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Blog : BOARD TALK

Put A Millennial Worker In Every Boardroom

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 12:20 PM

UK business has shown a strong tendency until very recently to protect its boardrooms from change. This is odd, because by its own admission, businesses are needing to change very fast to keep up with a rapidly changing world.


In 2016, it felt as if every other week the

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UK: Powerful Voices Speak On Pay, Employees And Stakeholders

Posted on November 7, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Quietly, amid other events grabbing the headlines, there have been some interesting developments in UK corporate governance, by way of input to the government's BEIS Select Committee inquiry into corporate governance.


Both the independent regulator, the Financial Reporting Counc...

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CBI Backs Review's Call To Increase Ethnic Representation On UK Boards

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 10:50 AM

It should not have taken this long, and it did not really need yet another piece of research to establish that ethnic diversity across UK boardrooms is "disproportionately low."


But this time it is a government-backed review, led by Sir John Parker, and it has immediately been backed by Britain's powerful business lobby group, the Con...

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UK Law Firms - Never Mind AI - Watch Out For The Gender Pay Gap

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 5:05 PM

The writing is on the wall for UK law firms - covered by me on Forbes regarding digital transformation and the opportunity as well as the disruption offered by Artificial Intelligence.


But there's another very important transformation they face - meeting demands on gender diversity.


On Page 47...

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FCA Pledges To Walk The Walk On Diversity

Posted on October 11, 2016 at 2:05 AM

There's nothing quite like 'walking the walk' - instead of 'talking the talk.'


This might well pose translation problems out of English as it is wonderul this blog has always had a global audience... but, hey - that seems to be the least of the problems on governance that abound. 'Walking the walk' means doing what you say you intend to do.


Before those who are disgruntled decide to troll me on Twitter (attention Tim Bush and any other analysts

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UK Boards Turn Up Their Noses At Academics - Why ?

Posted on September 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM

There are currently 59 directors with an academic background serving on Fortune 100 boards in the United States.Guess how many non-executive directors with an academic background there are on the boards of FTSE 100 companies? EIGHT.


This is according to research undertaken by Oxford Brookes University’s Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice. It was commissioned by the 30% Club Higher Education Working Group and co-sponsored by KPMG in the UK.

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Nomination Committees Wake Up To Their Role - Report

Posted on May 6, 2016 at 9:20 AM

Research just out from EY and ICSA: The Governance Institute finds that nomination committees in corporate boardrooms are "delving more deeply" to find executive talent. They are said to be "no longer thinking about upcming board changes, but are now looking more deeply into the or...

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Women On Boards of Co-operative Retailers Double Those At FTSE Companies

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Here's that rare thing: an interesting story for International Women's Day 2016, one to make us think diferently - because the old thinking really is not getting us very far.


Consider this -


Nearly twice as many women are directors of co-operative retailers as FTSE 100 and 250 companies

Half of co-operative retailers’ boards have 50% or more female directors, whereas no FTSE companies have over 50%


So I a...

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High Turnover in Top Investor Relations Roles At FTSE Companies

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 12:00 PM

FTSE companies are paying closer attention to the role of 'Head of Investor Relations' or IR, according to a survey just out by Korn Ferry, the talent and organisational consultancy.


Its conclusions are based on just 32 responses, but more than half (56%) of respondents had been in their role for two years or less, suggesting a high level of turnover. Over half (53%) were hired from other companies.


The research, based on a survey of heads of IR from FTSE ...

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Women In Powerful Positions: A Small Snapshot

Posted on January 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

It isn't very surprising that women often don't make it into positions of power and visibility. Put an intelligent woman at the top and there is no telling what she might say or do....challenge is deeply feared when there are entrenched ways of thinking that are essentially self-serving.


I give you two examples.


Since January 1st, Oxford has a new Vice Chancellor -

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