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Keynote speakers James Wates CBE, Denise Wilson OBE, Shamik Dhar and Jonathan Bamford now confirmed

Denise Wilson OBE, Chief Executive of the Hampton-Alexander Review and James Wates CBE, Chairman of the Wates Group will be joined as keynote speakers for the ICSA Annual Conference by Shamik Dhar, Global Chief Economist at BNY Mellon Investment Management and Jonathan Bamford, Director of Strategic Policy (Domestic) at the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

Awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list for services to women and equality, Denise is a passionate supporter of women in business and leads the Hampton-Alexander Review’s efforts to increase the number of women on boards and in leadership roles two levels below the board. She is also a mentor to business leaders in the corporate and charitable sectors and a seasoned non-executive director. An influential speaker and advocate for the advancement of diversity in business, Denise will share her thoughts on diversity and inclusion. 

Shamik, who has 33 years’ experience as an economist, will share his perspective on the economic environment in the age of populism. He began his career at H.M. Treasury and worked for Oxford Economic Forecasting, the Bank of England and Aviva Investors (formerly Morley Fund Management) where he became a Head of Investment Strategy. In 2014, he became Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, advising ministers and senior officials on the economics of Brexit, before joining BNY Mellon as Global Chief Economist in October 2018.

James chaired the coalition established by the Financial Reporting Council, which produced the Wates Principles to encourage large private companies to adopt a set of key behaviours to secure confidence among stakeholders, as well as benefitting the economy and society. He will be delivering a keynote session on ‘Purpose-led governance: principles for private companies’. You can read more about James, the Wates Principles and his belief in the benefit of company secretaries in the February issue of Governance and Compliance.  

Jonathan, who has been with the UK’s information rights regulator since the role was first established in 1985, will share his substantial knowledge of data governance with delegates. He has spent over 30 years helping organisations understand and comply with their information rights law obligations. He oversaw the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) work during the development and passage of the Data Protection Act 2018 and currently ensures that the ICO delivers its information rights strategic objectives through effective guidance, influential engagement and providing internal policy advice. 

Hear from Denise and Shamik at 10.00 and 15.00 respectively on 9 July. Join James and Jonathan on 10 July at 09.35 and16.00.


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