Board Cultivation of Succession, Diversity and Sustainability

Board Cultivation of Succession, Diversity and Sustainability

There is increasing pressure on boards’ to plan their own succession as well as oversee the executive pipeline, with a strong focus on diversity. This stems from the need to create sustainable businesses with a positive, transparent culture that can be ‘passed on’ through generations of CEO and board transitions, and societal pressure for greater diversity in boards and companies to mirror their customer base and the host society. While the notion of having a ‘social licence to operate’ is in its infancy in Europe, there is an increasing need for businesses to show they are good corporate citizens, with lobby groups focused on fair tax payment, customer and employee advocacy, custodianship of the environment, and positive social impact.

Galvanising men to promote workplace cultural change and foster equality

 Galvanising men to promote workplace cultural change and foster equality

The Women’s Business Council and the Men as Change Agents (MACA) working group launched their MACA toolkit on April 9th from Number 10 Downing Street. The MACA toolkit provides ideas for business leaders to drive towards gender balance in their teams and close the gender pay gap and foster equality in the workplace.

Board Best Practice: Succession Planning

Board Best Practice: Succession Planning

Written by Team NEDonBoard

On Jan 30th, NEDonBoard held its best practice evening on succession planning. Following an initiative by NEDonBoard, the professional body for non-executive directors and board members in the UK, chaired by Helen Pitcher OBE, we host a panel evening to present this new guide. NEDonBoard raises governance standards on boards across the UK by providing board best practice guidance on succession planning.

Ten Networking Strategies to a Seat on the Board

Ten Networking Strategies to a Seat on the Board

Written by Helen Pitcher OBE, for INSEAD Knowledge Career Blog

Changing careers at mid-life is an option for more and more executives. Some choose early retirement, others are nudged towards the door, and others decide that doing something that they love is more meaningful and they can afford to get off the corporate track.

Becoming a NED is often considered the next logical professional step after an executive role. NEDs gain new skills, enlarge their networks and better understand other industries. But the competition is tough and it can be difficult to land that first NED position.

How to Be a Good Board Chair

How to Be a Good Board Chair

By Stanislav Shekshnia for Harvard Business Review

INSEAD’s Corporate Governance Centre have launched a research project asking the questions: What are good practices for the Board chair’s role, and how do they differ from the traditional practices of CEOs and top executives?

The research included a survey of 200 board chairs from 31 countries, 80 interviews with chairs, and 60 interviews with board members, shareholders, and CEOs. 

INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre Scaling New Heights

INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre Scaling New Heights

Today, in a Special Edition on INSEAD Directors Forum newsletter, it was announced that from 1st September 2017, INSEAD Corporate Governance Initiative (ICGI) will take on a new identity as INSEAD Corporate Governance Centre (ICGC).

Changes in Leadership at INSEAD International Directors Network

Changes in Leadership at INSEAD International Directors Network

The INSEAD IDP Network Committee today announced that Helen Pitcher, OBE, was elected as new Chair and President of the INSEAD International Directors Network committee, following the annual AGM held on October 14, 2017. Helen takes over from previous chair Christoper de Mattos.

Creating an Effective Board

Creating an Effective Board

An article by Helen Pitcher OBE for the Company Secretary’s Review
Volume 41, Issue 1, June 2017

This article from Helen Pitcher OBE, Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence looks at the role of the Chairman and the Company Secretary in the design of a Board information architecture and information management strategies.

The art of board effectiveness: Structure, strategy and healthy dynamics make for better boards and better business

The art of board effectiveness: Structure, strategy and healthy dynamics make for better boards and better business

By Helen Pitcher OBE for Ethical Boardroom : Spring 2017

In the 25 years since the Cadbury Report on corporate governance, how have boards been doing? Are boards able to understand and analyse what makes them effective and successful? Can they articulate and illuminate the characteristics of an effective board?

Helen Pitcher advises HRDs to take a structured approach to career planning in 2017

By Helen Pitcher for HR magazine

January is as good a time as any to reassess life and career goals. However, as with nearly all New Year ‘resolutions,’ it is important to ensure it is not a seasonal ‘flash in the pan’.

What is more conducive to effective career planning is a six month rolling review of whether you are achieving your stated goals. This however implies that you have taken time, soundings and articulated your stated goals in the first place! And that you do not review your goals achievement in isolation, but use a trusted mentor, coach or experienced friend to walk through progress and obstacles.

Board Dynamics and Why it Matters

Board Dynamics and Why it Matters

A guest post by Helen Pitcher for Caffeine

When most people think about effective leadership of an organisation, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the executive team comprising of the C-Suite of roles along with any business critical functions and key directors holding those roles.

The Clubhouse's Member In The Spotlight: Helen Pitcher OBE

The Clubhouse's Member In The Spotlight: Helen Pitcher OBE

London’s leading business club, lounge and meeting space The Clubhouse, turns the tables and puts the focus on all the exciting things their fantastic members are achieving in their 'Member In the Spotlight' feature. 

In their August ‘Member in the Spotlight’ feature they speak to member Helen Pitcher OBE, Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence.