Machine Learning and Financial Services

AI & MACHINE LEARNING   Smarter Humans, Smarter Machines was the core theme of our closed-door #RefinitivSocial100 UK roundtable held in September 2019, with 10 of the UK and Europe’s most influential thinkers and thought-leaders on social media in the world of FinTech. Banks have been saying for a very long time that the data theyContinue reading “Machine Learning and Financial Services”

Risk management is no longer just about financial risks

Risk in business is inevitable – in fact it is essential. A business which does not take commercial risks will not grow, and a business which does not grow is doomed to decline. Yet, by and large, people in business, as in life, are risk averse, seeking where possible to follow the path which providesContinue reading “Risk management is no longer just about financial risks”

It’s an ill wind that blows no good for the EU

  There’s an old Chinese saying that “when the wind of change blows, some build walls whilst others build windmills” – well there’s little evidence of either in the corridors of power in the EU according to Udo Baader, founder and head of German bank, Baader Bank, speaking at the Zagreb Stock Exchange Conference inContinue reading “It’s an ill wind that blows no good for the EU”

UK Corporate Governance Code 2018

A new version of the UK Corporate Governance Code was published in July 2018 and takes effect from 1 January 2019. Of the 2,600 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, only 1,200 are listed on the Main Market and of those around 850 have a Premium Listing and are therefore required to report onContinue reading “UK Corporate Governance Code 2018”

How to become a Non-Executive Director – London 23 October 2018

Find out how you can obtain a Non-Executive Director position by booking a place on this interactive 1-day course. “A well structured and presented introduction to the responsibilities, challenges and attributes required of being a NED. It was thought-provoking. I have referred back to my copious comments in the comprehensive slide hand outs many timesContinue reading “How to become a Non-Executive Director – London 23 October 2018”

How to become a Non-Executive Director – Birmingham 26 June 2018

The How to become a Non-Executive Director course helps you to plan and prepare for your first NED position. It instils a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge.

This one-day interactive course is aimed at aspiring NEDs and covers essential knowledge about roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for a Non-Executive board role. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees.

This is followed by practical sessions on identifying NED opportunities, the process of obtaining a first appointment and performing due diligence before any position is accepted. There is emphasis on the importance of presenting your experiences with clarity and relevance.

This course identifies the various ways and circumstances in which non-executive directors can make an effective contribution to a board’s work. It also examines methods for their selection and reviews their motivation, induction and reward.

Is it time for Charity Chief Executives to get on Board?

  The Insolvency Service is understood to have given all eight former Kids Company charity directors and founder and former chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh a deadline of December 20 to agree to a voluntary ban on holding company directorships or face being disqualified for periods of between two-and-a-half and six years.. Despite not being aContinue reading “Is it time for Charity Chief Executives to get on Board?”

How to become a Non-Executive Director – Bristol 21 November 2017

The How to become a Non-Executive Director course helps you to plan and prepare for your first NED position. It instils a real sense of what is expected of NEDs, and how you can meet the challenge.

This one-day interactive course is aimed at aspiring NEDs and covers essential knowledge about roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for a Non-Executive board role. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees.

This is followed by practical sessions on identifying NED opportunities, the process of obtaining a first appointment and performing due diligence before any position is accepted. There is emphasis on the importance of presenting your experiences with clarity and relevance.

This course identifies the various ways and circumstances in which non-executive directors can make an effective contribution to a board’s work. It also examines methods for their selection and reviews their motivation, induction and reward.

The new Charity Governance Code – does it go far enough?

In a move to bring charity governance in-line with the recommendations of the UK Corporate Governance Code, the best practice guide for the UK’s listed companies, the new Charity Governance Code is advocating external reviews for larger charities every three years, more openness and limits on how long trustees may serve. The new Charity Governance Code,Continue reading “The new Charity Governance Code – does it go far enough?”