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What if it isn’t women who are the problem?

By Carole Pemberton

Anyone who has been interested in the issue of equality at work for some time, will have grown weary of endless reports noting the slow progress towards greater representation of women on UK Boards.  Read more

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Governance questions and the Paul Flowers debacle

by Karen hope

As a recruiter of Trustees and Chairs onto the Boards of charities I am only too aware of what constitutes good governance in the recruitment process.  With the spectacular fall from grace of Paul Flowers and the disbelief as to how he came to be appointed as the Chair of Co-op Bank, Read more

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Winning business in the public sector

By Kevin Baughen

Two years ago, I wrote a piece for the Guardian website about how small organisations were struggling to even be considered to deliver local, public services in spite of the Big Society initiative claiming this was all going to change…

Have you seen any evidence of change since then?  We’re genuinely interested at Achill Management in the kinds of organisations that are perceived to be appropriate to deliver public contracts but who aren’t Serco or Group 4 (and they still win contracts despite unbelievable behaviour!). Read more

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Why Does Resilience Matter?

By Carole Pemberton

We live in a world which is marked by disruption: whether it is the impact of the financial crisis on organisations and individuals; changes in social patterns in how we live, or climate change. The certainties which marked previous generations are no longer available to us. That is why resilience is now on the agenda of those involved in working with communities; of organisations trying to adapt to shifts in economic power, and individuals. Read more

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