Diversity and inclusion: what’s the risk?

Published in Business Reporter – Fraud Prevention and Risk Management, September 2020 From the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) to the Environment, Society and Governance (ESG) investment initiatives, the resounding cry is for greater diversity and inclusion in the workforce, and a reduction in inequality and in the barriers to opportunity. Yet the changes that reduceContinue reading “Diversity and inclusion: what’s the risk?”

What’s the risk? An inconvenient necessity or a source of competitive advantage?

Neil Woodford – cautious, conservative, contrarian, high-risk? These words could all have been used to describe Woodford’s investment strategy at various times during his slow rise and sudden downfall – and they all give an indication of the degree of risk he was taking with his clients’ money. It is well established in the investmentContinue reading “What’s the risk? An inconvenient necessity or a source of competitive advantage?”

What are the implications of the #FinTech war for talent?

FinTech – the application of cutting edge technology in the Financial Services Industry, in particular the use of Artificial Intelligence, is pitching global corporations against startups in a war for talent in pursuit of the scarce digital transformation and AI skills. Thought leaders from the #RefinitivSocial100 recently discussed the skills challenges surrounding artificial intelligence (AI) and innovationContinue reading “What are the implications of the #FinTech war for talent?”

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”

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?”

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?”

Is it time for a new model of charity governance?

The recent news that the Government’s Insolvency Service has reportedly written to lawyers acting for Alan Yentob and other former Kids Company board members to warn them that it is minded to pursue disqualification proceedings against them, highlights the risks that charity trustees face and quashes the myth that their duties and liabilities are somehowContinue reading “Is it time for a new model of charity governance?”

How to become a Non-Executive Director – London 23 May 2017

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 May 2017”