Winners

The ICSA Annual Awards 2017

Highlights from 2017

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Awards Programme

Download a pdf of the 2017 Awards programme distributed on the night.

2017 Award Winners

ICSA Awards

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE YEAR (FTSE 100)

Winner: Land Securities Group PLC

Highly commended: Marks and Spencer Group plc

Sponsor: AWCS- Association of Women Chartered Secretaries

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The best annual reports are easy to read, giving a ‘warts and all’ review of the year with real insight into the company as well as its strategy, how its board behaves and how it manages risk. All of tonight’s winners in this category were transparent with distinct absence of boilerplate and vividly told their company’s story in their own way.

The nominees for this award are:

  • Land Securities Group PLC
  • Legal and General PLC
  • Marks and Spencer Group plc
  • Vodafone Group PLC

Congratulations to the winner of the Annual Report of the Year in the FTSE 100 category, Land Securities Group PLC.

The Judges here were also very impressed with the Annual Report from Marks and Spencer Group plc and for that, they have been highly commended. Well done M&S.

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ANNUAL REPORT OF THE YEAR (FTSE 250)

Winner: Spirax-Sarco plc

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The best annual reports are easy to read, giving a ‘warts and all’ review of the year with real insight into the company as well as its strategy, how its board behaves and how it manages risk. All of tonight’s winners in this category were transparent with distinct absence of boilerplate and vividly told their company’s story in their own way.

The nominees for this award are:

  • Berendsen plc
  • Jupiter Fund Management plc
  • Meggitt PLC
  • Spirax-Sarco plc

Congratulations to the winner of the Annual Report of the Year in the FTSE 250 category, Spirax-Sarco plc.

ICSA Awards - Sustainability Disclosure of the year

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE YEAR (SMALL CAP / AIM)

Winner: Dialight plc

Sponsor: Jordans

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The best annual reports are easy to read, giving a ‘warts and all’ review of the year with real insight into the company as well as its strategy, how its board behaves and how it manages risk. All of tonight’s winners in this category were transparent with distinct absence of boilerplate and vividly told their company’s story in their own way.

The nominees for this award are:

  • De La Rue plc
  • Dialight plc
  • EMIS Group plc
  • McBride plc
  • U and I Group PLC
  • The Vitec Group plc
  • Congratulations to the winner of the Annual Report of the Year in the Small Cap and AIM category, Dialight plc.

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AUDIT DISCLOSURE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Barclays PLC

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In this category, the judges were looking for insight into issues such as the work of the audit committee, explanations of how non-audit services and fees are managed and evidence of the external auditor’s independence

The nominees are:

  • BAE Systems plc
  • Barclays PLC
  • Marks and Spencer Group plc
  • Tesco PLC

Congratulations to Barclays PLC on winning the Audit Disclosure of the Year award.

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RISK DISCLOSURE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Standard Chartered PLC

Sponsor: Institute of Risk Management

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Here, the judges were looking for a detailed description of the process of risk governance, how that process is tested and how control measures are linked to company strategy. The best reports in this category describe in a meaningful way the real risks that the company face and how the board committees play their part.

The nominees are:

  • Antofagasta plc
  • BP plc
  • International Consolidated Airlines Group
  • Standard Chartered PLC

Congratulations to the winner of Risk Disclosure of the Year, Standard Chartered PLC.

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BEST INVESTOR ENGAGEMENT

Winner: Legal and General Investment Management

Highly commended: Columbia Threadneedle Investment

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The judging criteria here was very simple. We contacted the company secretaries of all FTSE 350 companies and asked them to nominate the investor who has been responsible for the most constructive engagement. Twenty one investors were nominated for this category and the shortlist comprises of the four with the most nominations.

The nominees for this award are:

  • Aberdeen Standard Investment
  • Aviva Investors
  • Columbia Threadneedle Investment
  • Legal and General Investment Management

Congratulations to the winner of Best Investor Engagement, Legal and General Investment Management.

The Judges also highly commended Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Well done to them.

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BOARD DISCLOSURE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Marks and Spencer Group plc

Sponsor: Prism Cosec

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In this category, the judges wanted a descriptive and reasoned explanation about how the board leads the company. This will include the work of the board’s committees and stakeholders’ interests with clear links to the company’s strategic purpose.

The nominees are:

  • Hammerson plc
  • Marks and Spencer Group plc
  • Spirax-Sarco plc
  • SSE plc

Congratulations to Marks and Spencer Group plc for winning the Board Disclosure of the Year award.

ICSA Awards -Annual report of the Year in the FTSE 250

STRATEGIC REPORT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Vodafone Group Plc

Sponsor: Addleshaw Goddard

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In this category, the judges were looking for a clear explanation and analysis of the strategic issues facing the company, including its business model, key drivers, objectives and risks.

The nominees are:

  • Anglo American plc
  • Babcock International Group PLC
  • Land Securities Group PLC
  • Vodafone Group Plc

Congratulations to Vodafone Group Plc for winning the Strategic Report of the Year award.

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REMUNERATION REPORT OF THE YEAR

Winner: BAE Systems plc

Highly commended: Berendsen plc

Sponsor: New Bridge Street

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In this category, the best reports showed how remuneration was considered alongside the long-term interests of shareowners and how effective remuneration policy can affect positive change in organisational culture.

The nominees are:

  • BAE Systems plc
  • Berendsen plc
  • Polymetal International plc
  • Spectris plc

Congratulations to BAE Systems plc for winning the Remuneration Report of the year award.

The judges would also like to recognise Berendsen plc as highly commended for their excellent remuneration report.

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SUSTAINABILITY DISCLOSURE OF THE YEAR

Winner: GlaxoSmithKline plc

Winner: Unilever Group

Sponsor: Deutsche Bank

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The judges in this category were looking for evidence that long-term stakeholder interests and non-financial factors were linked to the company’s strategy, its objectives, its governance structures and ultimately its sustainability.

The nominees are:

  • GlaxoSmithKline plc
  • Intertek Group plc
  • Taylor Wimpey plc
  • Unilever Group

The overall quality in this category was very high so in an unprecedented move the judges decided to award two winners in this category.

Congratulations to GlaxoSmithKline plc and Unilever Group for winning the award for Sustainability Disclosure of the Year.

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COMPANY SECRETARY OF THE YEAR

Winner: Sarah McLaughlin - Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

Highly commended: Tabitha Kassem – Network Homes Limited

Sponsor: Diligent & Blueprint Oneworld

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For this award, the judges were looking for a company secretary who provides effective team and thought leadership, who shows mastery of the complex legal and regulatory environment and plays an added-value role in the governance of his or her organisation.

The nominees are:

  • Pamela Coles – Rolls-Royce plc
  • Tabitha Kassem – Network Homes Limited
  • Sarah McLaughlin - Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.
  • Derek Woodward – Worldpay Group plc

Congratulations to the Company Secretary of the Year, Sarah McLaughlin of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.

There was one other highly commended nominee in this category and that was Tabitha Kassem from Network Homes Limited. Well done Tabitha.

ICSA Awards - Governance Project of the Year

GOVERNANCE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Winner: Katie Hollis – Pension Protection Fund

Sponsor: Computershare Governance Services

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The nominees here are individuals who are at the centre of the governance team and have built and sustained strong relationships with stakeholders, and demonstrated some innovative and effective approaches to good governance.

The nominees are:

  • Katie Hollis – Pension Protection Fund
  • David Martin – Financial Services Compensation Scheme
  • Alice Morgan – National Grid plc
  • Kerrie Waring - ICGN

Congratulations to the Governance Professional of the Year, Katie Hollis of Pension Protection Fund.

ICSA Awards - The one to watch

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Winner: LV=

Highly commended: Standard Life Aberdeen

Sponsor: Brainloop

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The winners in this category contributed significantly to their organisation’s success. The range and diversity of the duties and transactions which they undertook meant that they have implemented innovative solutions to cope with both routine tasks and the challenges of more exceptional projects.

The nominees are the teams from:

  • LV=
  • Pension Protection Fund
  • Rolls-Royce plc
  • Scottish Widows
  • Standard Life Aberdeen
  • Westpac Banking Corporation

Congratulations to LV= for winning Team of the Year.

Highly commended in this section was the team from Standard Life Aberdeen. Well done all of you.

ICSA Awards - Company Secretarial Team of the Year

GOVERNANCE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Coca-Cola European Partners plc – Project Apollo

Sponsor: Morrow Sodali

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This was open to those individuals or companies who have completed a significant governance project in the last 12 months. All of the nominees here delivered a project that was transformational to their organisations.

The nominees are:

  • Coca-Cola European Partners plc – Project Apollo
  • National Grid plc – Restructure
  • Rolls-Royce Holdings plc – Employee engagement programme
  • SWAP Internal Audit Services – Healthy Organisation and Combined Assurance

Congratulations to Coca-Cola European Partners plc – Project Apollo for winning Governance Project of the Year.

ICSA Awards - Governance Professional of the Year

SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Prism CoSec Limited

Highly commended: Burness Paull LLP

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This category was designed to recognise the work of individuals and companies who provide secretarial or governance services to other organisations – particularly those that have gone significantly beyond a basic service to provide a more valuable contribution.

The nominees are:

  • Burness Paull LLP
  • FirstPort
  • Independent Audit
  • Intertrust (UK) Limited
  • Prism CoSec Limited

Congratulations to Prism CoSec Limited for winning Service Provider of the Year.

There was one other highly commended nominee in this category and that was Burness Paull LLP. Well done to them.

ICSA Awards - Company Secretary of the Year Award

THE ONE TO WATCH

Winner: Natalie Gracey – Scottish Widows

Highly commended: Naomi Rogers – Janus Henderson Investors

Sponsor: DMJ Recruitment

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This category identifies the stars of the future. All the nominees here are still in the early stages of their company secretarial or governance career but have the potential to go all the way to the top.

The nominees are:

  • Jay Bains – BNY Mellon
  • Simon Blackburn – Pension Protection Fund
  • Kelly Gabriel – PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Natalie Gracey – Scottish Widows
  • Grace Parsons-Hann – Cushman & Wakefield LLP
  • Naomi Rogers – Janus Henderson Investors

Congratulations to Natalie Gracey of Scottish Widows for winning The One to Watch.

The Judges had another difficult decision to make here so they would also like to recognise Naomi Rogers from Janus Henderson Investors as a highly commended nominee. Well done Naomi.

ICSA Awards - Outstanding Achievement Award

Outstanding Achievement Award

Winner: Paul Druckman

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This is a very special award, one which is presented by ICSA in recognition of continued exemplary work in the secretarial and governance fields.

Congratulations to this year's winner of the Outstanding Achievement Award, Paul Druckman. This award was received by Alan, the son of Paul Druckman, on behalf of his father as he was unable to attend the awards.

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