Securing the Future: The Isle of Man Conference 2017


The regulation of financial services is now stricter than it’s ever been and political uncertainty in the UK and Europe is creating greater instability in the market. 

ICSA’s offshore jurisdiction events are designed specifically for company secretaries and governance leaders. This year's Isle of Man conference takes on the theme of ‘Securing the Future’ and considers the important role that GRC professionals have to play in steadying the ship during times of great risk and uncertainty. This conference aims to provide delegates with the tools to approach the coming year with confidence and an opportunity to reflect upon the value of governance.

Delegates will benefit from expert input on topics including: leadership, minute taking, Brexit, interactive workshops and personal development.


08.30 Registration
09.00 Welcome and introduction/ Chair’s opening remarks

Keynote address: Review on Corporate Governance

Theresa May’s new proposals to crack down on boardroom excess and rebuild trust in corporate Britain received a mixed reaction from business leaders. Almost one year on from the first announcement, we take a look at the progress on the government’s corporate governance reform initiative.

Chris Hodge, Policy Consultant, ICSA and former Director of Corporate Governance, FRC


The art of minute taking: new ICSA guidance

Taking minutes of meetings is administrative good practice. It creates a record of what has been agreed, and by whom; and of what is to be done, by when and by whom. Find out more about the most recent ICSA minute taking guidance including the public consultation findings which led to its development.

Peter Swabey FCIS, Policy and Research Director, ICSA

10.30 Networking tea and coffee break

Dysfunctional leadership in organisations

Hubris and narcissism at board level has been the downfall of many good companies. It can destroy people, produce bad decisions, bankrupt companies and discredit public sector organizations. In this session, we look at what causes this behaviour, what can be done to prevent it arising and how to produce more effective relationships between leaders and followers.

Dennis Tourish, Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies (Business and Management), University of Sussex


Financial Risk Management

Risk management as a discipline is constantly evolving. Recently, governments and regulators have been encouraging firms to focus more on defining their risk appetite. But what exactly is risk appetite and how can you apply, measure and manage it effectively across an entire business?

Steve Billinghurst, Advisory Director, PwC

12.30 Networking Lunch - sponsored by Brainloop

Mindfulness: enhancing workplace relationships

Mindfulness has been linked to increased productivity, more efficient teamwork, fewer errors, better communication, and fewer sick days. Being mindful also supports authentic leadership. This workshop takes you through practical and applicable mindfulness techniques. Learn how practicing mindfulness can help simplify decision making and make management of board dynamics more effective.

Dr Dina Gray, Strategic Business Consultant, Visiting Fellow, Cranfield University and Author

14.30 Networking tea and coffee break


Keeping current with anti-money laundering measures continues to be a key priority for the Isle of Man Government. In this session, we take a look at the most recent MONEYVAL assessment on the Isle of Man including, areas of special interest and the main areas recommended by the assessors for further improvements in the Isle of Man’s AML/CFT regime. 

Paul Heckles, AML & CFT Consultant, Isle of Man Government Cabinet Office


A Brave New World: The Future of Work in the Digital Age

We are now living and working in a digital age and this is beginning to shape how the modern workplace looks and operates. This session takes a look at the employment issues that a business will need to balance to secure its future including, considering alternative working arrangements and effectively managing the risks associated with social media in the workplace.

Caren Pegg, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Appleby (Isle of Man) LLC          

16.00 Chair's closing remarks and conference close

*Please note this is a draft programme and may be subject to change


Chris Hodge: Policy Consultant, ICSA and former Director of Corporate Governance

For ten years until 2014, Chris was Director of Corporate Governance at the UK’s Financial Reporting Council. He was responsible for developing and promoting the UK Corporate Governance Code – one of the earliest and most influential codes for companies. The practices he introduced include board effectiveness reviews and public reporting on the management of significant risks. Chris was also responsible for introducing the first national stewardship code for investors in the UK in 2010. Similar codes have since been introduced in many other countries. More recently, Chris was the FRC’s Strategy Director and was responsible for developing their overall strategy for 2016–19. He established, and chaired for eight years until 2015, the European Corporate Governance Codes Network. Chris has also worked with bodies such as the European Commission, OECD and World Bank in advisory roles, and is a regular presenter and moderator at international conferences.

Peter Swabey: Policy & Research Director, ICSA

Peter is responsible for developing the profile of the Institute to members, regulators, policymakers, employers and other stakeholders by delivering thought leadership and lobbying campaigns aligned to ICSA strategy and promoting strong governance as the vital ingredient for success in organisations. Peter has 30 years' experience of the share registration industry, gained at Lloyds TSB Registrars and subsequently Equiniti and Equiniti David Venus amongst others. He is a member of the CBI Companies Committee, the QCA Corporate Governance Expert Group and the Shareholder Voting Working Group, as well as being an Alternate Member of the Takeover Panel and a past chairman of the ICSA Registrars Group.

Dennis Tourish: Professor of Leadership and Organisation Studies (Business and Management)​, University of Sussex

Dennis Tourish is Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies at the University of Sussex. He is the editor of the journal Leadership, and a Fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation. He has published widely on leadership issues, and is the author of The Dark Side of Transformational Leadership, published by Routledge in 2013. Dennis has been interviewed frequently on TV about leadership issues, including by the BBC, ITV and Sky News. He is currently completing a project looking at hubris in the banking sector, and will be sharing some of his findings from this during his presentation. His interest in dysfunctional leadership was stimulated by growing up in Northern Ireland, where (unfortunately) he had the opportunity to observe it at close range. His presentation will discuss how we can spot dysfunctional leadership before it gains too great a hold on our organizations, and what we can do about it.

Dina Gray: Strategic Business Consultant and a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University

Dina was formerly the Director of Intellectual Capital at AIT Group plc, and has held a number of non-executive director roles including a 10 year tenure as a Governor of Middlesex University and a long term role as the Non-Executive Chair of the international Regional Advisory Boards for the Innovation Group. Due to a varied career including life as a British army officer, a variety of roles in the IT industry including Director of Intellectual Capital for AIT Group plc Dina’s interests are now focussed on how a company can best develop and implement its strategy and use its resources to become more effective and deliver better value. In particular Dina works with companies to look strategically at how an organisation can excel through exceptional strategic implementation by applying mindful business techniques to organisational development.

Dina has recently published a book entitled Measurement Madness – Recognizing and Avoiding the Pitfalls of Performance Measurement


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How to book


Non-members £195 (+VAT)
Members £150 (+VAT)
Students £75 (+VAT)


The Sefton Hotel
Harris Promenade
Isle of Man

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