Upcoming Events


Thursday 16 July, 10:30–11:30 BST

Take Back Control: Why Boards Need to Reimagine Strategy

Board Intelligence in partnership with Fidelio Partners


The Strategy Away Day is the traditional board forum for strategy development, but with this unavailable (and of questionable value anyway) there are serious questions to be answered about how boards should “do” strategy.

How do boards move from strategy as an annual showcase event, with a rubber stamp and periodic progress reports, to a more adaptive and fluid model better suited to today’s environment — with the board injecting genuine value and taking greater accountability for delivery?

How should we seize the moment to re-think the relationship between the board and strategy — at a time when strategy has never been more critical in creating a map back to prosperity?

Gillian Karran-Cumberlege

Head of Chair & Board Practice; Co-Founder at Fidelio Partners
Gillian leads Fidelio Partners Board Practice where she promotes board effectiveness through increased diversity. Prior to this Gillian led Global Investor Relations at Volkswagen and UBS.

Cyrus Ardalan

NED and Chair,
Citigroup Global Markets
Cyrus is Chair of Citigroup Global Markets, OakNorth a challenger bank and chairs the funding organisation for GAVI, the vaccine alliance.

Nick Read

Group CEO,
Post Office
Nick joined Post Office as Chief Executive Officer in September 2019. Nick was most recently Group CEO at Extra Energy and, prior to that, CEO at Nisa Retail Limited where he led the stabilisation and transformation of the business ahead of its sale to the Co-Op in 2018.

Thursday 23 July, 12:00-13:00 BST

Black Lives & the Board — Questions Every Board Needs to Ask (And Answer)

In Conversation with… Speakers to be Confirmed


Social movements are now moving faster than business, none more so than Black Lives Matter. Progress, where it exists, has been too slow, and few workplaces are leading the way. Do radical movements demand radical responses? In this session we aim to explore the following issues:

  • How can the board lead the way in building a more inclusive workplace and society, and how can they move beyond the familiar repertoire of words and deeds?
  • How can boards give the next generation of leaders, who haven’t enjoyed the head-start afforded by colour, race, class, or wealth, the springboard they deserve?
  • What questions can the board ask to go beyond a superficial look at the issue within their organisation, and what questions should the board ask itself?

THURSDAY 30 July, 15:00–16:00 BST

Beyond Recovery: What Boards Should Do Next

In Conversation with… Alex Edmans, Lord Kerslake, & More Speakers to Be Confirmed


Boards are facing an unenviable task. At the same time as they are calibrating their recovery plan to deal with one of the most significant crises we’ve faced, they are also expected to respond meaningfully to some of the biggest social changes we’ve seen in our lifetimes. COVID-19 and George Floyd’s murder have exposed some enormous cracks in Western society that the state cannot fix these alone, and business needs to move beyond tinkering and virtue signalling.

How can a chair build the agenda that helps get the organisation back to financial stability whilst ensuring it becomes a better citizen? How can a NED ask the questions that create the drive for an organisation to make the difference? How does governance become a powerful force for performance and purpose?

Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance,
London Business School
Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School and a leading authority on reforming business to serve wider society. His book, “Grow the Pie: How Great Companies Deliver Both Purpose and Profit”, headed the list of FT Business Books of the Month for March 2020 and his TED talks have a combined audience of 2 million.

Lord Kerslake

New Economics Foundation
Lord Kerslake, something of a “turbulent priest” to the current administration, is the former Head of the Civil Service, current Chair of Peabody Housing Association and the New Economics Foundation, and President of the LGA .

Building Agile Board Agendas Priorities, Strategy, Stakeholders & Uncertainty

Great boards and executive committees afford time to what truly matters. To do so, they must be able to confidently answer:

  • How do you identify the issues that matter most?
  • How do make time in your forums to focus?
  • How can you achieve balanced stakeholder conversations?
  • How can you engineer better meetings?

If you’d like to answer the above questions, this workshop is for you. As with all workshops, you’ll be asked to contribute. Therefore a pre-requisite is your experience as a board member, CXO, or senior governance professional in shaping the board or ExCo conversation (e.g. through agenda planning, or understanding the organisation’s priorities and stakeholder concerns).

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Why “The Coffeehouse”?

Newly introduced in the 17th century, London’s coffeehouses were the meeting places where an eclectic group would debate the big ideas, giving life to the stock markets and insurance industry, and spawning the forces that drove global trade.

Like The First, the UK’s only Think Tank for Chairs, Board Intelligence is located next to the site of London’s earliest coffeehouse, The Turk’s Head, and we aim to capture some of that enterprising spirit for the Board Intelligence Coffeehouse.

How it works:

  • All our events are held under Chatham House rules.
  • The events themselves are delivered via the Zoom webinar platform.
  • There’s usually a chance for you to participate in Q&A at the end of the session.
  • We ask that you share your name and company to support virtual networking — but you are free to attend in confidence too.
  • All Coffeehouse virtual events are free to attend and always will be. 

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