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Become a leader: from Financial Professional to Non-Executive Director

September 16, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


A practical evening on how to be an impactful non-executive director.

This event will answer the following questions:

How do you become a non-executive director? How do you get your first role?

What are the essential characteristics of a successful Board member?

How do you manage your reputational risk and develop key skill sets?

What are the essential financial skills you need?

How do you appropriately prepare and assess the Board responsibility?

How to transition from financial industry to the Board?

And ultimately, what does it take to be a great leader?

This event provides the opportunity to hear from highly experienced Non-Executive directors and financial professionals with Board responsibilities.


Patrick Dunne

Patrick has extensive experience of working with boards in Europe, Asia and North America. He is currently Chairman of smart materials business D3O, board consultancy Boardelta, the charity The EY Foundation and of the Chartered Management Institute’s Board of Companions. Patrick is also member of the advisory boards of The Entrepreneurs Fund, a € 200m venture fund, Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund. His executive experience includes 26 years in a variety of roles with 3i Group plc. As a member of the Higgs review in 2003 Patrick has
also played a role in shaping governance policy for UK listed companies.The author of three successful books on the subject, He has helped to establish many successful courses on board skills over the last twenty years including for the BVCA, EVCA, FT and ICAEW and helped Chairman across a wide range of sectors to transform the effectiveness of their boards. Patrick has a passion for education and was a member of the General Council of the University of Warwick from 2006 to 2015.


Tamara Box

Global Chair of the Financial Industry Group and Head of Structured Finance at Reed Smith
Tamara Box is an internationally recognised expert in legal and financial structuring and in strategic financial advice, with extensive experience establishing and growing successful businesses in several jurisdictions.As Global Chair of the Financial Industry Group and member of the board at international law firm Reed Smith, she is currently responsible for a large and growing business that provides strategic and financial advice to large financial institutions and corporates from its 26 offices in the US, Middle East, Asia and Europe. Tamara also sits on the firm’s global board. She received numerous awards, including being named “Best in Structured Finance” at Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards in 2011 and 2013. Tamara holds an honours degree in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as an honours degree from Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. She is a founding member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club and a member of the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics. She also chairs the Women of Influence initiative for Cancer Research UK, an effort to fund raise for and mentor CRUK’s growing cohort of female science fellows.

Oliver Woolley

CEO of Envestors Limited. Oliver is CEO of Envestors Limited, which he co-founded in 2004 helping investors source interesting deals. After completing a finance degree, Oliver decided not to become an accountant but instead raised private equity and bank debt to start Woolleys Healthfoods – including a retail catering business in central London and organic sausage shops in the south-east of England. In 1997 he sold the business to Northern Foods and moved into early-stage investing. Oliver has a MBA from Imperial College, London and sits on the Alumni Advisory Board.

Chis Matthews

Chris is non-executive chairman of Peregrine, a communications business that works with hedge funds and other specialist asset managers. He is also adviser to a number of advisory firms – lawyers, accountants, actuaries, management consultants – and professional bodies. Chris was formerly chairman of Engine Business and advised a range of prestigious organisations at Board level or equivalent, including FTSE-100’s, government departments and leading mutuals.






Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

[email protected] is the easiest way. You can always call us but we love to keep a record.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, as long as you update the details. There is a security check at the entrance of the building. We need all names before the event.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, just send us an email: [email protected]

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes or your ID.

How many attendees?

The event if for 60 to 100 members to ensure a good balance between study and network.

What will be the format of the evening?

Three parts. A panel discussion will adress the questions presented above follow by an interactive session. Network opportunities to conclude…always served with a glass of wine.


HUB Westminster
80 Haymarket
London, Gt Lon SW1Y 4TE United Kingdom