The Board Masterclass - International Board Dynamics
The third course in a series of half-day workshops designed for professionals with board experience who are interested in staying up to date with the latest developments which affect their board roles.
The workshop is designed to be interactive and is run by recognised experts in their field.
The sessions are followed by networking drinks to give you the opportunity to meet informally with our speakers and fellow delegates.
Attendance at each workshop will entitle attendees to receive a special FT NED Programme Board Masterclass Certificate of Continuing Professional Development for 5 hours of structured learning.
- Improve your cross-cultural negotiation skills
- Identify and understand key cultural differences at board level
- Gain knowledge of the preferred ways of working in the US, China and Germany
- Learn the strategies for engaging international stakeholders
- Understand the necessary tools for managing dilemmas
- Hear insights and advice from the Chair of a leading organisation
- Find out what recruiters are looking for when they assemble an international board
Sitting on the board of a company based in a foreign jurisdiction can be a fascinating and rewarding experience and can give you a different perspective to inform your decision making. According to the 2018 Spencer Stuart Board Index an average of around 30% of board directors on listed companies in the 14 largest states of Europe are foreign nationals.
But there are cross-cultural issues which need to be addressed. The effective board member needs to understand what the cultural perspective of people from different nationalities is, and how to react to them. As Erin Meyer says in her seminal work The Culture Map ‘So whether we are aware of it or not, subtle differences in communications patterns and the complex variations in what is considered good business or common-sense from one country to another have a tremendous impact on how we understand one another, and ultimately on how we get the job done.’
This highly interactive and practical workshop looks in detail at three different jurisdictions, Germany, the US and China and will equip participants with the tools to identify and understand those cultural differences which will make all the difference to being an effective board member .
In addition, Vicky Lawton of Warren Partners, a leading recruiter, will explain the types of skills and competencies that they look for in board members seeking to sit on an international board, how important international experience is these days when it comes to securing new roles and the advantages of a board member with international experience for a UK based growing business
Founder & CEOSee bio
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Founder & CEO
International Marketing Partners
Allyson is a renowned advisor, author, speaker, educator and NED whose expertise in brand internationalisation is sought by leading businesses globally through her consultancy, publications, appearances and corporate education.
A Californian based in Europe for over 25 years, Allyson applies her extensive international consulting experience, MBA education with Dr Peter Drucker and languages (French, German) to the company she founded, International Marketing Partners.
Using its BrandTravel™ methodology, Allyson helps companies and their leaders to successfully and profitably span international and functional boundaries by giving them the tools to be more effective in a global arena. The benefits clients enjoy as a result include better localisation, increased corporate diplomacy capability and more effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Following her early career with blue-chip consulting firms PwC, PA Consulting Group and Hay Management Consultants, Allyson now advises Boards of Directors and corporate leaders in the services (legal, property and financial), luxury, retail, travel, hospitality and industrial sectors to name a few. Her expertise enables them to lead across cultures, achieve marketing and business development strategies, integrate acquisitions and build their corporate diplomacy skills. Allyson has advised more than 200 businesses in 26 countries including Aegis, BAE Systems, Burberry, Cadbury, Coach, HSBC, Lufthansa, NBC Universal, SAB Miller and Shell.
Allyson serves as a Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the UK’s professional body for the Marketing profession, having been elected by its members in November 2017. She also serves as a Member of the Advisory Board of the National Business Awards.
Gerry Brown is currently Chairman of Novaquest Capital a private equity house focussed on life sciences. He is also Chair of the Audit Committee for the University of Exeter and a Visiting Fellow at Henley Business School.
He was an Independent Director of Quintiles the world’s largest Clinical Research Organisation from 1998 until 2010.He was firstly a Main Board Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee and subsequently from 2003 Chairman of the EMEA Business .He was Chairman of Biocompatibles International plc a medical technology company focussed on drug device combination products for use in oncology and cardiology until a very successful exit in 2011. He was Chairman of NFT Ltd an MBO from Northern Foods funded by Phoenix Equity until the business was sold for a very good premium to an Asian investor He was Senior Independent Director of Keller plc a leading global construction services company and of Forth Ports plc a ports and property company. He represented 3i on the Board of Vantec Corporation a MBO from Nissan in Japan until the extremely successful exit. He then represented the purchaser the Japanese bank Mizuho until the flotation on the Japanese Stock Market. He was Chairman of Upol Ltd a business funded by Graphite Private Equity and concerned with the manufacturing and distribution of products for the repair of damaged vehicles until a very successful exit. He was a Director of CH Jones a private company focussed on Fuel Management and Information Systems until the very successful trade sale to a US trade buyer. He was also a Non-Executive Director of Michael Gerson Ltd representing the Bank of Scotland and of Datrontech plc an international distributor of computer products.
Prior to his career as a Chairman/Independent Director he was for many years an international senior business executive working in supply chain management covering a variety of market sectors. He served as Operations Director of Exel plc (now DHL), was a Board member of TDG plc and latterly was Chairman of Europe for Tibbett and Britten plc .He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and of the Chartered Institute of Logistics. He is a member of the Council of Exeter University and Chair of the Fundraising Board. He is an Associate of Critical Eye and is involved in counselling Chief Executives. He is the author of The Independent Director recently published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Managing PartnerSee bio
Vicky Lawton, Managing Partner, combines leading the business with ensuring the highest possible service quality is maintained. Working closely with the team to deliver Executive and Non-Executive Search, Vicky personally specialises in Board Level search, with particular focus on Technology, Media and Telecoms alongside Professional Services.
Vicky has gained first hand board experience in both large complex organisations and small entrepreneurial businesses. Before joining Warren Partners in 2006 she was Customer Director for a FTSE 100 business and prior to that, General Manager of a high-growth, entrepreneurial SME, which achieved Sunday Times Fast Track 100 ranking through organic growth and numerous acquisitions.
A graduate in Business Studies from Manchester Metropolitan University, she is qualified in Saville Wave Assessment and is a member of the Academy of Chief Executives.
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FT Non-Executive Directors' Club
Lesley Stephenson is the Publisher of the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors' Club and also of the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma.
She has specialised in corporate governance since publishing the Cadbury Report on behalf of the London Stock Exchange in 1992. Lesley has written for the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), the European Corporate Governance Institute and the ICAEW NED Special Interest Group.
She has been the Publisher of the Club since 2003, she was the driving force behind the development of the FT NED Diploma and continues to oversee it.
She also publishes the leading monthly newsletter on corporate governance, Governance, which has been around for over 20 years covering governance developments and best practice world-wide.
Global DirectorSee bio
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FT Career Management
Steve has 24 years experience in the commercial departments of global news content providers, firstly with The Telegraph Media Group where he ran various vertical sector print and digital publications and latterly with The Financial Times, where he is currently the Global Director of Financial Times Career Management (FTCM). His remit includes the running of exec-appointments.com, the FT Non-Executive Directors' Club and the FT Non-Executive Director Diploma and the Business Education franchise. He has been involved with the FT NED Diploma from conception through to it's current state of being the most recognised, robust and credible formal qualification for independent directors in the world.
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