What led you to apply to join the board?
Having spent my career to date at the same firm, I was mindful that there was a vast amount about the profession of which I had no direct experience. I was interested in an opportunity that might allow me to look at the wider issues facing solicitors in Scotland. I had also heard frequently of the benefits to be gained from enhancing your experience of corporate governance.
What are your main impressions from serving as board member?
For most of my time, I was the only member who was not also a member of Council. While this was initially a bit daunting, I quickly realised that there was often a benefit of having someone at board without this additional role. In particular, I felt it gave me an objective perspective on certain issues that might already have been discussed in detail at Council or committee level, which I found helpful at times.
What issue was most significant for you while on the board?
Serving throughout the Independent Review of Legal Services Regulation and during the publication of Esther Roberton’s report in October 2018 was an invaluable and thoroughly interesting experience.
What would you say to someone not sure if they should apply?
I would recommend anyone who is interested in gaining board experience, particularly within the profession you have a vested interest in, to consider applying. It might feel like you are putting yourself out of your comfort zone, but I have heard it said many times that if an opportunity becomes available, the best thing you can do is to say yes, then learn how to do it later!
Taken from a blog by Lynsey Walker: find it at bit.ly/3QQxoQe, with a link to the application form for the position. The deadline is 22 April 2021.
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