How can you hold a global bank to account?

The growing #ESG movement (Environmental, Social and Governance) influencing institutional investment decisions and AGM voting intentions is shining the spotlight on the ethical behaviour of corporates around the world – and none more so than the global banking organisations, who are seen by many to have still not atoned for their sins in recklessly causing theContinue reading “How can you hold a global bank to account?”

The risks of carrying on regardless

The need to identify, measure and mitigate business continuity risks has never been more relevant. Strategic risks stop businesses achieving their strategic goals – they are the big risks, usually coming from outside the business, that are difficult to anticipate and mitigate for. Key among them is the risk to business continuity: the ability ofContinue reading “The risks of carrying on regardless”

But what exactly is an “executive”​ Chairman?

Congratulations to Sharon White on her appointment as the John Lewis Partnership’s executive Chairman to take up the role when Sir Charlie Mayfield steps down in early 2020. Refreshingly, Sharon’s exclusively public sector experience was no barrier to her appointment – my experience working with boards in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors is thatContinue reading “But what exactly is an “executive”​ Chairman?”

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”

IoD Buckinghamshire, Directors Briefing, Have you got what it takes to be a Non-Executive Director?

IoD Bucks & Milton Keynes Directors Briefing with David Doughty at Hartwell – “Have you got what it takes to be a Non-Executive Director?” Location: Hartwell House Date: 25 February 2016 Time: 07:30 – 09:30 Email Event Bookings Price shown exclude VAT unless otherwise stated. Member price: £25.00 +VAT Non-member price: £30.00 +VAT Book tickets If you’ve ever wanted to findContinue reading “IoD Buckinghamshire, Directors Briefing, Have you got what it takes to be a Non-Executive Director?”


Mark Ashcroft had just parked his car and was waiting for the airport shuttle bus when his mobile phone rang. Normally he would let it go to voicemail but when he saw that it was from the new Chairman, Janice Young, he decided that he’d better take it. “Janice. What’s up?” he asked. “Mark, IContinue reading ““A BOARDROOM TALE””

“Directors’ Duties and Liabilities” across the EU: LSE study

Originally posted on Company and Financial Law:
The London School of Economics for the European Commission has produced a 427 page study on “Directors’ Duties and Liabilities” across the EU for the European Commission. “The European Commission has not, to date, considered directors’ liability issues in a comprehensive way. It is the purpose of this…

Mutual society NED banned (but will appeal) for failures to disclose conflict of interest

Originally posted on Company and Financial Law:
The FCA is attempting to ban Angela Burns (and fine her £154,800) from any regulated activity for failing to disclose a conflict of interest whilst acting as a NED at two mutual societies. Ms Burns is appealing to the Upper Tribunal. FCA press release here; Decision Notice here (also…

Introduction to Marketing for Small Charities

Date: Friday 14th Dec 2012 Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm Location: London Venue: Institute of Fundraising – London Directions / Address Add to Calendar BOOK NOW This course is for anyone looking to find out more about marketing. It will ground you in the essentials of marketing theory and practice, and give you practical knowledge to take back and useContinue reading “Introduction to Marketing for Small Charities”