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.
There were seven categories open for nominations, please check the details below to find out the entry requirements. Nominations are now closed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Company Secretary of the Year - sponsored by ICSA Software
Governance Professional of the Year - sponsored by Boardvantage
Team of the Year - sponsored by Brainloop
Governance Project of the Year - sponsored by Morrow Sodali
Service Provider of the Year
Annual Report of the Year (FTSE 100) - sponsored by Diligent
Annual Report of the Year (FTSE 250) - sponsored by Prism Cosec
Annual Report of the Year (Small Cap / AIM) - sponsored by Jordans Corporate Law Limited
Audit Disclosure of the Year
Risk Disclosure of the Year - sponsored by Grant Thornton
Board Disclosure of the Year - sponsored by Genius Methods
Strategic Report of the Year - sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard
Remuneration Report of the Year - sponsored by New Bridge Street
Sustainability Disclosure of the Year
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