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CIPD Appoints New Board Members

An article from peoplemanagement.co.uk

The CIPD’s board of trustees has two new members, who were formally elected at a council meeting on 21 April. They are Shakil Butt, HR and OD director at charity Islamic Relief Worldwide, and Helen Pitcher OBE, chair of board effectiveness consultancy Advanced Board Excellence. Both are chartered fellows of the institute.

Number of female applicants for QC still stubbornly low, selectors say

By Owen Bowcott for The Guardian, 11 Jan 2016

The number of women applying for Queen’s Counsel remains “stubbornly low”, the appointments panel has said, after promoting 25 female barristers and solicitor advocates among a total of 107.

Taking Silk: Quinn, Gibson and Freshfields heavyweights among new QCs in 107-strong round

by Sarah Downey for Legal Business, 11 Jan 2016

A trio of City heavyweights has been appointed among 107 new Queen's Counsel (QC) announced today (11 January), an increase on last year's round of 93. 

Of the nine solicitor advocates who applied, there were three successful candidates, a drop on 2014/15 when five solicitor advocates were appointed. This year's appointments include Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan arbitration head Stephen Jagusch (pictured), Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher international arbitration group co-chair Penny Madden, and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer London arbitration head Nigel Rawding.

In defence of HR: where would we be without...?

In defence of HR: where would we be without...?

By Jenny Roper for HR Magazine

HR can contribute a lot more than people often realise. Here are the areas no business can afford not to excel in

"There has to be some important problem in the CEO’s bailiwick and the function has to be able to address it. Finance became important because investors became important and the CFOs became important because they had the tools and answers to the questions.” That’s Wharton professor Peter Cappelli’s view on what it takes for a function to rise to prominence.

After all, if a function is not delivering something critical why would it be there in the first place? Which is why the debate around whether the HR function is needed is so mystifying, and so tiring.

So here, once and for all, our experts spell out just some of those many vital value-adds that HR delivers – those areas in today’s operating conditions, that organisations would be lost without.

Helen Pitcher: Is it time to blow up HR and build something new?

Helen Pitcher: Is it time to blow up HR and build something new?

By Helen Pitcher for HR Magazine

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles raise some good analysis of HR – even if collected under an incendiary title

The first article recognises that the Europe/UK context is different to the US and is undergoing a ‘paradigm shift’ at board level, with the board taking greater governance responsibility for key areas of the HR agenda that goes beyond the usual “people are our most important asset” statement.

As the HBR articles suggest, recognising the fundamental business context of companies is important and provides the backdrop for analysing the potential role HR can play in an organisation at any point in time.

HR’s strategic input remains poorly acknowledged

HR’s strategic input remains poorly acknowledged

By Becky Frith for HR Magazine , 04 Sep 2015

More than three-quarters (76%) of HR professionals believe HR’s strategic input is poorly acknowledged, according to research from software provider Cascade HR.

The Cascade Client Survey 2015 found that 39% of HR professionals do not need to report an overview of their department, 42% are not expected to report on workforce diversity, and 48% are not required to report on salary information.

Board responsibility – ‘a difficult balancing act’

Board responsibility – ‘a difficult balancing act’

Published in Governance, August 2015 Issue 254

A new Report looks at the increasing demands and pressures on non-execs, considers whether too much is expected from them and looks at increasing problems recruiting non-execs into the financial services sector.

From Procedure to Process Behaviour

From Procedure to Process Behaviour

An article by Helen Pitcher OBE for the Company Secretary’s Review
Volume 39, Issue 8, August 2015

This article from Helen Pitcher OBE, Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence looks at some of the influences driving the change in focus on Board behaviour, but more importantly asks if you are ready willing and able to adapt your behaviour to support the Chairman and the Board to deliver the future of Board effectiveness.

FT Non-Executive Director’s Club Publish ‘Walking the tightrope of board responsibility’

FT Non-Executive Director’s Club Publish ‘Walking the tightrope of board responsibility’

The FT Non-Executive Director’s Club, a growing community of community of non-executive directors, has published research by Tyzack Partners and Advanced Boardroom Excellence. 

Significant Increase In Female NED Appointments

Significant Increase In Female NED Appointments

By Becky Frith for HR Magazine, 5 August 2015

The proportion of female first-time FTSE 350 non-executive directors (NEDs) significantly increased last year, according to a report by Korn Ferry.

The firm’s Class of 2014 report, which analysed all first-time NED appointments to FTSE 350 companies, revealed that 39% of first-time NEDs in 2014 were women, up from 28% in 2013 and 11% in 2007

The Governance Landscape

The Governance Landscape

An article by Helen Pitcher OBE for the Company Secretary’s Review
Volume 39, Issue 6, July 2015

"The governance landscape as you will be aware has been developing rapidly over the past three years. In overall terms there has been an increased focus on the sustainability and longevity of companies by the regulators which is reflected in the governance code and guidance provided by the FRC."

How To Get To The Top Table

How To Get To The Top Table

...and stay there. At the latest HR in the Boardroom event, board expert Helen Pitcher shared her top tips for ensuring HRDs are effective at the very highest levels.

By Jenny Roper for HR Magazine, July 2015

“In an ideal world boards should be looking to people with HR skills who can contribute to really important and key areas. In reality they often don’t”. 

Warning over new rules for non-executive directors in financial services

Warning over new rules for non-executive directors in financial services

By Adam Brown for IR Magazine, 19 June 2015

Upcoming regulations will force higher fees and lower quality of non-executive director candidates, Tyzack Partners says.

Upcoming UK regulations meant to hold non-executive directors responsible for breaches of good governance may have a ‘dramatic and damaging’ effect on board diversity, according to a report by executive search firm Tyzack Partners and board effectiveness consultancy Advanced Boardroom Excellence.

NEDs forced to become 'quasi-executives'

NEDs forced to become 'quasi-executives'

By Jenny Roper for HR Magazine, 18 Jun 2015

Boards are increasingly pushing non-executive directors (NEDs) into an executive level of responsibility, leaving them to exact a careful balance between impartiality and increased closeness to the business, a report from board effectiveness consultancy Advanced Boardroom Excellence has found.

Walking the Tightrope of Board Responsibility found that what is expected of NEDs now far outstrips NED remuneration, and a heightened environment of board governance regulation is exerting more pressure on NEDs to scrutinise, for example, company remuneration policies more closely.