ICSA: The Governance Institute celebrates the rise of governance at ICSA Awards

London, 29 November 2017 – At last night’s annual ICSA Awards at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel, ICSA: The Governance Institute recognised those companies, individuals and teams that are leading the way in corporate reporting, investor engagement and good governance.

The premier event in the governance calendar was hosted by comedian, actor and comedy writer Dominic Holland and saw over 720 governance professionals gathered together to celebrate the achievements of their peers.

The awards, which are split between categories for corporate reporting and for excellence in governance, saw Land Securities Group plc crowned winner of the Best Annual Report for the FTSE 100; Spirax-Sarco plc awarded Best Annual Report in the FTSE 250 and Dialight plc triumph in the Best Annual Report in the Small Cap/AIM category. Legal and General Investment Management took home the award for Best Investor Engagement. Sarah McLaughlin of Allied Irish Banks plc was named Company Secretary of the Year and Katie Hollis of the Pension Protection Fund was named Governance Professional of the Year.

Simon Osborne, Chief Executive of ICSA, commented:

“The standard of entries is always high, but the quality of this year’s entries meant that there were some fiercely fought categories, emphasising just how seriously companies within the FTSE 350 are taking their governance responsibilities. Strong governance strengthens corporate reputation and helps to build trust, which is particularly vital at the current time given the political and economic instability. I am delighted that our Awards are able to recognise those individuals and teams who are helping to ensure high standards in corporate governance, as well as those companies that are using reporting requirements to communicate clearly what sets them apart from their peers. Congratulations to our winners and all those companies, teams and individuals shortlisted for an award; being shortlisted is a significant achievement in itself.”

Click here for a full list of award winners.

Photos attached with this release show:

  • Company Secretary of the Year winner Sarah McLaughlin of Allied Irish Banks plc with Jeff Hilk from Diligent and Blueprint OneWorld (sponsor of the award) to her left and compere Dominic Holland to her right

  • Best Annual Report (FTSE 100) winners Land Securities Group plc. The award was presented by Fiona Otika, President of the Association of Women Chartered Secretaries.

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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. About the Awards
    Now in their 9th year, the awards celebrate the work and achievements of companies, teams and individuals across the governance profession. There are 17 awards categories – seven of which are chosen following an open nomination process. This year’s awards saw 73 entries. The overall quality of entries is extremely high and the process thorough and competitive.

    In 2016, we added several categories to reflect the increasing prominence of governance – Governance Professional of the Year, Governance Project of the Year and Service Provider of the Year. Entries are judged by our independent panel against our published criteria. We also added an award for Best Investor Engagement – as voted for by FTSE 350 company secretaries.

    The reporting categories are longlisted by Glass Lewis against ICSA’s published criteria and then a shortlist is prepared by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. The shortlisted entries are then passed to an independent panel of judges.

  3. Dominic Holland is a well-established comic artist with experience as an after dinner speaker, actor, comedian and comedy writer. Launching his career with a Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 1993, Dominic is one of the most popular event comedians in the UK. Dominic has since presented three full length stand-up shows, appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and hosted his own comedy show for BBC Radio 4. Continuing to write outstanding new material he frequently performs at some of the most popular venues in the country including the Comedy Store and Jongleurs.

    Described by the Daily Telegraph as a 'top notch comic who everyone should see', Dominic has made countless TV and radio appearances including Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. He has also appeared on Sky News' Paper Talk reviewing the day¹s news stories and on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff offering his opinion on the latest current affairs. He has written five books and provides columns for many national newspapers.
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