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Non-Executive Director - Nationwide

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Job Introduction

Please do not apply for this opportunity via this page.  To express an interest, please contact us at recruitment@dacbeachcroft.com quoting reference 0622NED.

Our LLP Group Board (the Board) which has responsibility for the management of the LLP Group, delegated to it by the Members (the owners of the business), is seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director (NED), replacing one of our two existing NEDs who is completing two successful terms in the role.

This appointment is an important one for the Firm as we work to deliver our strategy in a fast moving market that is presenting many opportunities and challenges.

By way of context, our Board currently comprises, in addition to the two NEDs, the Senior Partner (acting as Chair), five Elected Members (elected by the Members from within the Member group), the Managing Partner and the Chief Finance Officer.

Our NEDs assist our Board in achieving its objectives by bringing invaluable external insight and thinking alongside experience of the setting and delivery of strategy, decision making and the creation of sustainable value for our various stakeholders.  In addition to being Board members, our NEDs also chair and are members of our Audit Committee and our Remuneration & Nomination Committee.

Role Responsibility

The core responsibilities are set out in our Governance Handbook but in summary the role involves:

  • Promoting the success of the LLP Group, considering the likely consequences of any decision from the perspective of the interests of Members and colleagues, the impact on our community and the environment, the impact on clients, suppliers and others and the need to maintain our reputation for high standards of business conduct.
  • Providing constructive challenge for the Executive members of the LLP Group Board (i.e. the Managing Partner and CFO) in order to support the delivery of the Firm’s strategy.
  • Providing support to the LLP Group Board in anticipating and managing risk.
  • Overseeing the reporting of business performance and the integrity of financial information, ensuring that controls and systems of financial risk management are robust and defensible.
  • Acting as a sounding board for the Senior Partner and Managing Partner.
  • Leading the annual performance review process for the Senior and Managing Partner, including seeking feedback from Partners to support this process.
  • Chairing the LLP Group Remuneration and Nomination Committee (which comprises our other NED and the Senior Partner) including orchestrating the annual consultation on and settlement of Senior and Managing Partner remuneration.
  • Membership of the Audit Committee (which comprises the Senior Partner, our other NED and two of our Elected Members).

In carrying out their role, we expect our NEDs to uphold high standards of integrity and probity, to instil the appropriate culture, values and behaviours in the boardroom and beyond and to perform the duties faithfully, efficiently and diligently.

The Ideal Candidate

About You

We are looking for an individual able to command the respect of our Members and whose ambitions and values align with ours.  Our ideal candidate will have energy and enthusiasm as well as sufficient time to commit to our business.  An outstanding communicator, they will combine a lively sense of curiosity with the ability to support and challenge the debate in the boardroom and influence fellow Board members.

We are looking for someone with experience of working at senior level within complex and fast moving organisations preferably operating internationally.  Experience of reshaping businesses would be advantageous.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate current and relevant Non-Executive Director experience.

Professional services/law firm experience may be considered of value, in particular experience in the application of good corporate governance and risk management in a professional services/law firm environment.  However, we would not want potential candidates to rule themselves out should they be unable to demonstrate experience in these sectors.

As the role will involve chairing our Remuneration and Nomination Committee, we are interested in candidates who have previous experience in this area, including experience of leadership succession.

Experience in the areas of innovation/digitisation/AI and enhanced automation would provide useful support to the Board as we consider their potential impact on legal services businesses and consequential changing business models.

About the Company

We are a leading international legal business with over 2,500 colleagues and a diverse range of capabilities. We have 11 offices in the UK as well as offices in Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Miami. We also have associations/alliances with firms in Malaysia, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Central America, the USA, Australia and Germany.

We are a broad-based commercial firm with a strong heritage in insurance, health and real estate. This is complemented by a fast-growing Business Advisory capability. We represent a wide range of clients, ranging from household names to government departments and NHS bodies. We act for all of the UK’s top-ten insurers, we are market leaders in the provision of strategic, commercial and regulatory advice to providers and commissioners in the health sector, and in real estate we advise all of the UK’s top-12 housebuilders.

We have an impressive legal pedigree, with 142 Chambers UK 2021 practice area and individual lawyer rankings. In Legal 500 UK 2021, the firm received a top tier ranking for 37 of its practice areas, and 58 DACB lawyers were singled out in the ‘Leading Individual' rankings.

Our successes have been recognised by the legal industry and the markets in which we operate. These accolades include two top prizes in the ‘Excellence in Business Development’ and ‘Excellence in Technology & Innovation’ categories of the 2020 Law Society Excellence Awards – the highest accolade for law firms in England & Wales. Our health sector team won the ‘Crisis Management Team of the Year’ award at the 2020 British Legal Awards for its support to the NHS at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our Cyber & Data Risk team received the ‘Business Development Innovation Award’ at the 2020 Legal Innovation Awards, as well as ‘Cyber Law Firm of the Year’ at the prestigious Insurance Insider Cyber Rankings Awards, for its market-leading suite of digital tools to help our clients prepare for and respond to cyber and data risk crises.

Our vision is to be leading business advisers, recognised for our insight and our outstanding commitment to clients, and for being the place where talented people want to work. For further details on our work and our culture, please visit www.dacbeachcroft.com.

Application Details

At DAC Beachcroft, we don’t just accept your differences we celebrate them.  From bespoke solutions for our clients, to treating you like an individual.  Our strength comes from your diverse ideas and bringing the whole you to work. So if you’re good at what you do, come as you are.  We welcome direct applications and are happy to talk flexible working.

We also want you to be at your very best.  Please feel free to let us know of any changes we can make at any point in the recruitment process that will help support your application.  If this opportunity sounds of interest to you, please make an application and submit your CV.  Your application will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

Note for Recruitment Agencies – the DAC Beachcroft recruitment team is responsible for managing all current vacancies through direct hiring and referrals wherever possible.  We do work with recruitment agencies and where we require external support we will formally release those vacancies to the agencies on our Preferred Supplier List deemed best placed to assist us.  Speculative CVs sent by any agency to any DAC Beachcroft employee without a specific request by the recruitment team will not be accepted and with no introduction fee applicable.  Our recruitment team can be contacted at recruitment@dacbeachcroft.com

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