Press Release – Fidelio’s “A Seat at the Table: The Role of the Chair”


(London, Thursday 19th August 2021)

Fidelio Partners Asks Board Directors to Focus on Role of the Chair and Chairing Skills

10th “A Seat at the Table” Programme Returns to Hever Castle this September

The 10th iteration of Fidelio’s highly successful Board effectiveness Programme, “A Seat at the Table”, returns to Hever Castle (Kent, UK) this September. The role of the Chair is the topic of focus for this latest Programme; Gillian Karran-Cumberlege, Founding Partner of Fidelio Partners, explains why:

“The role of the Chair is pivotal to successful business decision making. Society has very high expectations of Boards, and the Chair is essential to good governance and to ‘Building Better Boards’ benefitting both shareholders and stakeholders.

“A decade on we now meet again around the Boardroom table, having learnt the benefits of digital adoption. Fidelio will welcome experienced Chairs and Board Members at different stages of their Board journey to a unique event designed to explore the vital skills of the Chair, how they are acquired, honed and used to good purpose.”

Over two days Fidelio will be joined by a talented group of Non-Executive and Executive Directors from different geographies and sectors who are keen to develop their Board skills and contribute to Board effectiveness. They will explore with highly experienced Chairs from quoted, privately held and non-profit organisations key aspects of Board effectiveness including:

  1. Building the Board; composition and diversity
  2. Chairing the Board; building consensus
  3. The Chair and ESG; the Chair and climate change; shareholder and stakeholder engagement
  4. The Chair and reputation
  5. The Chair’s contribution to strategy and value

Fidelio has made a significant contribution to gender diversity in the Boardroom, including through “A Seat at the Table”, and has been accredited by the Hampton-Alexander Review for four years running. 50% of Fidelio’s Search placements in the last three years have been women and 30% have been ethnically diverse. We look forward to having a similar impact on creating a more diverse pipeline for the role of the Chair.

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