Our Policy team works with government, regulators and other influencers in our various markets. Our aim is to promote the highest standards of governance and reporting, positioning ICSA as ‘the’ professional centre of excellence and thought leadership on governance and compliance.
We respond to formal and informal consultation, to new legislation and regulation, and to market developments. We engage with a variety of market participants to ensure that we stay in touch with the latest developments and are able to influence their activities. We seek to share our activities with members and potential members through ICSA guidance notes, through Governance and Compliance, the ICSA magazine, through technical briefings, other member communications and through our own discussions with members.
We are always happy to discuss issues with members. Find our contact details in the team section above.
The Policy team has a rolling programme of reviewing and updating guidance notes across all sectors and welcomes input and assistance with this and, in fact, all of its other work. Policy runs consultations – setting up steering groups, organising meetings and analysing comments, writing of final reports and recommending good practice. Recent work includes:
Please contact us if you would like to know more or contribute in any way.
We have a wide range of guidance to support and advise governance professionals. Search our resource centre for the following:
The Policy team responds to regulatory consultations, for example, from the FRC, BIS, the EU and the NHS, amongst others. This includes a continuous engagement with the authorities in order to influence and inform consultations even before they are launched.
We always welcome the input of our members on these consultations – please contact us if you would like to know more or to contribute to this work.
Non-financial reporting guidance
Company Law Consultation
Good college governance
Review of the effectiveness of primary markets, enhancement of the Listing Regime
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Corporate liability for economic crime, call for evidence
Annual return for 2017 - information collected from charities
Parker; A report into the ethnic diversity of UK boards
Corporate governance reform
Technical issues in charity law
Corporate Governance inquiry
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Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance
External scrutiny of charity accounts
Official warnings to charities and trustees
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Matters of material significance
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Select committee on Charities
Power to disqualify from acting as a trustee
The Practice of Minuting Meetings
|25/04/16||Education select committee||
Multi-academy trusts enquiry (performance, accountability, governance)
|16/03/16||Government Equalities Office||
Mandatory gender pay gap reporting
Communication and distribution of information during an offer
The non-financial reporting directive
Non-binding guidelines for reporting of non-financial information by companies
|04/04/16||GC 100 and Investor Group||
Directors' remuneration reporting guidance
Beneficial ownership transparency (foreign companies)
Reducing regulation: consultation for businesses and civil society organisations
Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties
Implementation of Market Abuse Regulation
Transaction reporting, reference data, order record keeping, & clock synchronisation
Discussion paper on Board Succession
Supporter involvement in Scottish football clubs
PSC register guidance
Peter Swabey is Policy and Research Director at ICSA. Based in London, he is responsible for developing the profile of ICSA and the governance profession with members, regulators, policymakers, employers and other stakeholders by delivering thought leadership and lobbying campaigns promoting strong governance as the vital ingredient for success in organisations.
Peter, who joined ICSA in 2013, has more than 30 years’ experience of company secretarial work. He was formerly Company Secretary and Industry Leadership Director at Equiniti and a Director of Equiniti David Venus, a Company Secretarial Services provider. Peter is a member of a number of industry committees and working parties, and is a regular speaker at conferences and events, with an industry-wide reputation as an expert on shareholder and governance matters.
Julie is Head of Policy, Corporate at ICSA. Before joining ICSA she spent six years with Standard Chartered PLC as Deputy Group Secretary and Company Secretary. She has more 20 years experience working as a chartered secretary in the financial services sector, initially in life assurance and pensions, then in investments, before moving into banking.
Over her career, Julie has seen many changes in company secretarial practice and corporate governance, and has experienced numerous challenges faced by the financial services industry, including the banking crisis of 2008. She has also worked through the many changes in the regulatory environment and to corporate governance best practice that followed as a consequence.
Julie joined ICSA Policy Department in 2010 to work on various projects including responses to government and regulatory consultations, to create best practice guidance, and has specific responsibility for EU issues. She is a Fellow of ICSA, has a first degree in Law from the University of London and a masters degree in Corporate Governance.
Sheila has worked in the Policy team for over ten years and in various different roles. She is responsible for the technical enquiries helpdesk, the Institute’s archives and provides general support to the Policy team. Questions about guidance notes and consultations – or anything else – can be directed to her via the contact us portal.
Louise is Head of Policy (Not-for-Profit) at ICSA. Louise has worked at ICSA since 2001 where she is responsible for promoting, supporting, representing and developing the profession within the not-for-profit and public sectors. She has produced codes of governance for not-for-profit organisations and NHS clinical commissioning groups, research documents in NHS governance, guidance notes and best practice guides relating to governance, compliance and administration, and highlighting the pivotal role the company secretary plays in any organisation.
Louise has 18 years experience of working in, and with, charitable and NHS organisations and has gathered valuable insight into the governance challenges facing boardrooms as a charity trustee, school governor and pension trustee.
Liz joined the ICSA Policy Department in the role of Policy Manager, Corporate, to support the team in responding to consultations, and developing good practice guidance and thought leadership.
Her strong interest in corporate governance has developed from a legal background. Liz graduated from Christ Church, Oxford, in 2010 with a first class honours degree and two prizes in Law with Law Studies in Europe – a degree that also involved a year studying German law at the University of Bonn.
After gaining invaluable commercial experience working in Bristol, she went on to train in the City with the magic circle law firm Slaughter and May in 2013. Liz qualified as a solicitor in 2015, having completed seats including tax and financial regulation, as well as work for FTSE 100 clients on corporate transactions of international significance.
Her post-qualification role at Fox Williams LLP enabled Liz to support a number of entrepreneurial private companies, giving her exposure to the full breadth of the corporate spectrum before moving into policy work.