boards should be reviewed externally once every three years.
Alison is keen to improve the quality of boards through the education of board directors. In 2011 she helped to set up and design the FT’s award winning Non- Executive Director Diploma. She is a lead tutor and Advisory Board Member for the diploma. The diploma has several hundred graduates, of which more than 70% go on to become successful board directors.
A keen sportswoman, Alison is a triple Olympian for rowing and more recently developed a passion for the sport of eventing. She rides as a competitive amateur but more importantly supports young rider Lissa Green and is the Independent Chair of British Eventing’s Sport Committee.
“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