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The ICSA Annual Conference 2015

Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX

For governance, risk and compliance professionals


This all new event will be ICSA’s only major national conference in 2015 and with more breakout sessions, a new venue and a bigger exhibition space, this conference is set to be the biggest and best conference designed specifically to meet the needs of all governance, risk and compliance professionals.

As companies continue to come under pressure from regulators, shareholders, the public and the media to reform their business practices, the old adage, ‘change is the only constant’ seems particularly apt now more than ever.

As significant new legislation continues to be piled on to the financial sector in an attempt to correct the failings in corporate culture, ethics and governance that lead to the financial crisis, so too have other corporate institutions had to change the way they do business.

In this conference, we provide insight not only in to the new rules and regulations that will affect the work of all governance, risk and compliance professionals but take into account the context in which these new rules should be applied. These include the latest thinking on; how to link pay to performance and the long term success of the company; effective boardroom dynamics and modern leadership styles; transparent and integrated reporting; investors views on good governance; as well as some high profile case studies in succession planning and change management.

2015 Programme

08.45 Conference opens, registration and tea/coffee

09.20 Introduction from the conference chair
Sarah Montague, broadcaster and journalist

09.25 Opening address
Lorraine Young FCIS, ICSA UKRIAT President

09.30 Keynote address
Melanie McLaren
, Executive Director of Codes and Standards, Financial Reporting Council

10.00 Shareholder rights: a magic bullet for better governance?

Business commentators have long contended that a lack of engagement from asset managers, institutional investors and ultimately shareholders has bred a culture of short termism in the corporate world. In response, it is widely expected that Brussels will fast-track changes to the Shareholder Rights Directive in 2015. But will the proposed new laws provide the catalyst to make businesses more sustainable and better governed? Our panel discuss.
Ilaria Miller, Assistant Director, Shareholders Rights Directive and EU Co-ordination, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Prof. Vanessa Knapp OBE, Independent consultant company law and corporate governance
David Styles, Director of Corporate Governance, FRC
Peter Swabey FCIS, Policy & Research Director, ICSA

10.45 Tea/coffee

11.10 Panel session: the investors’ perspective on governance

What criteria do today’s investors use to assess the companies in which they invest? Is it a greater engagement with risk? A more diverse board? Strong ethical values? A commitment to creating long term value? Or is it better governance generally? Our panel of investors outline what they’re looking for.
Deborah Gilshan, Senior Investment Manager, RPMI Railpen
Jennifer Walmsley, Director, Hermes Equity Ownership Services
Bridget Murphy, Director of Engagement, Glass Lewis Europe Ltd


In conversation: international trends in corporate governance

What are the global trends shaping corporate governance? As economies struggle to find growth, is corporate governance proving a benefit or a hindrance? In this session, we look at the wider picture.
George Dallas, Policy Director, International Corporate Governance Network
Peter Turnbull, Australian representative, ICSA International Council and Non-Executive Director, Karoon Gas Australia
Jill Parratt, International Representative and Director of Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa & Company Secretary of Liberty Holdings Limited.
A representative of the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries

Collective leadership: the science of decision-making

It’s increasingly understood that, when it comes to effective decision-making in the boardroom, behavioural group dynamics are just as important as structural factors or the requirements of regulators. So what constitutes “good” behaviour? And how exactly does positive behaviour result in better performance?
Dr Jeremy Cross, Leadership Psychologist and Director at Bailiwick Consulting Ltd

Data Protection and cyber security: Legal updates and compliance issues

By the end of 2015 a new set of data protection and cyber security laws are due to have been agreed by the EU. Designed to harmonise existing local laws and set a minimum security standard, we explore what the new legislation is likely to contain and take a closer look at how this relates to data stored in the cloud.
James Castro-Edwards, Solicitor, PWC
David Jones, Cloud Solution Marketing Manager - Hyland, Creator of OnBase

ICSA student revision session: Corporate Governance module

This module requires students to adopt a more principles-based approach to their exam. This session will focus on those areas of corporate governance that students will need to master, including: how boards operate; the role of shareholders; the audit process; and risk management.
Brian Coyle, ICSA Examiner

12.40 Lunch

13.35 Keynote address

During 14 years as Chair of the John Lewis Partnership, Sir Stuart Hampson implemented a series of modernisation projects which not only strengthened the core values of the partnership but delivered record profits. Sir Stuart will share his insights into: the link between values and performance; how to effectively engage customers and stakeholders; and the wider role of business in society.
Sir Stuart Hampson, Chair, The Crown Estate and former Chair of The John Lewis Partnership


The strategic report: a look back and changes coming up

Greater efforts towards more integrated reporting and the introduction of a new ‘viability statement’ have added additional complexity to how companies report to the market. in this session, we take a view on the first year of the strategic report, analyse what other organisations did well and what’s coming up on the horizon.
Deepa Raval, Project Director for Accounting and Reporting Policy, FRC
Rob Bellhouse FCIS, Former Company Secretary at Lonmin PLC.

Audit and Risk: Committees, control and disclosure

Audit and risk committees now have an increasingly wide-ranging set of responsibilities with regard to transparent and fair financial and non-financial reporting, overseeing internal and external audit as well as taking account of new guidance on risk management. We discuss the increasing expectations made of the modern audit committee and consider strategies for improving their effectiveness.
Natasha De Soysa, Director, Financial Services Governance, Deloitte
Tracy Gordon, Director, Deloitte Centre for Corporate Governance
Melissa Reid ACIS, Senior Manager, Board Advisory Practice, Deloitte

Remuneration: new rules and global trends

The pressure is still on for companies to reform pay and incentive packages to promote longer-term success and link pay to performance. In this session we cover new rules on shareholder engagement, modus and clawback provisions, share based remuneration and transparent disclosure on pay.
Jeremy Orbell, Partner, New Bridge Street

ICSA student revision session: Company Secretarial Practice module

The CSP examination is heavily scenario based and in part, also based on a case study released 6 weeks in advance of the examination. This session will outline how students might best approach this exam, how to interpret the case study and what kind of answers the examiner is looking for.
Luke Thomas, ICSA Examiner 

15.00 Tea/coffee

15.25 Governance dilemmas (1): The Co-operative Group

In May 2014, a report from Paul Myners into governance at the Co-op described the Group’s governance as “not fit for purpose”. What followed were several uncomfortable weeks in the media spotlight, culminating in August this year with a vote for radical change. We hear an insider’s perspective on this turbulent period.
Nick Folland, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Co-operative Group

15.55 Governance dilemmas (2): Manchester United Football Club

In April 2014, David Moyes was removed as manager of Manchester United FC after 11 lacklustre months in the role. But with Moyes’ predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson in post for more than two decades, were the club’s troubles the result of longer-term problems with its governance – not least its succession planning?
Neil Gibb, Director and Consulting Partner, SLP Global

16.25 Closing words
Simon Osborne FCIS, Chief Executive Officer, ICSA

16.30 Close, followed by drinks



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Olympia London
Hammersmith Road
W14 8UX

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