Julia Casson is Director of Board Insight Limited, the corporate governance consultancy. After graduating in French and Russian, Julia started her career as a Contracts Administrator with the Plessey Company whilst studying for the Chartered Secretary (ICSA) qualification in her spare time. There followed a 3 year spell as Executive Assistant at the Life Offices’ Association (which later became the ABI). After qualifying, she was appointed Assistant Secretary of AGB Research and later promoted to Deputy Secretary. She was elected a Fellow of the ICSA in 1987.
Julia moved to Inchcape plc in 1989 and spent 10 years there, first as Assistant Secretary and later as Deputy Secretary. In 1999, Julia moved to Pearson plc as Company Secretary, where she remained for 4 years. This was a period of key change for Pearson which included a refocusing on core activities, and thus high transaction activity, plus a US listing. In 2003 Julia left to pursue an independent career in corporate governance consultancy and incorporated as Julia Casson Ltd in 2006, changing the company’s name to Board Insight Ltd in 2009 to reflect the greater involvement of partners and associates in the business.
She has participated in Board evaluations and governance reviews for organisations including several FTSE companies and private companies, an AIM-listed company, a large pension fund, a number of insurance companies and a bank. She has delivered Director development programmes for a wide range of organisations focussing on corporate governance, Directors’ legal duties and ‘hot topics’ of interest to Directors. She has provided governance advice to a range of bodies including charities, financial mutuals, professional bodies and Co-operatives UK. She co-presents the ICSA Non-Executive Directors’ Programme and is the Course Director of its Introduction to Corporate Governance, Essential Corporate Governance and Company Law Update programmes.
Julia is a policy Adviser to ICSA and a member of its Company Secretaries Forum. She chairs ICSA’s EU Committee, leading the ICSA’s lobbying on European matters relating to corporate governance and company law. Julia served as a lay member of Council of the University of Kent from 2003-2009, as a member of its Finance and Resources Committee and of a number of working groups concerning executive appointments and governance. She also served for 2 years on the Advisory Group of the Higher Education National Mentoring Scheme, which established the Scheme nationally, having been a mentor on the pilot programme.
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