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2022

Boardroom Interview with... Orna NiChionna

July 2022

Orna NiChionna is the SID at Burberry & Chairs its Remuneration Committee, and is the SID at Saga & a Trustee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Previously, she was Deputy Chair & Interim Chair of the National Trust. She has also served on the boards of Bank of Ireland UK, Bupa, HMV, Royal Mail & Said Business School, and was Chair of the Soil Association.

Board Intelligence hosts a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, as part of their programme of debating, exploring and resolving board challenges.

Boardroom Interview with... Orna NiChionna

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Boardroom Interview with... Ruth Handcock

June 2022

Ruth Handcock is CEO of Octopus Investments; Chair of two group companies, Seccl and Octopus MoneyCoach, and UK charity SWATS; as well as NED at Aldemore Bank.

Board Intelligence hosts a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, as part of their programme of debating, exploring and resolving board challenges.

Boardroom Interview with... Ruth Handcock

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Boardroom Interview with... Hanneke Smits

May 2022

Hanneke Smits is CEO of BNY Mellon Investment Management and a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee. In addition, she is a Member of The Investment Association’s Board, the Chair of Impetus and a Trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation. Previously, Hanneke was CEO of Newton Investment Management, a member of the Executive Committee at Adams Street Partners, and non-executive director to the Court of the Bank of England. 

Board Intelligence hosts a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, as part of their programme of debating, exploring and resolving board challenges.

Boardroom Interview with... Hanneke Smits

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Formin', Normin' & Stormin'

by Caroline Evans – April 2022

At what point does a board agenda item become so big and important as to require its own agenda? Caroline Evans explores how board committees are formed and questions what is good practice to keep them agile, effective and ultimately successful.

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans collaborates, provides advice and practical support.

Formin', Normin' & Stormin'

 

Boardroom Interview with... Danuta Gray

April 2022

Danuta Gray is Chair of Direct Line Group and North, as well as a board member at Burberry Group. Previously, Danuta held senior roles at BT and Telefonica, and has won multiple business awards.

Board Intelligence hosts a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, as part of their programme of debating, exploring and resolving board challenges.

Boardroom Interview with... Danuta Gray

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Boardroom Interview with... Vindi Banga

March 2022

Vindi Banga is Chair of UK Government Investments and Marie Curie, as well as a non-executive at GlaxoSmithKline and The Economist Group. Previously, he was on the board of the Confederation of British Industry, Thomson Reuters, Marks & Spencer, and the Mauser Group.

Board Intelligence hosts a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, as part of their programme of debating, exploring and resolving board challenges.

Boardroom Interview with... Vindi Banga

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Boardroom Interview with... Mark Winlow

February 2022

Mark Winlow is Chair of Mactavish, Novia Financial plc, Ageas UK, and Redwood Bank. Previously, he was MD of Zurich Personal Lines and a partner at EY, KPMG, and AT Kearney. 

Board Intelligence hosts a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, as part of their programme of debating, exploring and resolving board challenges.

Boardroom Interview with... Mark Winlow


Learn more about Board Intelligence

www.boardintelligence.com

 

New Year, New You?

by Caroline Evans – January 2022

Over the years, Caroline Evans has worked with so many successful Company Secretaries and Governance professionals who told her they "fell into the profession". But, in December 2021, with another tumultous year coming to an end, she wondered 'what next'? After launching a poll to better understand what this community of professionals were planning for the new year ahead, Caroline shares her thoughts on the results. 

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans collaborates, provides advice and practical support.

New Year, New You?

 

Boardroom interview with... Sir Jan du Plessis

January 2022

Sir Jan du Plessis is the former chair of RHM, British American Tobacco (BAT), Rio Tinto, and SAB Miller, as well as BT. 

Board Intelligence hosts a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, as part of their programme of debating, exploring and resolving board challenges.

Boardroom Interview with... Sir Jan du Plessis

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

2021

Leading the Change with Sarah Flannigan

December 2021

Sarah Flannigan is Chair of Riverford Organic, Yeo Valley Farms and Sawday’s. In addition, she is NED at Kew Gardens, Inspired Energy and the Institute of Physics Publishing.

Sarah reflects on chairing one of the Board Intelligence Think Tank roundtables and lays down a challenge to her fellow peers.

Leading the Change with Sarah Flannigan

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

60 seconds with... Susan Hooper

November 2021

Susan Hooper is co-founding Director of Chapter Zero: The Directors’ Climate Forum. She is also the Chair of Caresourcer.com and EBS, as well as NED at Uber UK, Moonpig, The Rank Group, and Affinity Water. 

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Susan Hooper

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

What's in a Word

by Caroline Evans – October 2021

How do you accurately convey the meaning of jargon, metaphors and other figures of speech that can alter the direction of board meeting minutes? Caroline explores the parallels between the work of translators and those writing minutes, to see what consequences may occur.

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans collaborates, provides advice and practical support.

What's in a Word

 

60 seconds with... Sir Michael Rake

October 2021

Sir Michael Rake is Chair of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Previously, he was: President of the CBI; Chair of EasyJet, BT, WorldPay and KPMG; Deputy Chair of Barclays; Director of S&P Global; and also an agenda contributor at the World Economic Forum. 

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Sir Michael Rake

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

60 seconds with... Sir John Parker

September 2021

Sir John Parker is the chair of Carnival Corporation and Laing O’Rourke. He previously chaired the boards of numerous organisations including: Anglo American, Pennon Group, Ombu Group, National Grid, Mondi and Babcock International. Sir John was also a NED for the UK Government Cabinet Office and oversaw the Parker review of ethnic diversity within UK boards.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Sir John Parker

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

60 seconds with... Tom Ilube CBE

August 2021

Tom Ilube CBE is the CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity, NED at WPP and a former NED at the BBC. Tom is also chair of the African Science Academy - the continent’s first all-girls science and maths school - as well as an advisory fellow of St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Tom Ilube CBE

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

The Simple Life Revisited

by Caroline Evans – July 2021

During a moment of enthusiastic reorganising, Caroline discovered an old article aimed at simplifying the business lives of entrepreneurs. Read how Caroline shared her take on the content, making comparisons with her own successes in recent times!

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

The Simple Life Revisited

 

60 seconds with... Sir Peter Gershon

July 2021

Sir Peter Gershon is a trustee of the Sutton Trust and of the Education Endowment Foundation. Previously, he was chair of National Grid, Tate & Lyle, and the Aircraft Carrier Alliance. Sir Peter also led the Gershon Review - a report on public sector efficiency commissioned by the UK government.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Sir Peter Gershon

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

60 seconds with... John Allan

June 2021

John Allan is Chairman of Tesco plc and Barratt Developments plc, as well as Vice President of the CBI. Previously, he was  Chairman of Worldpay, Co-Deputy Chairman of Dixons Carphone, and CEO of Exel.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... John Allan

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Company Secretaries: working from home a year on

May 2021

How are company secretaries and their boards adapting to new working patterns, since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the working world? What difference has working from home had and what changes are here to stay? This  report shares findings from a survey of 100 company secretaries and other governance professionals.

Company Matters, a Link Group company, hosts the Ahead programme for their community of governance professionals. It was developed as a space to ask questions, share experiences and source knowledge.

Company secretaries: working from home a year on

 

Here's more information about the  survey report, an accompanying podcast and the Ahead Programme at Link Group 

 

60 seconds with... Keith Keoch

May 2021

Keith Skeoch is chair of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Research Institute and interim chair of the Financial Reporting Council. He is also a member of the UK Takeover Panel, as well as a trustee of Edinburgh International Festival. 

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Keith Skeoch

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Just a Minute!

by Caroline Evans – April 2021

Board meetings, decisions and minutes. Caroline explores the new world she has entered as a junior company secretary for a pension trust. She shares the lessons learned, the challenges faced and how she overcame them. 

Also, as an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

Just a Minute!

 

60 seconds with... Sir Anthony Habgood

April 2021

Sir Anthony Habgood is chair of Preqin, a provider of data and analytics for the alternative assets industry. Sir Anthony was previously chair of three FTSE 100 groups: RELX, Whitbread and Bunzl; as well as the Court of Directors of the Bank of England.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Sir Anthony Habgood

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Pandemic causes general counsel role to become increasingly strategic

March 2021

During the initial response to Covid-19, quick decision-making was required by leaders of companies in a climate of continually changing rules. Lawyers became more essential to interpreting the rules and influencing any rapid strategic decisions. As a result, increased demand for legal advice brought more senior lawyers to the boardroom & management tables.

Article: General Counsel Increasingly Strategic

 

Learn more about the International Bar Association
www.ibanet.org

 

60 seconds with... William Harris

March 2021

William Harris is President & CEO of Space Center Houston, a non-profit educational foundation and the official visitor centre of NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. He is also on the boards of the Association of Science & Technology Centers, QueensCare Foundation and the Greater Houston Partnership.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... William Harris

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

60 seconds with... Lord Victor Adebowale

February 2021

Lord Victor Adebowale is chair and co-founder of Visionable, a health technology company, as well as NED at Nuffield Health and the Co-operative Group. Victor is the former CEO of Turning Point and has served on the boards of NHS England and Centrepoint.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Lord Victor Adebowale

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

In Time of 'The Breaking of Nations'

by Caroline Evans – January 2021

During these difficult times, it is easy to forget what is normal and what is not! Caroline Evans recalls two lines from a Thomas Hardy poem that reminds us that we continue to go about our daily routines in a manner approximating to 'normal' in so many respects, yet the landscape of our lives will have changed so radically forever.

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’

 

2020

Downtime vs meltdown; taking back control!

by Caroline Evans – December 2020

Taking control is so rewarding. Discover how, during 2020, Caroline was able to press the reset button and boost her efficiency and morale.

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

Downtime vs meltdown; taking back control

 

60 seconds with... Mark Humphries

December 2020

Mark is chair and NED of Vendigital, a PE-backed international consultancy specialising in operational strategy and transformation. He also chairs Wheelhouse Advisors Limited. Mark was previously a Senior Partner at Catalyst Corporate Finance and CEO of Huntswood.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Mark Humphries

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Dogs at war; finding trust!

by Caroline Evans – November 2020

A key conundrum for all leaders is how they can stick to their guns and follow a plan whilst remaining receptive, showing agility and communicating effectively. When should leaders be resilient and when should they acknowledge and rectify mistakes?

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

Dogs at war; finding trust!

 

60 seconds with... Alison Munro

November 2020

Alison Munro is chair of the National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure and TfL’s independent investment advisory group, as well as a non-executive director at OFWAT - the Water Services Regulation Authority. Previously, she was chief executive and managing director of HS2.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Alison Munro

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

The Silver Fish for Unobtrusive Service

by Caroline Evans – October 2020

The Silver Fish for Unobtrusive Service is certainly a trip down memory lane. It explores the true winners of present day company secretaries and whether they are able to achieve more than what was expected of them.

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

The Silver Fish for Unobtrusive Service

 

60 seconds with... Paul Lester

October 2020

Paul Lester is chair of FTSE 250 companies McCarthy & Stone and Essentra. Previously, he was chair of Forterra, group managing director of Balfour Beatty, CEO of VT Group, and chair of John Laing Infrastructure Fund.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Paul Lester

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Living like a contractor

by Caroline Evans – September 2020

Whether we have wanted it or not, we have all found ourselves working together in a less comprehensive way these past few months.  "Living like a contractor" explores how this has left many of us having to face a very different way of working and learning to be more independent than ever before.

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

Living like a contractor

 

60 seconds with... Douglas van den Aardweg

September 2020

Douglas van den Aardweg is chair of HSBC Life UK and Daiwa Capital Markets Europe. He is also a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer Bank and deputy chair of The Alliance, a joint operation between Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Douglas van den Aardweg

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

A Man For Our Times

by Caroline Evans – August 2020

The pandemic has brought home to many of us the close interaction of our business and personal lives. What can we learn from those who have been before us?

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

A Man For Our Times

 

60 seconds with... Martin Gilbert

August 2020

Martin Gilbert is chair of Revolut and senior independent director of Glencore. He co-founded Aberdeen Asset Management and was CEO until its merger with Standard Life, thereafter he was vice chair of Standard Life Aberdeen and chair of Aberdeen Standard Investments. He is patron of The Aberdeen Law Project.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Martin Gilbert


Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

The CoSec and the Art of Dressage

by Caroline Evans – July 2020

How much manoeuvrability does the average Company Secretary have to manage the average Board? If you've ever had any experience with horses, you'll know that brute force won't get you very far. By the same token we know that any group of individuals under similar pressures are likely to fracture and fail. 

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

The CoSec and the Art of Dressage

 

60 seconds with... Justine Campbell

July 2020

Justine Campbell is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at Centrica, the energy services company. Previously, Justine was Corporate and External Affairs Director of Vodafone UK, and European General Counsel at O2/Telefonica.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Justine Campbell

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Freewheeling Priorities

by Caroline Evans – June 2020

With new pressures and experiences encountered as never before on such a large scale, whether you are in the Boardroom or running a bike shop, how do you take back control?

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

Freewheeling Priorities

 

60 seconds with... John Elkington

June 2020

John Elkington is a Founding Partner and Chief Pollinator at Volans, a leading sustainability think tank and advisory practice. He is a world authority on sustainable capitalism and corporate responsibility. He is an author of 20 books with his latest, “Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism”.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... John Elkington

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

A Catalyst for Change?

May 2020

The "Company Secretary Survey: Responding to COVID-19" provides an insight into how company secretaries have been facing up to these challenging circumstances. Over 50 completed the survey, who are from a broad spectrum of industries both private and listed.

This survey was published by Leathwaite, the Human Capital specialists.

Company Secretary Survey Results

 

Learn more about Leathwaite
www.leathwaite.com

 

60 seconds with... Glen Moreno

May 2020

Glen Moreno is a director and former CEO of Fidelity International. He was previously chair of Virgin Money and Pearson, as well as deputy chair of Lloyds Banking Group and the Financial Reporting Council. His earlier career was spent at Citigroup, holding senior positions in Europe and Asia. He is an honorary governor of the Ditchley Foundation.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Glen Moreno

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Hanging onto the telephone...

by Caroline Evans – May 2020

The telephone was a tool to communicate verbally, one-to-one, and nothing much else. But during the past few years we have grown to using our phones for so much more. But are these developments what we need? Read Caroline's view on whether our communications tools have improved our way of working from the days of the simple telephone.

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

Hanging onto the telephone...

 

60 seconds with... Sharon Thorne

April 2020

Sharon Thorne is the chair of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors. Prior to leading the board, Sharon was the Deputy CEO and Managing Partner Global & Strategy of Deloitte North West Europe (NWE), and a member of the Deloitte Global Board of Directors.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Sharon Thorne

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

'Cribs', the ultimate diversity?

by Caroline Evans – April 2020

One small upside of the terrible times we find ourselves experiencing, is the chance to view each other’s domestic backdrop or ‘crib’. Read how Caroline discovers the unknown world of virtual meetings.

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

'Cribs', the ultimate diversity?

 

60 seconds with... David Bennett

March 2020

David Bennett is Chairman of Ashmore Group, Deputy Chairman of Virgin Money UK, and a NED of PayPal Europe. He was former Chairman of Homeserve Membership and Together Financial Services, as well as a NED of the Bank of Ireland UK, easyJet, and CMC Markets. Previously, David was Group CEO of Alliance & Leicester.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... David Bennett

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

60 seconds with... Martin Temple

February 2020

Martin Temple is Chairman of the Health & Safety Executive and a NED of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He was previously Chairman of Capita Insurance Services and held senior positions at EEF, The 600 Group, CEEMET, the Design Council, and the advisory board of Warwick Business School.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Martin Temple

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

A survivor's perspective on an IT meltdown

by Caroline Evans – January 2020

If you are an independent consultant and had a technology meltdown then you may want to compare your notes with Caroline Evans on how she survived her recent experiences. 

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

A survivor's perspective on an IT meltdown

 

60 seconds with... Stuart Layzell

January 2020

Stuart Layzell is Chief Executive Officer of Ocorian, the corporate and fiduciary services provider. Previously, he was CFO of Tilney Bestinvest and NED for Reef Television.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Stuart Layzell

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

2019

60 seconds with... Phillip Ullmann

December 2019

Phillip Ullmann is Chief Energiser of the Cordant Group. In any other business he would be called the Chairman. However, as since 1996 he had grown revenues to £850m in 2017, the company was transformed into the UK's largest social enterprise.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Phillip Ullman

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Are you a member of the 'Side Hustle Economy'?

by Caroline Evans – December 2019

This is a unique insight into the impact of the Side Hustle Economy and refers  to any type of employment undertaken in addition to one's full-time job. If you are brave enough to step out of the shadows and offer just about anything you consider to add value to others, you are part of this economy. 

As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, Caroline Evans provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

Are you a member of the Side Hustle Economy?

 

60 seconds with... Jenny Davies

December 2019

Jenny Davies is CEO of M247, a Livingbridge-backed international B2B cloud partner, with a presence in 28 countries. Jenny was previously a senior leader in Openreach, the regulated division of the BT Group, and prior to this, an Operations Director at the FTSE 100 United Utilities.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Jenny Davies

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

60 seconds with... Andy Bord

November 2019

Andy Bord is Chief Executive Officer of Flood Re, the reinsurance company. He was previously CEO at Capita Insurance Services, after holding senior positions at Staysure, BGL Group and Vodafone UK.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Andy Bord

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Is self-employment right for you?

by Caroline Evans – October 2019

Self-employment can provide a terrific opportunity to navigate new work horizons, as more and more people, at senior levels, are leaving long-term permanent employment. Have you joined the ranks? Or are you considering it?

Caroline provides a unique insight into the world of self-employment. As an advisor and supporter to the company secretary and corporate governance communities, she provides advice, practical support, and collaborates, as well as appearing as a speaker at conferences.

Is self-employment right for you?

 

60 seconds with... Baroness Patience Wheatcroft

October 2019

Baroness Patience Wheatcroft is an NED at St. James’s Place and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Previously, she was an NED at Barclays Group and Shaftesbury, and a trustee of the British Museum. Baroness Wheatcroft's earlier career was as a journalist, becoming Editor-in-Chief of The Wall Street Journal Europe and held positions at The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, and Mail on Sunday.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Baroness Patience Wheatcroft

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

60 seconds with... Mike Walsh

September 2019

Mike Walsh is chief financial officer at Newable, a private investment group with a focus on innovative, high-growth technology SMEs. Previously, he was global COO at Apax Partners; and held senior CFO / COO positions at Crédit Suisse Asset Management UK, Deutsche Asset Management Europe, and Barclays Global Investors.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Mike Walsh


Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Recipe for success: from management accountant to company secretary

September 2019

If you are at a crossroads and wondering whether to stay on a career path with a foreseeable future or alternatively take the unknown route, then here’s the story of a former management accountant.

Anne-Marie Clarke, is a corporate governance consultant and founder and director of Apprise Consultancy Limited.

Recipe for success

 

60 seconds with... John Handley

August 2019

John Handley is Chairman of Keane Brands, Eyoto, RSS Infrastructure and Lasecomb Dies. Additionally, for over 15 years he has lectured for the BVCA. Previously, he led the Midlands teams at LDC and ECI.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... John Handley

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

60 seconds with... Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea

July 2019

Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea  is Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer and Chancellor of the University of Birmingham .

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Lord Karan Bilimoria

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

Are you a 'Joe' when it comes to networking?

July 2019

Do you let your nerves get the better of you when networking?  Well, ‘professional socialising’ – networking – can be fun and less stressful than you can imagine!  In this day and age, with the emphasis on cultural fit, emotional empathy and intelligence in the workplace there are simple ways to avoid the stresses of socialising on a professional level.

Article written by Caroline Evans for Cygnetise, a blockchain application firm who solve the pain of managing Authorised Signatory Lists, ensuring they are secure and efficient.

Article: Are you a "Joe" when it comes to networking?

 

Learn more about Cygnetise
www.cygnetise.com

 

60 seconds with... Sir Douglas Flint

June 2019

Sir Douglas Flint is Chairman of Standard Life Aberdeen, IP Group, the Just Finance Foundation, the Corporate Board of Cancer Research UK and is a trustee of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. He was previously Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Sir Douglas Flint

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

60 seconds with... Hamish Middleton

June 2019

Hamish Middleton is Chief Operating Officer at Aspen Pumps, a global firm specialising in mini-pumps, backed by 3i. He started his career as a private equity investor in South Africa with Nedbank before moving to an operational role as CFO at Massbuild, a South African retailer.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Hamish Middleton

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com 

 

60 seconds with... Sir Brendan Barber

May 2019

Sir Brendan Barber is chair of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) Council. He serves on the boards of the Banking Standards Board and Openreach and is a former General Secretary of the United Kingdom's Trades Union Congress (TUC).

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with Sir Brendan Barber

 

Learn more about Board Intelligence
www.boardintelligence.com

 

The Periodic Table and Agenda Planning - Are There Similarities?

by Caroline Evans – April 2019

The Periodic Table has a big birthday this year. It was first conceived by the Russian chemist Dimitri Mendeleev in 1769. So how does this compare with board agenda planning? You might think that the classification of chemicals has little in common with the topics that occupy the minds of company directors, but there are more similarities than at first appears.

Article written by Caroline Evans and published by Board Intelligence. 

Article: The Periodic Table and Agenda Planning

 

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60 seconds with... David Hall

April 2019

David Hall is Managing Director of YFM Equity Partners and Chair of its Investment Committee. Previously, David was a Director at Enterprise Ventures, the investment arm of Enterprise plc.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... David Hall

 

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Company secretaries: are you maximising your potential?

by Caroline Evans – March 2019

As a company secretary you are considered the gatekeeper to the boardroom. With so many layers to the role – from routine reporting processes to highly-charged interpretive situations and increasing impact of technology in the boardroom – how can you optimise your potential?

Article written by Caroline Evans for Cygnetise, a blockchain application firm who solve the pain of managing Authorised Signatory Lists, ensuring they are secure and efficient.

Article: Company secretaries: are you maximising your potential?

 

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60 seconds with... Liz Kelly

March 2019

Liz Kelly is the Company Secretary at St James's Place plc, the FTSE 100 wealth management group, and a Non Executive Director at Saffron Building Society.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.'

Article: 60 seconds with... Liz Kelly

 

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Technology and the role of company secretaries

March 2019

An interview with Caroline Evans by Cygnetise on how she sees the role of governance professionals evolving and how emerging technologies can impact their role.

Cygnetise is a blockchain application firm who solve the pain of managing Authorised Signatory Lists, ensuring they are secure and efficient.

Article: Technology and the role of company secretaries

 

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60 seconds with... Adrian McGlynn

January 2019

Adrian McGlynn is Company Secretary and a Director of Weatherbys, a privately-owned family of companies serving the horse racing industry, as well as a wider audience through their banking services.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.'

60 seconds with... Adrian McGlynn

 

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2018

60 seconds with... Alison Kay

December 2018

Alison Kay is Group General Counsel and Company Secretary at the FTSE100 National Grid and a member of the GC100. She has also served as an observer on the Board of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.'

Article: 60 seconds with... Alison Kay

 

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60 seconds with... Barnaby Lenon

November 2018

Barnaby Lenon is Chairman of the Independent Schools Council. He is also Chairman of the London Academy of Excellence in Newham and a Trustee at the New Schools Network and King Edward's School Birmingham. Previously he was Headmaster of Harrow School London and Trinity School Croydon.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.'

Article: 60 seconds with... Barnaby Lenon

 

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60 seconds with... Sue Murphy

October 2018

Councillor Sue Murphy CBE, is Chair of LTE Group, elected member of Manchester City Council, a Labour & Co-operative Party Councillor, representing Brooklands Ward in Wythenshawe, and Deputy Leader of the Council. Sue is also Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association, Chair of Trustees of Manchester Action on Street Health (MASH), director of Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), and Chair of Trustees of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.'

Article: 60 seconds with... Sue Murphy

 

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60 seconds with... Murray Steele

September 2018

Murray Steele is Chairman of LINX, the London Internet Exchange, Octopus Apollo plc and Surface Generation.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.'

Article: 60 seconds with... Murray Steele

 

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60 seconds with... Jocelyn Stuart-Grumbar

August 2018

Jocelyn Stuart-Grumbar is Chief Executive of The Clothworkers' Foundation and Clerk to The Clothworkers' Company. Previously, Jocelyn was international business-builder Director at Xeros, Dyson and Diageo.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.'

Article: 60 seconds with... Jocelyn Stuart-Grumbar

 

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60 seconds with... Chris Hopson

July 2018

Chris Hopson is Chief Executive of NHS Providers (formerly the Foundation Trust Network). Previously, Chris worked at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in a number of board-level roles, Granada Media (later ITV) and was the first political adviser at the Deparment of Culture, Media & Sport.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.'

Article: 60 seconds with... Chris Hopson

 

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2017

60 seconds with... David Tyler

December 2017

David Tyler is Chairman of Sainsbury's PLC, Hammerson and Domestic & General Group Limited. Previously, he was Chairman of Logica and 3i Quoted Private Equity. David was also a Non-Executive Director at Experian, Reckitt Benckiser Group and Burberry Group.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... David Tyler


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60 seconds with... Sir Brian Bender

November 2017

Sir Brian Bender is Chairman of the London Metal Exchange, a Non Executive Director at the Financial Reporting Council and Pool Re, and a Governor of Dulwich College.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Sir Brian Bender

 

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60 seconds with... Vagn Sørensen

October 2017

Vagn Sørensen is Chairman of SSP Group PLC and a Senior Industrial Advisor with EQT Partners. He is a Non-executive Director of Air Canada, Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited and Lufthansa Cargo AG.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Vagn Sørensen


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Values at work: why the rhetoric and the reality matter

by Jane Mitchell, Values & Ethics Adviser – September 2017

At all levels of companies, there are individuals reviewing, embedding and discussing the role of ‘values’ and ‘ethics’ and their impact. This article will focus on the downfall of one high profile PR agency and the role of industry bodies.

Article: Values at work

 

60 seconds with... Sarah Bates

September 2017

Sarah Bates is Chair of St James’s Place plc, a Non-Executive Director at Worldwide Healthcare Trust and Polar Capital Technology Trust plc, as well as a member of the investment committee of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. She is also Chair of the St Joseph’s Hospice Investment Panel.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Sarah Bates

 

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60 seconds with... Penny Hughes CBE

August 2017

Penny Hughes CBE is Chairman of The Gym Group and a Non-Executive Director at Royal Bank of Scotland and SuperGroup. Penny has previously been a Non-Executive Director at The Gap, Reuters Group, and Vodafone Group, among many others.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Penny Hughes CBE

 

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60 seconds with... Sir John Parker

June 2017

Sir John Parker is Chairman of Anglo American PLC, Pennon Group and Ombu Group. He is the incoming Chairman of Laing O’Rourke and a former Chairman of National Grid, Mondi, BVT Joint Venture and P&O PLC. He has served as Chairman and CEO of both Harland & Wolff and Babcock International, and is on the board of Carnival Corporation & plc and Airbus Group.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

60 seconds with... Sir John Parker

 

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60 seconds with... Jamie Hambro

May 2017

Jamie Hambro is Chairman of James Hambro & Partners, J O Hambro Capital Management and The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Previously, Jamie was Chairman of the Henry Smith Charity, a large grant making charity, and Deputy Chairman of the Peabody Trust.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Jamie Hambro

 

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From invisible to indispensable - the company secretary's challenge

April 2017

How can company secretaries transition from being invisible to becoming indispensable? This was the question posed by Claire Davies, Group Secretary at Barclays, speaking to a group of company secretaries and governance professionals at a recent Leadership Development Programme dinner.

The insights generated by Claire's career, offer a powerful route-map for the company secretary who wants to become indispensable. 

Article by Seamus Gillen: a Governance Adviser; a trainer, mentor, evaluator; works with Boards, Directors, Co Secs; is Founder Director of ValueAlpha.

Article: From invisible to indispensable

 

60 seconds with... Dame Gill Morgan

April 2017

Dame Gill Morgan is the Chair of NHS Providers. Previously, she was Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Assembly Government and CEO of NHS Confederation. She has served as Chair of the Alzheimer’s Society and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Faculty of Public Health.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Dame Gill Morgan

 

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60 seconds with... Mike Evans

March 2017

Mike Evans is Chairman of Hargreaves Lansdown, Senior Independent Director of Chesnara and Chairman of Zoopla Property Group. He is also an Actuary and was previously COO of Skandia.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Mike Evans

 

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What does a Board seek from a NED CV?

February 2017

As Boards are under more pressure to succeed, they are searching for new NEDs who can help them achieve their goals. What factors should you consider when creating your NED CV? 

Patsy Buchanan is a brand and website content development consultant, who works with new consultancies working out of the city of London.

Article: What does a Board seek from a NED CV?

 

60 seconds with... Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett

February 2017

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett is Chairman of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is the Founder and Chairman of The Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics and the former Chief Executive of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett

 

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60 seconds with... Dennis Holt

January 2017

Dennis Holt is Chairman of Beazley and the Co-operative Bank. He was previously Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ireland and Chairman of Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society.

'What matters in the Boardroom' is a series of conversations with leading figures from the boardroom, hosted by Board Intelligence.

Article: 60 seconds with... Dennis Holt

 

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When it's time to say goodbye

January 2017

With over 166,000 registered charities in England and Wales, many are struggling for a whole variety of reasons.

Andrew Wade is a Chartered Director (IoD), Corporate Governance Advisor and plural Non-Executive Director.

Article: When it's time to say goodbye

 

2016

Is knowing your business enough to write great board reports?

August 2016

The board pack, one of the most prized documents of an organisation, contains financial and strategic data about the health of the business. It outlines decisions that will set the direction of the firm and, subject matter experts within the business are tasked with writing reports for this pack. It is often assumed that because report authors know their business, they are able to write effective reports. But is this the case?

If you are a subject matter expert, are you producing high quality and useful board papers? Read tips on delivering impact in your board reports.

Article: Write great board reports

 

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2015

Is your board fit for purpose?

November 2015

Five questions board directors should ask.

Andrew Wade is a Chartered Director (IoD), Corporate Governance Advisor and plural Non-Executive Director.

Article: Is your board fit for purpose?

 

Young trustees guide: Developing the Next Generation of Charity Leaders

September 2015

Leon Ward, Charity & Governance Advisor, teamed up with the Charities Aid Foundation to compile a best practice guide about young trustees. 

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Three game changers for company secretaries

September 2015

Caroline Evans, founder of MindLeap, shares three quick tips for company secretaries who wish to develop their careers.

Three Game Changers