Governance beyond the pandemic

Creating a sustainable future


Tuesday 10 November 2020




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As coronavirus has swept through the global population, so too has it swept through the global economy, leaving recession, uncertainty and instability in its wake. It’s time to pick up the pieces and rebuild. For some organisations, that means assessing the damage and developing plans for growth; for others it means building upon lessons learned through this adversity.

Join us at this this virtual summit to discuss the pandemic and its impact upon the governance landscape. What is the new normal now? Where are organisations likely to stand on environmental and social governance, diversity and trust? And what’s on the horizon for such governance ‘staples’ as nurturing talent in the boardroom, risk management, auditing and disclosure?

We have an incredible line-up of speakers, from across the UK and beyond, plus all the usual opportunities to network, chat with sponsors and discuss the latest thinking – in a virtual environment. Find out more about what to expect from a virtual conference.


Governance beyond the pandemic, Tuesday 10 November 2020


Pre-event round table discussions

Join one of our governance themed discussions and start networking with your peers. Round table discussion topics will be announced in advance of the event, and you will be able to register for the topic you find most relevant to you.

Welcome and introduction

Sara Drake, Chief Executive, The Chartered Governance Institute


Keynote address

Sir Jonathon Thompson, CEO, Financial Reporting Council


Panel discussion: The new normal

The ’new normal’ became a common phrase, even before we knew what the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic might be. But what does the ’new normal’ really mean, and how does it effect governance professionals?

Our panellists reflect upon how organisations have handled the crisis and review the changes in law and practice that have emerged as a result – be they temporary, permanent, or still to materialise.

Moderator: TBC


Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director, The Chartered Governance Institute



The reflection room

Join a discussion about the themes that arose from the last panel discussion in smaller breakout rooms.

Networking break and roundtable discussions


Breakout sessions

You will be asked to pre-select your session of choice in advance of the event.

Panel discussion: ESG: A new dawn

Before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, environmental and social governance (ESG) issues were high on board agendas. While lockdown has offered a glimpse of a cleaner, more environmentally focused future, it hasn’t solved the issue of supply chains or ESG ranking. The panel will discuss how ESG plays a part in the success of businesses as they move beyond the pandemic and through what is looking like a prolonged recession.

Moderator: Dan Neale, Social Transformation Lead, the World Benchmarking Alliance


Kate Larsen, Experienced Advisor in ESG, Sustainability, Human Rights

Susan Hooper, Director, Chapter Zero

Andrew Wallis, CEO, Unseen


Succession planning: Role of the board in nurturing talent

Fresh perspectives are essential to keeping a board dynamic and ensures a company always has the right leaders in place should a change happen quickly. While this can be attained by recruiting from outside an organisation, this often leads to a lengthy search process followed by a period of orientation and settling-in. This panel will look at why more and more organisations are turning to their talent pool by investing in internal development programmes, nurturing talent and creating a viable pipeline to the boardroom.

Moderator:Mandy Kirby, Chief strategist and co-founder, City Hive


Annette Andrews, Chief People Officer, Lloyds TSB


Trust me, I’m listed: Restoring purpose in corporate reporting

For many companies, reporting is viewed solely as a statutory exercise. It’s is a coordinated effort of multiple teams, with the sole purpose of getting the final report across the finish line. In this session, Claire goes back to first principles and explores some of the big questions around what reporting is really for, and how companies can produce informative, authentic and effective reports which engender trust with their stakeholders and make their employees proud.

Speaker: Claire Bodanis, Founder and Director, Falcon Windsor


Partner session

Details for this session will be available soon.


Stretch break


Breakout sessions

You will be asked to pre-select your session of choice in advance of the event.

Enhancing performance through psychological safety

Study after study has shown that an unsafe working environment can lead to employees taking inappropriate risks or engaging in poor behaviour. That’s also true of the boardroom, where stakes are high and the pressure intense. The pandemic has added uncertainty and disrupted the work environment. In this session, we discuss how and why organisations need to create an environment in which board members and employees alike can feel safe and able to share ideas and empowered to speak up.


Alison Gill, CEO, Bvalco
Jeremy Cross, Director, Bailiwick Consulting


Reputational crisis and how to prevent it

Warren Buffett once said, ‘It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently’. With over half of the world using the internet, anyone can generate content that can harm an organisation. Fake news, review platforms, social media – they have all become real threats that organisations need to guard against. We discuss some of these threats to reputation and ask, what can organisations do?


Finding growth, sustaining business

The pandemic has put many businesses in peril. The insolvency act has permitted otherwise healthy businesses to continue trading. But the stakes and values have shifted, and it is now crucial for organisations to find a path towards a sustainable re-growth. The panellists discuss the challenges they will face in the coming months and what it means to re-grow sustainably.


Partner session

Details for this session will be available soon.

12.55 Networking and roundtable discussions

Keynote address



Breakout Sessions

You will be asked to pre-select your session of choice in advance of the event.

Shaping a new future for audit
Rebuilding trust means shareholders and stakeholders need reassurance that what organisations say about their activities is truthful and accurate. In the UK, a lot has been done in recent years to tighten up in such areas as the quality and effectiveness of audit, director disclosures, competition law and others. In this session, we look at the work that’s been done in the UK and beyond on this, and ask, what happens next?


Mindful exclusion

The mindfulness of how we exclude has always impacted business performance. However, it matters now more than ever before. An exclusion usually comes from personal bias or perceived to come from social norms, not from a rational argument. This may be the tip of the iceberg. New research from The Chartered Governance Institute and the Centre for Synchronous Leadership examines the issue, and this session will further explore the governance professional’s voice in the boardroom, the healthy flow of power and the value of networks.


Justine Lutterodt, Director, Centre for Synchronous Leadership
Diana Brightmore-Armour, Former CEO at ANZ and NED at FTSE 100 companies


Cyberattacks: a boardroom dilemma

Over the last few months, we have become even more dependent on our technology. However, as more and more organisations are finding, with greater dependence comes an increased risk of cyberattack. This session will explore how boards should consider cyber-risks to find the right balance between security, cost and usability. It will also examine how boards can prepare and exercise for a cyber incident.

Speaker: John Noble, Non-Executive Director, NHS Digital


Partner session

Details for this session will be available soon


Rebuilding trust through governance

The global economic and political landscape has been transformed by the pandemic, and as rebuilding gets underway, good governance will become ever more vital in ensuring a sustainable future and restoring public trust. There are tough challenges ahead, and good dialogue between organisations, their shareholders and stakeholders, government and regulators will be key. In this session, we reflect upon just some of the key issues we’re going to have to deal with in building a better future.

Speaker: Andrew Ninian, Director, Stewardship & Corporate Governance, The Investment Association


Closing remarks, conference closes

*This is a draft programme and may change and be updated at any time

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