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The ICSA Awards celebrate the highest standards in governance and reward organisations, teams and individuals for exemplary achievement.

The awards ceremony is the largest event of its kind in the UK and recognises innovation and excellence in governance, company secretarial practice and corporate disclosure. Annual Awards 2015 saw more than 700 guests and this year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The black tie event will be hosted by celebrity TV star and host Alexander Armstrong with live music by Ed Riches. Secure your table today and be part of the key event for the company secretarial profession.

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There were seven categories open for nominations, please check the details below to find out the entry requirements. Nominations are now closed. 

Governance Professional of the Year 

A new category open to anyone in a governance or company secretarial role other than a company secretary proper. Our nominees are individuals who are at the centre of the governance team and have built and sustained strong relationships with stakeholders, and demonstrated some innovative and effective approaches to good governance.

Governance Project of the Year

A new category open to those individuals or companies who have completed a significant governance project in the 12 months up until 31 August 2016. This should be a project that could be described as transformational and which was significant in some way – whether that be in terms of the size or nature of the thing, or the value it brought.

Company Secretary of the Year

Every year, our nominees in this category are those individuals in a company secretarial role who demonstrate effective team and thought leadership and have mastered the complex legal and regulatory environments in which they work. They play an added-value role in the governance of their organisations, and contribute to the development of best practice.

Team of the Year

This award recognises those company secretarial and governance teams who demonstrate excellent collaboration, as evidenced in the creative and effective ways they manage both routine and more specialised tasks. Our nominees have each met the challenges thrown up by some of the more exceptional projects they faced, and crafted innovative solutions. 

The One to Watch

This category is about identifying the stars of the future, the people with the potential to go all the way to the top. Open to those who are still in the early stages of their company secretarial or governance career, the judges here are particularly interested in the way nominees manage their work and make a significant contribution to their organisation. 

Service Provider of the Year

A new category was designed to recognise the work of individuals and companies who provide secretarial or governance services to other organisations – particularly those that have gone significantly beyond a basic service to provide a more valuable, contribution. Nominations from client companies and self-nominations supported by client testimonials were accepted.

Annual Report of the Year – Small Cap and AIM

For reports that give a clear insight into the company, its strategy and how its board behaves and works. 

The following categories are not open for nominations. In order to create the shortlists for reporting section of our awards, the annual reports for the entire FTSE350 are analysed by our awards partners against a variety of criteria for each category. The shortlist is then passed to our judging panel to choose the winners.

Annual Report of the Year – FTSE 100

Annual Report of the Year – FTSE 250

Strategic Report of the Year

Board Disclosure of the Year

Audit Disclosure of the Year

Risk Disclosure of the Year

Sustainability Disclosure of the Year

Remuneration Report of the Year

Best Investor Engagement Award

Outstanding Achievement Award

The Shortlist

Company Secretary of the Year - sponsored by ICSA Software

  • Lawrence Dickinson – Barclays PLC
  • Kate Elsdon – PwC
  • Vicki Haynes – Saga plc
  • Nihal Mashaki – Turkey Finance Bank
  • Lorna McMillan – CYBG PLC

Governance Professional of the Year - sponsored by Boardvantage

  • Paul Evitt – Martin Currie Investment Management Ltd
  • Chris Logan – Reckitt Benckiser Group plc
  • Rinku Sharma – GE Capital – SBI Card
  • Anne Steele – DS SMITH PLC
  • Charlotte Thackrah – PwC

Team of the Year - sponsored by Brainloop

  • Aldermore Group PLC
  • Financial Times
  • National Grid plc
  • Premier Oil plc
  • UBM plc

Governance Project of the Year - sponsored by Morrow Sodali

  • Aviva – Shareholder Strategy 2016
  • Co-op – the Co-op 2016 AGM
  • Financial Reporting Council – The Culture Coalition
  • Tideway – Tideway Governance Project
  • Heathrow Airport – The Heathrow Way
  • Local Pensions Partnership – Lancashire and London Partnership

Service Provider of the Year

  • Intertrust (UK) Limited
  • James Menzies – Ernst & Young LLP
  • Bridgehouse Company Secretaries Ltd
  • Jordans Corporate Law Limited
  • Natasha Twena – PwC

The One to Watch - sponsored by DMJ

  • Louise Crane – Scottish Widows – Lloyds Banking Group
  • Michelle Lau – ARM Holdings plc
  • Rebecca Pitt – Local Pensions Partnership
  • Shaylea Rowlett – Roche
  • Rebecca Waite – DS SMITH PLC
  • Hannah Woodall-Pagan – Severn Trent Plc

Annual Report of the Year (FTSE 100) - sponsored by Diligent

  • ARM Holdings plc
  • Marks and Spencer Group plc
  • Old Mutual plc
  • Tesco PLC

Annual Report of the Year (FTSE 250) - sponsored by Prism Cosec

  • Berendsen plc
  • Great Portland Estates plc
  • Hiscox Ltd
  • Mitie Group plc

Annual Report of the Year (Small Cap / AIM) - sponsored by Jordans Corporate Law Limited

  • EMIS Group plc
  • KCOM Group PLC
  • Premier Foods plc
  • U and I Group PLC
  • The Vitec Group plc

Audit Disclosure of the Year

  • Associated British Foods plc
  • Marks and Spencer Group plc
  • Smith & Nephew plc
  • Vodafone Group Plc

Risk Disclosure of the Year - sponsored by Grant Thornton

  • AA plc
  • Berendsen plc
  • Hiscox Ltd
  • Serco Group plc

Board Disclosure of the Year - sponsored by Genius Methods

  • Debenhams plc
  • Man Group plc
  • Old Mutual plc
  • Petra Diamonds Limited

Strategic Report of the Year - sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard

  • ARM Holdings plc
  • Hammerson plc
  • Marks and Spencer Group plc
  • Pets at Home Group Plc

Remuneration Report of the Year - sponsored by New Bridge Street

  • Berendsen plc
  • Kingfisher plc
  • Pearson plc
  • SThree plc

Sustainability Disclosure of the Year

  • Carillion plc
  • Croda International Plc
  • Kingfisher plc
  • Marks and Spencer Group plc
  • Unilever PLC


A detailed look at the judging process is available here.

This year's judging panel welcomes highly skilled and reputable figures in the idustry.


Chair of Judges

Robert Swannell, Chair, Marks & Spencer Group plc


Claudia Chapman, Corporate Governance Policy Advisor, Financial Reporting Council

Janet Cooper, Partner, Tapestry Global Compliance Partners

Claire Davies, Company Secretary Elect, Barclays plc

Abigail Herron, Head of Responsible Investment Engagement, Aviva Investors

Chris Hodge, Director, Governance Perspectives

David Jackson, Company Secretary, BP plc

Gilly Lord, Head of Regulatory Affairs, PwC

John Ludlow, Director, Leading in Risk

Alistair McIntosh, Policy and External Relations Director, Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors

Olivia Mooney, Manager, Corporate Governance, UNPRI

Andrew Ninian, Director, Corporate Governance and Engagement, The Investment Association

David Parkes, Company Secretary, BAE Systems plc

David Patt, Senior Analyst, Corporate Governance and Public Policy, Legal & General Investment Management

Victoria Penrice, Former Company Secretary, ENRC

Sallie Pilot, Director of Research and Strategy, Black Sun plc

Veronica Poole, UK National Head of Accounting and Corporate Reporting, Deloitte LLP

Sacha Sadan, Director of Corporate Governance, Legal & General Investment Management

Mala Shah-Coulon, Executive Director – Corporate Governance, Ernst & Young LLP

Jeremy Small, Group Company Secretary, AXA UK plc

David Venus, President, ICSA

Nilufer von Bismarck, Partner, Slaughter and May LLP

Jennifer Walmsley, Director of Investor Engagement, Financial Reporting Council

Tim Ward, Chief Executive, Quoted Companies Alliance

Mark Wearden, Director, MBS Governance

Victoria Whyte, SVP, Company Secretary, GSK plc

Derek Woodward, Group Company Secretary, Worldpay Group plc



Tuesday 29 November 2016

London Hilton on Park Lane

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