Feb 232018
 

CEO opportunity for a Chartered Director.

chartered directorI have been asked to identify a Chartered Director who is expert in the extraction industry to head up a new organisation which will exploit a novel solution to recovering elements from waste developed in a German University.

Initially the requirement would be to arrange for independent verification that the technology works through testing at an internationally respected test house. Given the green light then the task would be to set up an international operation based in the UK. The principals regard the UK as the best base to start technologically based business.

If you are interested and want to be considered, please initially contact Alan Hindley C Dir by e-mail at alan@cedar-associates.com

The technology is summarised below.

CEE Clean Element Extraction OPPORTUNITY

  • A cost effective, global solution to ‘clean-up’ environment damaging, heavy industrial processes
  • Developed in Germany, with all R&D completed and technology patents registered
  • Facilitating the emergence of a new industry with applications across multiple market sectors
  • Company registered and carrying out ‘soft operations’ in Germany

TECHNOLOGY CEE

is a patented process of Clean Element Extraction, which can be summarized as:

  • Clean - a safe, non-toxic, environmentally friendly process
  • Element - applicable to any element, or group of elements
  • Extraction - with close to 100% yield of targeted element/s extracted from any medium

CEE RELEVANT INDUSTRIES

  • Oil & Gas
  • Rare Earth Elements (REE)
  • Precious Metals (Gold, Silver, Platinum etc.)
  • Metals
  • Toxic Waste

GAME CHANGER FOCUS ON OIL & GAS - FRACKING: FLOWBACK CLEAN-UP

Fluid referred to as ‘flowback', a bi-product of fracking that contains toxic and radioactive materials, like Radon, present significant challenges that are both costly and hazardous to the company and the environment. Legal requirements are enforced to ensure ‘flowback’ is treated to achieve a standard equitable with drinking water before this fluid is legally allowed to be released into the water table. CEE technology provides a safe, non toxic and cost effective solution to treat ‘flowback’ to achieve the required quality for release into the water systems, significantly reducing the challenges currently being faced by all fracking companies worldwide. This would initiate a significant advancement for the process, which ordinarily faces strong opposition from governments and environmental agencies and therefore generate both cost and operational gains.

OTHER APPLICATIONS

  • Rare Earth Element Extraction - These elements are critical to the development and production of modern green energy technologies, high-tech defense systems, computers, mobile telephones and advanced IT. Meanwhile, rare earth extraction is one of the most environmentally destructive and toxic of all mining practices. Excessive rare earth mining has resulted in landslides, clogged rivers, environmental pollution emergencies and disasters, causing great damage to people's safety and the ecology of the environment. However, CEE totally transforms this process. Precious
  • Metal Extraction - Traditionally, the process of extracting valuable metals like gold, silver and palladium uses sodium cyanide, which is related to extensive environmental hazards. However, with CEE the use of sodium cyanide is completely avoided making the process both clean and safe, whilst yielding nearly 100% extraction rate. Also, the processing time of CEE is one day per cycle, compared to 7-30 days for the traditional process using sodium cyanide.
  • Oil Extraction - From oil shale, oil sand, oil sludge and oil containing waste materials as metal processing waste - the worldwide known deposits of useable oil shale near the surface could replace crude oil and gas for hundreds of years. However, current technologies are costly and immensely damaging to the environment and not competitive. CEE however, can extract oil from these conditions with nearly 100% yield, is environmentally safe and cost effective.
  • Other Extractions - Tungsten carbide, cobalt, uranium, vanadium, phosphates and alumina-silicates.
  • Toxic Clean Up - CEE can also clean toxic waste stockpiles, extracting the poison and toxic substances, and uncovering usable rare earth elements and precious metals, turning toxic waste into an asset with monetary value and sellable material.
Aug 242017
 

BLM partnered with the Institute of Directors South West (IoD), who arranged for a panel of chartered directors to discuss the key challenges facing leaders in business and industry. The findings are published in this feature from the July - September 2017 issue

WHAT ARE THE MAIN CHALLENGES FACING DIRECTORS IN THE ROOM?

David Doughty: “From my own business, and from my clients, it is that lack of confidence and insecurity that delays buying. It seems to be worse if you are older. There seems to be a lot more reasons for not making a buying decision…Christmas, New Year, Skiing, School Holidays. “I think once we have government with a
good majority – whatever flavour it is – and once we have seen the way Brexit is going, I think then it takes out two of the reasons. People tend to look for excuses. It is the
entrepreneurs who aren’t looking for excuses though, they are looking for reasons to take opportunities.” 

“It is easy to think that everything has been invented but there is still a lot of things that can be done and are being done. Investors, in our experience, are backing those thing’s.”
Nick Sturge

HOW IS INVESTOR CONFIDENCE HOLDING UP?

Nick Sturge: “I have a very local perspective in that respect, both in terms of a sector view and from a geographical perspective. Within this context, we have seen a significant step up in terms of the level of investor activity and that is critical in the initial stages. “So, we are seeing more activity which is my closest estimation to confidence. I do think that, having spent time out of Bristol and the South West, there is a difference in the sectors and the markets here in this part of world compared to other places like London and Manchester – who have a larger volume of activity, so some of these businesses are formed on a false premise. “There is a lot of hype around start-ups and some them don’t get anywhere. What we see is perhaps less start-ups but the ones who do start-up are more likely to stay and be solid. “It is easy to think that everything has been invented but there is still a lot of things that can be done and are being done. Investors, in our experience, are backing those thing’s.”

WHAT CHALLENGES ARE IOD MEMBERS FACING MORE BROADLY?

Simon Face: “The range of challenges is almost unlimited, but one people are worried about is around the future of the workforce and where future labour is going to come from – particularly post-Brexit. So, while we have a little time to work things through, it is not a huge amount of time – about 18 months. Things are going to change, particularly in manufacturing and food.”

Mark Saxton: “I don’t think we have 18 months, I think the issue is right now. Certainly, in the health sector – it is here now. We celebrated diversity day – 49 different nationalities in a small district general hospital – that is quite staggering for Yeovil. “There are a couple of things I would also like to say. I think this pay vs Retail price Index (RPI) is just a train coming down the track. That is a big issue I think certainly in the health sector with a 1% cap. “Generally, too, I worry about the global trend of disengagement, the Trump type of reaction. Two major political parties in France were eliminated and it is a new model in France. I think the have’s vs the have-nots are also a major issue facing us locally and globally.

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY ARE THE MAIN GLOBAL RISKS FACING DIRECTORS?

David Doughty: “Globalisation is having an affect but I am not sure it is having the affect that people think it is. I think the trade markets are as healthy as they ever have been. I was a director of a manufacturing business which exported most of what it produced and we never discussed tariffs or trade agreements. If there was business there, we went after it.”

ARE PEOPLE NOW TALKING ABOUT TARIFFS?

David Doughty: “Politicians and the media talk about it but the reality for most businesses is that it is never discussed. They sell around the world and deal with the agreements afterwards, with what you must pay in tax or not.”

Mark Saxton CDir
Ballintrae Partnership

Simon Face
IOD South West

Nick Sturge CDir
Engine Shed

David Doughty CDir
Excellencia

“It is a lot easier to close offices here then it is in Sweden or France, for example.”
Mark Saxton

Nick Sturge:“Some of these things (such as trade tariffs) have been business as usual for a long time but suddenly they become issues, perhaps unnecessarily. “Regarding trade with Europe, some companies are fearful of that what the new climate may mean for them and the challenge will be for early stage companies to bring expertise on board, which they don’t have.”

Simon Face:“I think whatever happens, the UK is going to become a much higher cost of economy. We are already seeing inflation coming through, food prices and in automotive goods as well. If we start seeing more tariffs and import duties, which is the likely scenario then this will have an impact. “Businesses will have to look to where they can make money and add value – it is around innovation, it is the knowledge economy – that is the where the future of the UK is going to be. We will probably end up looking more like Switzerland or Norway.”

COULD WE END UP BEING LIKE A SINGAPORE WITHOUT THE SUN?

David Doughty: “We are seeing signs of this already I think. If you look at the housing market, the house prices in London and the South East – that smacks of a high cost economy. Whether the city will survive or be able to help sustain that is another question. “We are still one of the most attractive countries for inward investment though, mostly because it is very easy to set up a business. That is the primary factor, the taxation would be an added sweetener and there is no reason why we couldn’t have a corporation tax regime, that is more attractive than the EU.”

IS THE UK AN EASY COUNTRY TO DIS-INVEST FROM?

Mark Saxton: “It is a lot easier to close offices here then it is in Sweden or France, for example. “Anecdotally we are hearing of more global businesses investing in Ireland for example, to make sure they still have access to the EU market as well as having an international, English-speaking base. “What we are also hearing is that people working in the city can more cheaply buy a house in Ireland and fly into an airport every week than work in London and fly home at the weekend. “That is another example of the world becoming more global, whether you like it
or not.” 

“We are still one of the most attractive countries for inward investment though, mostly because it is very easy to set up a business.”
David Doughty

HOW MUCH OF A THREAT WOULD JEREMY CORBYN AS PRIME MINISTER BE?

Simon Face: “I don’t think most business people would see a return to the nationalisation of utilities as necessarily a good thing. It might sound attractive as an individual, if you’re voting for what appears to be a free service but at the end of the day it still must be paid for and accounted for. “The reason why most water companies were privatised in the 80s and 90s was because
they needed huge investment – they were running 100-year-old infrastructure which needed replacing.”

Nick Sturge: “Some of his policies will of course be popular but staggeringly expensive and that logic has not been articulated.”

David Doughty: “He also demonstrates a lack of understanding of the way that pensions are funded because he is talking about taxing investors as if they are private individuals but they are mostly pension funds.”

Nick Sturge: “There was one thing in the Labour manifesto that the IOD would be nationally supportive of, subject to detail, which is the idea of more worker representation at board level.
“It would be interesting to get some thoughts on that. The IOD is supportive of better engagement at board level with the workforce. There is much to be discussed because if you elect an employee to sit on the board, then they need the skills to be a company director. It is an easy sound bite for politicians but in practice it is difficult.”

Jul 112017
 

RoSPA appoint Chartered Director Errol Taylor as new chief executive

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents’ Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Errol Taylor as the charity’s new chief executive.

Errol, who has been leading the organisation in an interim capacity since November 2016, joined RoSPA in 2004, initially heading up RoSPA’s commercial activities before developing the case for accident prevention as a public health priority and establishing RoSPA’s Ofqual-recognised qualifications business. He has been RoSPA’s deputy chief executive since 2006.

RoSPA is currently marking its centenary and highlights so far have included the launch of a RoSPA exhibition at the iconic Library of Birmingham, a visit by HRH The Duke of York and the RoSPA Centenary Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. RoSPA is also leading the development of a National Accident Prevention Strategy.

Errol Taylor said:

“I am honoured to become chief executive of RoSPA, particularly at what is such an important time for our charity. We have always been clear that our centenary should not just be an opportunity to look back and highlight past successes, but that it should also be focused firmly on the challenges that remain in accident prevention. Accidents disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of our society – those who are young, old or disadvantaged – and this is something that we are working tirelessly to address. I am proud to lead a fantastic team of dedicated colleagues and look forward to continuing to develop RoSPA’s valued relationships with other individuals and organisations across the health and safety community.”

Mike Parker, chairman of RoSPA’s Board of Trustees, said:

“The Board believes that Errol’s passion for accident prevention, energy, skills and experience will ensure RoSPA’s continued success for the foreseeable future. His enthusiasm for working in partnership with RoSPA’s many like-minded stakeholder organisations should, in time, lead to a significant reduction in the burden of accidental injury.”

Prior to RoSPA, Errol enjoyed senior customer-facing roles within the services, engineering and retail sectors. A Fellow of both the Institute of Directors (IoD) and the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), he is qualified as a Chartered Director with an MBA, an engineering degree and he is a gold grade RoSPA advanced driver. Married with three grown-up children, Errol is an advanced scuba diver who also enjoys cycling.

Errol succeeds Tom Mullarkey MBE, who decided to stand down after nearly 11 years as chief executive. During this period, Tom successfully led the RoSPA team through some difficult financial and business challenges and more recently, in efforts to have the value of accident prevention recognised fully by political and healthcare influencers. Errol said:

“We are grateful for Tom’s valuable contribution and the firm foundation that it provides for us to look ahead with renewed vigour, boldly stating that accidents do not have to happen.”

May 052017
 

Chartered Director David Doughty has been named top social influencer in risk, compliance and regtech by Thomson Reuters

The list, complied by Thomson Reuters, ranks the most influential thought-leaders and thinkers on social media, in risk management, compliance and regtech in the UK whose posts drive ideas and promote change within the sector.

Through their use of innovative and disruptive media, these leading 30 individuals contribute to the growth and vibrancy of this fast-moving sector.

How was the list compiled and ranked?

To produce the influencer list, Thomson Reuters worked with a team of analysts at Onalytica and OST Marketing, both specialists in social media, to create a list of almost 400 influencers in the sector.

This initial list was based on four key metrics, largely using Twitter data:

  1. Impressions: how many times their posts appeared in social streams.
  2. Relevance: how closely they are associated with an agreed list of keywords.
  3. Resonance: how much their posts are engaged with.
  4. Reach: how many people their posts reach.

The list was then sorted according to Topical Engagement, which is a combination of Relevance (number of on-topic posts) and Resonance (normalised engagement score), and which enabled us to produce our final standings and identify the top 30.

Journalists and Thomson Reuters employees were excluded from the list.

Who are the top 30 influencers in the UK?

The influencers Thomson Reuters have listed are people who write insightful blog posts, share up-to-the-minute news and drive topical debate on Twitter.

They are the vocal few who drive ideas and promote change.

The list covers a wide range of roles, sectors and skill-sets and includes business leaders, media professionals,analysts and practitioners. Their sole unifying quality is that they are active on social media and respected within their field.

Among the leading influencers identified are:

  • David Doughty (@DavidDoughty) — Corporate governance expert and business mentor who works with company directors to assist them in building their boards and ensuring they’re as effective as they possibly can be. David discusses a range of topics online, from corporate governance to compliance and risk management.
  • Mike Wright (@MikeWrightQ) — Responsible for delivering risk management, cyber security and global investigation services, Mike can be found commenting on anti-money laundering and data breaches. With over 8,200 Twitter followers and a relevancy score of 925 he’s definitely a voice to be trusted.
  • Jane Walshe (@SjaneWalshe) — A regtech entrepreneur who ranks on our list as a result of her regular posts on conduct risk and regtech.
  • Neira Jones (@NeiraJones) — A trusted voice when it comes to information security and data breaches, Neira has more than 8,400 followers on Twitter. She can often be found discussing cyber crime and fraud.
  • Christian McMahon (@ChristianMcM) — A leading voice in the regtech sector who regularly shares his thoughts on digital transformation.
  • Jason Boud (@jasonboud) — CEO of RegTech London, Jason ranks on our list with a resonance score of over 25, making him one of the most impactful voices on our list.
  • David M. Brear (@DavidBrear) — Host of the number one iTunes fintech and banking podcast, David has over 28,000 Twitter followers and shares his comments on everything from digital banking to banking innovators.

 

May 052017
 

Denis Cherkasov is the 10th Russian citizen to become a Chartered Director, a qualification awarded by the UK's Institute of Directors (IoD) in London

04.05.2017 | Source: Pravda.Ru

Denis Cherkasov, a Russian businessman and technology investor.

The Institute of Directors, London, is a well established business organisation that has been operating since 1903. It promotes private entrepreneurship. In Russia, the IoD and the Independent Directors Association run the IoD Chartered Director certification program. Based on the training results, it awards three types of certificates. Denis Cherkasov became the tenth Russian citizen ever to be awarded the highest qualification - the Chartered Director.

Denis Cherkasov was born in 1976 in the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic. He graduated from MGIMO University and worked on his Ph.D. at the Institute for the Economy in Transition (IET). Alongside his studies, he taught a number of courses at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). At the beginning of his career, Denis founded Luch Publishing House that issued the Populyarnye Finansy (transl. "Popular Finances") magazine which won him the Media Manager of Russia award.

In 2006, Denis Cherkasov was appointed Vice President of UFG Private Equity and then took over as the fund's Co-Director. From 2008 to 2012, he worked at Wermuth Asset Management GmbH as Private Equity Director. Over this period, he participated in a shale oil and gas production project and the sale of Conquest Petroleum Incorporated, a US-based company.

Denis Cherkasov served on the Boards of Directors of several major companies focusing on the development of innovative management systems and production of CAD software, as well as high-tech companies based in the US and Ireland, including Advenira Enterprises, Inc., Parallel Graphics Ltd., Biomimedica, Inc. and others.

Apart from that, Denis Cherkasov was a member of the Boards of Directors at leading Russian consumer market manufacturers and chains: Concern Kalina, Dikaya Orkhideya (transl. - "Wild Orchid"), the North Timber Group specializing in forest harvesting and wood processing, iiko and Cortona3D (both are developers of innovative solutions and automation systems).

The investor currently serves on the Boards of Directors in Russian and foreign high-tech companies, including Canatu Oy, a global manufacturer of bendable touch films based in Finland. Since 2013, he has been CEO at SBVC Management Company (formerly, Troika Venture Capital Asset Management Company). At the start of his career with the company, Denis supervised the restructuring of the venture funds' investment portfolio and was responsible for aligning the company's operations with Sberbank Group's general strategy. SBVC Management Company focuses on trusted asset management of closed-end investment funds whose investment shares are restricted in terms of turnover according to the Russian legislation.

Pravda.Ru

May 042017
 

Two directors at Barclays have achieved the Institute of Directors (IoD) Chartered Director status and are encouraging other directors in the Isle of Man to do the same.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 By Duncan Foulkes in Business

Barclays IoD chartered directors L-R Phil O’Shea, Clive Parrish from the IoD and Simon Scott

Simon Scott, managing director of Barclays in the Isle of Man, and Philip O’Shea, risk director at Barclays, became Chartered Directors after completing the final stage of the IoD’s Company Direction programme last year.

The programme offers a range of courses, designed and delivered by executive level business experts from a range of industries, focusing on the essential skills that are required to successfully lead a business.

Chartered Director is the only professional qualification for executive and non-executive directors that demands both knowledge and experience of how to make boards effective and a commitment to continuous professional development.

Directors wishing to become chartered must pass the IoD Certificate and Diploma in company direction before going on to the chartered level which involves compiling a professional portfolio of experience, which is assessed by an IoD professional development panel, and undergoing an interview process.

Mr Scott said: ‘Many directors stop at the IoD Diploma, but reaching chartered status demonstrates the individual’s experience at a more significant level and shows knowledge and understanding in a number of key areas including company governance, strategic thinking and leadership."

‘All members of the local Barclays board have completed the IoD Company Direction programme and have really benefited from the qualification, so I would definitely encourage others to consider completing it to the chartered level.’

Mr O’Shea said: ‘The requirement to provide clear and specific examples of when I have demonstrated good governance as a director was a positive challenge.

‘The process of collating the evidence for my portfolio and taking part in the interview process made me reflect on my effectiveness and helped me to consider how I can continue to develop and improve in my role as a director on a board.’

The IoD programmes are ideal for directors, senior executives, owner-managers and entrepreneurs who aspire to work at strategic board room level, whether that’s in the public, private or non-for-profit sectors.

The local Institute has successfully partnered with Salford Professional Development to deliver the IoD qualifications for a number of years. This year the option of remote invigilation has been introduced so there are even more opportunities for directors to complete the assessments on-island.

All of the modules are run in the Isle of Man but there is also the option for delegates to attend the modules in Salford if the local dates aren’t suitable.

Alison Kennedy, director of executive education at Salford Professional Development, said: ‘Many directors worry that they won’t be able to fit the qualifications into their busy schedules, but the IoD Company Director programme offers huge flexibility in study dates and timing and is supported by e-learning which can be accessed any time or place.

‘The programme is often undertaken by directors who already have experience on a board but the qualification would also benefit aspiring directors as it provides the leadership and business skills required and can be a huge confidence boost for them to make that leap to a director role.’

Chairman of the Isle of Man IoD branch, Clive Parrish, said: ‘I congratulate Simon and Phil for attaining the status of chartered director as this is a qualification that we encourage all new and experienced directors to aspire to. In an increasingly complex world we would like to see more directors, across all sectors, increase their knowledge and skills and really understand why being an effective director is good for them and their business’.

The first course of the IoD Certificate programme takes place in the Isle of Man on June 19 and 20, 2017.

 

Mar 302017
 

Chartered Director Nick Sturge, Director of Bristol’s iconic Engine Shed, has been announced in the Sunday Times prestigious Maserati 100 index; a list of game-changing entrepreneurs who are disrupting the business world.

Nicks Sturge Chartered DirectorThe index is made up of Britain's most successful philanthropists, investors, mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs who are supporting the next generation of business talent.

Nick, a Chartered Director and South West Regional Chairman for the Institute of Directors has committed years to the collaboration platform Engine Shed and running the award-winning SETsquared business incubation centre. Engine Shed is a collaboration between Bristol City Council and University of Bristol, while the Bristol SETsquared Centre was set up by the University and is based at Engine Shed, in the heart of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

The business leader has been recognised for engaging school children in the world of work, as he drives forward the mission to stimulate long term sustainable and inclusive economic growth. He is supporting and connecting business, inspiring young people to get involved, and showcasing to the public and potential inward investors the exciting opportunities that exist at the enterprise hub and incubators.

Nick Sturge, founder of Bristol's Engine Shed, serial entrepreneur and business start-up adviser, said: "It's incredible to be featured in the Maserati 100 for the second year in a row, and alongside such established and reputable leaders. I work with inspiring people every day and I continue to be impressed by the diversity and talent in this region that help create our ecosystem."

The diverse list features a high calibre of vibrant entrepreneurs, who not only help contribute to the growing UK economy, but also provide much needed support to tomorrow's business leaders. Over 75 per cent of those listed are under the age of 50, with the average age of disruptors being 38. The South West gained fantastic recognition with seven of the innovators and disruptors named in the list originating from the Bristol and Bath area, while the technology industry made up over 25 per cent of the index.

Iain Dey, Sunday Times Business Editor said: "Business disruption has allowed start-up entrepreneurs to turn the tables on big business through innovation."

The Maserati 100 campaign was launched at the end of 2014 as part of the Italian car brand's centennial year celebrations. In partnership with the Centre for Entrepreneurs members of the business community were invited to nominate the individuals who they felt should be recognised for their support of the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The collaboration partners have shared values; from the positive impact entrepreneurs have on the economy and society as a whole to the innovation, vision and determination required to succeed. The elite list is recognised by the partnership as they support initiatives and recognise others who do the same, with the final list curated by a panel of experts from the Centre for Entrepreneurs, including its founder, Luke Johnson.

Further information

Chartered Director

As a long-established professional awarding body, the IoD is the only institute in the world to offer internationally recognised qualifications designed by directors for directors under Royal Charter.

To perform effectively as a director requires a combination of core competencies in the key areas of knowledge, skills and mind-set. Chartered Director is the only professional qualification for all directors that demands both knowledge and experience of how to make boards effective, and a commitment to continuous professional development.

Gain professional recognition, enhance your career prospects as an executive or non-executive director and become part of an exclusive network of senior leaders recognised for their outstanding leadership and contribution to business.

Engine Shed

Housed in Brunel's original station, dating back to 1841, Engine Shed houses a number of 'components' that together make an exciting hub for activity where entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, students and corporates can collaborate, inspire and be inspired, enable and be enabled. It showcases the strengths and innovations of the Bristol and Bath city region in an informative and inspiring way.

Engine Shed is a collaboration between Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership at the heart of Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. Its mission is to stimulate long term economic growth by supporting business, inspiring young people to get involved and to showcase to the public and potential inward investors the exciting opportunities that exist here.

SETsquared

SETsquared is a long-standing partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which specialises in growing high-tech start-ups through its incubation programme and other business acceleration services. SETsquared provides mentoring, access to investors and corporate innovators and a wide range of industry experts through its network and training programmes.

Independent research carried out by Warwick Economics estimates the economic impact of SETsquared member companies to be £3.8bn over this period, with the creation of 9,000 jobs and that these companies will go on to deliver a further £8.6bn of impact to the UK economy in the decade ahead.

Nov 172016
 

Chartered Director Julia Clarke and Non-Executive Director Poku Osei are joint winners of the NHS SW Leadership Academy's Inclusive Leader Award

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Bristol Community Health CIC Chief Executive Julia Clarke and Non-Executive Director Poku Osei have jointly won the NHS South West Leadership Academy's Inclusive Leader Award for their work on board diversity.

The award recognises leaders who are dedicated to ensuring that equality and inclusion lies at the heart of their day to day work and they actively promote equality and celebrate difference:

Julia, who is a holder of the Chartered Director qualification awarded by the Institute of Directors has been instrumental in the foundation of the ground-breaking Diversity Advantage Programme run jointly by the University of the West of England (UWE) and the NHS South West Leadership Academy in Bristol and Plymouth.

The Diversity Advantage Programme provides exceptional candidates from diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to gain NHS Board level experience. The programme uses a very broad interpretation of 0the term 'Diversity' in order to focus on the promotion of diversity of thought for NHS Boards in the South West region.

This opportunity is aimed at highly experienced emerging front runners, concerned with the future of the NHS and interested in in gaining experience and contributing to the decision making of an NHS board.

The selected candidates have an opportunity to participate on a tailored pilot leadership programme called the Diversity Advantage, benefiting in learning from  highly experienced Board level practitioners and leading academics.

The pilot is being delivered in the two Cities of Bristol and Plymouth. There are 12 places available for NHS Boards and 12 selected potential Board candidates from the diverse talent pipeline across the two Cities. The programme includes a series of seminars, two Masterclasses and action learning sets.

This pioneering programme commenced on 21 June 2016 and will be completed on 6 December 2016. It is being funded by the NHS Leadership Academy at national level, and is being developed in collaboration with Christina Quinn, Director, at the NHS Leadership Academy South West, and Board member and newly elected mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, together with Bristol Community Health CIC who are piloting the first UWE graduate Board placement.

The Chartered Director qualification awarded by the Institute of Directors under Royal Charter is the only professional qualification for all directors that demands both knowledge and experience of how to make boards effective, and a commitment to continuous professional development.

Aug 102016
 

A new definition of ‘good business leadership’ has been put forward by the Institute of Directors in launching a competency framework for all directors in the wake of the highly controversial collapse of retail group BHS.

Clive Parrish

Clive Parrish

Described as a ‘new blueprint for success’, the IoD’s Director Competency Framework places traditional commercial expectations alongside a broader mix of behaviours and skills. ‘

"Knowledge of finance and business strategy are put on the same level as the ability to encourage diverse views, political astuteness and decision-making in the face of uncertainty," said Clive Parrish, chairman of the IoD’s Isle of Man branch.

"The Competency Framework is understood to be the first of its kind to apply to directors of companies of all sizes and sectors, including listed and unlisted companies and not-for-profit organisations," declared Mr Parrish.

"Following widespread media coverage of the BHS saga, combined with allegations of unacceptable working conditions at SportsDirect, public faith in business to do the right thing has been severely shaken."

"This makes the Framework’s emphasis on communication and building external relations very timely."

The Framework provides every member of any board, in any sector or industry, in any country with a clear and comprehensive set of standards to guide their performance and development.

suzy-walton-large-web-pho"It draws together the IoD’s many years of expertise and experience supporting and educating directors," said Dr Suzy Walton, an ioD board member and chartered director who helped to craft the new guidelines.

"This is the first framework of its kind to provide a holistic picture of the knowledge, the skills and the mindset that every director needs to bring to their role to be fully effective," she added.

The announcement comes at a time when the IoD is seeing a double digit increase in business leaders investing in their professional development. It believes that this in part is due to the high profile governance failures, meaning business leaders are increasingly aware of their responsibilities and part down to a recognition that good leadership makes good business sense.

Dr Suzy Walton added: "The new Framework provides every member of any board, in any sector or industry or indeed any country, with a clear and comprehensive set of standards to guide their performance and development."

From Isle of Man Today iom.com_logo_395x72

Aug 052016
 

FBD Holdings plc ("FBD") is pleased to announce the appointment of Chartered Director Mary Brennan to the Board, subject to the approval of Shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Company to be convened for this purpose.

Mary BrennanMs. Mary Brennan has been appointed as an independent non-executive Director.

Ms. Brennan is a Chartered Director and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland.

In a career spanning over 30 years, Ms. Brennan has worked internationally in audit in a number of publicly listed companies, including Elan plc and Occidental Petroleum Corp.

She is currently a non-executive Director of BNP Paribas Ireland where she also chairs the Audit Committee, and is an experienced non-executive Director of a number of life and non-life reinsurance companies.

Subject to her appointment being approved by shareholders, Ms. Brennan will also join the Audit Committee.

The Chairman, Mr. Michael Berkery, said:

"I am delighted to announce this further appointment to the Board, which is subject to the approval of Shareholders. Ms. Brennan will bring new skills and wide international experience to the Board and the Audit Committee and I expect that her input will be of great value to the Board and to the Group."

Requirement for an Extraordinary General Meeting ("EGM")

An EGM is to be convened to satisfy the requirement of Listing Rule 6.9 (1) of the Irish Stock Exchange which provides "A listed company must ensure that at all times not more than one third of its board of directors is composed of persons who have been co-opted to the board." The appointment of Ms. Brennan would, when taken with the appointments of Mr. Dermot Browne, Mr. David O'Connor and Mr. John O'Grady, which were made and announced earlier this year, bring the proportion of co-opted Directors above this threshold.

The formal convening of the Extraordinary General Meeting and the posting of the Circular to shareholders will be the subject of a separate announcement shortly.

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