Charlotte Valeur – Chair of the Board of Blackstone, member of the primary markets group at the London Stock Exchange NED at Land O’Rourke and NED at NTR. Former Chair of the IoD Over the last 15 years, Charlotte has been a director of 7 public companies, including three appointments as chair. During that period she has taken part in a complete restructuring of NTR Plc, the sale of Renewable Energy Generation Plc to BlackRock and, as Chair, overseen a $8bln Merger of FTSE250 Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate Plc with its US NYSE listed parent. Charlotte also has board experience with a range of unlisted companies including international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke, BT Pension Fund and as the National Chair of Institute of Directors U.K.
Before entering the field of governance, Charlotte worked in finance, where she has over 35 years’ experience. Her career included stints with Societe Generale, BNP-Paribas, and S.G. Warburg. Charlotte is a corporate governance expert and a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom, underpinning this advocacy with action by founding Board Apprentice. This not-for-profit organisation provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business, and has been cited in the U.K. Government’s reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for bringing about real change.
Charlotte believes in purposeful leadership underpinned by personal values. This makes for inspirational and powerful leaders who build trust and resilience within the organisations they lead.
Her insights on leadership are very inspiring: CHTT – Collaboration honesty transparency and trust. Love is letting go of fear. The piece of advice she wish she had when she started out is: pursue what you are passionate about. Focus on yourself development and self awareness. Reach forThings out of my reach or perceived to be. I’ve learnt that I probably suffer from ADHD and have found that I am autistic. Great tips I’ve been given: has somebody who doesn’t fit in. The future should have flatter structures more accountability and less bosses. Building trust = credibility+ reliability +confidentiality divided by (ego + self agendas).