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The evidence is clear; diverse perspectives and inclusive working environments produce better business outcomes. But as evidence also shows, many of us have more to do on this, especially when it comes to ethnic diversity and inclusion. The next BSB members’ event: Ethic Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace will take place on 19 March and feature speakers from Lloyds Bank, NatWest and the FCA.

Speakers include:
– Janet Pope, Chief of Staff and Group Director, Sustainable Business, Lloyds Banking Group

– Helen Cook, Chief HR Officer, Natwest Group

– Sheldon Mills, Executive Director of Consumers and Competition, Financial Conduct Authority

The aim will be to share practical ideas and experience to help us all move further and faster on this important issue, and create the financial services sector we want to see in the future – and now. We will also share with you at this session some of the overall findings on diversity and inclusion from the 2020 BSB Survey. Member event by invitation only.

Join us for a virtual lunch with guest speaker David Bodanis, author of The Art of Fairness: The Power of Decency in a World Turned Mean  from 12-1pm on Thursday 11 February. The Art of Fairness is in the words of The Sunday Times a ‘cheering, timely, inspirational reminder that we can succeed without losing our souls’. This uplifting book includes a series of great lessons from history on an inclusive, team-oriented model for successful business, some of which David will share with the audience, as well as taking your questions on how to incorporate techniques that have succeeded in the past into the way we manage people today. We very much hope that you can join us at this BSB guest speaker event. BSB members only.

The second in this series of two joint BSB/IBE events will again bring together a group of Chairs and Non-Executive Directors to speak to a senior business audience about the role and responsibility of boards in managing organisational culture across different industries, looking in particular at what boards are focusing on in 2021 and how different sectors are looking to influence and shape workplace culture going forward.

Our panel for this second event will be:

  • Dame Susan Rice, Chair, BSB and Scottish Water
  • Sir Douglas Flint, Chairman, Standard Life Aberdeen, IP Group and Just Finance Foundation
  • Sara Weller, Non-Executive Director, Lloyds Banking Group, Trustee, Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales and Independent Non-Executive Director, BT Group

Our invited audience will comprise Chairs, NEDs and senior executives from a variety of sectors and industries. Member event by invitation only.


This digital event, organised in partnership between the BSB and the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE), will be the first in a series of two events bringing together Chairs, Non-Executive Directors and senior executives to consider what the experience of responding to the pandemic has taught us about our organisational cultures and the role of boards in managing and influencing culture.

Prompted by opening remarks from a distinguished panel, we will have the opportunity to share thoughts and lessons learned from across not only financial services but also a range of sectors and industries; drawing on the experience of the past nine months, to help us address as effectively as possible the challenges still to come.

Our panel for this first event will be:

-Philippa Foster Back CBE, International Advisory Council member, IBE

-David Roberts, Chairman Nationwide and Vice-Chairman, NHS England

-Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive, London First, Independent Non-Executive Director, Standard Chartered PLC and Non-Executive Director, WPP Plc

By invitation only. For more information please contact:

BSB CEO Alison Cottrell speaking on a panel: The role of purpose in driving safe and sustainable cultures at the 6th Annual Culture and Conduct Forum for the financial services industry.

BSB CEO Alison Cottrell giving the keynote at the Investing and Saving Alliance’s virtual Culture Conference on 19 November 2020.


BSB CEO Alison Cottrell will be speaking at the Financial Times Future of Work digital conference series on 6 October. Alison will be taking part in a panel on the diversity in the workplace in the time of COVID-19.

BSB Chairman Dame Susan Rice will be contributing to Ethical Finance 2020 in October. Organised by the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI) this event will bring together business, political, civic and social leaders to network, share, co-develop and shape a fairer, more sustainable financial system.

BSB CEO Alison Cottrell will be speaking at the Culture in Investment Management Forum on 17 September. Alison will be taking part in a panel on the role of leaders, executives and iNEDs in developing, maintaining and measuring culture.

This virtual event on the morning of 22 July 2020, led by Mikael Down, Executive Director for Assessment and Insights at the BSB, will focus on technology and organisation culture.The BSB has continued to explore the findings from firms who, alongside their participation in the annual BSB Survey in 2019, also took part in our more detailed focus groups on the theme of technology and organisational culture. Insights from interviews and focus groups provided us with a wealth of valuable data that we will share more widely for the first time during the session.

This event is by invitation and for BSB members only. To find out more about BSB membership, please visit Membership or contact