All On The Board: The Official Sunday Times Bestseller

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Many times over the years we’ve had people messaging us to say you’ve posted that just at the right time. It’s usually when we’ve posted something like the Don’t Delete Yourself poem. We know what that means,’ adds Redpath who, when working as a Tube driver, once witnessed a suicide on his line. ‘There’s a lot of people who don’t use social media or go on the Tube who could use that book. That’s our hope for it.’ Determine strategic options, select those to be pursued, and decide the means to implement and support them.

Marks & Spencer is a rare case of a major company where the roles of chairman and chief executive have been combined. This is a brilliant, personal primer for board members on how to combine best practice and process with emotional intelligence and the human factor. It’s like a long, lively conversation with a warm, empathetic, very experienced and astute fellow trustee.’ Note: All proceeds from the book are for the good of the sector and Debra receives no income from it. Ultimately, however, it is up to the board to decide who ‘qualifies’. The board is expected to consider the above – and, indeed, any other factors that may impair independent judgment – but none of them is to be thought of as grounds for automatic ‘exclusion’. It may be that an individual is judged to have the strength of character and integrity to remain unaffected by circumstances that, in theory, compromise their independence. It is for the board to judge, on a case-by-case basis, which stakeholders it treats as ‘relevant’ and which of their interests it is appropriate to meet, taking into account the law, relevant regulations and commercial considerations. In pursuing this key purpose, a board of directors faces a uniquely demanding set of responsibilities and challenges. It also faces a range of objectives that can sometimes seem contradictory. The board:With their messages of positivity, inclusivity, remembrance and humour, the quotes have lifted spirits and raised smiles on the faces of those who have seen them – and, the duo hope, will reach a whole new audience now they’ve been collated into a book. Working with publishing house Yellow Kite, the pair whittled down their 2,000 quotes, grouping the best into 12 themes for the book, which include: 'raising awareness', 'love', 'mental health', 'London' and 'legends'. Sir David Walker, in his 2009 review of governance at major banks, argued for less emphasis to be placed on the independence of nonexecutive directors for the sake of it and for greater weight to be given to relevant financial industry experience. Independence in name was less important than ‘the quality of independence of mind and spirit, of character and judgement’. Although charities and boards vary in size and structure, all trustees and all boards share some key roles and responsibilities to govern effectively and remain compliant. These include:

A book with a difference. It recognises that self-awareness and emotional, social and cultural intelligence are at the core of exemplary leadership.’ Legally speaking, there is no distinction between an executive and non-executive director. They share exactly the same individual and collective duties and responsibilities. Yet there is inescapably a sense in which the NED’s role can be seen as both balancing and challenging that of the executive director, so as to ensure the board, as a whole, functions effectively. In 2008, the chief executive, Sir Stuart Rose, was handed the chairman’s job as well – in contravention of principle A.2. Shareholders muttered that this was contrary to the Code, but the company stressed that the roles would be split again when Sir Stuart retired in 2011. In the meantime, the new chairman’s dominance would be counterbalanced by the senior independent director, who was given special responsibility for governance issues. Developing diverse talent is important, and it is recognised that sustainable change in behaviour and practice requires increased inclusion at a structural level, particularly in governance structures. For individuals to be successful we need to remove barriers previously hindering progress which cannot be done by a development programme in isolation. Advance HE and Wellcome are therefore requiring each participant is supported by an institutional champion. In July 2022 she was awarded the Honorary Degree Doctor of Business Administration by Nottingham Trent University, in recognition of her significant contribution to business and the public sector.The non-executive directors should convene regularly, as a body, with the chairman, but without their executive colleagues; and at least once a year they should meet on their own under the leadership of the senior independent director to appraise the chairman’s performance. (See: Composition and structure of the board, an OUT-LAW guide.)

Advance HE’s strategy also highlights the organisation’s intent to support diverse and inclusive governance in higher education. It believes that governance is only truly effective if it is so. Since onboard is a single two-syllable word, like before, I predict you will experience only minimal difficulty remembering to use onboard before nouns. SummaryThe Code recognises that there are some issues that can only be decided by the board. It states that: “there should be a formal schedule of matters specifically reserved for its decision” and that the annual report should include a “high-level statement of which types of decisions are to be taken by the board and which are to be delegated to management”. Guidance on drawing up a schedule of matters reserved for the board is available from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) and from the Institute of Directors' book, The Effective Board. Onboard can also be a verb, where it is HR-speak for hiring and training new employees. It is usually conjugated as the present participle onboarding in phrases like the onboarding process.

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