About UsPreparing for the boardroom

EBM is a unique, world class programme aimed at the next generation of FTSE Chief Executives, Chief Financial Officers and board Directors.

Our premium mentoring programme supports our clients’ own management development plans as they prepare senior business leaders and fast-track executives for board positions.

We match the rising stars with experienced, proven Chairmen and Non-Executive Directors and expose them to a wide range of business leadership, strategy setting and implementation, decision-making and corporate governance experience.

Confidential and individually tailored mentoring sessions are supported by a structured business school programme that delivers an appreciation of what it means to be an effective board member.

By offering a network of the next generation of business leaders, we enable them to access seasoned board leaders and a valuable peer group.

Our ApproachMatching the best with the best

Our programme matches the executive with access to an experienced Chairman and Non-Executive Director with a proven track record and reputation and a range of experience of particular interest to the mentee.

This confidential access to a dedicated mentor is designed to ensure that the executive:

  • Feels fully prepared for a board role
  • understands the responsibilities of a plc director and the different roles around the boardroom table
  • develops a broad range of skills and experiences to bring a valuable perspective to board discussion
  • creates a strong external network
  • is exposed to new and different ways of approaching decision-making
  • is able to make an immediate contribution as a non-executive director

The TeamLongstanding boardroom advisers

Barry Gould and Patricia Tehan set up EBM Limited in 2010. They are the founding partners of Lygon Group, the independent, board specialist search firm. They are experienced board consultants, advising on a wide range of executive and non-executive recruitment; succession planning; board composition and executive development matters.

Barry Gould

Barry established an independent board practice in 2004 which he incorporated into Lygon Group in 2008. His early search career was with Russell Reynolds and then as head of the Private Equity practice and a partner at Whitehead Mann. Prior to executive search, he worked in general management with Inchcape Group in the UK and internationally. He has a BA from London University and an MBA from Cranfield.

Patricia Tehan

Patricia established Lygon Group in September 2008. Prior to this, Patricia set up the board practice for Blackwood. She was previously head of the board practice for TMP, a US-quoted search firm. Her early career was as a financial and business journalist with The Times and The Evening Standard. She has a BA in French and Politics from Leicester University.

Our Mentors

Stuart ChambersChairman of Rexam plc, NED of Tesco plc and Manchester Airports Group plc

Stuart Chambers is Chairman of Rexam plc from February 2012. He has been a Non-Executive Director of Tesco plc and of Manchester Airports Group plc, both from 2010. He was a Non-Executive Director of Smiths Group plc, from 2006 to July 2012. He was Group Chief Executive of Nippon Sheet Glass Co, a major international glass manufacturer headquartered in Tokyo, from 2008 until his retirement in 2009. He was previously Group Chief Operating Officer from 2007 and successfully drove the integration of Pilkington and NSG.

From 2002 to 2006, he was Chief Executive Officer of Pilkington plc. He joined the business in 1996 as Group Vice President, Marketing Building Products and held a variety of general management roles. Prior to Pilkington plc, he spent ten years at Mars Corporation and ten years with Shell.

Anita FrewChairman of Victrex plc, NED of IMI plc, NED of Lloyds Banking Group plc and NED of Aberdeen Asset Management plc

Anita Frew was appointed Chairman of Victrex plc in October 2008, having been the company’s Senior Independent Director since 2002. Victrex is a UK-based manufacturer of polymers, with revenues of £216 million and a market capitalisation of £1 billion. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Aberdeen Asset Management plc, IMI plc, Northumbrian Water and Lloyds Banking Group plc. In 1990 she founded Frew Macmaster Ltd, an investor relations consultancy, which she sold to marketing and advertising company, Abbott Mead Vickers Ltd in 1997, at the same time joining the executive board of the company where, until 2001, she was responsible for the strategic development of the group. Prior to that, from 1987 to 1989, she was Director of Corporate Development at WPP Group plc, where she oversaw the reverse takeover of JWT Group. She spent her earlier career in various investment and marketing roles at Scottish Provident International Life Assurance and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, having obtained a BA from the University of Strathclyde.

Sir Roy GardnerChairman of Compass Group plc, NED of Willis Group Holdings plc

Sir Roy Gardner has been Chairman of Compass Group plc since 2006, having joined the board as a Non-Executive Director in 2005. Compass is a global contract food service and support services company with revenues of £15.8 billion and a market capitalisation of £11.5 billion. During his tenure, he has overseen a turnaround in Compass’s business, pulling out of unprofitable contracts and restructuring the management team.

He has also been a Senior Adviser to Credit Suisse Group since 2006 and a Non-Executive Director of global insurance broker, Willis Group Holdings plc, since 2006. He was appointed Chairman of Mainstream Renewable Power Limited and Chairman of EnServe Group Limited in 2010. He is also Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Energy Futures Lab of Imperial College; Chairman of the Apprenticeship Ambassadors Network; President of Carers UK and a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University.

He was CEO of Centrica plc from 1997 to 2006, prior to which he was Finance Director of British Gas plc, from 1994 to 1997. He spent his early career with GEC and Marconi, having started with British Aircraft Corp where he worked from 1963 to 1975. In 1986, he moved to STC Communications Systems and was with Northern Telecom Ltd from 1991 to 1992 before returning to GEC in 1994 where he worked as MD of GEC-Marconi and a Director of GEC plc until 1995.

He was previously Chairman of Manchester United, from 2002 until it was taken private in 2006, having joined the club as a Non-Executive Director in 1999. He was also a Non-Executive Director of Laporte plc (1996 to 2001) and Chairman of the British Olympics Appeal Committee for the Beijing Games 2008.

Penny Hughes CBENED of Wm Morrison plc, Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc

Penny Hughes has been a Non-Executive Director of food retailer, Wm Morrison plc since January 2010. She is also a Non-Executive Director of telecommunications services provider, Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc and of Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc.

She was previously a Non-Executive Director of Home Retail Group plc (2007-2011); Gap Inc (2002-2009); Vodafone Group plc (1998-2006); Reuters Group (2004-2008); Trinity Mirror plc (1999-2005); Enodis plc (1996-2001); Body Shop International plc (1994-2000); Next plc (1996-1998); and of Coca Cola Beverages (1989-1992).

She started her career in 1980 as a technologist at Procter & Gamble Co, before joining the sales and marketing team. From there, she moved to the Milk Marketing Board, where she was a brand manager until 1984, when she moved to Coca Cola Co Ltd. By 1989, having successfully overseen the merger of the bottling interests of Coca-Cola UK and Schweppes, she was appointed Commercial Director. In 1993, she was appointed president of the UK and Ireland businesses of Coca-Cola UK Ltd, in which role she remained until 1995.

She is President of the Advertising Association, an adviser to Bridgepoint Capital, and a trustee of the British Museum. She has a first class degree in Chemistry from Sheffield University.

James (Jim) LengNED of Alstom, NED of Genel Energy plc, Former Chairman of Corus Group

Jim Leng is a Non-Executive Director of Alstom, a French engineering company, with revenues of £18 billion and a market capitalisation of c. £6 billion and of Genel Energy plc, an oil company with revenues of £81 million, from 2011. He is also a Non-Executive Director of J O Hambro Investment Management Ltd; Senior Adviser to HSBC Holdings plc; and European Chairman of American private equity firm, AEA Investors LLC. He was a Non-Executive Director of TNK-BP, the largest independent Russian oil and gas company, from 2009 to 2011.

From 2003 to 2009, he was Chairman of Corus Group, a global steel company sold to Tata Steel, where he was also Deputy Chairman until July 2009. He was also previously Chairman of engineering group, IMI plc (2005), having been a Non-Executive Director for the preceding three years; a Non-Executive Director of Hanson plc, a supplier of heavy building materials; and of glass manufacturer, Pilkington plc.

From 1995 to 2001, he was CEO of Laporte plc, an international speciality chemicals company, and before that, from 1992 to 1995, of Low & Bonar plc, a diverse materials and packaging company. He joined Low & Bonar plc in 1984 as managing director of their principal UK subsidiaries, before being appointed to the main board in 1989. He spent his early career at John Waddington plc, where he held a number of senior management positions.

Sir David ReidChairman of Intertek Group plc, NED of Reed Elsevier plc

Sir David Reid is Chairman of Intertek Group plc from January 2012 having been an NED from December 2011. He is the Senior Independent Director of Reed Elsevier plc, from 2009, having been a Non-Executive Director from 2003, and became Chairman of Kwik-Fit Group Ltd in 2006 with its sale in 2011.

He was Chairman of Tesco plc, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, from 2004 to November 2011. He was previously a Non-Executive Director of Westbury plc, the homebuilder, from 1989 to 1996; De Vere Group plc, from 1994 to 2002; and of Legal & General Group plc, from 1995 to 1997.

From 1996 to 2002, David was Deputy Chairman of Tesco plc, responsible for international development, operations and strategic planning. He was previously Finance Director, from 1985 to 1996. Prior to Tesco plc, he held numerous roles including Chief Accountant for Philips Industrie GmbH, from 1973 to 1979; Group Financial Controller for BAT Industries plc, from 1979 to 1982; and Finance Director of International Stores Limited, from 1982 to 1985.

Don RobertCEO of Experian plc, NED of Compass Group plc

Don Robert was appointed CEO of Experian plc in October 2006, on its demerger from GUS plc. Experian is a global credit information group, with operations in 36 countries, revenues of £2.5 billion and a market capitalisation of £8.7 billion. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Compass Group plc, the international food and support services company, with revenues of £15.8 billion and a market capitalisation of £11.5 billion. Don is a visiting Fellow at Oxford University.

Don was previously (2002-2005) CEO of Experian North America Inc, having joined Experian in 2001 from financial services company, The First American Corporation. From 1995 to 2001, he held various positions with First American, including Executive Vice President of Mortgage Origination Services, and President of the Consumer Information and Services Group. Prior to this, he was President at Credco Inc, a US-based credit reporting company which was acquired by The First American Corporation in 1995. He spent his earlier career at US Bancorp, a multi-state bank holding company, where he held various positions of increasing levels of responsibility over fifteen years.

He has a BS degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University.

David WebsterChairman of Makinson Cowell Ltd, NED of Amadeus IT Holdings SA, NED of Temple Bar Investment Trust,
Former chairman of Intercontinental Hotels Group plc

David Webster has been the Chairman of Makinson Cowell Ltd, the capital markets advisory firm since 2004. David has been a Director of the National Life Story Collection since June 2005, a Knight of the Order of St John; joined the Board of the Temple Bar Investment Trust in January 2009 and has been a Non-Executive Director of Amadeus IT Holding SA from May 2010.

David was appointed to the Board of Intercontinental Hotels Group plc in 2003 and became the Non-Executive Chairman in 2004, a position he held until December 2012.

Prior to this, David was a co-founder, together with the late James Gulliver and Sir Alistair Grant, of Safeway plc (formerly Argyll Group plc) and was appointed Chairman in 1997. He had previously served as the Deputy Chairman and Finance Director. David retired as Chairman in March 2004 following Safeway’s merger with Wm Morrison plc.

Formerly, David was a Non-Executive Director of Reed Elsevier plc, and served in the Royal Naval Reserve for eight years from 1962 to 1970, latterly as a Lieutenant.

The Programme

Following our engagement by the client we will meet the executive to assess their requirements for the programme and to agree the type of mentor best suited to the role. Our mentors are able to draw on a wide range of experience at board level in leading international companies across all sectors. Our initial discussions with the client and the executive will address the type of mentor(s) to be involved in the programme including, amongst others, details of their background, functional, sector and geographical experience and the range of issues to be addressed. In addition to our panel of mentors, we conduct a search to find the mentor best suited to the project in hand. All mentors are highly regarded and experienced industry leaders and are pre-referenced through well informed industry insiders and the investor community.

It is important to emphasise that from this stage onwards, the process will be under the control of the executive and all information discussed with executives will be held in the strictest confidence between the executive, the mentors and EBM. This information will not be divulged to the client nor to any outside parties without the express permission of the executive.

A preliminary Mentoring Programme Agenda (MPA) will then be prepared by EBM and agreed with the executive. We will also seek input from the executive’s Chief Executive, HR Director and other colleagues, as appropriate. Once the MPA has been agreed, EBM will arrange preliminary meetings between the executive and the proposed mentor(s) to discuss the scope and issues to be addressed throughout the programme. Following the initial meeting, it is anticipated that the executive will wish to maintain contact with the mentor(s) by telephone on a regular basis and probably at least once a month. If, after the initial meetings, it becomes clear that the relationship between executive and mentor is not working, we will address this with both sides and change the mentor if necessary.

Throughout the course of the programme, EBM will be in constant touch with the executive and available to address any issues or questions that may arise.