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3 July 2024


Registration, refreshments and networking (Exhibition hall open)


Welcome from our host


CEO address

  • Sara Drake, CEO, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland


Keynote address: The role of corporate governance in the national economy


Panel discussion on regulation

  • What is the role of regulation in the prevention of organisational failure?
  • Regulatory trends and challenges
  • Issues raised by new technology
  • How organisations can manage their regulatory relationships
  • The role of the governance professional


Refreshment break


The board’s role in crisis management and reputation

Crisis planning is an essential strategic function of the board. This panel session will cover:

  • What are the key principles and strategies of crisis management?
  • The role of social media in triggering (and resolving) crisis
  • Steps organisations can take to limit reputational damage
  • What support does the board need with crisis planning?
  • How to coordinate different functions, such as legal, communications and operations


Panel discussion on risk and internal control

In this session, panellists will discuss effective risk management and how to establish an effective control framework.

  • How to set your risk appetite
  • How to get your risk policy right
  • What are the main types of risk management system?
  • How to cascade risk management through the whole organisation
  • Keeping pace with change and testing decision making


Lunch break


Breakout Session

1 - What’s new? UK Corporate Governance Code

Hear directly from the FRC as they discuss the 2024 UK Corporate Governance Code with panellists.

2 - How to get your first NED position

Governance professionals possess many of the skills required to become a NED. This practical session will provide actionable advice and tips to secure your first position as a NED.

3 - Increasing the role of the audit committee and regaining shareholder trust

4 - Partner session


Breakout Sessions

1 - Social economic diversity (Board evaluation and succession planning)
  • Are nominations committees focussing on all aspects of diversity to create equal opportunities for talented people to succeed?
2 - How best to support the board to determine strategy and the best ways to monitor implementation?
  • What is the board’s role regarding strategy?
  • How do you get the best out of board strategy days and how you measure their success
3 - Trustee diversity and recruitment

Asking and answering some challenging questions around recruiting an effective trustee board.

4 - Partner session: Law Debenture
IPO readiness: Governance as a listed company


Afternoon break


Breakout Sessions

1 - Disability discrimination
This session will explain the law and best practice relating to disability rights in the workplace.
2 - How to have difficult conversations
The governance professional's role as a trusted advisor can require them to have some difficult conversations. This session provides advice on how to approach and conduct difficult conversations in a constructive way.
3 - Director induction

Launch of a new CGIUKI guidance note on director induction.

4 - Collective intelligence for governance professionals: building smarter organisations

Collective intelligence is what happens when you get teams thinking together, generating insights, and making smarter decisions than they could have done on their own. It’s a powerful capability that fuels great governance teams, boards, and entire organisations too. In this session, we’ll explore what governance professionals can do to harness the collective intelligence of their teams and the boards they support. We’ll share the playbook that’s helping organisations of all shapes and sizes to put the theory into practice, and tips and tricks that will help you make lasting change.

We’ll explore:

  • Why smart people do not automatically make smart teams
  • The skills, tools, and practices that will help you harness the collective intelligence of your team and your board
  • How the collective intelligence playbook can help you add more value as a governance professional


Politics, persuasion and public trust

  • The UK political environment in 2024
  • What can organisations do about fake news, polarisation and the decline in trust?
  • How research helps organisations to understand the marketplace
  • What can leaders do to build trust in a cynical society?
  • How to create messages which explain and persuade


Closing remarks

  • Claire Forrestier, Event host, former radio and TV presenter
  • Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director, CGIUKI


Drinks reception

4 July 2024


Registration, refreshments and networking (Exhibition hall open)


Welcome back

  • Claire Forrestier, Event host, former radio and TV presenter


The future of the UK market and digitisation

  • What impact will digitisation have on companies and shareholders?
  • What trends do organisational leaders need to prepare for?


Trust and Trustworthiness

This session will outline a roadmap for how organisations can become “purpose-led” and widen their range of stakeholders.


The role of boards in leadership and governance of an ethical culture

Under the UK Corporate Governance Code, the board of a listed company is required to ‘establish the company’s purpose, values and strategy, and satisfy itself that these and its culture are aligned'. This session will explore the responsibilities, challenges and opportunities which confront boards in 2024.


Refreshment break


Companies House update

The Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Act will radically change the way that Companies House works. This session will explain how recent changes to UK company law affect your organisation.


Artificial Intelligence: innovation or regulation?

AI is set to revolutionise the way we work. In this debate speakers put forward arguments for AI innovation vs regulation.


Lunch break


Breakout Sessions

1 - The value of culture research

This session will present new research from Leeds Beckett University which explores the role of organisational culture.

2 - Building your governance career

This session will help you to create the governance career that’s right for you. Panellists will share insights from their own careers and help participants to explore new career opportunities.

3 - Companies House question time

Anything you want to ask about the changes coming in with ECCT.

4 - Partner session


Breakout Sessions

1 - The role of the nomination committee
This session will present new research on the changing role of the nomination committee.
2 - TBC

3 - What’s new? Charity Governance Code
This session will look at recent and future developments of the Charity Governance Code.
4 - Partner session


Afternoon break


Breakout Sessions

1 - Diversity: Trends and new opportunities

Diversity remains a priority for organisations.

This session will update participants with the latest thinking on diversity.
2 - Charity Reporting Insights

This session will discuss charity reporting, metrics and data across the sector and how charities can measure their impact, supported with examples of best practice.

3 - Session TBC
4 - Strategic Insights: Trends in global governance and the rise of carve-outs

Join us for an interactive discussion session where we will delve into the rising complexity confronting general counsels in today’s dynamic business landscape. Drawing from the latest findings from our annual Global Business Complexity Index we’ll explore key trends shaping entity management and also discuss why carve-outs are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Join us to discover:

• Why do corporates decide to divest parts of their businesses and what benefits can it bring?
• How to make carve-out deals a success and minimise potential risks?
• Is running a business globally really becoming more complex every single year?
• What ESG means to business – is it a risk or an opportunity?


How to increase your personal impact through influence and negotiation


Closing remarks

  • Claire Forrestier, Event host, former radio and TV presenter