Listed Companies Conference


Friday, 5 April 2019


9.00 - 13.00


Non-member: £280 +VAT
Professional Subscriber: £250 +VAT
Member: £225 +VAT
Student: £100 +VAT


America Square Conference Centre, London, EC3N 2LB


5 April 2019 | America Square Conference Centre, London


Public trust in big business remains low, with lingering questions around transparency and standards of practice leading to scepticism of their ability to uphold good corporate governance. The requirements set out in the revised Corporate Governance Code, which included actions on executive pay, corporate culture and reporting, looked to address a number of issues that governance professionals need to be considering and where they need to bring about significant change.

In this half-day conference we will look at how the objectives of the Corporate Governance Code have played out in practice, whether or not the proposed audit reforms are robust enough and what investors will be focusing on in 2019.

Delegates will also receive an update on ICSA’s work on improving board evaluations and the development of a code of practice for external board evaluation, as part of the Government’s push to raise governance standards across UK PLCs.



Registration, tea/coffee


Chair’s opening remarks

Peter Swabey FCIS, Policy & Research Director, ICSA


Reporting update

The new ‘shorter, sharper’ Corporate Governance Code aims to move companies away from a tick box approach to corporate governance reporting. Here, we will discuss how companies are taking up the challenge of shifting to principles-based reporting and look at practical examples of how to fulfil the requirements of the new regulation.

Anne Kirkeby, Lead Corporate Reporting Consultant, Black Sun Plc


The Shareholders Rights Directive

The Shareholders Rights Directive II comes into effect later this year. It aims to strengthen the role of shareholders whilst ensuring that decision making is made with the company’s long-term interests in mind. The directive sets out requirements for greater engagement in relation to a number of areas, including transparency and director remuneration. In this session, we will take a more in-depth look at the legislation and how companies need to prepare.

Anne-Sophie Blouin, Senior Director, Willis Towers Watson


Investor perspectives for 2019

Institutional investors no longer simply focus on the financial performance of their investee companies. An organisation’s purpose, mission, values, as well as board diversity, organisational resilience and corporate governance arrangements are all taken into consideration. So what areas will investors be focused on in 2019?

Nathan Leclercq, Senior Corporate Governance Analyst, Aviva Investors


Networking break


Governance in the digital age

There has never been a more challenging time to serve on a board than right now. Board oversight is loaded with more risk than ever before. In this complex landscape, we question what might help directors govern better? For organisations with the best performance results, what is different about how their boards function? What tools and technology might help boards transform governance for the digital age? This session provides an overview of these issues and the steps delegates can take to help their boards better navigate the digital age.

Dottie Schindlinger, Vice President of Thought Leadership, Diligent


Audit reform

As a direct result of Carillion’s collapse in early 2018, the audit market and the role of auditors has been under close scrutiny. There have been further calls for a shake-up to the UK audit market and to strengthen regulation around the quality of audit. Here, we look at the recommendations of some recent reports on this topic and what they could mean for the future of the sector.

David Herbinet, Global Head of Audit, Mazars


Board evaluation

Last year the Government invited ICSA to convene a group to identify ways of improving the quality of board evaluations.One aspect of this will be the development of a code of practice for external board evaluation. Here, we will receive an update on ICSA’s work and delegates will have the opportunity to share their own thoughts on a new code of practice.

Chris Hodge, Policy Advisor, ICSA


Networking lunch, close of conference

*This is a draft programme and may be subject to change


Chris Hodge, Policy Advisor, ICSA

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 that 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.

More recently Chris has been the FRC’s Strategy Director. In this capacity he was responsible for developing the FRC’s overall strategy for 2016-19, overseeing and co-ordinating its external communications, public affairs and international influencing activities. Chris established the European Corporate Governance Codes Network and served as chair for eight years until 2015. The Network shares information and good practice among the bodies responsible for codes in 28 European countries, and its advice is regularly sought by the European Commission when developing its proposals for European level regulation. In addition, Chris has worked as advisor with bodies such as the European Commission, OECD and World Bank and regularly featured as presenter and moderator at international conferences.

Dottie Schindlinger, Vice President of Thought Leadership, Diligent

Dottie Schindlinger is Vice President of Thought Leadership for Diligent Corporation, the leading provider of secure corporate board communication and collaboration software globally. In her role, Dottie provides thought leadership on governance, cybersecurity, and technology topics through presentations to boards and executives dozens of times each year at events around the world. .

Peter is a member of the ICSA Company Secretary’s Forum, 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.

Her work has been featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and in multiple governance and technology publications including Corporate Board Member, Trustee Magazine, Corporate Secretary Magazine, Execranks, CSO Online, and Dark Reading. She is the co-author, along with Diligent CEO Brian Stafford, of Governance in the Digital Age: A Guide for the Modern Corporate Board Director, John Wiley & Sons Publishers, April 2019.

Dottie brings over twenty years’ experience in governance-related roles, including serving as a director, officer, senior executive, governance consultant and trainer for private, public, and non-profit boards. She was a founding team member of the tech start-up BoardEffect – a board management software provider focused on healthcare and non-profit boards, acquired by Diligent in 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Peter Swabey FCIS, Policy & Research Director, ICSA

Peter Swabey is Policy and Research Director at ICSA. He is responsible for developing ICSA’s profile 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 joined ICSA in 2013 and has almost 30 years’ industry experience. Prior to ICSA, Peter was at Equiniti where he was Company Secretary and Industry Leadership Director; he was also a Director of Equiniti David Venus, Equiniti’s Company Secretarial Services provider.

Peter is a member of the ICSA Company Secretary’s Forum, 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.

A history graduate, and Fellow of ICSA, Peter is a regular speaker at industry conferences and events, with an industry-wide reputation as an expert on shareholder and corporate governance matters.

David Herbinet, Global Head of Audit, Mazars

David is Mazars’ Global Head of Audit and leads Mazars’ Large & Listed strategic market in the UK. He has over 25 years of audit experience, particularly of large and complex international groups, and is a key Mazars spokesperson on issues affecting audit competition, audit quality, joint audit and long-term sustainability. He is a member of the Audit Faculty Committee of the ICAEW and is also Mazars’ representative with EcoDa, the European voice of Board directors. David has played a critical role in the launch and development of two major Mazars initiatives: the Centre for Audit Committee and Investor Dialogue and Mazars’ Business.For Good®. He continues to lead these ground-breaking initiatives. David is also an active member of the Academy for Business in Society, on behalf of Mazars.


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