Boardrooms: ‘Strategy, People and Risk’

Are you thinking about what it would be like to be a non-executive director on a UK plc board? Helen Pitcher, Chair of Advanced Boardroom Excellence, went to talk to a room full of women thinking just that - at The Pipeline in London last week. Judging by some of the questions, some of them are in for multiple shocks even if they are successful at moving along through a search process. We share some of the advice Helen had to offer...

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. But in the context of good governance, effective leadership depends on a well-tuned board; a critical success factor to achieve this is healthy board dynamics

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.

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.

KidsOut Trolley Dash 2016

KidsOut Trolley Dash 2016

Advanced Boardroom Excellence joined KidsOut staff at the British Toy and Hobby Association’s Toy Fair 2016 for its famed Trolley Dash 2016.

KidsOut’s first year at the event, the Trolley Dash saw participants pass through the Toy Fair aisles collecting donations from exhibitors. Taking place in the fair’s last half hour, the Trolley Dash is an annual tradition developed to pass on extra stock and displays to disadvantaged children. 

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.

Six new family law QCs appointed

by Matthias Mueller for www.familylaw.co.uk, 11 Jan 2016

The Lord Chancellor has approved the appointment of six new family law Queen's Counsel today.

Overall 107 new appointments as Queen’s Counsel were announced today. Last year there were 93 new silks.

The Kingston Rotary Club Celebrate 25 Years of KidsOut Support

In their July 2015 newsletter, The Rotary Club of Kingston upon Thames celebrate 25 years of KidsOut Days Out from having the idea and taking the initiative to start it all off; to the 2015 Day Out where over 30 Rotarians from all 4 Clubs attended.

READ THE KINGSTON ROTARY CLUB NEWSLETTER

Are You Taking Your Fun, Safety and Security For Granted?

Are You Taking Your Fun, Safety and Security For Granted?

By Jasmine Dotiwala for www.huffingtonpost.co.uk, June 29, 2015 

You were once a child and may have children now. We all had a childhood. Usually filled with learning, playing, making friends and having fun. Not everyone is as fortunate.

IWF Congratulate Members’ Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

IWF Congratulate Members’ Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

June 24, 2015

The International Women's Forum UK recently congratulated their members who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

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. 

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.

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’.

IWF UK Announce New Board Line-Up

IWF UK Announce New Board Line-Up

The new International Women's Forum UK board met last week and confirmed areas of responsibility. Advanced Boardroom Excellence's chairman Helen Pitcher, with Sarah Lewis, will work with the Membership Committee.

IWF UK Thank Helen for Her Support

IWF UK Thank Helen for Her Support

Kate Jenkins, Chair of the International Women’s Forum UK, thanked Barbara Hosking CBE and Helen Pitcher this week for their generous sponsorship of the IWF UK AGM and Annual Dinner held on on Wednesday 18 March 2015 at the RSA, London. 

Advanced Boardroom Excellence Newsletter - Looking Back at 2014

In September, 2013, a senior group of individuals who have worked together for over twenty years decided to take a leap of faith and build something new and exciting. Advanced Boardroom Excellence was formed and officially launched in January 2014...

Advanced Boardroom Excellence announces appointment of Jackie White as Chief Operating Officer

Advanced Boardroom Excellence announces appointment of Jackie White as Chief Operating Officer

Advanced Boardroom Excellence (“AB Excellence”), the leading Board and Individual Director Effectiveness Company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jackie White to Chief Operating Officer. Jackie has progressed rapidly through the Company and its various antecedents to this key role which encompasses, Branding, PR, Marketing, major Projects, Finance and Research. Her new role will see her take on a pivotal role as we look to continue to grow the business after a successful and profitable first year.

KidsOut Supporter of the Month

In the KidsOut Newsletter Autumn 2014, the charity recognised Nickelodeon, Advanced Boardroom Excellence and Aurora as their "Supporter of the Month" over the last quarter, stating "Their support towards our charity is highly appreciated."

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is granted ‘Special Consultative Status’ to the United Nations

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is granted ‘Special Consultative Status’ to the United Nations

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) announced to it’s members that, on the recommendation of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it has been granted ‘Special Consultative Status’ to the United Nations on the issue of the protection and growth of women's leadership.

As part of its Special Consultative Status, IWF and its selected representatives located in UN headquarters in New York and offices in Geneva and Vienna will be asked to:

  • Provide expert analysis in the field of women's leadership
  • Serve as consultative advisor on critical issues affecting women's leadership
  • Help raise public awareness of relevant issues relating to women's leadership
  • Play a major role in advancing United Nations goals and objectives in regards to women's leadership