Board Evaluation

A key enabler of Board Effectiveness is embedded in the collective and individual behaviour of each Board member. Our unique approach to board evaluation goes beyond an annual ‘tick-box’ exercise or purely ‘technical’ 3-yearly review of governance process. We also provide expertise and independent judgment on: the behaviours, motives, values, individual and collective performance that guide the board dynamic and decision making process.

Our approach is different. It has been informed by highly experienced Board members who have observed:
“A board may be strong on governance and compliance… and yet still be dysfunctional in terms of behaviours”.

Bringing a fresh perspective to Board Evaluation and Effectiveness

Baxter Neumann have consulted with the market: Chairmen/women, SIDs, NEDs, CEOs, Executives, Company Secretaries and service providers. We have listened to and learned from their experience. For many, the methods applied to Board Evaluation have not evolved beyond a mandatory ‘tick-box’ exercise with a few cursory sentences in the Annual Report. There is little evidence to suggest they add real value or bring a fresh perspective to the evaluation of a board’s effectiveness. Indeed, quite the opposite. Recent PLC failures highlight that the conclusions of some external Board evaluations have been embarrassingly inaccurate.

Some stakeholders have observed, a lack of choice, informed insight or innovation. Responding to this need, Baxter Neumann have developed a range of Board Evaluation solutions to suit different business needs around annual and 3-yearly Board Evaluation reporting; the desire to be more forensic and strategic, to look at individual Board behaviours, as well as process, and how they impact effectiveness.

From experience we know that the behavioural dynamics are key to whether a Board succeeds or fails. Processes, structures and procedures can only do so much. Our solutions enable clients to understand the whole picture.

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Achieving the right balance of constructive tension, healthy challenge, supportiveness and collaboration is critical for enabling quality decision making, informed strategic debate, organisational health and agility.

Board Evaluation Solutions

Our Board Evaluation solutions are fully customisable and menu based in approach, allowing the client to decide the level and degree of insight: lighter touch or more forensic.

Our services are designed around the client needs and context; from a self-assessed, compliance focused questionnaire through to a more comprehensive performance and value based approach including: individual and collective Board member performance, capability and motives, overall cohesion of the Board, as well as Governance assessment, code compliance review, Board productivity and efficiency e.g. Board papers and process. With or without our continued support, this approach delivers tangible, actionable outcomes.

Baxter Neumann provide a ‘head-up’ display to inform strategic thinking and decision making, not simply a ‘rear-view’ mirror of historical events. Our aim is to reduce ‘time to value’ and optimise opportunity for the client Board. Evaluations are conducted by a team of highly experienced professionals: qualified lawyers, former Big 4 Risk and Audit Partners, Company Secretaries, Plc Board Directors and Leadership Assessment experts, with extensive Board experience across industry sectors in the UK and internationally.

Expertise in all aspects of Board Evaluation