Leading role of Isle of Man’s governance professionals is focus of ICSA conference

Isle of Man, 22 March 2018 – The vital role that the island’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 the Isle of Man. Taking place at the Sefton Hotel on 9 May, the conference will focus on the importance of values and ethics, as well as the challenges and benefits that cyber security, equality laws, reputation management and stakeholder engagement might offer Isle of Man businesses.

“With regulation continuing to tighten and political uncertainly in the UK and Europe creating greater instability in the market, there has never been a more pressing time for effective governance to help steady the ship. Governance practitioners have an unprecedented opportunity to lead thinking and innovation in governance, risk and compliance and this conference is the ideal forum for them to discuss the ways in which they can do this,” says Christine Clucas, Chair of ICSA’s Isle of Man Branch.

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Keynote speaker Sir Richard Gozney, Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man who will be speaking on the importance of having values that actively promote strong ethics and business integrity
  • Rob Shapland, Principal Cyber Security Consultant at First Base Technologies who will be focusing on the role of the board in developing cyber security policies
  • Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at ICSA who will be presenting innovative approaches to stakeholder engagement and the ‘The Stakeholder Voice in Board Decision Making’ report
  • Dr Kerrie Unsworth, Professor at Leeds University Business School who will be describing how to apply principles based in psychology to improve personal effectiveness 
  • Chris Hodge, ICSA Policy Advisor who will be taking a detailed look at proposed changes to the UK Corporate Governance Code and reflecting on the wider context of governance reform
  • Caren Pegg, Partner at Appleby (Isle of Man) LLC who will be looking at the key Equality Act provisions that businesses need to be aware of
  • David Heaton, Partner at Deloitte LLP who will be addressing the importance of building risk management into governance frameworks in order to protect reputation
  • David Ireland, Director of National Insurance at The Treasury, Isle of Man Government who will be revealing the latest developments in changes to the Manx state pension 
  • Charis Evans, ICSA Business Development Director who will be presenting ICSA’ new initiatives to build lasting value for members, students and employers.

Places can be booked online here.

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For further information, please contact Christine Clucas, ICSA Isle of Man Branch Chair:

+44 (0)1624 687 068 


Martin Norbury, Isle of Man Advertising:

+44 (0)1624 620 440

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 Isle of Man branch was established in the early 1980s and represents the interests of approximately 450 members and students. 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.icsa.org.uk/isle-of-man 

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