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A Little Plain Speaking Goes A Long Way For Good Governance

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 4:50 PM

One doesn't often hear much plain speaking at conferences. Excel, this year's venue for the annual corporate governance held by ICSA does feel like going to another country. But despite the plain speaking, I am pretty sure we were still in London.

Now quietly rebranded as 'The Governance Institute', ICSA kicked off its  #ICSAConf16 on #IWD2016 with Dame Fiona Woolf, erstwhile Lord Mayor of the City of London (my FT i...

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Guest Blog: Solvency II Set To Make 2016 An Exciting Ride For Insurer Boards

Posted on January 8, 2016 at 1:20 PM


  David Biggin is a financial services regulation expert at PA Consulting Group.

Solvency II : set to make 2016 an exciting ride for insurer boards

 "The implementation of Solvency II on 1 January 2016 comes after 10 years of work from ...

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FTSE Chairmen Want Britain To Stay In The EU: Survey

Posted on December 7, 2015 at 6:55 PM

There has been a shift in the direction of support for unconditional membership of the EU among chairmen of FTSE 100 companies.

Four in ten (39%) of chairmen responding to a regular survey on topical and governance issues just conducted by Korn Ferry, the global leadership consultancy said they want Britain to remain part of the EU unconditionally, while over half (52%) want it to do so only if certain aspects of the re...

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Tackling The Nitty Gritty On Corporate Culture

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 1:35 PM

We have been talking about corporate culture and its failings since the financial crisis - even longer than we have been talking about the insurmountable difficulty of putting women on boards.

Yesterday evening in London at the Institute of Directors a panel led by Simon Walker, the Director General who has been outspoken in the recent past about both exec...

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Bank Boards: Recycling The Men At The Top (Regardless Of Expertise)

Posted on October 14, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Banking expertise among chairmen of Europe's banks "remains at a relatively low level." Shock. And we are talking largely about men.

In fact, the average number of chairmen with banking expertise was a little over half in 2014, just slightly higher than in 2007, according to a report on the governance of Europe's 25 largest banks by London-based corporate governance firm Nestor Advisors.

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First Female Chair For Institute Of Directors

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 4:55 PM

Well, it's about time. The UK's Institute of Directors (IOD) was founded in 1903, over a hundred years ago. In 2015 it has appointed its first female Chair - Lady Barbara Judge.

Lady Judge: Photo courtesy IOD

The IOD is a professional institute that promotes directors, involves itself in the corporate governance debate and is not allied to any political party. It has a 'to die for' address in central London in the heart of...

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Guest Blog: Boardroom Power, Succession Planning & The Woman Chairman

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Guest Blog


Gillian Wilmot Founder Board Mentoring, NED & Remuneration Chairman NISA, Elexon, IDAB.


Most commentators agree on the need to improve the executive pi...

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The 'Fragile Middle' Should Cause Fear In Many Boardrooms

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Amid an often dismal global scene, some of us have been taking heart at any signs that rapid economic growth in China and other developing countries has been moving the world away from inequality, as outlined by Branko Milanovic in his work at the World Bank.

And the notion of an 'emergent middle class' in the business press has almost become a legend before its time.


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Co-op: A Crisis of identity In A #Social Media World

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Euan Sutherland, Chief Executive of the Co-operative, was frustrated enough this week ) to exit after 10 months in his role at the 170 year old mutual group calling it “ungovernable.”

The dramatic nature of events, compounded by the emotional language of their unfurling, makes it clear that this is a business suffering from a dual crisis: ...

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A Chairman's Thoughts On UK Board Evaluation

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 5:35 AM

I'm delighted to see the huge amount of interest in the last post on a new code proposed on board evaluation.

There will be a consultation going forward organised by ICSA. I am not playing any part in that. But it's always wonderful to get direct feedback, particularly when it comes from a chairman. With Anthony Fry's  permission, I post his thoughts to me her...

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