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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 fulfill our mission, we would like to give a voice to all who care about creating better boards – Chairpeople, CEOs, Senior Independent Directors (SIDs), Non-Executive Directors (NEDs), Company Secretaries, academicians, investors, and regulators.

All the views expressed in our podcasts are the views of our podcast partners and not those of Better Boards.

Every time you tune in, we’ll help you to develop and reinvigorate your board know-how and practice with insights, data, and practical advice. New episodes are available bi-weekly – every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.

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The impact of climate change on the duties of Directors
Dr Sabine Dembkowski

I am delighted that Philippe Joubert is joining. 

Philippe is Founder and CEO of Earth on Board, an ecosystem of sustainability actors dedicated to informing and helping Boards to put sustainability at the centre of the company’s strategy.

He is also Trustee of Client Earth, Senior Advisor and Special Envoy Energy and Climate for WBCSD – World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Advisor for International Development of World Energy Council (WEC), Chairman of HRH The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Fellow in this Institute. Philippe sits on various commercial boards and was previously President of Alstom Power and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Alstom Group.

20. Februar 2020
Dare to challenge! - Data and insights from a world-leading climate scientist
Dr Sabine Dembkowski & Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE

I am honoured and humbled that Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE is joining me this week. 

Emily is a world-leading climate scientist and gifted science communicator. She is also Reader in Environmental Data Science in the Department of Computer Science and Technology at the University of Cambridge. In her previous role at the British Antarctic Survey, she led a national research programme on polar climate change. She is the Director of Cambridge Zero, a bold and ambitious new climate change initiative of the University of Cambridge that is calling the world´s brightest and best to join in and create a zero-carbon future. 

6. Februar 2020
Yes, a board´s effectiveness does matter! The link between effective boards and organisational performance
Dr Sabine Dembkowski & Steve Maslin

I am delighted that Steve Maslin is joining me this week. 

Steve is the immediate Past Chair of the Partnership Oversight Board of Grant Thornton -  the world’s sixth-largest professional services network of independent accounting and consulting member firms which provide assurance, tax and advisory services to privately held businesses, public interest entities, and public sector entities. After almost three decades at Grant Thornton, Steven has established an impressive portfolio of roles on Commercial boards, Charity boards and committee that include Nuffield Health, Ark Schools, The Royal Collections Trust, The Gurkha Museum, and most latterly Chair of an unlisted building company.

16. Januar 2020
Speaking up in the boardroom - The critical role of Psychological Safety
Dr Sabine Dembkowski & Prof Amy C. Edmondson

I am delighted and honoured that for this episode, Prof Amy Edmondson from Harvard Business School is joining us. 

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society. Edmondson has been recognized by the biannual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017 and was honoured with the Talent Award in 2017.  She studies teaming, psychological safety, and leadership, and her articles have been published numerous academic and management outlets,

Amy’s work on psychological safety has been groundbreaking and is the subject of this podcast. 

2. Januar 2020
Creating a good and effective working relationship between investors, the board and management
Dr Sabine Dembkowski & John Barton

In this episode, you’ll get exclusive insights from one of the most respected Chairman in the UK - John Barton. John is Chairman of EasyJet and Chairman of the Nomination Committee. He is also a Senior Independent Director of Luceco PLC and Non-Executive Director of SSP Group PLC and Matheson / Company Limited.

John has served for three decades on boards of numerous FTSE organisations as Chairman and Senior Independent Director. In the City of London, he is known as “Mr Chairman”. Previously John was CEO of insurance broker JIB Group plc where he became Chairman after the merger with Lloyd Thompson.

 

19. Dezember 2019
Do you have what it takes? - Exclusive insights and tips for securing a role on an FTSE board
Dr Sabine Dembkowski & Carol Leonard

In this episode, you’ll get exclusive insights from the doyenne of boardroom headhunters in the UK, Carol Leonard. Carol is one of the most experienced and trusted headhunters in the UK. She is CEO at The Inzito Partnership and Head of its Board Practice. Carol specialises in the recruitment of Chairmen, Chief Executives, Non-Executive Directors, Finance Directors, General Counsel, and other main Board roles. Carol’s prowess and hands-on approach are legendary. Before her career in headhunting, Carol was a financial journalist with The Times, The Evening Standard, and Channel Four. Carol is also a Fellow of Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.

28. November 2019
A VCs perspective on boards in young Tech companies
Dr Sabine Dembkowski & Alex Leigh

In this episode, you’ll get insights from Alex Leigh, Investment Manager in one of the most active Venture Capital Firms in the UK, the Development Bank of Wales. As part of his role, Alex sits on the board of ten young Tech companies that receive funding from the bank. Before joining the Development Bank of Wales Alex worked for Private Equity firms and invested in firms in South Africa.

21. November 2019
Information overload in the boardroom
Dr Sabine Dembkowski, Zsuzsanna Schiff & Hitesh Patel

In this episode, you’ll get insights into a study on information overload in the boardroom and a practical tips about how you can overcome the issues from Zsuzsanna Schiff from the ICAEW, a world-leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 180,000 chartered accountants and students worldwide and Hitesh Patel who serves on boards of various Financial Services organisations. 

7. November 2019
The board´s challenge of tackling climate change
Dr Sabine Dembkowski & Julie Baddeley

In this episode, you’ll get insights from one of the UK’s most experienced female business leaders - Julie Baddeley. Julie has held numerous executive and non-executive positions on the boards of many well known FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies over the last 20 years. In addition to these roles, Julie has established the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement at Cambridge University and is Founder and Chair of Chapter Zero. Chapter Zero is part of the Global Climate Governance Initiative. Its goal is to support and prepare Non-Executive Directors to address the risks and opportunities presented by Climate Change in UK boardrooms. 

3. Oktober 2019
The role of the Chairman in creating better boards
Dr Sabine Dembkowski & Andrew Allner

In this episode, you’ll get insights from a highly experienced UK Chairman - Andrew Allner. Andrew provides a personal account of how he obtained his first role as a Chair, what he loves about being a Chair, and his perspective about the role of Chairs in creating better boards. 

19. September 2019

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