Global risk oversight: responding to new uncertainties


In this era of globalisation, we are constantly being presented with new opportunities, new technologies and new horizons to explore. But with those opportunities come unprecedented challenges, and considerable risks and insecurities.

From geopolitical uncertainty to cyber threats, climate change to developing stakeholder expectations, including expectations on workplace behaviour, these new risks are making increasingly it hard for companies to stay in their safety net, and their impact is being felt in a great many areas.

In this evening event we explore the current landscape of global risk and the board’s responsibility for risk as an aspect of governance. We consider the factors that governance professionals should think about in their own organisations’ risk management frameworks including the use of insurance as a risk mitigant.


  • 6:30pm – Registration
  • 6:55pm – Welcome by Chair

Paul Lewis, Global Head of Insurance Disputes, Herbert Smith Freehills

  • 7.00pm – Keynote – Global risk oversight: responding to new uncertainties

Philip Thomson, President, Global Affairs, GSK

  • 7.15pm – Panel – Exploring board engagement in risk governance

Panel topics: 

- Aligning organisational purpose to help prevent global crisis

- The boards’ role and responsibilities relating to risk oversight

- Co-secs as a 'risk detector'

- Identifying third party & subsidiary risks

Clare Wardle, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Coca-Cola European Partners
Fahrin Ribeiro, UK Company Secretary, Bank of Ireland UK
Patrick Gonsalves, Company Secretary, Quilter plc

  • 7.35pm – Case study – Sarah McNally, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills 
  • 8.00pm – Q&A
  • 8.10pm – Networking drinks
  • 9.00pm – Doors close


Clare Wardle, General Counsel and Company Secretary - Executive Leadership Team, Coca-Cola European Partners plc

General Counsel and Company Secretary and member of the Executive Leadership Team of Coca-Cola European Partners plc since June 2016, leading risk, compliance, security and legal teams across 13 countries, and sponsor of the Diversity Council. Clare was previously General Counsel of Kingfisher plc and Tube Lines plc, and Head of Legal at Post Office. She is currently chairman of Basketball England, NED at Modern Pentathlon Great Britain and Lee Fitzgerald Architects Ltd, and her previous directorships include encryption and digital signatures, sheltered housing and retail.

Fahrin Ribeiro, UK Company Secretary - Bank of Ireland UK

Fahrin Ribeiro is an experienced company secretary having built a career in financial services. She is currently the UK Company Secretary for Bank of Ireland UK plc, a wholly owned but highly regulated subsidiary bank of the Bank of Ireland Group plc, which was established in 1783 by Royal Charter in Ireland and is a traditional, publicly listed, relationship-driven retail and commercial bank. Fahrin is a solicitor and Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute by qualification. She began her company secretarial career at Addleshaw Goddard LLP and has worked at both large listed FTSE 100 organisations (Aviva plc) as well as regulated subsidiaries (Aviva Asia, Bank of Ireland, Santander). Fahrin has a diverse and international background, having worked in Singapore and Kenya over the course of her career to date.

Patrick Gonsalves, Company Secretary - Quilter plc

Bio and photo coming soon.

Paul Lewis, Global Head of Insurance Disputes - Herbert Smith Freehills

Bio coming soon.

Philip Thomson, President - Global Affairs, GSK

President, Global Affairs at GSK and member of the Group’s Corporate Executive Team. He has global responsibility for Stakeholder Engagement, Reputation Management, Policy Development, Strategic Communications and Global Health.

Phil joined Glaxo Wellcome as a management trainee in 1996, and has held various roles related to corporate strategy, business performance and reputation. He earned his degree in English, History and Russian Studies from Durham University.

Phil is also Chair of The Whitehall & Industry Group and a Board Member of China-Britain Business Council.

Sarah McNally, Partner - Herbert Smith Freehills

Bio coming soon.

Booking information

Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019

Timing: 6.30 - 9.00pm

Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS

Price: Free

Register now

Please note that this is an event for those working in FTSE 350 companies only. We reserve the right to add those registered to the waiting list if they do not meet the eligibility criteria for this particular event. 


This CPD event is possible thanks to the sponsorship of Herbert Smith Freehills

Search ICSA