Upcoming Events

Thursday 4 June, 10:30–11:30 BST

Lessons Learned From the First Round of a Crisis

In Conversation with…Adrian McGlynn, Jane Earl & Peter Swabey


What did the COVID-19 crisis teach board members and governance professionals about the way their boards function and think about the future? In our newly conducted research, we asked Chief Execs, Chairs and Company Secretaries to share the lessons they learned in the past few months. We'll be sharing the results of our research with the aim to distill it into “teachable moments”, but also to identify those challenges to which we do not yet have an answer.


Jane Earl

Company Secretary, CDC Group plc
Jane has worked in both listed and unlisted companies, and is currently Company Secretary of CDC Group plc, the UK Government’s DFI.

Adrian McGlynn

Company Secretary, Weatherbys
Adrian is Company Secretary and Director of Weatherbys, a privately-owned family of companies, which serves the horse racing industry.

Peter Swabey

Policy & Research Director at the ICSA
Peter Swabey is Policy & Research Director at the ICSA. He is responsible for developing the profile of the Institute to members, regulators, policymakers, employers and other stakeholders by delivering thought leadership.

Tuesday 9 JUNE 2020, 10:30-11.15 BST

The Zoom Panic & Securing the Virtual Boardroom

Your board is having some of the most critical discussions it has ever had – about cash, the future of your employees, your suppliers and maybe the long-term viability of the business. Board papers and conversations have always been sensitive – but rarely this sensitive – and rarely this exposed. What security risks should you be concerned about and what is just a media panic? Our panel will aim to help you understand and navigate the issues.


Chris Hall

Chief Technology Officer
Chris Hall is CTO at Board Intelligence. He works with the product and engineering teams to ensure the Board Intelligence platform is highly secure while also being extremely easy to use. Prior to Board Intelligence Chris worked in senior Technology roles in Private Equity and Financial Services in the UK and US.

Jonathan Knight

Managing Director
Jonathan Knight is Managing Director at Board Intelligence. He is responsible for product and security at BI and has 10 years experience of the growing challenges of keeping both colleagues and board members who use the company's software secure.

THURSDAY 18th JUNE, 10:30–11:30 BST

Heroes & Villains: Transparency & Stakeholder Awareness in Times of Crisis

In Conversation with.... Justine Campbell


In the war against the impact of COVID-19 how will your boardroom's decisions be remembered? The panel will look at the winners and losers in the crisis, how simplistic good v bad perceptions of decisions-made can damage the reputation of a board and a brand, and how a culture of transparency and accountability in boardroom discussions can help - even when a stakeholder group suffers as a result.

Justine Campbell

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Centrica
Justine is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Centrica, the energy services company. Previously, Justine was Corporate and External Affairs Director of Vodafone UK.

Dineshi Ramesh

Director - Specialist Delivery at Board Intelligence
Dineshi is a Director at Board Intelligence. She’s a specialist in board information and effective meetings – working with boards to help them take smarter, faster decisions that drive their organisations forward, purposefully and responsibly

Thursday 2nd July, 10:30–11:30 BST

Carpe Diem: A Once-in-a-Career Opportunity to Transform the Board

In Conversation with.....To Be Confirmed 


How the best boards have used the challenge of the crisis to reinvent how their board operates – what changes are here to stay and what bad habits will we lapse back into.

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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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