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Tesco Tells A Sorry Tale About The Boardroom

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

It's just as well that the UK's  Investor Forum has launched, and that further engagement between plcs and investors is in the offing. It seems 'succession planning' is the next big thing on the minds of many institutional investors. But it will com...

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Raising The Bar On Engagement With The Investor Forum

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Summer may be flying by but the serious business of better corporate governance has not yet had time for a holiday.


In the UK, The Investor Forum has now formally launched with with the appointment of Simon Fraser as Chairman, and Andy Griffiths as Executive Director.


Mr Fraser was formerly Chief Investment Officer of Fide...

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Guest Blog: Company Secretaries And #CorpGov

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Guest Blog

Simon Osborne, CEO Institute of Chartered Secretaries And Administrators (ICSA)


"In June 2013, having lived through the subprime mortgage crisis, Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy, the near collapse of two UK clearing banks and other corpor...

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When 'Irritation' Is Not Such A Bad Thing For The Boardroom

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM

There was a lot of 'irritation' about in the UK last week, both articulated and just hanging about in the air, like pollen.


My OED says that 'to irritate' means 'to make annoyed or angry.' But it also means 'to produce an active response.' So, like most things, your perspective is key to your judgement on this matter. Irritation isn't always such a bad thing for the boardroom.


At the much-watched Barclays AGM,

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There Is No Place For 'Swagger' In Rebuilding Trust

Posted on April 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

There are two 'disclaimers' I must make at the start.


One, I have absolutely no idea what the UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, thought it was doing when it made its annoucement about an insurance probe. It will take weeks for the independent legal review of the af...

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October Reforms And Spotlight On UK Boardrooms

Posted on October 2, 2013 at 5:45 PM

October has arrived quietly - and with it brought signifiicant reforms of UK company law of interest to its boardrooms.


"Shareholders of around 900 UK quoted companies will now, as a result of government reforms, be better prepared to hold companies to account. They will now have access to clearer information on the pay of top executives and will be able to exercise their new legally binding vote on executive pay."


In fact, any remuneration poli...

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Dr Cable And Engaging UK plc On #Diversity On Boards

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I have new insight into what it is like to be Vince Cable, UK Business Secretary, trying to bring about what is considered in the UK  to be 'seismic change' when it comes to the progression of women in business - on boards as non-executive directors, and as part of an executive team.


I have to say I do not envy him.


At the very start of a roundtable discussion this afternoon with members of the business community- one of many held by the Department of ...

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A Business Initiative To Be Applauded In UK Boardrooms

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 3:15 PM

The CBI is the UK's powerful business lobbying group - so it's exciting to report on its latest initiative that could make a real difference to our plc boardrooms.


Sir Roger Carr, whom I interviewed recently for the Financial Times, was its last President. The new one is

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Relaxing Laws On Bribery Makes A Mockery of #corpgov

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

I was dumbstruck by the FT story two days ago that the UK government is considering 'relaxing' the Bribery Act legislation which took long enough to get approved in the first place. If you don't have access to FT.com it quoted the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the UK's top business lobbying organisation, as supportive of...

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Everyday Sexism, Diversity & Ambition For The Boardroom

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Too much to say and not enough time. That's good, I think - it means there are more things that I care about than the time at my disposal. A productive mix. 


First - next week the British Group Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) has kindly asked me to be part of a panel debate on violence v women in Politics (from a media perspective). The timing could not be better. Three women took on Facebook last week on misogyn...

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