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Interviews

Sacha Sadan: ESG is now mainstream

Sacha Sadan: ESG is now mainstream

Sacha Sadan FCIS, director of corporate governance at Legal & General Investment Management, talks about why ESG issues are more than a passing fad. Read more

David Lock: The importance of serving with integrity

David Lock: The importance of serving with integrity

The master of the WCCSA discusses his time helping to rebuild higher education systems after conflict in Iraq and Libya, and the work of the WCCSA in supporting the company secretarial profession. Read more

Niamh O’Sullivan: Good governance is a virtuous circle

Niamh O’Sullivan: Good governance is a virtuous circle

Niamh O'Sullivan, company secretary at Cancer Research UK discusses how good governance is the lynchpin of an effective organisation. Read more

Philippa Foster Back: Even if it is legal, is it right?

Philippa Foster Back: Even if it is legal, is it right?

The director at the Institute of Business Ethics discusses consumer backlash against misbehaving companies, how boards shape culture and UK reform of corporate governance. Read more

Dómhnal Slattery: ‘I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of boards’

Dómhnal Slattery: ‘I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of boards’

The keynote speaker at this year’s ICSA Ireland Conference and CEO of Avolon discusses what makes an effective board, how quality non-executives should be active but not invasive, and how to get corporate culture right. Read more

Coca-Cola European Partners: How to build a governance model from scratch

Coca-Cola European Partners: How to build a governance model from scratch

The secretariat team of the ICSA Awards 2017 Governance Project of the Year speak about their ambitious merger, undertaken while moving head office and maintaining stock exchange listings in four countries. Read more

Vicky Browning: Charity governance after Oxfam

Vicky Browning: Charity governance after Oxfam

The chief executive of ACEVO discusses the Oxfam scandal, ensuring reputation does not outweigh cause, and the positive reaction from the voluntary sector. Read more

Katherine Grainger: Code for Sports Governance is only the start

Katherine Grainger: Code for Sports Governance is only the start

Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the chair of UK Sport talks about the new Code for Sports Governance, supporting athletes, and protecting the most vulnerable. Read more

Katie Hollis: Governance at the Pension Protection Fund

Katie Hollis: Governance at the Pension Protection Fund

ICSA’s Governance Professional of the Year 2017 discusses how a secretariat can bring value to the board, the unique governance of the PPF and how she appreciates the variety of the profession. Read more

Ben Mathews: Reimagining the annual report

Ben Mathews: Reimagining the annual report

HSBC’s group company secretary speaks about cutting the company’s annual report by 44%. Read more

Natalie Gracey: Finding your voice

Natalie Gracey: Finding your voice

The winner of The One to Watch at the ICSA Awards 2017 discusses challenging senior managers, learning in a new role, and the future of board papers. Read more

Ursula Mead: How measurement drives change

Ursula Mead: How measurement drives change

InHerSight measures how supportive of women companies are, a model that promises to change the work environment for good. Read more

Janet Cooper: Agile working is essential

Janet Cooper: Agile working is essential

The founder of the law firm Tapestry talks about angling for the best talent, ditching ‘cookie cutter’ recruitment, and the merit of employee share schemes. Read more

Sarah McLaughlin: Company Secretary of the Year 2017

Sarah McLaughlin: Company Secretary of the Year 2017

The group company secretary at Allied Irish Banks discusses the challenges of ‘scope-creep’, the importance of inspirational managers, and teamwork. Read more

Tony Danker: The management fix for Britain's productivity woes

Tony Danker: The management fix for Britain's productivity woes

With productivity growth stagnant, some businesses believe that small steps in management can add up to great strides forward. Read more

Walt Pavlo: Daylight fraud

Walt Pavlo: Daylight fraud

A reformed fraudster discusses organisational culture, pay inequality, blind trust in leadership, and how everything came together for him to create a perfect storm. Read more

Pavita Cooper: Build a culture, not a cult

Pavita Cooper: Build a culture, not a cult

The chair of CMI Race discusses how ethnic diversity can emulate the gender agenda, the nervous silence around race, and the cultish nature of uniform workforces. Read more

Matthew Taylor: A question of quality

Matthew Taylor: A question of quality

Matthew Taylor, head of the government's employment review, talks quality work, strengthening employer-employee relations, and making flexible working fair. Read more

Ken Olisa: No one is free of social responsibility

Ken Olisa: No one is free of social responsibility

Ken Olisa talks to Governance and Compliance about technology changing business, how unicorns are pigs with lipstick, and his time at ENRC and IPSA. Read more

Security solution

Security solution

Brian Stafford talks to Governance and Compliance about the recent acquisition of BoardPad and Blueprint OneWorld from ICSA, investing in R&D, and the gap in security around board-level information. Read more

Stronger charities

Stronger charities

Baroness Pitkeathley discusses promoting the role of trustees, the need to embrace digitalisation and how being involved with a charity is a two-way street. Read more

Governance must evolve

Governance must evolve

Iain Wright discusses the BEIS Select Committee inquiry and how governance can reconnect business with its stakeholders. Read more

Business diversity breeds success

Business diversity breeds success

Miranda Brawn discusses supporting the next generation of business leaders and the challenges facing the financial industry. Read more

Influencer and enabler

Influencer and enabler

Lorna McMillan, the ICSA Awards Company Secretary of the Year, on balancing the needs of the board and executive team and how governance reform is an opportunity for the company secretary to step up. Read more

Always in the spotlight

Always in the spotlight

Members from the ICSA Awards Company Secretarial Team of the Year, National Grid, discuss what makes a successful secretariat team, managing competing priorities and the challenges of being a listed company. Read more

Refuse light from no quarter

Refuse light from no quarter

Sir John Parker discusses the value of diversity in the boardroom, the need for business to earn its licence to operate in society and how UK corporate governance is the world-leader. Read more

We must not conflate governance with democracy

We must not conflate governance with democracy

Giles Peel discusses his career in the armed forces and his decision to move into governance, the dangers of undermining the unitary board system and the value of the secretariat. Read more

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Amanda Mellor talks about her unique perspective from both sides of the board table and the evolution of corporate governance. Read more

Empower the public

Empower the public

Gemma Godfrey, CEO of digital investment service Moo.la, discusses the changing culture within finance, leaving egos at the door and ingraining governance in all organisations. Read more

Governance is not a natural force

Governance is not a natural force

Sir Stuart Etherington discusses the progress made one year on from his ‘Regulating fundraising’ report, the essential role played by volunteers and rebuilding trust in the not-for-profit sector. Read more

Culture by design

Culture by design

Sir Win Bischoff speaks about culture within business, how a strong culture enabled him to lead Lloyds through the financial crisis, and explains how, by its very nature, culture is not something that is short term. Read more

Shout to be heard

Shout to be heard

David Venus talks about the fundamental principles of governance, the evolution of the role of the company secretary and why he would like to see more alternative ways of doing business. Read more

The future is bleak without governance

The future is bleak without governance

Lord Moynihan talks about the sport sector falling behind the times, the need for reform at top level and how governance is essential to the future of sport. Read more

A self-regulating world

A self-regulating world

Charles Handy, author, philosopher and management guru, shares his views on the future of society, business and governance. Read more

A helicopter view

A helicopter view

Joanne Alker speaks about the importance of strong relationships with the board and the unique challenges of being a company secretary in the NHS. Read more

Beginning the journey

Beginning the journey

Dame Alison Carnwath, Chairman of Land Securities, talks about true boardroom diversity and rebuilding trust in business after the financial crisis. Read more

A utility player

A utility player

Greg Smith speaks to Governance and Compliance about his role at LPFA, the future of the profession and the challenges of working in the public sector. Read more

Against the tide

Against the tide

John McFarlane talks to Governance and Compliance about the misplaced value in bonus culture and why the board must be sceptical. Read more

Cutting through the noise

Cutting through the noise

Tim Sheehy talks to Governance and Compliance about international governance and promoting the importance of the profession. Read more

The rules have changed

The rules have changed

Dame Barbara Stocking speaks to Henry Ker about tackling gender diversity, the ethical dilemma for companies and how to bring about change. Read more

Telling your story

Telling your story

Alexandra Jones speaks to Paul Druckman, CEO of the IIRC. Read more

The right balance

The right balance

Dr Patrick Bitature is one of the most successful businessmen in Africa. He founded The Simba Group, an East African conglomerate, which now operates across telecoms, energy, property, agriculture, mining and many other industries. He also has a wealth of experience governing various other organisations in Uganda. He began his entrepreneurial journey with ICSA and qualified as a chartered secretary in his early career. He is now a fellow of the institute. Read more

Managing in a goldfish bowl

Managing in a goldfish bowl

After 14 years at the helm of one of the most successful businesses in British history, The John Lewis Partnership, Sir Stuart Hampson talks to Governance and Compliance about leadership, the role of business in today’s society, the value of regulation and achieving long-term stability through an ethical culture. Read more

Thrown a lifeline

Thrown a lifeline

Nick Folland is one of a small team tasked with turning around the Co-operative Group after its recent high profile governance failures. He joined Co-op in May 2013 as its crisis began to unfold and is now Chief External Affairs Officer. As both a trained lawyer and an experienced company secretary, he speaks to Governance + Compliance magazine about how the organisation is moving forward, his thoughts on the co-operative model and the importance of the company secretary. Read more

On the front line of governance

On the front line of governance

Lord Myners CBE, ex-City Minister and life peer of the Labour party, explains to Governance + Compliance why entrenched interests must be overcome to ensure long-term good governance. Read more