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The Female FTSE Board Report 2019

The Female FTSE Board Report 2019

Helen Pitcher OBE has contributed to the Cranfield University Report “The Female FTSE Board Report 2019”. This report is an important barometer, helping us measure just how much progress has been made in appointing women onto boards. This report is part of a larger initiative with INSEAD, The Pipeline, various FTSE chairman, Senior women and head-hunters to help accelerate getting more women into FTSE chairman roles.

Women on FTSE boards serve shorter and less senior tenures

Women on FTSE boards serve shorter and less senior tenures

The amount of energy being 'token woman' on a board demands leads women to leave sooner, or it could be that they're being pushed experts warn

Women on FTSE 100 boards serve shorter tenures and are less likely to be promoted to senior roles, according to Cranfield University School of Management’s annual Female FTSE Board Report.

A Step Change In Diversity Perspective: The Shifting Sands of Diversity

A Step Change In Diversity Perspective: The Shifting Sands of Diversity

In a changing world, with pressures at global, regional and local levels, the motivations of companies are in the mix.  These changes range from a rapidly increasing complexity of the business environment, through to heightened consumer ethical awareness, to a fracturing political landscape.

Independent External Board Reviews

Independent External Board Reviews

Independent external board evaluations emerged in parallel with the general development of the governance code for companies. The question now arises whether their current shape is fit for purpose in the modern corporate environment, where society/CSR and employee engagement are playing an increasing part in the context of a company’s right to operate and accumulate numerous benefits and advantages from society?

A Job for the Girls!

A Job for the Girls!

The sustainability of companies and businesses able to contribute and benefit all of their stakeholders, is increasingly at the forefront of the minds of Politicians, Regulators, Society Pressure groups and Individuals. It is also the clarion call of the massive Pension Investment sector focused on aligning investments to positive benefits and stewardship for society.

Board Cultivation of Succession, Diversity and Sustainability (part 2 of 2)

Board Cultivation of Succession, Diversity and Sustainability (part 2 of 2)

In the UK, a quota was imposed following the 2011 publication of the Davies Report, which set a target of 25% females on FTSE 100 Boards by 2015 – which was achieved. The subsequent Hampton-Alexander Review (both INSEAD alumni) upped the target to 33%, but, more importantly, reinforced the Davies’s aspiration to drive such targets deep into the FTSE 350, with a focus on the development of a pipeline of women leaders destined for the executive committee.

Syreeta Brown Interview with LEAD Magazine

Syreeta Brown Interview with LEAD Magazine

LEAD magazine recently interviewed Syreeta Brown winner of the Black British Business Award. In the article, she discussed her career progression, what the award meant to her and her role on Advanced Boardroom Excellence's Panel of Influential Women. She also talked about how Advance Boardroom Excellence focused on individual and collective director effectiveness.

HR Most Influential 2018

HR Most Influential 2018

Helen Pitcher OBE has been quoted in HR Magazine’s latest issue.

The latest HRMI rankings were compiled in a significant year for the profession, with those making the lists demonstrating the skills needed to deal with the big HR issues hitting the news.

This time last year the name Harvey Weinstein was only just crashing onto the news agenda. Gender pay reporting had yet to reach its frantic, last-minute (for some) filing crescendo. The collapse of Carillion and the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) new corporate governance code were both still in the offing.

Congratulations to our Chairman Helen Pitcher OBE

Congratulations to our Chairman Helen Pitcher OBE

Congratulations to our Chairman Helen Pitcher OBE for her recent appointment as Chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

She will be Chair of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) from 1 November 2018 for 3 years. Helen will initially commence as a Commissioner, on a Chair Designate basis from 1 October 2018.

Better Board Evaluation (Code of Practice)

Better Board Evaluation (Code of Practice)

It really is time our industry had a Code of Practice for Board Evaluations.  Companies need guidance to get through these troubled times. So it was good news to read that the Business Secretary Greg Clark announced – as part of the insolvency safeguards – measures to develop a code of practice for external board evaluations. (see press release).

Board Cultivation of Succession, Diversity and Sustainability (part 1 of 2)

Board Cultivation of Succession, Diversity and Sustainability (part 1 of 2)

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.

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.

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.