Governance Network Roundtable - Board Approaches to Talent Management with Mervyn Walker, HMRC and Stevie Spring, The Co-operative Group

Please note, this is a private event, by invitation only, and is intended specifically for individuals currently sitting as a Non-Executive and/or Trustee. The invitees are carefully selected in line with The Whitehall and Industry Group’s charitable purpose, representing organisations from a variety of sectors, to bring a range of views and perspectives. If you or a colleague would like to be considered for future roundtables in this series, then please feel free to email us on [email protected]

In this discussion, Non-Executives and Trustees from across the sectors will address contemporary thinking on a Board’s role in Talent Management. With opening remarks offered by Mervyn Walker, Non-Executive Director, HMRC & Chair of the cross-government Talent Action Group; and Stevie Spring, Non-Executive, The Co-operative Group and Chairman, British Council & Mind; the session will offer perspectives from across government, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector.

  • Stevie Spring CBE

    Non-Executive Director

    The Co-operative Group

    Stevie Spring became Chairman of the British Council in August 2019, and is also Chairman of Mind, the mental health charity. She has previously chaired both the Groundwork Federation and BBC Children in Need, and served on the boards of Kent University, Arts and Business, and the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society. She is now a portfolio director and investor, particularly in 'profit with purpose' ventures, and has broad experience of partnerships and joint ventures.  Stevie graduated in law and after roles in marketing, television and international advertising, became Chief Executive of two international media companies where she led on digital transformation. Named one of Britain’s 500 most influential people and one of the UK’s 100 most connected women, Stevie was awarded a CBE in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours.

  • Mervyn Walker

    Lead Non-Executive and Chair of the Board

    HM Revenue & Customs

    Mervyn Walker is the Lead Non-Executive and Chair of the Board at HMRC. He has been a member of the HMRC Board since 2014.  He also chairs the Talent Action Group of non-executives who work across government to support the Civil Service on talent development.   Mervyn has a number of non-executive roles outside government.  He is the Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council at the University of Birmingham, the Chair of Moorfields Eye Charity, the Chair of the Wood Group Pension Plan, the Chair of the RICS Pension Scheme and a trustee director of the LifeSight pensions master trust. Mervyn is a lawyer by background and spent his executive career in the private sector, working in a wide range of roles across a number of sectors.  For much of his career he focused on senior functional roles, which included serving as Group HR Director of three FTSE 100 companies: British Airways, Mondi and Anglo American.   

 

 

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