• Established in 2015 in response to the UK Davies Report to strengthen the pipeline of female executives and directors, Fidelio’s “A Seat at the Table” Programme continues to empower women to succeed both to and, crucially, at the top table.
  • Driven by popular demand, Fidelio will host a Chair Masterclass for Chairs & prospective Chairs 28th March 2019.
  • A highly practical, two-day residential programme comprising a variety of informative sessions and focused on the Boardroom table will be held 24th-25th September 2019.
  • Fidelio has been accredited by the Hampton-Alexander Review for our contribution to increasing gender diversity on Boards and leadership teams.


  • Over a third of past participants secure a Non-Executive role and/or Executive promotion within their own company.
  • World-class contributors with first-hand experience influencing Boardroom effectiveness.
  • Access to a unique global network of participants and contributors (including FTSE 100 Chairs).
  • Ongoing Board learning as Alumni through Fidelio’s acclaimed seminars and Board breakfasts with leading FTSE and international Chairmen and Board Directors.

A heady combination of new contacts, immediately actionable insights and rich seams of thought

Business Head (Big Data), Government-owned Company,

Everything I took from the programme is actionable in my current role and beyond

CEO, Major Subsidiary of Global Financial Services Company,

The best concentrated injection of development and learning that I have ever had … It hits the mark perfectly

FTSE 100 Group HR Executive,

The programme had a huge impact on my effectiveness in my current Board role, and I continue to refer to the material going forward in new Board positions

Non-Executive Director, FTSE 250 & Euronext Paris,

Should be on the to-do list for every senior female leader

Regional CEO, International Financial Services Company,


  • At each Programme we welcome a select group of around 10 senior female Executives and Directors all seeking to take control of their Board careers.
  • To date we have been joined by women from across Continental Europe, the UK the US, Africa and Asia; and a variety of sectors including financial services, chemicals, aviation, technology and non-profit.
  • Past participants have included current Non-Executive Directors building their portfolio as well as senior female executives making the Non-Executive transition.

Content and Contributors

  • Contributors bring diverse and international perspectives with first-hand Boardroom experience. Past and present contributors include Sarah Bates (Chair of St James’s Place), David Tyler (Chair of Sainsbury’s, Hammerson, and Domestic & General), and Margaret Casely-Hayford CBE (Chair, Shakespeare’s Globe). Lord Gus O’Donnell and Jan Babiak (Non-Executive Director, Walgreen Boots Alliance) are contributing to dedicated continuous learning for participants.
  • This content-driven Programme is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to succeed at and to the Top Table, covering relevant topics such as “Governance – Formal and Informal Power”, “Investor Expectations of the Board”, “Presence and Authority” and “Boards in Crisis”.

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A Seat At The Table

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Fidelio's Five Attributes of Leadership

  • The content is informed by Fidelio’s extensive research into the five attributes of leadership critical to assume “A Seat at the Table”:
  • 1. Understanding the complexity of shareholder and stakeholder expectations for the leadership team
  • 2. Grasp of governance including formal/informal power structures
  • 3. Presence and authority; personal impact; the ability to influence
  • 4. Reinforcing networks of support and networks of reciprocity
  • 5. Resilience under extreme pressure

The Practical Takeaways

  • By the end of the programme, participants will acquire practical tools to help them succeed to and at the top table:
  • 1. A framework for understanding leadership structures and styles;
  • 2. A mirror for personal presence including within a group dynamic and at the Boardroom table;
  • 3. A road map of critical networks and milestones to achieve their professional and personal objectives.

Meet the team

Fidelio’s Founding Partners are supported by a multi-lingual in-house research team, and globally situated external consultants with a wealth of governance and business expertise

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