FIDELIO BOARD BREAKFAST – “Effective Chairman, Effective Board”

January 2018 Table Talk


As Fidelio builds Boards fit for the future through Search, Development and Evaluation, we are keenly aware of key challenges on the Board Agenda. In response, Fidelio’s Board Breakfasts bring together Chairmen, Non-Executive and Executive Directors from a range of sectors and geographies to explore pressing, contemporary topics that are highly relevant for the Boardroom and for Board effectiveness.

In our daily work, we see very clearly the exceptional and increasing demands on Chairmen. Shareholders and stakeholders have greater expectations, accentuated by business disruption. Amidst the turmoil an effective Chair is the key to an effective Board.

Fidelio was therefore delighted to welcome as a guest speaker, David Jackson, Company Secretary BP plc, to shed light on the all-important support required for effective Chairmen and effective Boards.

In particular, David addressed three key questions:

1. What are the challenges facing the Chairman and the Board?

2. Given those challenges, what support do Chairmen and their Boards need? Are there different models?

3. How should Boards be thinking about succession for both Chairmen and Non-Executive Directors?

Key takeaways were:

Fidelio’s focus is building Boards fit for the future. We do this through Search, Development and Evaluation on an international basis. To find out how Fidelio can support your organisation, and for a full summary of the breakfast discussion, get in touch via or +44 (0)207 759 2200.

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