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Winners

The ICSA Annual Awards 2018

Highlights from 2019

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2019 Award Winners

ICSA Awards - Annual Report of the Year FTSE 100

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE YEAR (FTSE 100)

Winner: Taylor Wimpey plc

Sponsor: Link Asset Services

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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 were:

  • Legal and General Group plc
  • SSE plc
  • Taylor Wimpey plc
  • Vodafone Group PLC
  • Glencore plc

Congratulations to the winner of the Annual Report of the Year in the FTSE 100 category, Taylor Wimpey plc.

ICSA Awards - Annual Report of the Year FTSE 250

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE YEAR (FTSE 250)

Winner: Hammerson plc

Highly commended: Great Portland Estates plc

Sponsor: Intertrust

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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 were:

  • Derwent London plc
  • Great PortFland Estates plc
  • Hammerson plc

Congratulations to the winner of the Annual Report of the Year in the FTSE 250 category, Hammerson plc.

ICSA Awards - Annual Report of the Year Small Cap and AIM

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE YEAR (SMALL CAP / AIM)

Winner: Biffa plc

Highly commended: AA plc

Highly commended: Majestic Wine PLC

Sponsor: Jones and Palmer

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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 were:

  • AA plc
  • AO World Plc
  • Biffa plc
  • Costain Group PLC
  • Majestic Wine 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, Biffa plc.

    The Judges also highly commended AA plc and Majestic Wine PLC. Well done to them.

ICSA Awards - Audit Disclosure of the Year

AUDIT DISCLOSURE OF THE YEAR

Winner: United Utilities Group 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 were:

  • Just Eat plc
  • Prudential plc
  • SSE plcC
  • United Utilities Group PLC

Congratulations to United Utilities Group PLC on winning the Audit Disclosure of the Year award.

ICSA Awards - Risk Disclosure of the Year

RISK DISCLOSURE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Experian plc

Highly commended: Prudential plc

Sponsor: EQS Group

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Here, the judges were looking for a meaningful description of the business and the risks it faces, why each risk is incurred and how the board committees play their part in managing them. The best reports in this category offer great insight into the issues facing the business and give confidence that risk is well managed.

The nominees were:

  • Experian plc
  • Glencore plc
  • Great Portland Estates plc
  • Provident Financial plc
  • Prudential plc

Congratulations to the winner of Risk Disclosure of the Year, Experian plc.

The Judges also highly commended Prudential plc. Well done to them.

ICSA Awards - Best Investor Engagement

BEST INVESTOR ENGAGEMENT

Winner: BlackRock Investment Management

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The judging criteria here were 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 were:

  • Aberdeen Standard Investments
  • Aviva Investors
  • BlackRock Investment Management
  • Hermes Investment Management
  • Legal and General Investment Management

Congratulations to the winner of Best Investor Engagement, BlackRock Investment Management.

ICSA Awards - Gender Pay Gap Reporting of the Year

GENDER PAY GAP REPORTING OF THE YEAR

Winner: Diageo plc

Highly commended: Taylor Wimpey plc

Sponsor: Gapsquare

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This was a very interesting category to judge as this was the first year of reporting and it was striking how differently companies had tackled the new reporting requirement. The winner was the report that had best combined clarity of reporting, executive sponsorship and action planning.

The nominees for this award were:

  • BAE Systems plc
  • BP p.l.c.
  • Diageo plc
  • Taylor Wimpey plc
  • Unilever PLC

Congratulations to the winner of Gender Pay Gap Reporting of the Year, Diageo plc.

The Judges also highly commended Taylor Wimpey plc. Well done to them.

ICSA Awards - Board Disclosure of the Year

BOARD DISCLOSURE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Sponsor: Association of Women Chartered Secretaries

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In this category, the judges looked for reports with a strong chair’s statement and a good explanation of the issues the board faced during the year. They were particularly interested in reports that demonstrate how the chair is taking personal responsibility for leading the company, and explain how they lead the board and ensure that the company culture is appropriate.

The nominees were:

  • AstraZeneca PLC
  • Derwent London plc
  • Rio Tinto plc
  • Rolls-Royce Holdings plc
  • SSE plc

Congratulations to Rolls-Royce Holdings plc for winning the Board Disclosure of the Year award.

ICSA Awards -Strategic Report of the Year

STRATEGIC REPORT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Derwent London plc

Highly commended: Diageo 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 were:

  • Derwent London plc
  • Diageo plc
  • National Express Group PLC
  • Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc

Congratulations to Derwent London plc for winning the Strategic Report of the Year award.

The Judges also highly commended Diageo plc. Well done to them.

ICSA Awards - Remuneration Report of the Year

REMUNERATION REPORT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Marks and Spencer Group plc

Highly commended: SSE plc

Sponsor: Aon

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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 were:

  • Compass Group PLC
  • DS Smith Plc
  • Greencore plc
  • Marks and Spencer Group plc
  • SEGRO plc
  • SSE plc

Congratulations to Marks and Spencer Group plc for winning the Remuneration Report of the year award.

The Judges also highly commended SSE plc. Well done to them.

ICSA Awards - Sustainability Report of the Year

SUSTAINABILITY DISCLOSURE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Pennon Group plc

Highly commended: Vodafone Group plc

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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 were:

  • Glencore plc
  • Pennon Group plc
  • RELX PLC
  • Vodafone Group Plc

Congratulations to Pennon Group plc for winning the award for Sustainability Disclosure of the Year.

The Judges also highly commended Vodafone Group plc. Well done to them.

ICSA Awards - Stakeholder Disclosure of the Year

STAKEHOLDER DISCLOSURE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Derwent London plc

Sponsor: Prism Cosec

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In this category, the winner offered meaningful disclosure that explains the approach to employee/stakeholder engagement beyond the boilerplate disclosure on employee feedback mechanisms, reflecting the way in which the board has complied with its obligations under s172 of the Companies Act 2006.

The nominees were:

  • ConvaTec Group Plc
  • Derwent London plc
  • Marshalls plc
  • Standard Chartered PLC
  • Vodafone Group Plc

Congratulations to Derwent London plc for winning the Stakeholder Disclosure of the year award.

ICSA Awards - Board Evaluation Disclosure of the Year

BOARD EVALUATION DISCLOSURE OF THE YEAR

Winner: SSE plc

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In this category, the winner of the award offered meaningful disclosure that explained the approach to board evaluation and its outcomes.

The nominees were:

  • Prudential plc
  • Smith & Nephew plc
  • TP ICAP plc
  • SSE plc

Congratulations to SSE plc for winning the Board Evaluation Disclosure of the year award.

ICSA Awards - Company Secretary of the Year

COMPANY SECRETARY OF THE YEAR

Winner: Peter Lee, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT

Highly commended: Andrew Eames, St. Modwen Properties PLC

Sponsor: Diligent

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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 were:

  • Kim Clear, TUI AG
  • Andrew Eames, St. Modwen Properties PLC
  • Peter Lee, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT
  • Zoe Ollerearnshaw, A2Dominion Housing Group Ltd

Congratulations to the Company Secretary of the Year, Peter Lee of South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT.

The Judges also highly commended Andrew Eames of St. Modwen Properties PLC. Well done.

ICSA Awards - Governance Professional of the Year

GOVERNANCE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

Winner: Wendy Stanger, East Coast College

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:

  • Wes Maffei, Galliford Try PLC
  • Kerry Round, Round Governance
  • Melissa Scully, Deloitte
  • Wendy Stanger, East Coast College
  • Andrew Waite, Impactful Governance

Congratulations to the Governance Professional of the Year, Wendy Stanger of East Coast College.

ICSA Awards - Team of the Year

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Winner: Provident Financial plc

Sponsor: Nasdaq Boardvantage

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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 were the teams from:

  • Barclays PLC
  • Coca-cola European Partners plc
  • GlaxoSmithKline plc
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care System
  • Provident Financial plc
  • Reckitt Benckiser Group plc

Congratulations to Provident Financial plc for winning Team of the Year.

ICSA Awards - Governance Project of the Year

GOVERNANCE PROJECT OF THE YEAR

Winner: HSBC with Global governance excellence

Highly commended: Premier League / EFL with Capability Code of Practice

Sponsor: Board Intelligence

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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 were:

  • Chubb Europe – Brexit project
  • Coca-Cola European Partners plc – Move to London Stock Exchange
  • HSBC – Global governance excellence
  • National Grid plc – Electricity System Operator
  • Premier League / EFL – Capability Code of Practice
  • Standard Chartered plc – Greater China and North Asia regional hub

Congratulations to HSBC with Global governance excellence for winning Governance Project of the Year.

The Judges also highly commended Premier League / EFL with Capability Code of Practice. Well done.

ICSA Awards - Service Provider of the Year

SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Support Services for Education

Highly commended: DMJ Recruitment

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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 were:

  • Company Matters
  • DMJ Recruitment
  • Prism Cosec
  • PwC
  • Support Services for Education
  • Tapestry
  • Vistra

Congratulations to Support Services for Education for winning Service Provider of the Year.

The Judges also highly commended DMJ Recruitment. Well done to them.

ICSA Awards - The One to Watch

THE ONE TO WATCH

Winner: Christina Meikle, Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP

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 were:

  • Beth Maguire, Secretariat Assistant, Co-op
  • Christina Meikle, Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Agata Mrowiec, Senior Company Secretarial Administrator, Capita
  • Tom Proverbs-Garbett, Solicitor, Pinsent Masons LLP
  • Karl St. John, Company Secretary, BDO LLP
  • Phoebe Stamford-Moroz, Assistant Company Secretary, Tate & Lyle PLC
  • Cheryl Surgeoner, Company Secretary and Compliance Officer, Estera Administration (UK) Limited
  • Francesca Tay, Trustee Liaison Officer, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Congratulations to Christina Meikle, Senior Consultant at Ernst & Young LLP for winning The One to Watch award.