ICSA Awards 2019 winners announced

London, 28 November 2019 – The winners of this year’s ICSA Awards were announced at a glittering awards dinner at the Park Lane Hilton in London last night. Hosted by comedian Simon Evans, the awards welcomed 670 of the UK’s leading governance professionals who were there to celebrate the achievements of those organisations, individuals and teams that are leading the way in good governance and corporate reporting.

Held each year by The Chartered Governance Institute, the Awards gather together the crème de la crème of the FTSE 350, as well as governance professionals from beyond the corporate sector who battle it out for coveted awards, including Annual Report of the Year, Company Secretary of the Year and Governance Professional of the Year.

The winners in the corporate reporting categories are as follows:

  • Annual Report of the Year – FTSE 100: Taylor Wimpey plc
  • Annual Report of the Year – FTSE 250: Hammerson plc (Great Portland Estates plc was Highly Commended)
  • Annual Report of the Year – Small Cap and AIM: Biffa plc (AA plc and Majestic Wine plc were both Highly Commended)
  • Audit Disclosure of the Year: United Utilities Group PLC
  • Risk Disclosure of the Year: Experian plc (Prudential plc was Highly Commended)
  • Board Disclosure of the Year: Rolls Royce plc
  • Strategic Report of the Year: Derwent London plc (Diageo plc – Highly Commended)
  • Remuneration Report of the Year: Marks and Spencer Group plc (SSE plc – Highly Commended)
  • Sustainability Disclosure of the Year: Pennon plc (Vodafone Group plc – Highly Commended)
  • Board Evaluation Disclosure of the Year: SSE plc
  • Stakeholder Disclosure of the Year: Derwent London plc
  • Best Gender Pay Gap Report: Diageo (Taylor Wimpey – Highly Commended)
  • Best Investor Engagement: BlackRock

The winners of the individual, team and project awards were:

  • Company Secretary of the Year: Peter Lee, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT
    (Andrew Eames of St. Modwen Properties PLC was Highly Commended)
  • Governance Professional of the Year: Wendy Stanger, East Coast College
  • Team of the Year: Provident Financial plc
  • Governance Project of the Year: HSBC – Global governance excellence
    (Premier League / EFL - Capability Code of Practice was Highly Commended)
  • Service Provider of the Year: Support Services for Education
    (DMJ Recruitment was Highly Commended)
  • The One to Watch: Christina Meikle, Senior Consultant, Ernst & Young LLP

According to Sara Drake, Chief Executive at The Chartered Governance Institute:

“Good governance benefits all organisations, regardless of size, by establishing a framework of processes and attitudes that adds value and helps to build reputation. Now more than ever, there is a need for transparency and clarity of purpose and the diverse range of companies and organisations which were shortlisted and won awards last night shows just how strongly good governance is being championed across the board. Each year, the standard gets higher and higher and it is becoming increasingly difficult for our judges to single out winners from the large number of individuals, teams and organisations that are helping to ensure high standards of governance in the UK. This is not a bad problem to have, however, as the fact that we have so many worthy contenders is testament to the leading role that the UK plays in driving good governance practice worldwide.”

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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. Website: www.cgi.org.uk
  2. More details about the ICSA Awards 2019 can be found at www.cgi.org.uk/awards

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