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Significant Turnover At The Top In FTSE 100

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM

British-born, white men around the age of 54 with a track record in finance still dominate the ranks of FTSE 100 CEOs, according to the latest Robert Half CEO tracker survey. Quelle Surprise.

But its analysis reveals some interesting detail. In the last 18 months there has been significant turnover - a fifth (21%) of CEOs in ...

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A Deaf Ear To Need For Succession Planning ?

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Ah, succession planning. Despite the fact that the UK's corporate governance watchdog, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has steadily been extolling its virtues - as have institutional investors - it seems UK plc is still very slow to 'get it.' 

Worse - while there are regular complaints from the CBI about the 'lack of skills' available for business to hire, there appears to be little sense of urgency of the need in that case to try and develop those skills internal...

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Thawing The 'Permafrost' For Diversity In National Security

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 12:00 AM

When the UK government first launched its review of the under-representation of women in the boardrooms of publicly listed companies four years ago, it almost certainly had no idea of the scope of the repercussions. That under-representation has become an issue which - like Topsy - 'has grow'd'....and continues to balloon up, just months before a general election.

The UK Parliament's Intelligence and ...

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Need For Technology Skills Calls For Rethinking Recruitment

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 12:40 AM

More than half of business leaders in the global financial services sector are planning to increase their headcount over the next 12 months, with asset management the most likely to be taking on new staff.

But 70% of CEOs interviewed by PwC see "the limited availablity of key skills as a threat to their growth."

PwC's report

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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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'No Room For Colonels & Gong Hunters On Charity Boards'

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 5:10 AM

And once again, the issue of recruitment for boards comes under scrutiny.....

Guest Blog: Ian Joseph, CEO Trustees Unlimited

Trustees Unlimited is a joint venture between Bates Wells Braithwaite, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and

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IT, Fraud And Bureacuracy - Any Room For #CorpGov?

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM


 ”Cybercrime costs the (UK) economy over a billion pounds a week, with seven people being defrauded each minute. The finance sector is particularly vulnerable to cyber attacks as it possesses the personal data of almost every adult in the country”  - Alan Yarrow, Chairman CISI

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UK Boardrooms: Far More International Than S&P 500

Posted on October 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Amid all the talk of things we need to fix when it comes to corporate governance and UK plc boardrooms, there are some things for which we can be grateful. This is one of them: the international nature of non-executive directors in the FTSE 350 - particularly when compared to the S&P 500.

Egon Zehnder, the global executive search firm, has been tracking the global capabilities of boards in a systematic way since 20...

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FTSE250 Begins To Find Antidote Spell To 'Invisibility Cloak' For Women

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Phew. There are signs of fresh thinking - and progress -in the FTSE250 when it comes to gender diversity in the boardroom. 

In March this year the 2014 Cranfield Female FTSE board report revealed good news on the FTSE100's ability to find appropriate women to sit at the table of its boardrooms. It also said...

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For Diversity Look Beyond What You See

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 3:10 AM

In the last three years - since Lord Davies of Abersoch launched his review on the underrepresenation of women in the UK's plc boardrooms - I have been to more awards ceremonies in the UK than I would have thought possible. The vast majority of them have focused on showcasing women in different sectors.

As a result I have met people I would never have come across otherwise as a journalist. Some of them have then ended up profiled in the pages of the Financial Times: not alwa...

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