How to read the riot act over Zoom

Isle of Man, 10 November 2020 – With increasing numbers of countries re-entering lockdown as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute has scheduled an event looking at how best to organise and hold meetings in a locked-down world. 

Taking place on Wednesday, 2 December 2020 at The 1886 in Douglas, the event will focus on how to get the best out of virtual meetings as this is not always as easy as it sounds.  

Speaking in advance of the event, Chris Bolt, Chair of ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute’s Isle of Man Branch, says: 

“As many people will know from personal experience of talking to families and friends over online meeting tools during the first lockdown, audio echo, bugs and outages, lags and freezes can all get in the way of a good video call. This can be particularly onerous if you are trying to hold an important business or board meeting where decisions need to be made. The Institute produced guidance about good practice for virtual board and committee meetings back in the spring when the pandemic first hit and with new lockdowns now in place in many countries with which the Isle of Man does business, including our close neighbours in the UK, it seems pertinent to revisit this important subject.  

“Our speaker, Peter Cannell, is both an Advocate and Chartered Governance Professional in private practice. Having worked at the highest levels in the fiduciary services sector in the Isle of Man and in the Charity sector in the UK before qualifying as an Advocate, Peter is considered an expert on interesting and unusual corporate structures, their uses commercially, in wealth management and for charity, and their governance, including ensuring substance over form. Peter is a sought-after trainer in the governance arena, in particular in the fields of data protection and anti-money laundering. A great communicator, who is passionate about the training he provides, he is sure to bring the subject alive for our guests.” 

Tickets for the event, which is free to attend for Institute members and students and costs £15 for non-members, can be booked at

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For further information, please contact Chris Bolt, Isle of Man Branch Chair: 
+44 (0) 1624 604468


Maria Brookes, Media Relations Manager:  
+44 (0)20 7612 7072
+44 (0)7890 649 143

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Chartered Governance Institute is the qualifying and membership body for governance with over 125 years’ experience of educating and supporting governance professionals. With a Royal Charter purpose of leading ‘effective and efficient governance and administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’, we provide professional development, guidance and thought leadership, and work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards.

    The Institute has divisions in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong/China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Southern Africa, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe. The division headquartered in London (known as ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute) represents and supports members in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Crown Dependencies and associated territories, which include the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. Website:
  2. The Chartered Governance Institute’s Isle of Man branch was established in the early 1980s to represent the interests of members and students living and working on the island. Chartered status is conferred on those with sufficient and relevant experience who have passed the Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Programme or an Accredited Master’s Degree. For those looking for a successful career in the offshore financial services sector, The Chartered Governance Institute offers a suite of qualifications in International Finance and Administration. Website:


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