Increased staff retention is the biggest benefit of flexible working, poll finds

07 March 2019

A poll out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership reveals that 92% of organisations surveyed offer flexible working arrangements with staff retention considered as the greatest upside. Read more

ICSA seminar focuses on key areas of governance for Barbadian practitioners

11 February 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute is holding a seminar on key areas of governance practice for company secretaries and governance professionals in Barbados. Taking place at the Hilton Barbados Resort, Needham’s Point, St Michael on Tuesday 19 February, the seminar will address crucial issues, such as technological innovation, directors’ duties and annual general meetings (AGMs). Read more

Guernsey’s governance body focuses on skills and Next Generation Governance

08 February 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute’s 2019 seminar programme will focus on the skills company secretaries and governance professionals in Guernsey require in order to support the island’s businesses and other organisations that rely on good governance to operate effectively. The chartered body, which supports and trains governance professionals working and studying in Guernsey, will also be considering the future of governance and reviewing the key areas that will require focus in the coming years. Read more

ICSA appoints new Chief Executive

30 January 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Drake as a successor to Chief Executive Simon Osborne, who is due to step down at the end of June. Sara will join ICSA in early March as CEO Designate before formally taking over as Chief Executive on 1 July 2019. Read more

Little improvement in audit process since Carillion collapse, poll finds

29 January 2019

A poll out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership reveals that just 9% of company secretaries surveyed think that the audit process has improved since the collapse of Carillion. Over half (51%) feel that it has failed to advance with many believing that the industry has learned little from the collapse. Read more

Brexit fears crystallise and economic gloom takes hold of UK PLC, survey finds

21 January 2019

A survey of FTSE 350 companies out today finds just 2% of respondents predicting an improvement in UK economic conditions as concerns about the impact of Brexit start to hit home, with 73% predicting damage to their company as a result of Brexit. The latest FT-ICSA Boardroom Bellwether survey by ICSA: The Governance Institute in association with the Financial Times also reveals concerns about the global economy. Read more

Lack of strategic focus on technology at board level, poll finds

20 December 2018

A poll out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership reveals that just 51% of boards understand the challenges and opportunities that data and technology present to their organisations. Some 29% of the company secretaries who took part in the survey think that their boards do not fully understand and a further 20% could only attest to ‘maybe’. Read more

Competition and Markets Authority’s attempt to improve UK audit market risks putting the cart before the horse

19 December 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today expressed concerns that the UK audit market will not improve unless issues of education, training and trust are first addressed. It also believes that the statutory audit services update paper published yesterday by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) presents a missed opportunity to rectify the situation. Read more

ICSA welcomes idea of new statutory body for governance, but Kingman Review misses a trick by failing to align FRC work with FCA powers of sanction for listing rule breaches

18 December 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has welcomed the publication today of Sir John Kingman’s Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), but believes certain opportunities have been missed. Read more

UK companies lauded for contribution to employee share ownership

11 December 2018

Several long-established UK organisations, along with many younger companies, were among the big winners at the 2018 Annual ProShare Awards. Held each year to recognise and celebrate the best companies and individuals involved in employee share ownership, the awards receive entries from organisations large and small, representing almost every sector of the business world, from retail and banking to telecommunications and the media. Read more

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