Read the latest releases from the ICSA Press Office

Charity Commission inquiry into Oxfam shows that the three Ps of good governance remain essential

12 June 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today issued a statement in response to the Charity Commission’s inquiry into Oxfam. Read more

Consultation opens into the effectiveness of board evaluation for listed companies

29 May 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today opened a consultation into the effectiveness of independent board evaluation in the UK listed sector. The review, which is being carried out at the request of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will assess the quality of evaluations and identify ways in which board evaluation might be improved. Read more

Overtime and productivity are out of step, poll finds

24 May 2019

Regularly working more than contracted hours is not leading to an increase in productivity accordingly to a poll out today from ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership. The poll reveals that 72% of company secretaries surveyed work beyond their contracted hours in order to get the job done, with few paid overtime and just 27% believing that productivity is improved by working overtime. Read more

Accountability and sustainability are driving the financial regulatory agenda

17 May 2019

Holding individual directors to account is the key to improving governance in financial firms according to Gerry Cross, Director of Financial Regulation at the Central Bank of Ireland. Speaking at ICSA Ireland’s annual conference in Dublin yesterday, Mr Cross emphasised that accountability and sustainability are the key themes being reflected in new guidelines proposed by the Central Bank. Read more

Integrity is the key to Jersey’s success

09 May 2019

Integrity is the crucial ingredient upon which Jersey’s reputation lies was the key message to delegates from Martin Moloney, Director General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission at ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference in St Helier last week. Read more

Fidelity Stock Plan Services Named Newest Gold Member of ProShare

09 May 2019

Based on Expanding Commitment to Equity Compensation, Fidelity Stock Plan Services Named Newest Gold Member of ProShare. Gold Membership Includes a Seat on ProShare’s Advisory Panel, Which Helps to Shape ProShare’s Approach to Policy and Industry Best Practice. Read more

New report challenges the independence of sport

08 May 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today published a report, which addresses the claims to autonomy and self-regulation which sports bodies have traditionally made for themselves. The Future of Sports Governance: Beyond Autonomy considers how these claims have been affected by the sector’s growth, its changing role and the various pressures under which sports organisations operate. Focusing on the UK and primarily on publicly-funded bodies, it assesses recent governance challenges and looks ahead to some of the issues yet to be tackled. Read more

ICSA flags responsible investment and emerging technology as areas of focus for Guernsey businesses

02 May 2019

Socially conscious investment and emerging technologies are both areas that will require increasing boardroom focus delegates at ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference in Guernsey heard yesterday. Read more

BEIS Committee report on the Future of Audit is another missed opportunity

02 April 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today reiterated concerns that the UK audit market will not improve unless issues of education, training and trust are first addressed. It believes that the report published today by the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee does not reflect the realities of commissioning audit work and is another missed opportunity to improve the situation. Read more

Boardroom resilience is the focus of the 2019 ICSA Jersey Annual Conference

02 April 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference in Jersey is this year addressing the theme of ‘Building Board Resilience’. Taking place at the Royal Yacht Hotel on 2 May, the conference will focus on the importance of creating effective boards that are fit for the future and can ensure that Jersey retains its place on the global stage as a champion of good governance. Read more

Board resilience is the focus of the ICSA Guernsey Conference 2019

29 March 2019

This year’s ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference in Guernsey is addressing the theme of ‘Building Board Resilience’. Taking place at the St Pierre Park Hotel on 1 May, the conference will focus on how boards can be strengthened through board evaluations and improved board dynamics. Business critical issues that directors need to be aware of such as technological innovations, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing and anti-money laundering are also being considered. Read more

Future role of ARGA

22 March 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute has responded to press comment that the Institute of Directors has criticised government plans to include oversight of corporate governance in the remit of the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (ARGA), the new audit regulator. Read more

New requirement for companies to report on payment practices is a step in the right direction

13 March 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute is supportive of the new requirement for company audit committees to review and report on payment practices in their annual report and accounts as it believes this will help to tackle the problem of late payment of invoices, which can be hugely detrimental to small businesses. Read more

Charity sector requires a revolution to be fit for the 21st century

12 March 2019

Delegates at ICSA: The Governance Institute’s Charity Governance Conference on Friday 8 March were treated to a thought-provoking keynote speech by feminist activist Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith, Director of Anona Development Consultancy, who called for a revolution in the charity sector and said that business as usual won’t do any more. Read more

Increased staff retention is the biggest benefit of flexible working, poll finds

07 March 2019

A poll out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership reveals that 92% of organisations surveyed offer flexible working arrangements with staff retention considered as the greatest upside. Read more

ICSA seminar focuses on key areas of governance for Barbadian practitioners

11 February 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute is holding a seminar on key areas of governance practice for company secretaries and governance professionals in Barbados. Taking place at the Hilton Barbados Resort, Needham’s Point, St Michael on Tuesday 19 February, the seminar will address crucial issues, such as technological innovation, directors’ duties and annual general meetings (AGMs). Read more

Guernsey’s governance body focuses on skills and Next Generation Governance

08 February 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute’s 2019 seminar programme will focus on the skills company secretaries and governance professionals in Guernsey require in order to support the island’s businesses and other organisations that rely on good governance to operate effectively. The chartered body, which supports and trains governance professionals working and studying in Guernsey, will also be considering the future of governance and reviewing the key areas that will require focus in the coming years. Read more

ICSA appoints new Chief Executive

30 January 2019

ICSA: The Governance Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Sara Drake as a successor to Chief Executive Simon Osborne, who is due to step down at the end of June. Sara will join ICSA in early March as CEO Designate before formally taking over as Chief Executive on 1 July 2019. Read more

Little improvement in audit process since Carillion collapse, poll finds

29 January 2019

A poll out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership reveals that just 9% of company secretaries surveyed think that the audit process has improved since the collapse of Carillion. Over half (51%) feel that it has failed to advance with many believing that the industry has learned little from the collapse. Read more

Brexit fears crystallise and economic gloom takes hold of UK PLC, survey finds

21 January 2019

A survey of FTSE 350 companies out today finds just 2% of respondents predicting an improvement in UK economic conditions as concerns about the impact of Brexit start to hit home, with 73% predicting damage to their company as a result of Brexit. The latest FT-ICSA Boardroom Bellwether survey by ICSA: The Governance Institute in association with the Financial Times also reveals concerns about the global economy. Read more

Lack of strategic focus on technology at board level, poll finds

20 December 2018

A poll out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership reveals that just 51% of boards understand the challenges and opportunities that data and technology present to their organisations. Some 29% of the company secretaries who took part in the survey think that their boards do not fully understand and a further 20% could only attest to ‘maybe’. Read more

Competition and Markets Authority’s attempt to improve UK audit market risks putting the cart before the horse

19 December 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today expressed concerns that the UK audit market will not improve unless issues of education, training and trust are first addressed. It also believes that the statutory audit services update paper published yesterday by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) presents a missed opportunity to rectify the situation. Read more

ICSA welcomes idea of new statutory body for governance, but Kingman Review misses a trick by failing to align FRC work with FCA powers of sanction for listing rule breaches

18 December 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has welcomed the publication today of Sir John Kingman’s Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), but believes certain opportunities have been missed. Read more

UK companies lauded for contribution to employee share ownership

11 December 2018

Several long-established UK organisations, along with many younger companies, were among the big winners at the 2018 Annual ProShare Awards. Held each year to recognise and celebrate the best companies and individuals involved in employee share ownership, the awards receive entries from organisations large and small, representing almost every sector of the business world, from retail and banking to telecommunications and the media. Read more

ICSA welcomes publication of Wates principles to improve corporate governance standards among private companies

10 December 2018

London, 10 December 2018 – ICSA: The Governance Institute has welcomed the publication today by the Financial Reporting Council of a new code for the corporate governance of large private companies. Read more

UK charities triumph at ICSA Awards 2018

28 November 2018

Alison Chan of the Alexandra Rose Charity and Anna Machin of education charity Ark have been bestowed with awards at the ICSA Awards 2018. Alison, a trustee of the Alexandra Rose Charity, which gives families access to fruit and vegetables in their local communities, has won the coveted Governance Professional of the Year award. Anna triumphed in The One to Watch category, which recognises the rising stars of the governance profession. Read more

NHS merger named Governance Project of the Year at ICSA Awards 2018

28 November 2018

The NHS merger of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust was named Governance Project of the Year at the ICSA Awards 2018 in London last night. The award, which recognises transformational governance projects that are significant in terms of their size, nature or the value they create for the organisation, saw the hospitals triumph against organisations from the corporate and sporting sectors. Read more

Gender pay gap reporting feted at ICSA Awards 2018

28 November 2018

Centrica plc became the first company to win the new Best Gender Pay Gap Report category introduced by ICSA: The Governance Institute at the ICSA Awards 2018 in London last night. The Awards, which were hosted by comedian Jo Caulfield at the Park Lane Hilton, saw Centrica applauded for the way in which the company had combined clarity of reporting, executive sponsorship and action planning. Read more

ICSA Guernsey Awards 2018 winners

23 November 2018

Winners of ICSA: The Governance Institute’s 2018 ICSA Guernsey Awards, which recognise the achievements of the island’s governance professionals and businesses in terms of good governance, celebrated their successes at a glittering awards dinner at The Old Government House Hotel on Friday, 9 November 2018. Read more

Board level action on employee wellbeing and mental health inadequate, poll finds

20 November 2018

Fewer than half of the organisations polled by ICSA: The Governance Institute and governance recruitment specialist The Core Partnership have considered employee wellbeing and mental health at board level. Just 45% of boards have considered these issues, 34% have not and the remaining 21% of respondents were unsure if their board had or not. Furthermore, when questioned as to whether or not their organisation does enough to support employees’ mental wellbeing, fewer than half (49%) said ‘yes’ and just under a third (31%) said ‘no’. Read more

70% of companies oppose the idea of workers on boards, new poll finds

10 October 2018

A poll out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership reveals that 70% of companies surveyed feel that having workers on boards would not be a good idea. Only 13% of respondents think that it would be a good idea and 16% are unsure. Furthermore, 91% are not considering having workers on their board. Read more

ICSA: The Governance Institute launches Certificate in Academy Governance

09 October 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has launched a certificate in academy governance in order to support the professionalisation of the developing academies sector. It is the only qualification in the UK designed specifically with academies in mind and focuses exclusively on governance challenges faced by academy schools or multi-academy trusts (MATs). Read more

Social and environmental issues will drive the future of governance, new report finds

28 September 2018

Broad social issues, such as demographic and technological change, as well as environmental sustainability will have a greater influence on the future course of governance according to a new report into millennial perspectives on the future of governance, launched last night by ICSA: The Governance Institute. Read more

Intrepid explorer Monty Halls set to enthral at ICSA Guernsey Awards 2018

26 September 2018

Broadcaster, travel writer, marine biologist and former Royal Marine Monty Halls will be bringing his unique take on leadership to Guernsey this autumn when he appears as the guest speaker at this year’s ICSA Guernsey Awards. Winner of Channel 4’s Superhuman, and most recently seen on TV in Channel 4’s My Family and the Galapagos, naturalist and leadership specialist Monty will regale the audience with tales of his ventures in some of the most remote environments on earth presenting wildlife and adventure documentaries. Read more

ICSA Technology Conference seeks to address lack of techpertise in boardrooms

19 September 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute is holding a technology conference on 28 September, which seeks to improve the level of technological expertise in UK boardrooms. Addressing the theme of ‘Futureproofing the board’, the conference aims to help boards to acquire the skills needed to take their organisations forward in the digital age. Read more

ICSA Chief Executive to retire in 2019

03 September 2018

Simon Osborne, the Chief Executive of ICSA: The Governance Institute, a division of the global governance body the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, is to retire in mid-2019. Read more

Good governance and accountability are key themes of ICSA’s autumn conference

30 August 2018

Strong school governance is based around strategic leadership, robust challenge and support, and accountability on educational performance. It can be hard to achieve, however, which is why ICSA: The Governance Institute will be exploring some of the key governance challenges faced by multi-academy trust boards at its 2018 Academy Governance Conference at the Hallam Conference Centre in London on 5 October. Based around the theme of ‘Delivering excellence in an age of accountability’, the conference will focus on the capabilities needed to meet these challenges. Read more

ICSA to review the quality and effectiveness of board evaluations

26 August 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today welcomed the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee invitation to convene a group to review the quality and effectiveness of board evaluations. Read more

Brexit fears lessen but gloom about UK economy remains, latest Boardroom Bellwether survey finds

06 August 2018

Boards lack confidence in the UK economy despite reduced concerns over Brexit according to a survey of FTSE 350 companies out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute. UK boards are also preoccupied with risk, boardroom diversity and the gender pay gap, with the number of boards not seen as gender diverse rising and 69% of companies looking to reduce the gender pay gap. Read more

ICSA calls for greater Government action to address gender pay gap

02 August 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today welcomed the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee report on gender pay gap reporting, but advises that correcting and removing the gender pay gap is not the sole responsibility of companies. Read more

Nominations open for ICSA Guernsey Awards 2018

26 July 2018

Nominations are now open for the ICSA Guernsey Awards 2018, which recognise individual and team accomplishments in the field of governance. Taking place at The Old Government House Hotel on Friday, 9 November 2018, the awards are the focal point of ICSA Guernsey’s Annual Dinner, which celebrates the achievements of members and students on the island. Read more

ICSA welcomes UK Corporate Governance Code and guidance on board effectiveness

16 July 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today issued commentary on the Financial Reporting Council’s updated UK Corporate Governance Code and its Guidance on Board Effectiveness. Read more

ICSA issues guidance on improving charity boardroom behaviours

12 July 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has announced the release of guidance aimed at improving behaviours in charity boardrooms. Read more

New resources to help boards get the information they need launched today

11 July 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute and Board Intelligence have today launched a number of key resources to help organisations ensure that boards have the information they need to govern successfully: an assessment tool to review the effectiveness and value of their board reporting; and guidance on ‘Effective Board Reporting’, which offers practical steps to bring about improvements. Read more

78% of organisations have found GDPR to be a huge drain on resources, poll finds

02 July 2018

A poll out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership reveals that almost four-fifths (78%) of organisations surveyed have found becoming compliant with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to be a heavy burden on their resources; 9% of those surveyed were unsure and 13% felt that it had not been a heavy burden. Read more

Press statement: ICSA identifies potential flaws with insolvency proposals

12 June 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has identified a number of proposals in the Government’s consultation on proposed changes to the statutory framework around insolvency that would result in more companies being liquidated, to the possible detriment of all stakeholders. Read more

ICSA and Sixth Form Colleges Association release guidance on good practice

06 June 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute and the Sixth Form Colleges Association have produced guidance aimed at improving governance within sixth form colleges and academies for 16- to 19-year-olds in England. Two separate pieces of guidance have been written around conflicts of interest and the role and duties of a company secretary. Read more

Dr Patrick Bitature receives accolade for services to governance from ICSA

04 June 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute, the leading qualifying and membership body for governance professionals in Uganda, the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories (UKRIAT), has recognised the outstanding contribution to good governance of Dr Patrick Bitature, Executive Chairman of Simba Group. The highest accolade conferred by the UKRIAT Division of the internationally renowned Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the President’s Medal is awarded for distinguished or meritorious service in connection with the Institute. Read more

57% of respondents oppose increase in FRC enforcement powers, new poll finds

04 June 2018

57% of governance professionals surveyed by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership about the government’s plan to review the powers, operations and impact of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) are opposed to increased powers of enforcement. Just 27% came out in favour of more power for the FRC, with the remaining 16% unsure. Read more

Cost calculator reveals the true cost of board meetings

17 May 2018

A new cost calculator developed by Board Intelligence and ICSA: The Governance Institute has revealed that a single board meeting at a FTSE 100 company in a regulated sector like financial services can cost up to £250,000 and over a 100 days of preparation, while even a small charity with turnover of less than £10 million will typically devote 20-25 days to the task at a cost of up to £4-5,000. Read more

ICSA releases new report to help improve attitudes and behaviour in sport

16 May 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has launched a new report looking at ‘Organisational culture in sport’, which finds that cultural issues are under-discussed at board level. It also highlights the fact that success in embedding culture and values cannot be achieved by boards alone. Read more

ProShare move to ICSA

01 May 2018

The London Institute of Banking & Finance and ICSA: the Governance Institute today (1 May) announced that ProShare, the voice of the employee share ownership industry in the UK, is moving to ICSA. Read more

Dr Roger Barker completes speaker line-up at ICSA Jersey Annual Conference

18 April 2018

Dr Roger Barker, Corporate Governance Advisor at the Institute of Directors has been confirmed as a speaker at this year’s ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference in Jersey on 26 April. Read more

The jury’s out about annual reports, new poll finds

12 April 2018

Companies are undecided about whether the quantity of information contained in annual reports is a good or a bad thing according to a survey of governance professionals by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership. Some 39% of respondents feel that companies are required to disclose too much information, while a similar amount (38%) disagree and 23% are unsure. Despite this, a clear majority of respondents (78%) believe that annual reporting is still a useful exercise for stakeholders, with only 7% believing it is not and 15% unsure. Read more

ICSA publishes new guidance on charity trustee eligibility

29 March 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today released guidance for charities on trustee eligibility as part of its efforts to bolster good governance in the sector. The guidance, which is freely available to all, focuses on constitutional and legal considerations, Charity Commission waivers, disqualification, due diligence and senior manager implications. Read more

Leading role of Isle of Man’s governance professionals is focus of ICSA conference

22 March 2018

The vital role that the island’s governance professionals can play in ‘Managing Risk, Leading Change’ is the theme of this year’s ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference in the Isle of Man. Taking place at the Sefton Hotel on 9 May, the conference will focus on the importance of values and ethics, as well as the challenges and benefits that cyber security, equality laws, reputation management and stakeholder engagement might offer Isle of Man businesses. Read more

Leading role of Jersey’s governance professionals is focus of ICSA conference

12 March 2018

The leading role that Jersey’s governance professionals can play in ‘Managing Risk, Leading Change’ is the theme of this year’s ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference at The Royal Yacht Hotel in St Helier. Taking place on 26 April, the conference will focus on data protection, stakeholder engagement and what proposed revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code might mean for Jersey. Read more

ICSA seeks greater alignment between Governance Code and Companies Act

08 March 2018

In its response to the Financial Reporting Council’s consultation on proposed revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code, ICSA: The Governance Institute has called for greater alignment between the Code and Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006. Read more

ICSA Guernsey Conference to focus on leading role of governance professionals

06 March 2018

The bold role that Guernsey’s governance professionals can play in ‘Managing Risk, Leading Change’ is the theme of this year’s ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference in Guernsey. Taking place at the St Pierre Park Hotel on 25 April, the conference will focus on the challenges and potential benefits that Brexit, blockchain, GDPR and UK Corporate Governance Code revisions might offer Guernsey. Read more

Pay gap reporting pushes organisations to address gender pay balance, poll finds

06 March 2018

A third of organisations are looking to address their gender pay balance after preparing for pay gap reporting requirements that come into force later this month and early April, accordingly to a survey of governance professionals by ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership. Read more

Statement on the recent publicity surrounding Oxfam

16 February 2018

The actions of a few individuals cannot, and should not, be allowed to impact the good work of the charity. Read more

Lord Finkelstein to help honour island’s governance professionals at ICSA Annual Branch Dinner

05 February 2018

Prominent Times columnist and advisor to the Conservative party, Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, has been confirmed as the guest speaker at this year’s ICSA: The Governance Institute Annual Branch Dinner. Taking place on Friday 2 March, the annual black tie dinner recognises the achievements of ICSA members and students in the Isle of Man and is the premier social event for governance professionals living and working on the island. Read more

MAT governance and growth under the microscope at ICSA workshop

02 February 2018

ICSA: The Governance Institute is organising a workshop to look at the complex issue of multi-academy trust (MAT) expansion. Taking place at ICSA’s Farringdon offices in London on Friday 16 March, the workshop will focus on how MATs can maintain and develop good governance while growth is underway. Read more

Weinstein scandal fails to prompt radical overhaul of harassment and sexual misconduct policies, poll finds

30 January 2018

The fallout from the highly-publicised sexual harassment claims against Harvey Weinstein have failed to lead to a sweeping overhaul of harassment and sexual misconduct policies in the UK as organisations consider current policies to be adequate, a poll out today from ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership finds. Read more

Pessimism over the economy lessens, but Brexit, cyber security and diversity remain key issues for UK boards

08 January 2018

A survey of FTSE 350 companies out today finds economic pessimism gradually lifting as confidence in global and UK economic conditions starts to return despite continued concern about the impact of Brexit and an increase in the number of respondents citing Brexit as a principal risk. The latest FT-ICSA Boardroom Bellwether survey by ICSA: The Governance Institute in association with the Financial Times also reveals that concerns about cyber risk and boardroom diversity remain a worry for UK PLC. Read more

Board packs are too long and backward looking to be properly effective

19 December 2017

Board packs are too backward looking, internally focused and operational to enable board members to engage in forward-looking and strategic conversations, a report out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute and Board Intelligence reveals. They are also time-consuming to produce. Read more

Poll reveals biggest corporate governance stories of 2017

11 December 2017

The Government’s Green Paper on corporate governance reform, revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code and the implications of the BHS pensions ‘scandal’ top the list of key governance stories and events in 2017, according to a poll out today from ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership. Read more

ICSA backs FRC’s move to trim back the UK Corporate Governance Code

05 December 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today welcomed the Financial Reporting Council’s plans to update the UK’s Corporate Governance Code so that it is has a greater focus on the purpose of governance than on prescription. Read more

Sport needs more than policies and frameworks Chair of British Rowing says

01 December 2017

London, 1 December 2017 – Annamarie Phelps CBE, Chair of British Rowing, has indicated that policies and frameworks are not enough on their own to improve the integrity of British sport. Speaking about the Duty of Care in Sport Review recommendations at ICSA: The Governance Institute’s inaugural sport governance conference last Friday, Ms Phelps stressed the importance of culture and the need to go beyond compliance. Read more

ICSA: The Governance Institute celebrates the rise of governance at ICSA Awards

29 November 2017

At last night’s annual ICSA Awards at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel, ICSA: The Governance Institute recognised those companies, individuals and teams that are leading the way in corporate reporting, investor engagement and good governance. Read more

Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast discusses governance challenges with ICSA

17 November 2017

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Sonia Copeland, met John Heaton, President of ICSA: The Governance Institute and Darren Leonard, ICSA’s Northern Ireland Branch Vice-Chair this afternoon to discuss the importance of good governance for UK corporates, the public sector and charitable organisations. Read more

ICSA Charity Leadership Workshop to reinforce work of Trustees’ Week

15 November 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute is holding a Charity Leadership Workshop on 8 December to help support trustees, whose vital work is the current focus of Trustees Week. Read more

ICSA Guernsey Awards 2017 winners announced

15 November 2017

Winners of ICSA: The Governance Institute’s 2017 ICSA Guernsey Awards, which recognise the achievements of the island’s individuals and businesses in terms of good governance, were announced at a glittering awards dinner at The Old Government House Hotel on Friday 10 November 2017. Read more

ICSA releases guidance to improve board awareness of GDPR data responsibilities

06 November 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute has released guidance to facilitate conversations between the board and those within organisations responsible for dealing with data to help them deal more effectively with the implications of the forthcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Alongside an overview of the new legal landscape, the guidance highlights the strategic and practical considerations raised by GDPR. Read more

CEO/worker pay ratio will leave firms open to criticism without reducing inequality, poll finds

09 October 2017

The obligation to publish the pay ratio between chief executives and their average UK workers is unlikely to reduce pay inequality, but is likely to be used to unfairly criticise companies, a poll out today from ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership finds. Read more

Continuous improvement in MAT governance is focus of ICSA conference

28 September 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute is organising a conference to help academy governance professionals meet the challenges of the sector by providing them with the tools to deliver continuous improvement. Taking place at the Hallam Conference Centre in central London on Friday 6 October, the conference will include keynote speeches by Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner, Department for Education (DfE); Mike Sheridan, Regional Director, London, Ofsted; and Brian Lightman, Director, Lightman Consulting and Former General Secretary, ASCL. Read more

Nominations invited for ICSA Guernsey Awards 2017

27 September 2017

Nominations are now open for ICSA: The Governance Institute’s 2017 ICSA Guernsey Awards, which recognise accomplishments in the field of governance. Taking place at The Old Government House Hotel on 10 November 2017, the awards will celebrate the noteworthy achievements of individuals and teams in five categories and are open to all Guernsey-based members of ICSA. Read more

ICSA and The Investment Association launch guidance to help firms improve decision making for the benefit of all

26 September 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute and The Investment Association have today launched guidance to help company boards ensure they understand and weigh up the interests of their stakeholders when making strategic decisions. Read more

ICSA and Investment Association to issue guidance on making the stakeholder voice heard in the boardroom

29 August 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute is to issue guidance to companies on making the stakeholder voice heard in the boardroom. This follows the Government's response to its Green Paper on corporate governance reform which was published today. Read more

ICSA issues Board Assurance Framework guidance to improve trustee stewardship

22 August 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today issued guidance on how to build a board assurance framework (BAF), a single document that pulls together all relevant data pertaining to a charity’s strategic goals, and the risks it faces. The BAF provides a framework by which the board can be assured of the veracity of data presented to it, presenting trustees with triangulated information to support management assertions that the charity is well run. Read more

Lord Finkelstein to help honour island’s governance professionals at ICSA Annual Branch Dinner

17 August 2017

Prominent Times columnist and advisor to the Conservative party, Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE, has been confirmed as the guest speaker at this year’s ICSA: The Governance Institute Annual Branch Dinner. Taking place on Friday 15 September, the annual black tie dinner recognises the achievements of ICSA members and students in the Isle of Man and is the premier social event for governance professionals living and working on the island. Read more

Economic confidence worsens as fears about political risk and Brexit grow

07 August 2017

A survey of FTSE 350 companies out today by ICSA: The Governance Institute in association with the Financial Times finds the mood among the FTSE 350 depressed as confidence in the UK economy hits a new low and political risk and Brexit cause increasing concern. Read more

ICSA releases guidance to help charities with trustee recruitment

31 July 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute has today released guidance to help charities recruit trustees. The guidance was written to provide those responsible for or involved in the governance of a charity with detailed information on how to recruit and appoint charity trustees following the revelation in May this year by Getting On Board – a charity supporting board level recruitment – that 74% of respondents to a survey into trustee recruitment found recruiting trustees difficult. Read more

Tension in the boardroom can be constructive, poll finds

24 July 2017

London, 24 July 2017 – Conflict can be damaging, but tension is considered to play a positive role in the boardroom, a poll out today from ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership finds. Read more

Larger charities should undergo external reviews every three years, new governance code recommends

11 July 2017

External reviews for larger charities every three years, more openness and limits on how long trustees may serve are among new recommendations unveiled today by a group of leading charity membership bodies to strengthen governance and accountability in the voluntary and community sector. Read more

New research shows how to channel disagreement to improve board dynamics

05 July 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute and Henley Business School have today released research showing how conflict and tension can be managed to produce better board dynamics. Read more

Companies split over value of AGMs

28 June 2017

A poll out today from ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership finds that only 36% of companies surveyed consider that the current system of annual general meetings (AGMs) is still valuable for companies. Almost a third (30%) feel that it is no longer valuable, while a further 34% of respondents are undecided. Read more

Baroness Barker to provide keynote address at ICSA Charity Governance Conference

12 June 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute has announced that Baroness Barker, a member of the House of Lords’ Select Committee on Charities, will be providing the opening keynote address at its 2017 Charity Governance Conference. Taking place on 16 June at ICSA’s Farringdon offices in London, the conference has been specifically designed to provide delegates with an update on the proposals from the Select Committee report and the revised Charity Code of Governance. Read more

Opinion divided on whether or not CEOs should take on role of chairman, poll finds

19 May 2017

A poll out today from ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership finds that just one in seven organisations polled (14%) think that their CEO should go on to become their organisation’s chairman. Over half (52%) are against it, with a further third (34%) sitting on the fence. Read more

ICSA identifies red flags that can act as an early warning system for charities

05 May 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute has published a report that identifies markers that could help charities to avoid governance problems resulting from a flawed organisational culture. Launched by Louise Thomson, Head of Policy (Not for Profit) at ICSA last night, the report identifies behaviours and practices that may indicate a poor organisational culture that does not match the stated values of the charity. Read more

Majority of boards consider wider stakeholder views but recognise there is room for improvement, poll finds

11 April 2017

A poll out today from ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership finds that 73% of organisations polled actively consider the views of their wider stakeholder base. Just 11% of respondents feel that their boards do not. Read more

New speakers confirmed for ICSA Isle of Man ‘Securing the Future’ conference

06 April 2017

Paul Heckles, an anti-money laundering (AML) and combatting the financing of terrorism (CFT) expert at the Isle of Man Government Cabinet Office and Caren Pegg, a partner at local law firm Appleby complete an impressive line-up of speakers at ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference for governance, risk and compliance professionals in the Isle of Man. Taking place at the Sefton Hotel, Douglas on 10 May 2017, the conference will focus on the steps businesses and other organisations can take to secure their future during times of great risk and uncertainty. Read more

Boardroom shake-up is welcome but must be measured, says ICSA: The Governance Institute

05 April 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute welcomes the review of the UK Corporate Governance framework contained in the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee report on corporate governance published this morning. The Committee has undertaken a detailed and rigorous analysis of the principal issues and we agree with many, although not all, of their conclusions. Read more

CRC chief executive to help others identify governance failings at ICSA conference

04 April 2017

Stephanie Manahan, CEO of the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) has been confirmed as one of the headline speakers at this year’s ICSA Ireland Conference, the largest annual event for governance professionals and company secretaries in Ireland. Stephanie will be using her experience as Chief Executive of CRC to help other organisations identify the causes of governance failure and to show how to guard against them. Read more

Governance in Yorkshire gets a boost as governance coach takes over Yorkshire branch of ICSA: The Governance Institute

31 March 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute, the professional body for governance, is pleased to announce that Lesley Ward has been appointed Chair of its Yorkshire branch. A chartered secretary with over 15 years’ company secretarial experience, Lesley is also an accredited coach and provides executive coaching to governance professionals. Read more

ICSA conference to focus on what Brexit means for Jersey

30 March 2017

Richard Gordon QC, Brick Court Chambers, together with Thomas Cowsill, Head of Technical, Jersey Finance and Mike Jones, Director of Policy at the Jersey Financial Services Commission, will be speaking at ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference in Jersey on the subject of Brexit and what it means for the island. The trio will discuss progress so far since the UK took the decision to leave the EU and consider what the Brexit route map is looking like for Jersey. Read more

Minister to discuss what Brexit means for Guernsey at ICSA conference

29 March 2017

Jonathan Le Tocq, External Affairs Minister for the States of Guernsey will be speaking at ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference on the subject of Brexit and what it means for Guernsey. Participating in a panel discussion alongside Advocate Jon McLellan, Director of Legislative Drafting, Law Officers of the Crown, Guernsey and Dr Andy Sloan, Director of Financial Stability, Guernsey Financial Services Commission, the trio will discuss what the Brexit route map is looking like for Guernsey. Read more

House of Lords’ Select Committee on Charities findings will help to boost governance in the sector, says ICSA

26 March 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute welcomes the supportive and helpful report that the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has published today, especially its support for the revised Governance Code for Charities that aims to improve governance in the charity sector and ensure that charities and their stakeholders focus more effectively on the needs of beneficiaries. Read more

ICSA seeks to improve governance in the sporting sector with guidance on board effectiveness for sports boards

10 March 2017

ICSA: The Governance Institute has released guidance aimed at those responsible for the governance of sports bodies in the United Kingdom to enhance governance practices within the sector. The guidance, which was launched last night at ICSA’s ‘Compliance or Bust? Cracking the Sports Governance Code’ event, can be adapted for organisations of any size to reflect good practice for each individual organisation’s needs, and focuses on the responsibilities of directors, trustees and committee members. Read more

Boards taking steps to bolster cyber security as cyber risk increases

09 March 2017

A poll out today from ICSA: The Governance Institute and recruitment specialist The Core Partnership finds that almost 60% of organisations polled have faced increased exposure to cyber risk in the past 12 months, with 77% of boards now regarding it as a board issue. Read more

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