06 June 2024, 18:00 – 19:00

The Role of the Chair: THA Conversation with David Tyler

Robin Hayes Room, Trinity Hall
  • LocationOnline
  • CostFree of charge
  • Booking closing dateThursday, 06 June 2024 12:00pm
  • Event typeWebinar

We are delighted to announce the inaugural THA Conversation with businessman and alumnus David Tyler “The Role of the Chair – the Parker Review, Sainsbury’s and Beyond” at 6.00 pm BST on 6 June.

In this webinar we will explore the work of the Parker Review, the independent body addressing minority ethnic diversity and representation in UK Boardrooms, which is chaired by David and has recently reported progress. David will also talk about the role of the Chair more broadly drawing upon his extensive FTSE experience, including as Chair of Sainsbury’s. The Conversation will be an opportunity for alumni to address questions to David both about the Parker Review and how the role of Chair in business today.

We are very much looking forward to practical insights and great questions!

David Tyler

David Tyler

David Tyler studied Economics at Trinity Hall 1971 – 74.

His subsequent 50 years’ business experience spans the consumer, retail, business services and financial services sectors. His executive career (1974 to 2006) was spent in financial and general management in Unilever, NatWest, Christie’s and GUS.

Since 2007, he has had a non-executive career, chairing a number of companies including Sainsbury’s, Logica, Hammerson, 3i Quoted Private Equity, The White Company, and Hampstead Theatre. He has also been a non-executive director at Experian, Burberry and Reckitt Benckiser.

He currently chairs three companies: Domestic & General, PZ Cussons and JoJo Maman Bebe. He also chairs the Government-backed Parker Review on ethnic diversity in business.

In his decade as Chair of Sainsbury’s, he placed high importance on diversity and inclusion for women and for ethnic minorities. He was one of the seven founding FTSE100 Chairmen in 2010 supporting the birth of the 30% Club, and the Co-Chair of the Parker Review from its inception in 2015 until 2022 when he became its Chair. He was chosen by Empower in 2018 as its number one Advocate of Ethnic Minority Talent.

Gillian Karran-Cumberlege

Gillian Karran-Cumberlege

Gillian Karran-Cumberlege is a co-founder of Fidelio Partners with its remit of “Building Better Boards”. She advises Chairs internationally on Board effectiveness and composition with a clear focus on delivering value for shareholders and stakeholders. Gillian is recognised for her commitment and contribution to embedding D&I (Fidelio is accredited by the UK’s Hampton-Alexander Review) and ESG, including promoting climate change competence in the Boardroom.

Gillian is a Board Member of Chapter Zero, the Directors’ Climate Forum; a Board Member of the German British Roundtable; Stipends Committee Member, Trinity Hall, Cambridge and President of the Trinity Hall Association. Previously Gillian served as an Independent Board Member of Jaguar Land Rover India and a Member of the Harvard Business School Alumni Board.

Prior to founding Fidelio Gillian held senior executive roles within some of Europe’s leading corporates; this included Global Head of Investor Relations for Volkswagen AG (2000 – 2007) where she was the most senior female executive globally. Previously Gillian had enjoyed a highly successful career in banking for example heading Group Investor Relations for UBS. She started her career in Banking Supervision with the Bank of England.

Gillian has an MA in History from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, attended the Harvard General Management Programme and is a Fellow of the UK IR Society.

Booking and cost

There is no charge to attend, however, booking is required. Please register no later than midday on Thursday 6 June.

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