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Our mission at Better Boards is to contribute to creating better boards. We do this by providing clients with an evidence-based approach for board evaluations and board development programmes. To fulfil our mission, we would like to give a voice to all who are care about creating better boards, Chairpeople, CEOs, SIDs, NEDs, Academicians, investors, and regulators. All the views expressed in our podcasts are the views of our podcast partners and not those of Better Boards. In each episode, you’ll get insights from those who are at the frontline - Chairpeople, CEOs, SIDs, NEDs, Academicians, investors, and regulators. Every time you tune in, we’ll help you to develop and reinvigorate your board know-how and practice with insights, creative problem-solving, and practical advice. New episodes are available every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

Our mission at Better Boards is to contribute to creating better boards. We do this by providing clients with an evidence-based approach for board evaluations and board development programmes. To fulfil our mission, we would like to give a voice to all who are care about creating better boards, Chairpeople, CEOs, SIDs, NEDs, Academicians, investors, and regulators. All the views expressed in our podcasts are the views of our podcast partners and not those of Better Boards. In each episode, you’ll get insights from those who are at the frontline - Chairpeople, CEOs, SIDs, NEDs, Academicians, investors, and regulators. Every time you tune in, we’ll help you to develop and reinvigorate your board know-how and practice with insights, creative problem-solving, and practical advice. New episodes are available every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

Location:

United Kingdom

Description:

Our mission at Better Boards is to contribute to creating better boards. We do this by providing clients with an evidence-based approach for board evaluations and board development programmes. To fulfil our mission, we would like to give a voice to all who are care about creating better boards, Chairpeople, CEOs, SIDs, NEDs, Academicians, investors, and regulators. All the views expressed in our podcasts are the views of our podcast partners and not those of Better Boards. In each episode, you’ll get insights from those who are at the frontline - Chairpeople, CEOs, SIDs, NEDs, Academicians, investors, and regulators. Every time you tune in, we’ll help you to develop and reinvigorate your board know-how and practice with insights, creative problem-solving, and practical advice. New episodes are available every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

Language:

English

Contact:

00447760590405


Episodes

The board as an agent of change

6/29/2022
The war for talent has become the top business issue and in response, many business leaders are reviewing their overall business model and employee value proposition. Handling this challenge successfully requires strong leadership from both the executive team and the board. As custodians of the brand, reputation and organisational culture, the board is key to this process, and boards can therefore be powerful ‘agents of change’. In this podcast, Dr Sabine Dembkowski, Founder and Managing...

Duration:00:13:37

From Executive to "Professional NED"

6/15/2022
Many Executives dream of a portfolio career, even attending specially designed courses, paying to qualify and increase their chances of securing a seat at the top table. Yet only a relatively small number manage to create a strong portfolio and become a “Professional Non-Executive Director.” In this podcast, Dr Sabine Dembkowski (Founder and Managing Partner of Better Boards) discusses non-executive directorship with Ian Murray, Chair of mining companies Jupiter Mines Ltd and Matador Mining...

Duration:00:13:37

Generation Z in the boardroom | Hana Ben-Shabat, Gen Z Planet

6/1/2022
Generation Z in the Boardroom Whether in gender, race, or age, diversity can allow companies to tap into a variety of perspectives, experiences, and expertise to solve problems and generate new ideas. But for the first time, we have workplaces today where four, even five generations work side by side. Conflict and unconscious bias can arise from generational differences in values and working styles. Unfortunately, research shows that those in senior positions (and often more senior in age)...

Duration:00:14:44

Why should boards care about supply chains? | Anahita Thoms, Baker McKenzie

5/18/2022
The topic of supply chains is on everyone's mind more than ever. Board members are increasingly obliged to ask themselves what their own company's supply chains look like, and with whom they do business. The issues associated with supply chains are complex and require consideration from multiple angles. In this podcast, Dr Sabine Dembkowski, Founder and Managing Partner at Better Boards, discusses supply chains with Anahita Thoms, one of the 100 Most Influential Women in German Business,...

Duration:00:18:13

Chairing the board of a Growth Business | Peter Herbert, Chair Zopa Bank and Bank of Ireland

5/4/2022
I met my podcast partner for this episode when conducting a board evaluation for a growth company in the Financial Services sector. What struck me was the positive view everyone on the board had about the way the board works together. We have detailed benchmark data, and also, when we compared this board with others, it came out as one that is performing better. So, I immediately thought that I must invite the Chair, Peter Herbert. So here we are. Peter is a Non-Executive Director and...

Duration:00:21:16

The status of ethnic diversity on FTSE boards | David Tyler, Chair The Parker Review

4/20/2022
The status of ethnic diversity on FTSE Boards It is five years since the 2017 publication of the first report into Ethnic Diversity of UK boards by Sir John Parker and the Parker Review Steering Committee. Over the last five years, we have seen changes in diversity and inclusion, and it is a huge success that as of today, 94 FTSE100 companies have met the target. But while much has been achieved, there can be no grounds for complacency, and it is clear that more needs to happen. In this...

Duration:00:17:16

Board Evaluations - What does good really look like? Part II | Maureen Beresford, Financial Reporting Council

3/31/2022
Nowhere is the practice of conducting board evaluations more advanced than in the UK, and more boards of listed organisations conduct board evaluations here regularly than anywhere else. In the second part of this podcast, Dr Sabine Dembkowski (Founder and Managing Partner of Better Boards) talks to Maureen Beresford, Head of Corporate Governance at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), this time discussing how to analyse the results of board evaluations. Maureen’s team is responsible for...

Duration:00:14:15

Board Evaluations - what does good really look like? Part I | Maureen Beresford, Financial Reporting Council

3/16/2022
Board Evaluations - What does good really look like? Part I The Corporate Governance Code in the UK is the blueprint for corporate governance codes worldwide. Nowhere else is the practice of conducting board evaluations more advanced, and nowhere else do more boards of listed organisations conduct board evaluations on a regular basis. In this podcast, Dr Sabine Dembkowski talks with Maureen Beresford, Head of Corporate Governance at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). Maureen’s team is...

Duration:00:12:01

Creating A Sustainability-Savvy Board | Trista Bridges, Read the Air

3/2/2022
Creating A Sustainability-Savvy Board From both a risk and opportunity perspective, boards must ensure they fully engage with the impact of sustainability: Board members are challenged to take bolder and more transformative action. A recent study revealed that nearly 75% of European board directors believe that ignoring sustainability will affect their organisations’ ability to create long-term value. However, only 30% believe that ‘everyone on the board has a good understanding of...

Duration:00:18:50

Spreading good governance practice around the globe | Bode Ayeku, Corporate Secretaries International Association

2/15/2022
Much is written and said about governance, but most is heavily skewed towards the developed world, while good practice is happening (or should be happening) in every country. But what matters to Company Secretaries and boards in both the developed world and developing world, and how accessible is good practice? What has been done to break down silos? In this podcast, Dr Sabine Dembkowski talks to Bode Ayeku, President of Corporate Secretaries International Association (CSIA) about how to...

Duration:00:18:50

Proactive Questions every board member should be asking | Dr Andrew White, SAID Business School

2/2/2022
Boards only see what they’re presented with and can easily become passive recipients of agendas created by CEOs and senior executives. But board members can play a transformational role in a company by asking questions that create space for reflection and strategic change, not simply responding to what they are presented with. In this podcast, Dr Sabine Dembkowski discusses proactive questions that can enable change for both individual members and for overall board performance with Dr...

Duration:00:19:29

ESG - What should boards focus on | Anna-Marie Slot, Partner, Ashurst LLP

1/19/2022
Sustainability is an issue that affects us all, with investors and consumers alike challenging the status quo. However, the issues surrounding ESG are multi-layered and complex, with no straight answers. It can be overwhelming and daunting. In this podcast, Dr Sabine Dembkowski discusses environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues with Anna-Marie Slot from global law firm Ashurst LLP, recently named Most Innovative Sustainable Lawyer at the 2021 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards....

Duration:00:18:27

The changing role of CEOs and their relationship with their boards | Dr Kati Najipoor-Smith, Co-Leader Global CEO Practice, Egon Zehnder

1/5/2022
The subject of this episode of the Better Boards Podcast Series is "The changing role of CEOs and their relationship with their boards." Dr Sabine Dembowski talks to Dr Kati Najipoor-Smith, who leads the Global CEO practice of Egon Zehnder. Complex and rapid changes are reshaping the role of the CEO. A recent study found that less than half of CEOs feel fully aligned with their teams - and even fewer with their boards. How is this happening? Kati leads Egon Zehnder's global CEO Practice...

Duration:00:17:24

The role of the board in the age of digital transformation | Lisa Harrington, Non-Executive Director Post Office UK and Digital 9 Infrastructure Plc

12/15/2021
The Role of the Board in the Age of Digital Transformation The subject of this episode of the Better Boards Podcast Series is " The role of the board in the age of digital transformation. " Lisa Harrington speaks with Dr Sabine Dembkowski. The digital world has impacted the world of the boardroom significantly. Board members now need to adapt to the threats and challenges the new, digital world presents. Lisa is an internationally experienced FTSE Executive and Non-Executive Director. She...

Duration:00:10:59

Diversity & Inclusion - See differently | David Clarke, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

12/1/2021
As a blind man, David has faced many different challenges, while at the same time overcoming them to have an impressive career in banking, as Director of Service of the Royal National Institute of Blind People, and as a Non-Executive Director on the board of the British Paralympic Association, the St Albans and District Chamber of Commerce as well as being a member of the FA Council. Some of the key takeaways of the conversation include: “It’s only when you feel excluded that you become...

Duration:00:20:23

The digitisation of the board | Maddie Scrafton, Computershare Governance Services

11/16/2021
The speed of change in digitisation is ever-increasing, but not all Directors feel at ease with new, digital ways of working in their boardrooms. However, boards simply must adapt as digitisation does not stop at the boardroom door. Maddie is a Chartered Secretary who has supported various companies, from FTSE 100 to small private companies. In her current role as UK Managing Director for Computershare Governance Services, she leads a team of Company Secretaries who support listed and...

Duration:00:17:21

Responding to the ESG agenda – legal insights for boards | Anna-Marie Slot, Will Chalk, Partners, Ashurst LLP

11/3/2021
In this episode of the Better Boards Podcast Series we look at the challenges of responding to the ESG agenda, point towards the legal challenges and highlight what good looks like. Dr Sabine Dembkowski spoke with Anna-Marie Slot and Will Chalk. Rapidly developing legal and voluntary frameworks, stakeholder demands and increasing environmental concerns all mean that ESG is fast becoming a top priority for businesses across the world. To the extent that they ever weren't, boards are now...

Duration:00:17:55

Integrating different perspectives in the boardroom | Sir John Tusa, Chair British Architecture Trust, Former MD BBC World Service and Barbican Arts Centre

10/20/2021
Awareness grows that we need people around the table that bring in different perspectives to tackle the challenges of today. However, let´s face it, different perspectives in the boardroom can also be challenging and difficult to handle. Not seldom have I heard that a Directors who bring different perspectives to the table is are perceived to be “difficult”, “annoying”, and “hard to deal with”. It needs skills to turn a different perspective into a value add. I am Dr Sabine Dembkowski,...

Duration:00:17:12

Transitioning from CEO to Chair | Steve Holliday, Chair Citifibre and Zenobe, President of the Energy Institute, Former CEO at National Grid

10/6/2021
The role of an Executive differs from that of a Non-Executive on a board. The hands-on qualities that are appreciated in an Executive setting might be experiences as interference by management if applied in a board role. Some CEOs make a move to chairman without missing a beat. They understand how to leverage their executive experience and won't interfere with their decisions unless the long-term interests of the business and its stakeholders are threatened. Others, it's fair to say, aren't...

Duration:00:21:00

Changing the racial diversity on FTSE boards | Richard DeNetto, Associate Director CBI

9/15/2021
The Parker review displayed the status of racial diversity on board in the UK and set targets. Progress in appointing Directors with an ethnical background is slow and targets set by the Parker Review for the UK are missed. A group of senior leaders has come together and is committed to taking action to increase racial and ethical diversity in their businesses. What are their motives? What challenges do they face? Welcome to the Better Boards podcast series. In this episode, Dr Sabine...

Duration:00:15:45