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13 Apr 2022

Issue 11


When you become a non-executive director, your role is to challenge the executive team and hold them to account whilst being a trusted advisor, a critical friend and effectively using your skillset to help lead the organisation forwards.
It is not always necessary to have made it to C-Suite before joining a board but it is necessary for you to be able to demonstrate that, if you’re yet to reach “upper management”, you understand what good leadership is and how to encourage it and as Karen Brady said in her Diary of a CEO interview with Steven Bartlett, “management is not the same as leadership”.
Everyone can point to a time in their career when they’ve worked directly or indirectly with a bad leader (the demeaner, discourager and belittler) and we could probably see how disruptive and de-energising to the team that person was. It’s the same on a board, and we need the whole board to be able to display the characteristics of a good leader in order for the organisation to develop and evolve successfully.
The board must be able to provide appropriate oversight of the Senior Leadership, assess their effectiveness objectively and be able to evaluate their performance as an organisation constructively.

So, what are good leadership characteristics?

According to Brian Tracy, the famous self-development author, leadership is about ‘striving to become better in all areas of life and empowering everyone around you to become better versions of themselves’. Fundamentally, a good leader will inspire you and champion your ambitions. They will actively listen to your thoughts and ideas and give you the time to process your concepts properly before giving you constructive feedback.
The expectation of a good board, as a collective, is no different. Each individual board member will have their own style of leadership yes, yet they are likely to share some common behaviours –

  • Passion for the organisation
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Confidence in your own ability
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Courage of conviction
  • Clear understanding of your purpose

Being able to exhibit some, if not all, of these traits, along with the desired skill set identified as lacking in the boards latest skills matrix data, are the ingredients that make a good board member and a good board as a whole.
Make sure you’re aware of the ones you have and the ones you may need to work on – we can help you to figure it out so feel free to reach out to us directly, or join our next drop-in clinic!

An important update

2022 brings exciting new changes for us at BAME Recruitment and We’re committed to a continual journey of self-improvement, making sure we’re always being the most inclusive organisation possible.
We’ve listened closely to the commentary surrounding the acronym ‘BAME’ in recent years, and we believe that now is the time for us to take action. We feel that BAME Recruitment is no longer a name that fully represents our mission and we’re so excited to welcome in a new chapter. 
We’re busy working behind the scenes right now, but we can’t wait to share our new brand with you soon and continue our fight for equality with renewed strength.

More updates coming soon.


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UPDATE!! The government has confirmed the appointment of the barrister Orlando Fraser as next Chair of the Charity Commission, despite him being rejected as the preferred candidate by MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee.

Sir Ian Cheshire to be the new Chair of Channel 4

Joanna Prior has been appointed the new Chair of the National Literacy Trust

Roundhouse appoints BBC’s Lorna Clarke as new Trustee

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn has been appointed as the new Chair of the Royal Mencap Society.

The disability charity Sense has appointed four new Trustees to its Board: Vivienne Hoskins, Nathan Taylor, Ben Cooper, Mark Westwell.

The youth arts charity Artswork has appointed two new Trustees to its Board, Wanjiku Nyachae and Jayanti Shah

The homelessness charity, Oasis Community Housing has appointed four new Trustees to its Board: Andrew Griffiths, head of advocacy at Sightsavers. John Norton head of workplace health and wellbeing operations at the British Heart Foundation. Rebecca Skippage is the BBC's first disinformation editor. Washington Waithaka, Director at Chipper Cash

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have announced the appointment of Deborah Evans as their new Chair

Isabelle Esser, PhD, will join the board of directors for Tate & Lyle PLC as a Non-Executive Director and as a member of the remuneration and nomination committees.

Hallmark Care Homes Foundation has appointed three new Trustees to its Board. Christine Whatford, Kirstie McMillan, Steve Cockell

James Tugendhat will become the chair of Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice in Barnet. 

British Friends of the Hebrew University has appointed London-based private equity investor Alan Jacobs as its new Chair to replace the outgoing Isaac Kaye, who has been made the group’s president.

Ben Warn Promoted as Non-Executive Chairman of Checkd Group

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