Boards, the award-winning book, 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.
Boards has won the HR & Management Category of the Business Books Awards for 2020, and in the judges' decision:
'An easy read, it delivers invaluable advice, with practical, real-life case studies, that enable the reader to better understand the challenges of working at board level. Whether you are a new or experienced board member, or on the senior leadership team working with board members, this is an invaluable guide that will enable, empower and enrich your understanding, interactions and contribution.'
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“A reference book that should stand the test of time…
Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Chair of Lloyds of London, President CMI
“A rich, fresh resource…
Dame Mary Marsh, Chair of Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
“Possibly the most practical guide around…
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)
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.