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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.

You will always find all podcasts by clicking or putting this link in your browser https://www.buzzsprout.com/535633.

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.

November 28, 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.

November 21, 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. 

November 07, 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. 

October 03, 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. 

September 19, 2019

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