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Dirty-moneyball

Dirty-moneyball

13 February 2020

Henry Ker, Editor-in-Chief at Emperor, explains how rugby's salary cap scandal shows Saracens had big governance problems. Read more

Change your life with a new robot assistant

Change your life with a new robot assistant

11 February 2020

Katie Hollis FCG from Link Company Matters discusses Robotic Process Automation and gives top tips for anyone considering it. Read more

Ethnic diversity on boards: Progress or stagnation?

Ethnic diversity on boards: Progress or stagnation?

06 February 2020

Chris Hodge FCG, Policy Advisor at The Chartered Governance Institute, comments on the Parker Review Steering Committee's 'two years on' progress report on ethnic diversity on UK boards. Read more

A more joined-up approach to ESG – an opportunity not to be missed

A more joined-up approach to ESG – an opportunity not to be missed

06 February 2020

Maria Brookes, Media Relations Manager at The Chartered Governance Institute, talks about the key takeaways from the BNY Mellon event on the outlook for the asset management industry in 2020 and the challenges facing the sector. Read more

What does good governance really look like?

What does good governance really look like?

23 January 2020

Trina Hill FCG gives us her view on what good governance looks like and what companies should focus on to achieve this. Read more

A not so happy new year

A not so happy new year

15 January 2020

Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at The Chartered Governance Institute, comments on the Travelex ransomware virus attack and the implications of a data breach. Read more

The Company Secretary as Changemaker: a discreet but powerful role

The Company Secretary as Changemaker: a discreet but powerful role

09 January 2020

Stefan Stern wraps up the first chapter from The Company Secretary as Changemaker series and highlights the main points made by the panel of speakers. Read more

Boards need diverse talent to flourish

Boards need diverse talent to flourish

10 December 2019

A refreshingly honest perspective from Nada Korac Kakabadse, Professor of Policy, Governance and Ethics at Henley Business School, on the subject of board diversity. Read more

Taking ownership

Taking ownership

21 November 2019

Sara Drake, Chief Executive at The Chartered Governance Institute, comments on the new Beneficial Ownership Register coming into force in the Republic of Ireland. Read more

What is a changemaker?

What is a changemaker?

13 November 2019

Stefan Stern introduces The Company Secretary as Changemaker, a new series of workshops being held by The Chartered Governance Institute, and discusses what being a changemaker involves for a governance professional. Read more

ESG in the age of activism

ESG in the age of activism

08 November 2019

Chris Hodge FCG reflects upon acting as moderator for a highly topical panel discussion about how ESG issues are impacting on companies, investors and the relationship between them. Read more

Celebrating success in the charity sector

Celebrating success in the charity sector

23 October 2019

The Chartered Governance Institute’s Craig Beeston reflects on judging the 2019 Charity Times Awards. Read more

How to ensure your business supply chains are not tainted by slavery

How to ensure your business supply chains are not tainted by slavery

15 October 2019

Chloe Cranston, Business and Human Rights Manager at Anti-Slavery International, discusses how to ensure your business supply chains are not tainted by slavery. Read more

Interview with one of our top Academy Governance students

Interview with one of our top Academy Governance students

04 October 2019

Hear from a senior officer of corporate governance at an academy trust who completed her Certificate in Academy Governance course with top grades. Read more

Reputation, trust and doing the right thing

Reputation, trust and doing the right thing

03 October 2019

Our reputation is our greatest asset but one false step can have a lasting impact. Read more

Academies and the company limited by guarantee structure

Academies and the company limited by guarantee structure

26 September 2019

Louise Thomson FCG discusses academies and the peculiarities and benefits of a company limited by guarantee structure. Read more

In praise of disinterested kindness

In praise of disinterested kindness

25 September 2019

Chris Hodge FCG discusses 'long continued and disinterested kindness’ with regards to investors in a company. Read more

How does data become bias and how do we work against data bias in Boardrooms?

How does data become bias and how do we work against data bias in Boardrooms?

25 September 2019

From the front lines to the call centres to the boardroom, every one is talking about the value of data. Read more

Getting to grips with risk

Getting to grips with risk

19 September 2019

Chris Hodge FCG discusses how understanding risk is critical to good governance. Read more

How can software help to establish Governance in a legal department?

How can software help to establish Governance in a legal department?

25 July 2019

The key to governance is establishing the procedures that need to be followed. Read more

The future company secretary: upskilling, automation or coexistence?

The future company secretary: upskilling, automation or coexistence?

01 July 2019

‘What lies ahead for the future company secretary?’. Read more

What are boards really doing about ESG?

What are boards really doing about ESG?

24 June 2019

Diligent Institute set out to understand why environmental sustainability issues are elevated to the board level. Read more

Evaluating Board Evaluators

Evaluating Board Evaluators

17 June 2019

Following the growth of board evaluation services, questions are now being raised about their quality. Read more

Identity Fraud

Identity Fraud

14 June 2019

Company directors at double the risk of other individuals. Read more

 Identifying toxic behaviour in the boardroom

Identifying toxic behaviour in the boardroom

10 June 2019

Explore characteristics of toxic leadership, its impact on boardroom culture and organisational performance. Read more

Governance Leadership in the Healthcare world

Governance Leadership in the Healthcare world

05 June 2019

Hear from a director of nursing & quality governance on her experience of the Governance Leadership Programme. Read more

Delving  Deeper

Delving Deeper

21 May 2019

International financial centres have a better story to tell than people realise. Read more

Technology emphasis makes boards miss competitive advantage

Technology emphasis makes boards miss competitive advantage

14 May 2019

Technology emphasis makes boards miss competitive advantage. Read more

Why effective induction is key to good MAT governance

Why effective induction is key to good MAT governance

08 May 2019

Remember – there is no such thing as a ridiculous question. Read more

Risk and resilience

Risk and resilience

18 April 2019

Attitude to risk need to be holistic to ensure good governance. Read more

Handbook to success

Handbook to success

11 March 2019

Anna Machin ACIS, discusses academy governance. Read more

Disruptive Board Members – how coaching skills might be the answer

Disruptive Board Members – how coaching skills might be the answer

08 February 2019

Lesley Ward FCIS explains how can coaching help address disruptive behaviours in the boardroom. Read more

‘Diversity of Thought’: be very careful...

‘Diversity of Thought’: be very careful...

06 February 2019

Marsha Ramroop FRSA highlights important considerations for Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Read more

Charity Governance Code - embrace the challenge

Charity Governance Code - embrace the challenge

04 February 2019

Compliance with the governance code can help charities achieve best practice. Read more

Tone from the top: how board behaviour affects corporate culture

Tone from the top: how board behaviour affects corporate culture

31 January 2019

Professor Roger Steare trials his Keynote at the Board Dynamics Summit 2019. Read more

The right ones for the job

The right ones for the job

22 November 2018

The growing group of academy trust governance professionals are fundamental to the success of academy trusts, argues Emma Perkin. Read more

How to strike the right balance in subsidiary oversight

How to strike the right balance in subsidiary oversight

02 November 2018

Giles Peel offers valuable advice about how to approach subsidiary oversight. Read more

Next generation governance: The role of the regulator

Next generation governance: The role of the regulator

08 October 2018

New ICSA research reveals an interesting perspective on the responsibility of regulators. Read more

AGMs: Split the voting from the meeting

AGMs: Split the voting from the meeting

17 August 2018

Putting distance between the two core aspects of the AGM could help stakeholders have their voice heard. Read more

Charity governance need not be a guilty secret

Charity governance need not be a guilty secret

23 July 2018

The charitable sector has to work harder to explain to the public why spending resources on governance enhances rather than diminishes impact. Read more

A guide to better board reporting

A guide to better board reporting

11 July 2018

ICSA and Board Intelligence launch guidance and tools to help with producing board packs. Read more

Guiding charities

Guiding charities

28 June 2018

Updated ICSA guidance for the changing charity governance landscape. Read more

Even if the FCA builds it, will they come?

Even if the FCA builds it, will they come?

12 June 2018

The regulators plan to reduce the governance burden for large foreign state-controlled companies has a hint of expediency. Read more

Company secretary: the ‘helicopter view’ of governance

Company secretary: the ‘helicopter view’ of governance

01 June 2018

ICSA’s latest event in Scotland showed the role’s burgeoning responsibilities. Read more

The hidden cost of board meetings

The hidden cost of board meetings

17 May 2018

Is any meeting really worth a quarter of a million pounds and over 100 days of preparation?. Read more

Better board packs: request for ideas

Better board packs: request for ideas

21 March 2018

The Institute wants to draw on members' experience for its guidance on improving board packs. Read more

Share buybacks and conspiracy theories

Share buybacks and conspiracy theories

31 January 2018

Government research into corporate rationale behind buybacks is unlikely to sate a suspicious minority. Read more

Social responsibility is a tightrope for investors as well as companies

Social responsibility is a tightrope for investors as well as companies

29 January 2018

The time has come for stewardship duties to be stepped up. Read more

Maintaining a healthy boardroom dynamic

Maintaining a healthy boardroom dynamic

22 January 2018

Properly managed tension forms an integral part of an effective board. Read more

The Rooney Rule should diversify football's managers

The Rooney Rule should diversify football's managers

15 January 2018

The obligation to interview BAME candidates should help ethnic minorities break into coaching, says Craig Beeston. Read more

Time to redress the balance in board packs

Time to redress the balance in board packs

19 December 2017

New research from ICSA and Board Intelligence suggests the size of board packs is an obstacle to effective oversight. Read more

Boards must lead succession planning

Boards must lead succession planning

12 December 2017

Lone activist investors should not dictate corporate strategy, says Peter Swabey. Read more

Compliance mindsets will prove tougher to change than the code

Compliance mindsets will prove tougher to change than the code

05 December 2017

Changing how people think about governance will require more than a revised UK Corporate Governance Code, says Peter Swabey. Read more

The search continues for the UK's industrial strategy

The search continues for the UK's industrial strategy

04 December 2017

The government is still equivocating between a low-tax, low-regulation future and more corporate responsibility, says Chris Hodge. Read more

Make the most of Trustees’ Week

Make the most of Trustees’ Week

14 November 2017

As a proud partner of Trustees’ Week, ICSA offers many valuable tools and resources to assist trustees in understanding their governance and legal duties. Read more

Transparency and trust: getting to grips with GDPR

Transparency and trust: getting to grips with GDPR

03 November 2017

New ICSA guidance can help organisations of all shapes and sizes be ready to meet the requirements of GDPR. Read more

Annual corporate reports could lose a few pages

Annual corporate reports could lose a few pages

19 October 2017

The trend towards lengthier reporting is avoidable despite growing regulatory requirements, says Chris Hodge. Read more

The stakeholder voice in board decision making

The stakeholder voice in board decision making

26 September 2017

Chris Hodge discusses the new guidance from ICSA and the Investment Association. Read more

Help support aspiring company secretaries

Help support aspiring company secretaries

30 August 2017

Julian Baddeley discusses the initiatives companies can get involved with to help the next generation of company secretaries. Read more

Getting stakeholders into the boardroom

Getting stakeholders into the boardroom

24 August 2017

Chris Hodge considers what companies can do to bolster communication between themselves and interested parties. Read more

A message of support for proposed Charter & byelaw changes

A message of support for proposed Charter & byelaw changes

24 August 2017

ICSA Past President Jeffrey Greenwell explains why he is supporting the proposals. Read more

Time to choose this year’s governance leaders

Time to choose this year’s governance leaders

17 August 2017

Peter Swabey outlines the details of the 2017 ICSA Awards. Read more

Why an AGM visit is crucial for governance students

Why an AGM visit is crucial for governance students

27 July 2017

Palissa Osei-Owusu explains how aspiring company secretaries can benefit from ICSA's AGM Invitations. Read more

The role of the company secretary: Reflections on the ICSA Annual Conference 2017

The role of the company secretary: Reflections on the ICSA Annual Conference 2017

20 July 2017

Lesley Ward reflects on the highlights of the ICSA Annual Conference 2017. Read more

The new Charity Governance Code: the ‘go-to’ resource for charities

The new Charity Governance Code: the ‘go-to’ resource for charities

13 July 2017

Rosie Chapman discusses the new Charity Governance Code. Read more

So farewell then, corporate governance reform

So farewell then, corporate governance reform

22 June 2017

Chris Hodge analyses the impact of the Queen's speech on the corporate governance world. Read more

Reading between the lines

Reading between the lines

19 May 2017

Chris Hodge casts his eye over the political parties’ election manifestos. Read more

Boards need the challenge that diversity brings

Boards need the challenge that diversity brings

12 April 2017

Neil Tsappis examines Sir John Parker’s argument that board diversity is important to corporate success. Read more

Red lights spell danger

Red lights spell danger

10 April 2017

Chris Hodge is wary of the BEIS Select Committee’s proposal for a governance rating system. Read more

Corporate governance: the Brexit effect

Corporate governance: the Brexit effect

30 March 2017

Peter Swabey explores the effect Brexit will have on corporate governance in the UK. Read more

Reaping the rewards of a diverse board

Reaping the rewards of a diverse board

29 March 2017

Kate Ferguson looks at diversity on trustee boards. Read more

Time for pensions equality

Time for pensions equality

17 November 2016

Chris Hodge questions the fairness of large pension pots for senior executives. Read more

Regulators also face governance challenges

Regulators also face governance challenges

03 November 2016

Chris Hodge reports on some of the difficulties faced by regulators. Read more

The governance merry-go-round

The governance merry-go-round

12 October 2016

Louise Thomson discusses the hectic history of charity governance. Read more

Agency problems

Agency problems

05 October 2016

Why are there intermediaries all over the place? asks Chris Hodge. Read more

New guidance for MAT governing bodies

New guidance for MAT governing bodies

19 September 2016

Louise Thomson outlines the corporate governance responsibilities of multi-academy trusts. Read more

Directors do not have all-seeing eyes

Directors do not have all-seeing eyes

15 September 2016

Chris Hodge reviews Government plans for a new criminal offence of failing to prevent economic crimes. Read more

Winning back public trust

Winning back public trust

31 August 2016

Francesca Tay considers the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016. Read more

Of dividends and deficits

Of dividends and deficits

24 August 2016

Chris Hodge argues that FTSE 100 companies are, for the most part, reducing pensions deficits while still paying out dividends. Read more

The need for governance in private companies

The need for governance in private companies

19 August 2016

Peter Swabey agrees with the Institute of Directors about updating the corporate governance code for private companies. Read more

BHS: The ongoing governance debate

BHS: The ongoing governance debate

05 August 2016

Peter Swabey assesses the governance failures which led to BHS's collapse. Read more

The future of governance

The future of governance

01 August 2016

Twenty-five years on from Cadbury, Chris Hodge asks if the UK's governance is still fit for purpose. Read more

The 5 essential qualities of a non-executive director

The 5 essential qualities of a non-executive director

28 July 2016

Charis Evans on the key qualities required to be a successful non-executive director. Read more

Remuneration: recent and relevant experience

Remuneration: recent and relevant experience

27 July 2016

The Executive Remuneration Working Group believes a test is needed for remuneration committees. Read more

Governance is on the political agenda

Governance is on the political agenda

12 July 2016

Peter Swabey ponders the changes the new Government may herald. Read more

Aim to be the best

Aim to be the best

06 July 2016

Lord Moynihan says good governance is key to sporting success. Read more

A partial defence of proxy advisors

A partial defence of proxy advisors

20 June 2016

Chris Hodge asks how proxy advisors influence shareholder engagement. Read more

Trustee remuneration is a topic that will not go away

Trustee remuneration is a topic that will not go away

31 May 2016

ICSA's Louise Thomson asks if charities' governance is fit for purpose and whether trustees should be paid. Read more

FT-ICSA Boardroom Bellwether Summer 2016

FT-ICSA Boardroom Bellwether Summer 2016

23 May 2016

The FT's Sarah Gordon assesses the mood in the UK's boardrooms. Read more

Governance at the BBC

Governance at the BBC

18 May 2016

ICSA's Peter Swabey explores the controversy surrounding the BBC's governance. Read more

Moving to a self-regulating world

Moving to a self-regulating world

11 May 2016

Charles Handy shares his views on the future of society, business and governance. Read more

The sports sector needs a world-class governance referee

The sports sector needs a world-class governance referee

29 April 2016

ICSA's Louise Thomson discusses conflicts of interest in sports governance. Read more

Avoid groupthink

Avoid groupthink

18 April 2016

Dame Alison Carthwath on the benefits of diverse non-executive directors. Read more

Promoting long-term investment

Promoting long-term investment

08 April 2016

ICSA's Chris Hodge examines the Investment Association's Productivity Action Plan. Read more

Balancing the board: change requires new thinking

Balancing the board: change requires new thinking

01 April 2016

Recommendations from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on increasing female representation on boards. Read more

NEDs carry great responsibility

NEDs carry great responsibility

30 March 2016

NEDA's Louis Cooper outlines important guidelines for non-executive directors. Read more

An expectations gap on remuneration packages

An expectations gap on remuneration packages

18 March 2016

Chris Hodge explains the relationship between companies' reporting obligations and executive pay. Read more

The price of charity governance

The price of charity governance

14 March 2016

ICSA's Louise Thomson explores why governance appears to be a problem for some charities. Read more

Not-for-profit KPIs

Not-for-profit KPIs

04 March 2016

Nick Brooks offers advice to charities for measuring effective performance. Read more

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