ICSA Guernsey Conference to focus on leading role of governance professionals

Guernsey, 6 March 2018 – The bold role that Guernsey’s governance professionals can play in ‘Managing Risk, Leading Change’ is the theme of this year’s ICSA: The Governance Institute’s annual conference in Guernsey. Taking place at the St Pierre Park Hotel on 25 April, the conference will focus on the challenges and potential benefits that Brexit, blockchain, GDPR and UK Corporate Governance Code revisions might offer Guernsey.

“As regulation of financial services continues to tighten and political uncertainly in the UK and Europe creates greater instability in the market, Guernsey’s governance professionals have an opportunity to take the wheel and be at the forefront of thinking, innovation and technology in governance, risk and compliance,” says Sara Bourne, Chair of ICSA’s Guernsey Branch.

“The conference is the ideal forum for company secretaries and other governance professionals to get to grips with the issues and opportunities facing Guernsey. We also have sessions designed to improve individual and organisational effectiveness with a number of speakers joining us from off-island.”

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Catherine Barnard, Professor of EU Law at Cambridge University who will be looking at ‘Brexit and Business’
  • Eminent business psychologist Aidan Kearney will be showing delegates how to apply principles based in neuroscience, organisational behaviour and psychology to the workplace
  • Stuart Lawson, Product Manager, Northern Trust who will be offering invaluable user insight into blockchain technology
  • Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at ICSA will be considering guidance by ICSA and the Investment Association into ‘The Stakeholder Voice in Board Decision Making’ 
  • Emma Martins, Data Protection and Information Commissioner, Guernsey and Richard Bray, Director, Active Management Services Limited will be discussing the company secretary’s role in ensuring compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation 
  • Tony Mancini, Partner, KPMG will be reviewing the ‘Common Reporting Standard: one year on’
  • Charis Evans, Business Development Director at ICSA will be presenting new initiatives for company secretaries and governance professionals, part of ‘A new agenda for ICSA: The Governance Institute’.

Places can be booked online here.

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For further information, please contact Sara Bourne, ICSA Guernsey Branch Chair:
+44 (0)1481 737245


Maria Brookes, Media Relations Manager:

+44 (0)20 7612 7072
+44 (0)7890 649 143

Notes to Editors:

  1. ICSA: The Governance Institute is the professional body for governance. We have members in all sectors and are required by our Royal Charter to lead ‘effective governance and efficient administration of commerce, industry and public affairs’. With over 125 years’ experience, we work with regulators and policy makers to champion high standards of governance and provide qualifications, training and guidance.
    Website: www.icsa.org.uk
  2. ICSA Guernsey branch represents the interests of over 500 members and students in the Bailiwick. Chartered status is conferred on those with sufficient and relevant experience who have passed ICSA’s Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme or an ICSA Accredited Master’s Degree. For those looking for a successful career in the offshore financial services sector, ICSA offers a suite of qualifications in International Finance and Administration.

    Website: www.icsaguernsey.com 
  3. ICSA’s ‘The Stakeholder Voice in Board Decision Making’ guidance has been designed to assist boards in thinking about how to ensure they understand and weigh up the interests of their key stakeholders when taking strategic decisions. It identifies ten principles to guide the way boards approach these issues. For more information, see www.icsa.org.uk/stakeholdervoice 

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