New Honorary Fellows of ICSA announced

London, 6 January 2014
Lord Hunt of Wirral, Sir Roger Carr and Sir Richard Olver elected Honorary Fellows of ICSA
The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) is pleased to announce that it has awarded honorary fellowship to The Right Hon The Lord Hunt of Wirral MBE, Sir Roger Carr and Sir Richard Olver. All three are keen supporters of the good governance ethic that ICSA champions, through their work in their own specific sectors and beyond.

Lord Hunt of Wirral (David), Chairman, Financial Services Division at DAC Beachcroft LLP Solicitors was awarded the MBE in 1973 and was appointed to the Privy Council in 1990. An MP for 21 years and a Member of the House of Lords for the last 16 years, David was a member of successive governments for 16 years, serving in the Cabinets of both Margaret Thatcher and John Major. He has just been appointed as the first Independent Non-Executive Director of the British Insurance Brokers' Association, chairs the Lending Standards Board, and is working to establish the Independent Press Standards Organisation following the Leveson Inquiry. He is President or Patron of over 50 charities and voluntary organisations and chairs McDonald's Education Company. David has been heavily involved in ICSA's London-based policy department in developing the NHS Clinical Commission Group (CCG) Code of Governance launched on 6 November 2013 to ensure better business practice and governance within the NHS.

Sir Roger Carr is a non-executive director and chairman designate of BAE Systems plc (he will succeed Sir Richard Olver as chairman of BAE Systems on 1 February 2014).A member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group, and President of the Confederation of British Industry from 2011-2013, he was knighted in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to business. Sir Roger’s previous roles include chair of Centrica plc, Cadbury plc, Mitchells and Butler plc, Chubb plc and Thames Water plc, as well as CEO of Williams Holdings, deputy chair of the Court and senior independent non-executive director of the Bank of England. He is also a senior advisor to Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts and Co Ltd. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce and a visiting fellow to Oxford’s Said Business School. Throughout his career he has served on a number of external committees, including the Higgs Committee on Corporate Governance and Business for New Europe, and has invested a lot of time and energy to advancing boardroom diversity and the role of women in business.

Sir Richard Olver is currently chairman of BAE Systems plc, a position he has held since 2004 and which he is due to relinquish to Sir Roger Carr on 1 February 2014. Prior to his role at BAE Systems, he was deputy group chief executive of BP after a career of more than thirty years at the company. A past non-executive director of Thomson Reuters and a member of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Business Council for Britain, he is now a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Business Advisory Group, and also serves as a UK business ambassador and as a member of the India/UK CEO Forum. He sits on the International Advisory Board for the Atlantic Council, is a member of the Trilateral Commission, and is also an adviser to Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, and HSBC.  In addition, Sir Richard chairs the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Professional Engineering Committee, Education for Engineering Policy Group and its Development Advisory Board. A fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the City and Guilds of London Institute and The Royal Academy of Engineering, he also holds honorary doctorates in science from City University, London and Cranfield University. Sir Richard, who was awarded the prestigious non-executive director of the year award in 2012, was knighted in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to business.

Simon Osborne, Chief Executive of ICSA, said: “I would like to welcome all of our new honorary members who, as well as being highly lauded in their professional lives, have also proved to be good friends to the Institute over the years. Lord Hunt has been integral to the development of our CCG code, chairing the panel that developed the code with alacrity, great professionalism and humour. He ensured that the group maintained focus on what we were aiming for and achieved it with an appropriate level of challenge and rigour. We look forward to continuing to work with him as the code is reviewed and improved in coming years.”

“Likewise, both Sir Roger and Sir Richard have supported ICSA over a number of years, individually chairing both the judging panel for the Transparency in Governance category of the ICSA Excellence in Governance Awards and the Institute’s Disclosure seminar. Sir Roger has also been a keynote speaker at ICSA’s Corporate Governance Conference. Their considerable business expertise and advocacy has proved invaluable to ICSA over the years, and I am delighted that we are able to recognise their contribution in this way,” continued Simon Osborne.

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Notes to Editors:

1.    The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) is the membership and qualifying body for professionals working in governance, risk and compliance, including company secretaries.  Our members work in all sectors and at every level of seniority. With over 100 years of experience, we champion high governance standards by providing qualifications, training, high-quality guidance and support (including technical resources, publications and software), and through our work with regulators and policy makers. Website:

2.    More information around the ICSA NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups Code of governance can be viewed at

3.    Information about ICSA’s 6th Corporate Governance Conference can be viewed at

4.    With over 2,300 people, DAC Beachcroft combines one of the most comprehensive UK legal networks with coverage across Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia-Pacific.  DAC Beachcroft refers to the DAC Beachcroft Group, which includes a number of differently regulated entities within the UK and internationally. The business provides a full service commercial, transactional, claims, risk and advisory capability. DAC Beachcroft works with clients in a select range of industry sectors and is a market leader in health, insurance and real estate. Website:

5.    BAE Systems delivers advanced defence, aerospace and security solutions that provide a technological and performance edge. We work together with local partners to develop, engineer, manufacture and support the innovations that increase defence sovereignty, sustain economies and safeguard commercial interests in the physical and virtual world. With some 88,000 employees in six continents, our story is about talented people who are committed to serving our customers’ needs and creating solutions that help protect borders, build stronger communities and keep critical information systems and infrastructure secure.

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