Howard Davies is Chair of the British Government's Airport Policy Review and of Phoenix insurance group. He also is a Professor of Practice at the French School of Political Science in Paris (Sciences Po).
Simon has been in Investment Banking for over 50 years, at Kleinwort Benson where he became Chairman and more recently at Goldman Sachs. He started his own company in August 2005, Simon Robertson Associates LLP, now called Robertson Robey Associates, offering corporate finance advice to a limited number of international companies. He is also Chairman of Rolls-Royce Group plc and Deputy Chairman & Senior Independent non-executive Director of HSBC Holdings plc.
Congratulations to the hugely successful Non-executive Director professional training Programme run by The Financial Times Non-executive Directors' Club, which has been sanctioned with Diploma status. Formerly candidates on the course, which is a formally accredited, post-graduate level qualification for current and aspiring non-executive directors, received a Certificate on successful completion, but the high standards and heavy workload were considered worthy of meriting graduates of the course with a Diploma. Bvalco Director Alison Gill is a Joint Workshop Presenter and Co-Author of Module 1 of the Programme – The Effective Non-Executive Director. Alison will give a talk about Women on Boards in early July this year.
Bvalco draw on their recent experience of conducting independent external board evaluations. Bvalco have observed diverse boards of directors including organisations in the FTSE 100. Their Bvalco board reviews have highlighted six common challenges to board effectiveness. In this paper Bvalco explain these challenges, providing an informed insight into why they arise, examining in particular the board behaviours that may be at their root.