Managing risk, leading change: Guernsey Conference 2018

This conference took place on 25 April 2018


As regulation of financial services continues to tighten and political uncertainty in the UK and Europe creates greater instability in the market, company secretaries and governance professionals in Guernsey have an opportunity to take the wheel and be at the forefront of thinking, innovation and technology in governance, risk and compliance.

ICSA’s offshore jurisdiction events are designed specifically for company secretaries and governance leaders. This year's Guernsey conference takes on the theme ‘Managing Risk, Leading Change’ and reflects the bold role that Guernsey can play in the governance environment. The conference reveals the new agenda for ICSA: The Governance Institute and explores themes arising from the upcoming changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code.

Delegates will benefit from expert input on topics including: stakeholder engagement, GDPR, the common reporting standard and personal development. 


09.00 Registration

Welcome and introduction/ Chair’s opening remarks


Opening address

A new agenda for ICSA: The Governance Institute

As governance continues to evolve, ICSA is changing too. This year, we are introducing several significant initiatives to better serve company secretaries and the growing governance community. This session will tell you more about what is changing, why, and how we hope to add lasting value for members, students and employers.

Charis Evans, Business Development Director, ICSA 


Improving stakeholder engagement

In 2017, the UK Government decided to introduce secondary legislation to further strengthen engagement between boards and stakeholders. ICSA and the Investment Association produced a report on the issue, The Stakeholder Voice in Board Decision Making. This session will draw on themes from the report, using real life case studies and highlighting some innovative approaches to stakeholder engagement.

Peter Swabey FCIS, Policy and Research Director, ICSA 


Corporate Governance Update

In December 2017, the Financial Reporting Council opened consultations on what it called, “a sharper UK Corporate Governance Code to achieve long-term success and trust in business”. We take a detailed look at the changes to the Code, what’s driven them, and reflect upon the wider context of governance reform.

James Jarvis, Corporate Governance Analyst, Institute of Directors



Guernsey prides itself on being at the forefront of innovation in the financial industry keeping a close eye on new technologies that can usefully support and digitise local businesses. So, how does blockchain work? Here we gain insight from a firm already using the technology.

Stuart Lawson, Product Manager, Northern Trust 

11.15 Networking tea and coffee break

GDPR: the cosec’s role

On 25 May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR will come into force. For company secretaries and governance professionals there will be lots to consider: which committees will have responsibility for reviewing the detail and implementation of data protection measures? How often and in what way will this information be relayed to the board? Here, we discuss the key questions at play in complying with the GDPR. 

Emma Martins, Data Protection and Information Commissioner, Guernsey 
Richard Bray, Director, Active Management Services Limited 


Personal development: improving organisational and individual effectiveness

We all have brains that can make us impulsive, irrational and emotional. Understanding why this is and how to control these functions can help increase focus, reduce stress and connect with people more effectively. Using principles based in neuroscience, organisational behaviour and psychology, our speaker will describe how to apply these to improve both personal effectiveness and better understand the cause of certain behaviours in the workplace.

Aidan Kearney, Psychologist, Carter Corson Business Psychologists 

13.30 Networking lunch

Giving more, getting back: volunteering to suit any schedule

Fionnuala Carvill, Director, Guernsey Community Foundation
Will Carter, Development Officer, Guernsey Community Foundation


Common Reporting Standard: one year on

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) seeks to crack down on the use of offshore jurisdictions to facilitate tax evasion. As an early adopter of the standard, Guernsey was a reportable jurisdiction for the 2017 reporting year. So how is it bedding in? Compliance with the CRS is a mammoth task for both clients and firms and with more countries joining for 2018, we take a look at the process so far.

Tony Mancini, Partner, KPMG


Brexit and Business

As the path to Brexit gradually unfolds, this session will look at the impact of decisions made thus far and what this means for Guernsey. Big business was generally in favour of the UK remaining a part of the EU but with the decision to leave firmly made and under way, businesses must get to grips with the challenges and opportunities of Brexit.

Catharine Barnard, Professor of EU Law, Cambridge University 

15.30 Chair’s closing remarks and conference close

*Please note this programme may be subject to change.


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