Programme

Across three days, this year's conference examines the next chapter of governance, taking into consideration the affects of Brexit, and COVID-19 on the sector and will draw on the experiences of a host of experts in the field. Topics for discussion include; boardroom ethics, effectiveness and what the future board looks like, changing corporate values and culture, the influence of shareholder activism, cyber security and AI on organisations, and much more.

  1. 12.30

    Networking, roundtables and exhibition area open

    30mins
  2. 13.00

    Conference opens

    • Clare Forestier, Event host, former radio and TV presenter
    5mins
  3. Welcome and introduction

    • Sara Drake, Chief Executive, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland
    10mins
  4. Ministerial address

    • Speaker to be confirmed
    15mins
  5. Keynote address

    • Ben Page, CEO, Ipsos Mori
    15mins
  6. The new top 10 of risks

    The past year has not just been difficult, it has opened many organisations’ eyes to risks that were previously hidden or dismissed as unlikely – be they contractual and reputational risks, supplier chain issues or employee mental health, to name but a few. In this session, explore the top ten emerging risks for 2021 and reflect upon how organisations need to adapt over the next two years.

    • Anita Punwani, Deputy Chair - Global Board, Institute of Risk Management and UK Expert Governance, International Organisation for Standardization
  7. A CHOICE OF STREAMS

    1hr15mins
  8. The impact of AI in the boardroom

    Is your board ready to embrace Artificial Intelligence? While few foresaw the pandemic and its impact, AI predicted it long beforehand. Big data allows AI to analyse and present all possible risks, strategies and solutions that might otherwise be overlooked by decision-makers. What extent is your organization futureproofed or at risk with AI advances? How could AI play a role in your boardroom – and what are the legal and ethical limitations to its use?

    • Ansgar Koene, Global AI Ethics and Regulatory Leader, EY, Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham and Director, EMLS RI ltd

    OR:

    Workshop - Agile leadership
    new skills for a new era?

    What new capabilities do leaders need as we move into a new era? After the problems of the last year especially, to build and lead an agile organisation, leaders must develop new mind-sets and capabilities to transform themselves, their teams and the organisation itself. So, what are those new abilities needed? Why are they going to be indispensable going forward? Crucially – how do you become an agile leader?

    • Pia-Maria Thorén, Inspiration Director and Agile People Coach
  9. A CHOICE OF STREAMS

    1hr15mins
  10. Board evaluation effectiveness

    In January 2021, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland published a report commissioned by BEIS, reviewing the effectiveness of independent board evaluation. This session will discuss the Principles of Good Practice for listed companies using external board reviewers and our experts will provide guidance on reporting on board performance annual review and how to achieve greater transparency so it can benefit the organisation.

    • Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland

    OR:

    Workshop - Developing toughness and resilience

    Over the past year we have all needed a bit more fortitude in this new working environment. Distressing psychological events are a part of life, but they can be a means for people to find growth, to develop new strengths and build the resilience to survive in the face of adversity. In this session, we can use the experience of the last year to become resilient in an otherwise hostile environment.

    • Lorna Lawless, Master trainer and Director, AQR International
  11. 60mins
  12. Building a more agile economy

    In March, the Government announced a review led by Lord Hill into measures to encourage equity listings and public offers in the UK – a move ministers hope will contribute towards building a more agile economy. It is hoped reforms will attract the most innovative and successful firms, and help companies access the finance they need to grow. But what does it all mean from a governance perspective?

    Speaker

    • Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland
    • Clare Cole, Director of Market Oversight, Financial Conduct Authority
  1. 17.15

    Summary and session closes

  1. 8.30

    Networking, roundtables and exhibition area open

    30mins
  2. 9.00

    Conference opens

    • Clare Forestier, Event host, former radio and TV presenter
    5mins
  3. Keynote address

    • Sir Jonathan Thompson, CEO, Financial Reporting Council
  4. Audit reform: shaping companies’ future

    We discuss, what will the impacts of audit reforms be on UK companies?

    • Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland
    • Sir Jonathan Thompson, CEO, Financial Reporting Council
    • Simon Gardiner, General Counsel and Company Secretary, United Utilities Group
    55mins
  5. A CHOICE OF STREAMS

    45mins
  6. Reporting best practice

    When it comes to reporting, complacency has done many businesses a great disservice. Increasingly, though, organisations are running out of space to be complacent thanks to such initiatives as section 172, fresh thinking on reporting taxonomy and the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). So, why is this issue still so challenging for many? We consider best practice in the production of informative, authentic, and effective reporting.

    • Claire Bodanis, Founder & Director, Falcon Windsor
    • Sally Fairburn, Company Secretary and Director, Investor Relations

    OR:

    The governance of climate change

    An update on the Institute’s work on the governance of ESG and climate change issues. What should the board be doing to ensure that climate change is given appropriate attention within the organisation and how should the reporting process work to give stakeholders appropriate comfort.

  7. A CHOICE OF STREAMS

    30mins
  8. The twelve elements of independent judgement

    Exercising independent judgment is a skill, and one that is rarely straightforward. It’s a truism that in many organisations governance professionals and board members are the linchpin of independent judgment, drawing upon a range of knowledge, experience and personal qualities to make effective decisions. But what does good judgement even look like, and how can you improve your own?

    Speaker

    • Sir Andrew Likierman, Professor of Management Practice, London Business School

    OR:

    Cybersecurity in the virtual boardroom

    In this session, we explore the board’s oversight of data privacy, focusing particularly on strategy and reputational risks. Issues around privacy and effective cybersecurity should be managed together, and in this session our speakers look at how to manage privacy through new operational and organisational approaches.

    • National Cyber Security centre
  9. A CHOICE OF STREAMS

    1hr40mins
  10. Subsidiary boards - focus on regulated subsidiaries

    • Sulaiman Durrani, Diligent

    OR:

    A stake in success – re-imagining employee share ownership

    A new report by the Social Market Foundation sets out the case for an expansion of employee share ownership in the UK, and for share ownership to form a key part of a “fair and strong economic recovery” narrative as we emerge from crisis. Indeed, says the report, the case for wider rates of employee share ownership is compelling. We look at the report findings and discuss what they mean.

    Speaker

    • David Mortimer, Director, ProShare
    1. 12.00pm

      Lunch break

      • A choice of roundtable discussions
      60mins
    2. 13.00pm

      Afternoon keynote address

      • Jane Gunn, Mediator, speaker and author
      20mins
    3. The emerging boardroom ethics

      As the pandemic has continued, organisations of all stripes have found themselves having to adapt a new environment, one in which physical premises are shut, people work remotely, and the temptation for misbehaviour is great. So what does it mean to be an ethical organisation in the post-pandemic world? Are new attitudes towards ethical matters emerging – and if so, what do those look like?

      • Ian Peters MBE, Director, Institute of Business Ethics
      55mins
    4. A CHOICE OF STREAMS

      60mins

    Companies House transformation

    Companies House is about to implement some of the most important changes since the register was created in 1844. More than just an exercise in tidying up the accuracy of CH data, the aim is to act against the ‘abuse of personal information on the register, [and] the misuse of UK registered entities as vehicles for economic and other crime’. So what will the changes be, and how will they affect your organisation?

    OR:

    D&O insurance in the wake of COVID-19

    In a post pandemic landscape, the risks associated with directors and officers (D&O) liability have been thrown into sharp relief and it has become increasingly hard for organisations to secure adequate cover. Questions about how top teams are fulfilling their fiduciary and other duties, about the accuracy of disclosures in such a fluid environment, and reputational risks from the pandemic itself have all raised the stakes. We look at the challenges organisations are facing on this front.

    • Julia Crane, Deputy company secretary, Hammerson PLC
    1. The next generation boardroom

      Building diversity into succession planning in the boardroom is increasingly seen as being “mission critical”. And yet, the same pitfalls, the same biases are seen again and again. How can boards really make a difference and bring more women, LGBT and BAME people into top roles? In this session, we hear the views of some who have made it to the top, the challenges they faced – and the impact they have made.

      Speakers include:

      • Jabbar Sardar, Global HR director, BBC Studios
      • Denise Wilson, Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review
      • Connie Smith, Managing Director - Tricor Caribbean and Chair, Barbados Branch, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland
      60mins
    2. 2.55pm

      Summary and session close

  1. 8.30

    Networking, roundtables and exhibition area open

    30mins
  2. 9.00

    Conference opens

    • Clare Forestier, Event host, former radio and TV presenter
    5mins
  3. 9.05

    Keynote address

    • I. Stephanie Boyce, President, The Law Society of England and Wales
    25mins
  4. 9.30

    Embracing new values

    Handled well, corporate purpose is one of the pillars of good governance. Many companies are responding to the 10 principles outlined in the UN Global Compact and transitioning to a new set of values. In this discussion session, we discover how and why one company set out to transform its corporate values, and we reflect upon the impact of that change with shareholders and investors.

    20mins
  5. Has your corporate culture fundamentally changed?

    The pandemic has had a significant effect upon many organisations’ operations – but what about their culture? Can everything change yet still be the same? In this session, our speakers reflect upon whether organisational cultures have changed fundamentally as a result of the challenges of the last year – and if so, what consequences that might have brought.

    • Alex Edmans, Professor of Finance, LBS and Author of Grow the pie
    • Alison Horrocks, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Company Secretary, Inmarsat
    25mins
  6. 10.15: A CHOICE OF STREAMS

    45mins
  7. The effects of shareholder activism

    Last December, some 130 ShareAction supporters bought a single share in Barclays Bank in an effort to use their power as shareholder to ask the bank to phase out its support of fossil fuels. This was the first shareholders resolution on climate change at a UK bank, but it’s unlikely to be the last. So, as the economy emerges from its slumber of the last few months, will we see a rise in shareholders activism? What does the future hold for relationships between business, their investors and activists?

    • Catherine Howarth, CEO, ShareAction

    OR:

    Thought leadership: How to transform governance for your organisation

    Significant shifts in legislation, business environment and organisational wide transformation, mean that governance functions are having to adapt and change in order to respond to the new demands made of their stakeholders. In this session, our speakers discuss how to successfully transform a company’s governance infrastructure to enable a business to respond to the challenges faced by strategic, legislative and cultural change.

    • Fabia Welch-Richard, EGC senior manager, PWC
  8. 10.25

    Morning break

    A choice of roundtable discussions

    25mins
  9. 10.55: A CHOICE OF STREAMS

    45mins
  10. Mental health: working in a hybrid world

    In this session we explore the link between effective governance and the need for organisations to support employees in a hybrid or remote working environment. Is the board leading on mental health issues? Is it purely an HR matter or is it a consultant responsibility? How, as an organisation, do you provide stability and support to your employees and drive that from the very top?

    • Rob Baker, Founder & Chief Positive Deviant, Tailored Thinking

    OR:

    How does exclusion happen in your boardroom?

    The Chartered Governance Institute and the Centre for Synchronous Leadership have collaborated to produce a ground-breaking report on mindful exclusion, following a study of over 300 governance professionals, board directors and executive committee members. What issues do not make it onto the board agenda? What information is not shared amongst colleagues? Which groups of people are not selected to join? Are these decisions guided by your organisations’ values, vision and strategic objectives? Or by mindless automated responses?

    • Justine Lutterodt, Director, Centre for Synchronous Leadership
  1. 11.25

    Is your committees structure fit for the next chapter?

    As priorities change, boards are having to cope with greater scope and complexity than they were a decade ago. Much of that is due to heightened regulatory requirements, shifting investor expectations and transformative global changes. Are boards’ committee structures appropriate to meeting those expectations? Do boards familiar themselves with how their peers are addressing their oversight responsibilities? And how can board evaluations help address the issue?

    • Susan Hooper, NED and ESG lead, Moonpig, Uber, Affinity Water and Director, Chapter Zero
    30mins
  2. Keynote: What the future holds

    • Dr Ayesha Khanna, Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, Futurist, Author, Expert in Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities, Fintech and Disruptive Technologies
    30mins
  3. 12.15

    Closing address

    • Victoria Penrice, President, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland
    15mins

Join us

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Annual Conference.

Be sure to mark your calendar and join us on 5 -7 July 2021.

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