Boards by Patrick Dunne

The book

Boards provides a practical, realistic, thought-provoking and useful guide to life as a board member.

The “Purpose”, “People” and “Process” structure works well. This combined with a series of real life dilemmas for readers to practice on, makes this book an ideal companion whether you are an aspirant, novice or seasoned campaigner.

Drawing on Patrick’s extensive range of experience working with and on boards in many sectors, in the UK and internationally, it is equally applicable to business, charities and social enterprises, professional services firms, public bodies and universities.

The book is also written in a highly accessible and engaging style that brings life and fun to what is a very serious topic.

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“A reference book that should stand the test of time…

... Very readable, easy to dip into for specific advice and comments on particular issues."

Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Chair of Lloyds of London, President CMI

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Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Chair of Lloyds of London, President CMI

... Very readable, easy to dip into for specific advice and comments on particular issues."

“A rich, fresh resource…

...for both directors in any sector on boards of all kinds and those working with them or otherwise advising them, including CEOs and other senior leaders. The key themes Purpose, People and Process would also be a good frame for approaches to wider leadership development. Patrick Dunne rightly focuses on ‘how’ to do it well and resolve challenges rather than on ‘what’ to do. This is the guide to EQ in Governance which is vital, especially for all Chairs, established, new in post and aspiring, which is generously shared from the wise experience of the author."

Dame Mary Marsh, Chair of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 

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2019-10-17T14:26:29+00:00

Dame Mary Marsh, Chair of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 

...for both directors in any sector on boards of all kinds and those working with them or otherwise advising them, including CEOs and other senior leaders. The key themes Purpose, People and Process would also be a good frame for approaches to wider leadership development. Patrick Dunne rightly focuses on ‘how’ to do it well and resolve challenges rather than on ‘what’ to do. This is the guide to EQ in Governance which is vital, especially for all Chairs, established, new in post and aspiring, which is generously shared from the wise experience of the author."

“Possibly the most practical guide around…

... So easy to read because it is written by a Board Director and Chairman who has operated in nearly every type of Board; from Private Equity to Social Enterprise, and Business Advisory to University."

Paul Drechsler, Chair of Bibby Line Group, London First, Teach First, Chancellor Teesside University, Former President CBI, Chair of Non-Executive Director Awards (Sunday Times/Peel Hunt)

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Paul Drechsler, Chair of Bibby Line Group, London First, Teach First, Chancellor Teesside University, Former President CBI, Chair of Non-Executive Director Awards (Sunday Times/Peel Hunt)

... So easy to read because it is written by a Board Director and Chairman who has operated in nearly every type of Board; from Private Equity to Social Enterprise, and Business Advisory to University."

About the author

Patrick has extensive experience of working with boards around the world in the business, public body, education and social sectors. He Chairs board consultancy Boardelta and the charities EY Foundation and ESSA - Education Sub Saharan Africa. He is a Trustee of the Chartered Management Institute, a Visiting Professor at Cranfield and the Founder of Warwick in Africa.

The author of three other books on the subject, he was a member of the Higgs Review and is a regular contributor to board skills programmes, including the Financial Times Board Director Programme.

His executive career was with Air Products and FTSE100 3i Group plc where he was a member of its operating committee. He has a degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Warwick and an MBA from Cranfield.