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Non-Executive roles great, but in Financial Services? “No thanks”

Non-Executive roles great, but in Financial Services? “No thanks”

New research suggests that ‘regulation creep’ is deterring NEDs looking at roles in Financial Services

Incoming regulations designed to make company boards more accountable for corporate failings could have a dramatic and damaging effect on the diversity on Britain’s biggest financial services businesses and the way their Boards are run, according to a new report.

Advanced Boardroom Excellence, a leading board effectiveness consultancy, and Tyzack Partners, the international executive search firm, are highlighting that the financial services sector could be in for a shock when it comes to recruiting new blood from 2016 onwards. 

The report, entitled ‘Walking the Tightrope of Board Responsibility – a Difficult Balancing Act’, suggests that the introduction of the ‘Senior Managers’ Regime’ next year could act as a deterrent to and lead to a narrowing of experienced and capable business people considering non-executive directorships at leading financial services companies.  

Helen Pitcher Awarded distinction in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Helen Pitcher Awarded distinction in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Advanced Boardroom Excellence notes with pleasure that its Chairman Helen Pitcher has been given the Order of the British Empire for her services to business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. 

The HR director as NED

The HR director as NED

By Advanced Boardroom Excellence for HR Magazine, 21 May 2015

In the final governance article we look at the issues facing HRDs seeking to create NED careers and increase influence with boards. Given that an HRD has key capabilities in the areas of executive career management, talent development, remuneration, culture and behaviour, what is holding HRDs back from NED roles?

How HRDs can enhance influence at board level

How HRDs can enhance influence at board level

By Jenny Roper for HR Magazine, 19 May 2015

HR directors should network with other people in the business, have a strong financial and broader political understanding, and beware of being too close to their chief executive, according to Helen Pitcher, chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence.

Pitcher was giving tips on how HRDs can enhance their influence at board level at an HR in the Boardroom event held at The Dorchester Park Lane and supported by Advanced Boardroom Excellence.

United Biscuits Appoint Helen Pitcher to Advisory Board

United Biscuits Appoint Helen Pitcher to Advisory Board

Published by United Biscuits on 13 May 2015

United Biscuits (UB), the leading international manufacturer of biscuits and cakes, has today announced the addition of two highly accomplished international business executives to its Advisory Board, established following the acquisition of UB by Yildiz Holding in November 2014. UB is appointing Helen Pitcher and Marco Jesi to join board members including Murat Ulker, Chairman of Yildiz Holding and Jeff van der Eems, CEO of United Biscuits.

How can HRDs enhance board effectiveness?

How can HRDs enhance board effectiveness?

By Advanced Boardroom Excellence for HR Magazine, 30 April 2015

For the second in the HR Magazine governance insight series, Helen Pitcher chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence focuses on what makes an effective board and where the influences and pressures on boards are emerging from.

Susan Appointed KidsOut Life Time Ambassador

Susan Appointed KidsOut Life Time Ambassador

Susan Dudley’s contribution to the Children’s Charity, KidsOut which supports disadvantaged Children through the provision of Fun and Educational Services www.kidsout.org.uk was recognised on Thursday, 23 April 2015 in London, at the Lancaster Hotel where she was appointed as ‘Life Time Ambassador’.

What every HRD should know about board governance

What every HRD should know about board governance

By Advanced Boardroom Excellence for HR Magazine, 21 Apr 2015

In this article for HR Magazine, Helen Pitcher chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence, explains that good governance informs and improves the HRD’s effectiveness in their day-to-day role, so in turn, the HRD’s areas of expertise in the boardroom can help colleagues to understand how best to implement the company’s overall strategic plan.