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Recruitment + Evaluation Are Essential Tools For Better Boardrooms

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I have tried very hard to understand why any real focus on better plc boardrooms would wait years and years to look at the process of recruitment for those very boardrooms, and also take a hard look at the evaluation of those who occupy them.....but I have failed, time and again.


So now, three years after the review by Lord Davies of Abersoch into the under-representation of women in the UK's business boardrooms, it seems we are at least getting more serious about looking at...

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Time To Look Hard At Recruitment For The Boardroom

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 4:50 AM

I blame George Osborne. As the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer hogged media attention with his claims that we are seeing a 'broad-based recovery' almost everyone missed an important piece of news.


The UK's Business Secretary Vince Cable announced that he was launching a review into the process of appointments for the boardroom -

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Financial Qualifications - And Just 'Be Better' Ladies

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 7:25 PM

If you are after a non-executive director (NED) position, are female, and have had your ear to the ground and been listening in the UK, by now you would have ensured that you have a financial qualification to your name.


But I tend to forget that - unlike the best journalists - people don't always do their homework well before they feel they can tell it 'like it is' so there is an awful lot of HUFF and PUFF around from 'consultants' in the NED space.


A repo...

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CFOs ,The Boardroom & 'Responsible Capitalism'

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Good news for boardrooms  - Chief Finance Officers (CFOs) in the UK at some of the world's largest companies are increasingly looking for boardroom roles at charities or cultural institutions, organisations that make a difference to society.


A report by Ernst & Young based on a global survey of 800 CFOs has found that 38% of UK CFOs are looking for such positions alongside their existing roles. A non-executive director (NED) role at a charity or a cultural instituti...

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Tiptoeing Forward With Intent

Posted on February 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM


It's heartening to read what Lord Davies said to The Observer. "Women outperform men academically; they're estimated to be responsible for 70% of household spending decisions. This is a hugely powerful economic force and yet we have a very low percentage at the boardroom table."


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Headhunters Called To Account

Posted on February 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Excellent. At last, some of the spotlight is on the headhunters. Today's FT reports that the Davies Review- out next week - is demanding a voluntary best practice executive search code with regard to boardroom and other senior appointments. It 's about time.


While it's not fair to blame headhunters entirely - as they are the servants of the nominations committee an...

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