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Top HR directors join boardroom development programme


HR directors from No 10 Downing Street, KFC UK & Ireland, River Island and Amey have joined those from companies including Marks and Spencer, RSA Insurance and Cafcass in signing up for a pioneering board development programme launched by HR magazine.


The programme, which runs for one year from September 2013, has been designed in conjunction with Steve Tappin, personal confidant to FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 CEOs, and Wayne Clarke, one of the founders of Best Companies, which produces the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for ranking.

HR in the Boardroom is designed to help HR directors have more impact at the board. It combines one-to-one coaching with practical sessions, peer learning and networking.

The launch follows research from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) that finds chief executives and chief financial officers want HR to be involved at the highest level of planning yet do not consider it to be key.

HR magazine publisher Siân Harrington said: "We want to bridge the gap between what HR directors and CEOs want. We believe we need the best CEO and engagement experts to help us with this, so have gone outside our industry to secure global mentors to CEOs and boards."

Tappin, CEO of Xinfu, is the author of the best seller The New Secrets of CEOs - 200 global CEOs on business, life and leadership and writes for the magazines Fortune China and Harvard Business Review. He presented the BBC World Service documentary series CEO Guru.

Clarke, founding partner of The Global Growth Institute, is an engagement expert, having advised 300 CEOs, HRDs and boards around the world. He is also a United Nations JCI ambassador and chair of the UK Government's taskforce on international engagement.

HR in the Boardroom will cover topics including connecting with the CEO, becoming a confidant to the board, and becoming an influential HR leader. The inaugural programme will feature no more than 30 HR leaders. 

Vanessa Evans, group HR director of RSA Insurance, said: "As we continue to operate in an ever more complex and changing economic and regulatory environment, this programme is vital to ensure the HR function is fully conversant and aligned to the needs of the CEO and organisation as a whole. This type of programme, aimed at commercial senior HR leaders, is well overdue."

For more information and to get a full brochure please contact sian.harrington@markallengroup.com or call her on 020 7501 6710.