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The Appraisal Process

Most codes of governance allude to the need for regular appraisal of the board; it’s committees and members. However, it can sometimes be a challenge for organisations to keep on top of their appraisal cycle, let alone engage board members, some of whom are volunteers and many of whom work at the top of their field in the processes!

Compliance with a code of governance no matter which sector you are in, is crucial to the long-term success of the company. Therefore, we recommend that in order to ensure organisations are able to comply, Continue reading

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When Diversity isn’t Enough

This month’s blog has been written by a member of the governance forum team who has an active role in promoting the Diversity in the Boardroom Campaign. I am privileged to have her in our team and hand over this month’s blog to her. See you next month!

The Governor

 

Recent research on charities in England and Wales found that when looking at those from BAME backgrounds, the diversity on boards in the sector is less than FTSE Companies. Published by Inclusive Boards, the findings further outlined that out of 6,300 trustees, only 34% were female.  62% of the charities they reported on had all white boards. Imbalances were also discovered at the senior leadership level where almost 80% of senior leadership teams in the top 500 charities lack any ethnic minority professionals. Continue reading

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Good Governance

I recently reviewed some of the footage that I have developed undertaking my Governor Interviews. The Interviews that I have carried out have mainly been with experienced and high profile non–executive board members, the majority have been chairs at some point during their tenure and although there are about 6–8 questions that I always ask, I usually start by asking them to explain to me what good governance and what bad governance looks like from their experience.

So, what is governance? Continue reading

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Failing Governance Impacting Our World

Recently, in my role as a visiting professor I delivered a lecture to students on corporate governance and the role of the audit function. Our discussions were dominated by a recent case of corporate failure that is prominent in current affairs. The particular case demonstrated so many aspects of the exact thing you wouldn’t want to happen on your watch if you were an auditor or a non-executive board member and provided great material for applying the key principles of good governance.

This and other recent cases raised questions like: Continue reading

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Staying Connected to your Role on the Board

Happy New Year! I thought that the first blog of 2018 would be a little different giving you to feel from graduates of the Effective Board Member Programme. Today we hosted our first EBM Connect event which offered graduates of the EBM Programme for footballers and those working in the sport (On The Board), the opportunity to undertake some governance CPD, network with their peers and introduce themselves to organisations who are seeking board appointments.  Continue reading

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The Governor’s Year in Review (2017)

It’s that time of year where we reflect, plan and prepare in anticipation of what we will achieve in business and personally over the next 12 months.

Like many years before it, 2017 has given us a number of memorable lessons, charting the way for new practices to be further embedded in governance which is the fabric of any good organisation. Take for example the on going issues for Sports Direct, the so called purge of corruption amongst officials in Saudi, Uber, Harvey Weinstein Continue reading

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Power and Influence in the Boardroom

Have you ever been in a meeting and found that your contributions are overlooked or ignored and you don’t seem to be able to get your point of view across? Have you found that in certain environments you can sometimes struggle to get your voice heard? Even worse than not being heard is when you find that a point that you have made earlier in the meeting is introduced by someone else and is then acknowledged as a great contribution warranting further discussion and you sit there thinking I said that ten minutes ago!

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How to… Appraise the Chair

This month’s blog is part of The Governor’s ‘How To Series.’ The series covers a range of topics which offer brief practical guidance on some of the issues that I normally explore from a more theoretical perspective. In doing so, I hope to ensure that my blogs don’t just keep you up to date with what is happening within the governance as a whole, but will also assist you in becoming a competent, confident and effective governance practitioner.

I was recently asked to support an organisation with a chair appraisal process and realised the importance of documenting the process as it forms a key part of good governance structures in any sector. This information will benefit you in your role as a NED but also as a chair as you will come to understand how effectively you are being appraised which can only positively contribute to your development and that of the organisation that you lead.

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Corporate Reforms and Board Behaviour

The watering down of suggested reforms to how companies are run has been the focus of attention recently, especially in relation to boardroom pay. This month’s blog will reflect on why it is such a timely and important debate.

A number of crises in private and public bodies – from the credit crunch ten years ago to, perhaps, Grenfell Tower can be traced back, wholly or in part, to failures in corporate governance.  Continue reading

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Positive Change for our Boardrooms – Forever

I want to introduce you to four unique participants who have recently attended some of my Effective Board Member (EBM) Programme sessions. These participants demonstrate some dysfunctional behaviours that you may have come across in boardrooms or in senior management meetings. Animal traits are an easy way to identify behaviour and learn from it. So, let’s eavesdrop on Peacock, Bee, Rabbit and Penguin who are in the middle of a lively conversation…

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