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How to survive and thrive in your in-house role: Working with the Board

Please join us for this webinar led by Ian White and Simon McCall on how In-House Counsel can most effectively work with the Board.

  • Event date: 06 April 2022 12:00 PM
  • Event type: Webinar
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Provided by: The Centre for Legal Leadership

Joanna Day, who has been General Counsel for a number of organisations will also be sharing her Board experiences. 

This session is for all all current and aspiring General and Senior Counsel who have to work with the Board.

In this discussion we expect to explore a range of issues relevant to this important topic, including:

  • Staying on top of your brief;
  • Sticking to the mandate;
  • Managing your independence;
  • Getting to know how Boards work; and 
  • Wearing your intellect lightly but your gravitas highly.

More about the presenters:

Ian White

Ian has been the chief legal officer and company secretary for both listed and major private companies. Whilst he spent most of his previous career as a lawyer, he has spent some time working as a strategy consultant. Ian now works as a consultant, coach, trainer and facilitator. His previous experience has led him to develop an expertise in corporate governance and working with boards on effectiveness and enhancement. He also works with directors and lawyers on development.

Ian has an MBA from Ashridge Business School, has a coaching qualification - is an APECS (Association of Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision) Certified Professional Executive Coach and is a CEDR (Centre for Dispute Resolution) accredited mediator. Ian is also the Director for the Cranfield NED Programme. 

Ian is also a founder member of the Board Effectiveness Guild, a membership organisation which seeks to share best practices, contribute to thought leadership and promote the value of Board Effectiveness Reviews. www.theboardeffectivenessguild.co.uk

He is the co-author of Your Role as General Counsel: How to Survive and Thrive (2021) published by Globe Law & Business.

More information can be found at www.ianrobertwhite.co.uk

Simon McCall

Simon works as a business coach and management consultant with people in law firms, in-house legal departments, barristers’ chambers and other organisations.

He helps individuals and teams work more effectively and imaginatively so that they can achieve their business objectives – and gain satisfaction and enjoyment while doing so. 

Simon was a solicitor in private practice with (legacy) Lawrence Graham and then had in-house roles with Houlder Offshore (an oil drilling contractor) and then American Express at their Europe, Middle East and Africa head office in London. He has an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management and was a member of the faculty for the MBA in Legal Practice at Nottingham Law School – the world’s first MBA designed for lawyers.  He gained his business coaching training and qualification from The School of Coaching (then part of the Work Foundation).

Simon is a founder member of Sherwood PSF Consulting – a leading specialist business providing coaching, consulting, training and facilitation services to the legal profession.

He is the co-author of Your Role as General Counsel: How to Survive and Thrive (2021) published by Globe Law & Business.

Joanna Day

Joanna headed up various legal functions for Santander for over 30 years during which time she gained unparalleled experience through a diverse range of industry challenges and is well placed to recognise the importance of resilience in both self and others. 

Over more recent years, Joanna has taken the opportunity to further diversify her career by parachuting into a number of GC and Co Sec interim roles and regards herself as a business person first and a lawyer second.  Joanna has also been involved in a wide range of governance arrangements for a number of financial institutions and is well placed to understand the dynamics of the role of in-house counsel and working with the Board. 

Joanna is a non-executive director and trustee on the board of CEDR, has a Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors and is working towards becoming a Chartered Director.  She has an honours degree in philosophy and psychology and based on her experience of forming and developing teams of varying size and locations has developed and delivered a number of programmes that help inspire people to bring out the best in themselves.

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