HR on the Board?

HR on the Board?


Date(s) - 9th July 2019
6:15 pm

DAC Beachcroft LLP, 25 Walbrook, London EC4N 8AF

HR representation on the Board is a perennial question or demand that we hear in the sector on a regular basis and the London HR Connection is delighted to welcome one of the UK’s leading proponents of this, Helen Pitcher OBE, to address members and guests at our 9th July event.

Workforce capabilities are increasingly being seen as critical to achieving the agility needed to respond to major disruption, automation and new employment models. Yet HR leaders, with their broad overview of the whole organisation, remain largely absent from the boardroom. Furthermore, given the governance agenda and the future challenges facing Boards there would seem to be a ‘natural’ match to the skills and expertise of HR directors especially in the NED role.

Helen led a recent research report by Advanced Boardroom Excellence exploring why this is so. The report covered in-depth interviews with 100 company chairman, CEOs, NEDs, finance directors, HR directors, search consultants and academics. Many feel HR directors lack the business acumen and strategic thinking capabilities needed at board level. However, even those who did not see HR directors as board players mostly recognised the value of their skills, especially their high levels of emotional intelligence and ability to handle difficult issues in a mature way.  As well as exploring the reasons for HR’s absence, Helen will offer guidance on how the expertise of HR can be leveraged.

Helen Pitcher OBE is the Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence and also the Chairman of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, a Non-Executive Director at United Biscuits UK and C&C Group Plc and Chairman of their Remuneration Committee. Helen is also the President of KidsOut (a national children’s charity) and INSEAD Directors Network Board (IDN). Helen sits on the Advisory Board for Leeds University Law Faculty and was previously Chairman of the Queens Counsel Selection Panel, Chairman pladis Advisory Board (United Biscuits, Godiva, McVitie’s) and a Board member and Remuneration Chairman for the CIPD until June 2019.


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