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Book Lounge: Boards

Boards, the 2nd edition of the award-winning book by Patrick Dunne, provides a practical, realistic, thought-provoking and useful guide to life as a board member.

This edition continues to emphasize a “Purpose”, “People” and “Process” structure and provides new content covering the pandemic, diversity and inclusion, Culture, Stakeholder engagement, Board reviews, smaller listed companies as well as the use of technology. This combined with a series of real-life dilemmas for readers to practice on, makes this book an ideal companion whether you are an aspirant, novice or seasoned campaigner.

Drawing on Patrick’s extensive range of experience working with and on boards in many sectors, in the UK and internationally, it is equally applicable to business, charities and social enterprises, professional services firms, public bodies and universities.

The book is also written in a highly accessible and engaging style that brings life and fun to what is a very serious topic.

'An easy read, it delivers invaluable advice, with practical, real-life case studies, that enable the reader to better understand the challenges of working at board level. Whether you are a new or experienced board member, or on the senior leadership team working with board members, this is an invaluable guide that will enable, empower and enrich your understanding, interactions and contribution.'.

Rated 4.5 / 5 on GoodReads and 5 / 5 on Amazon


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Patrick Dunne OBE

Experienced Chair, Serial social entrepreneur, VC and PE Investor.

Chair of board consultancy Boardelta and the charities Royal Voluntary Service and ESSA- Education Sub Saharan Africa.

Patrick’s executive experience was with Air Products and with FTSE 100 private equity 3i Group plc where during a 26 year career as an investor and leader he was Communications Director, a member of its Operating committee and Chair of its Operational Risk forum.

Patrick has helped Chairs across a wide range of sectors in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America to transform the effectiveness of their boards through Boardelta. A member of the Higgs review and author of the award winning “Boards” he has also helped to establish many successful courses on board skills including for the BVCA, Invest Europe and the Financial Times.

He has a passion for education and is a former member of the General Council of the University of Warwick, a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management, and an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School. He is also a former Chair of the Oversight Board for the Chartered Management Consultant and trustee of the Chartered Management Institute.

He was also the founding chair of the EY Foundation, Chaired Leap Confronting Conflict and smart materials business D3O and was the founder of Warwick in Africa a volunteer led charity which is transforming maths and English teaching in slums and areas of rural poverty in Ghana, South Africa and Tanzania.

Patrick was awarded an OBE in the King’s 2023 Birthday Honours list for services to charity and philanthropy in Africa and the UK.

Milton Nkosi

Milton Nkosi is a former BBC News Africa Bureaux Chief and South Asia Bureaux Editor.


He is an award-winning journalist and media thought-leader. He joined the BBC in the late 80s just before the release of Nelson Mandela, covering all the township wars and the subsequent political negotiations, major stories across the continent and beyond. 


He has covered major stories in Angola, the then Zaire which is present-day DRC, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Rwanda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran and many more others. 

He has interviewed Walter Sisulu, Harry Belafonte, former US President Bill Clinton, Former UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, F.W. De Klerk, Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Jacob Zuma, President Thabo Mbeki, President Kgalema Motlanthe, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Winnie Mandela and many other leaders. 


He studied journalism at the BBC Academy’s College of Journalism in London and management and leadership at Ashridge College in Hertfordshire. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Africa Asia Dialogues.

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