Small Listed Companies Special Interest Group

Upcoming events

5 Questions to Help Leaders Take Difficult Decisions Well

Date: Wednesday 27 May 2020
Venue: Webinar
Time: 12.00pm - 1.00pm
Cost: Free

Our Small Listed Companies Special Interest Group is hosting a webinar, in partnership with Board Intelligence, to explore what boards of smaller listed companies can do to optimise decision making, particularly in these challenging times.

Is the immediate future any more uncertain than it was in January? Or back in January, were we just kidding ourselves that we had things under control? And today, what’s changed is our viewpoint — our very human desire for certainty has been given a big slap in the face. Given this context, what does it mean for Governance professionals, Chairman and executives; in particular, how they make decisions?

We’ll share five questions to give you and your board greater confidence in making some very difficult decisions well. Doing the next right thing becomes much easier when you can take comfort that your decision — with limited information and necessary haste — was well considered.

We welcome the audience to share their own experiences of decision making in the recent weeks.

Speakers

Dineshi Ramesh, Director of Specialist Delivery at Board Intelligence

Dineshi is a specialist in board information and effective meetings – working with boards to help them take smarter, faster decisions that drive their organisations forward, purposefully and responsibly. Dineshi leads Board Intelligence’s consulting arm and Academy, an online learning platform for board members and executives. Prior to BI, she worked as strategy consultant for 20 years and holds an MEng from Imperial College.

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Does diversity matter to the boards of smaller companies?

Date: To be confirmed
Venue: To be confirmed
Time: To be confirmed
Cost: £20 (incl. VAT), Students free

Did you know that only five per cent of executive directors in the FTSE SMC 100 are women and eight per cent of the FTSE SMC 100 don’t mention board diversity in their annual report?

Based on original research and first-of-its-kind report by Company Matters, Link Group team, this session will explore the diversity, or lack of, within the boards of AIM and FTSE small cap companies. We will be joined by the team behind this report Tracey Brady, Managing Director, Caroline Emmet, ACIS Senior Technical Manager and Paul Johnston Senior Consultant of Company Matters, Link Group.

The session will explain the drivers of the research, key findings and share key takeaways and will be followed by time for networking afterwards. A copy of the report will be available on the day for all attendees.

Speakers

Tracey Brady, Managing Director at Company Matters

Tracey is an experienced company secretary, who’s role encompasses technical, financial and team management responsibilities. Tracey has worked extensively on a diverse portfolio of main market and AIM companies, both UK and offshore domiciled. Tracey is a Chartered Governance Professional of 20 years and a member of various Corporate Governance groups, including the All Party Parliamentary Corporate Governance Group. In 2018 Company Matters won the prestigious ICSA Award ‘Service Provider of the Year’.

Caroline Emmet ACG, Senior Technical Manager at Company Matters

Caroline leads Company Matters’ technical team and technical committee. Together, they keep colleagues up-to-date on regulatory, legal and governance developments, as well as good practices that are relevant to a company secretary’s core duties. The team considers the impact on their different client types, including FTSE 350, Small Cap, AIM, operating/ commercial companies, investment trusts and larger private companies. With a background in investment banking, Caroline is well equipped to support Company Matters’ array of clientele.

Paul Johnston, Senior Consultant at Company Matters

Paul supports and oversees the function of our company secretarial business that is outsourced by clients, including board and committee support, compliance, and advice on good corporate governance practice. He also helps develop the knowledge function of the Company Matters team that supports colleagues in giving the best possible advice to our clients. Paul’s clients range from premium-listed to AIM.
Before joining Link, he led the secretariat team in a national charity, and he holds a master’s degree in corporate governance.

Contact the Small Listed Companies Interest Group

For more information contact Branch Chair Bernadette Young FCG

For membership and study enquiries please contact the Membership team:

  • Phone: +44 (0)20 7580 4741
  • Email: Enquiries

For branch support and event queries please contact the branch support team

About

This Small Listed Companies Special Interest Group aims to provide networking and learning opportunities for those working in small listed companies. Our events are designed to offer an excellent opportunity to meet others who share the specific challenges faced by governance professionals in these businesses as well as content tailored to the legal, regulatory and best practice requirements applicable to smaller listed companies.

Please get in touch if you have a suggested topic that you think may be of interest to our members.

Suitable for company secretaries and governance professionals working in Aim listed or small cap businesses as well as companies with IPO aspirations, our group welcomes Institute members and non-members alike.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next event.

Contact the Small Listed Companies Interest Group

For more information contact Branch Chair Bernadette Young FCG

For membership and study enquiries please contact the Membership team:

  • Phone: +44 (0)20 7580 4741
  • Email: Enquiries

For branch support and event queries please contact the branch support team

Previous events

Shareholder Activism in Small Listed Companies

Date: Wednesday 22 January 2020

Shareholder activism in the UK during 2018 set records for the number of campaigns launched and for the success of these initiatives. This session looked over the lessons of the 2019 AGM season and forecast what we can expect to see for small listed companies in 2020.

At this event, we looked over the impact of shareholder activism specifically in small listed companies and how boards can and should respond.

We covered regulatory changes that have given power to activists including:

  • Stricter investors’ voting policies
  • Changes to regulatory and advisory frameworks such as the QCA guidelines.

This session will help you to:

  • Understand the impact of recent shareholder activism
  • Proactively develop steps your board can take to avoid activist attention
  • Shape a response to shareholder activism at your company

You can view the presentation slides here.

 

KPMG: Executive Remuneration in Small Listed Companies

Date: Monday 7 October 2019

Drawing upon reports published by KPMG Board Leadership Centre reviewing executive and non-executive remuneration in AIM and small cap companies, this session explored the trends and issues that shape pay and performance-related incentives in these businesses. As well as looking at key takeaways from this year's AGM season, our speakers also discussed what regulatory and reporting changes and challenges lie ahead.

View the presentation slides here.

Contact the Small Listed Companies Interest Group

For more information contact Branch Chair Bernadette Young FCG

For membership and study enquiries please contact the Membership team:

  • Phone: +44 (0)20 7580 4741
  • Email: Enquiries

For branch support and event queries please contact the branch support team

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Contact the Small Listed Companies Interest Group

For more information contact Branch Chair Bernadette Young FCG

For membership and study enquiries please contact the Membership team:

  • Phone: +44 (0)20 7580 4741
  • Email: Enquiries

For branch support and event queries please contact the branch support team

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