Subsidiary Governance Summit: Creating a Sustainable Future



Ibiyemi Ifederu, Senior Legal Counsel, Company Secretary, Orange Brand Service Limited

Ibiyemi Ifederu

Ibiyemi is a UK qualified solicitor with over 10 years PQE, and is senior corporate counsel, company secretary and data protection officer at Orange.

Ibiyemi leads the subsidiary boards of Orange in UK, and the data privacy programme. She recently completed an LLM at University of London, focusing her research on the intersec-tion between board governance, artificial intelligence and data privacy.

Prior to joining Orange, Ibiyemi worked at McArthurglen Group, a commercial property management and development company.

Joy Baldry, Deputy Company Secretary, Rotork plc

Meenakshi Gupta, Company Secretary, Accor India

Meenakshi Gupta

Meenakshi has 16+ years of progressive corporate legal experience - primarily leading/co-leading high value commercial transactions, international joint ventures, strategic alliances, setting up new businesses, and commercial arbitration.

Currently she is Legal Counsel and Company Secretary of Accor India and has been working with the Group (Accor Hospitality) since November 2010, into Legal and Secretarial Domain. Accor India is a part of Accor Asia Pacific Group and is into Development/ Management/ Operation of hotels worldwide having well known hotel brands i.e Raffles, Fairmont, Swissotel, Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Grand Mercure, So, Ibis, Formule 1 etc.

Before Accor, she worked with Birla Soft Enterprises Limited as Company Secretary from Sep 2008 to Oct 2010. Birla Soft works in collaboration with an esteemed group of partners, that includes, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, HP and SAP offering best-in-class technologies in various industries to develop market leading solutions to deliver business value of its clients.

Meenakshi also worked as an independent practicing Company Secretary from April 2004 to May 2008 serving various listed and public Companies for their Compliance requirements.

Cerian Tahany, Senior Manager Corporate Governance, Worldpay

Cerian Tahany

Cerian Tahany is a Fellow member of ICSA: The Governance Institute. Cerian has 18 years of experience working as a Governance Professional, specialising in Financial Services. Providing end-to-end governance services to Boards operating in regulated environments, Cerian has supported the Boards of Worldpay, Barclays, Prudential, Allied Irish Banks (GB) and ED&F Man. Between 2018-2019, the Worldpay business was acquired twice, Cerian was the only ICSA Chartered Governance Professional on the deal team for both multi-billion dollar transactions. Cerian lives in London with her family

Colleen Theron, CEO, Ardea International

Colleen Theron

Colleen is a tri-qualified solicitor and founder of Ardea International, a specialist company that provides sustainability, business and human rights and modern slavery expertise to enable companies to meet both their legal obligations and develop voluntary best practice standards. She is a fellow of IEMA and a research fellow of the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery, St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

She has over 25 years of legal and commercial experience of working with business, organisations and NGOs across sectors and provides training and online resources on human rights, modern slavery and sustainability issues. Colleen has a LLM (with distinction) in Environmental Law from the University of Aberdeen.

Colleen’s indefatigable passion for combating human trafficking, led her to help found the not-for-profit organisation Finance against Trafficking. Colleen lectures on business and human rights and environmental issues at Birkbeck School of Law and University of Westminster Business School. Her book ‘Strategic Sustainable Procurement: law and best practice‘ is published by Routledge. She recently published a chapter ‘Modern Slavery and Transparency in Supply Chains- the Role of Business’ In The Modern Slavery Agenda: Policy, Politics and Practice in the UK’.

She has spoken widely on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, modern slavery and sustainable business.. She sits on the advisory board for LexisPSL Environment, is a committee member of the Social Responsbility Alliance and and is an independent member of the APSCA Disciplinary Board for Member Firms. She is nominated as one of the Top 100 Corporate Modern slavery influencers in the UK in 2018.

Malcolm Guy, Managing Director, The Reassurance Network

Barbara Wallace, Head of Policy and Subsidiary Governance, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc

Nicola Carroll, Corporate Governance Director, Rolls-Royce

Mimi Ajibadé, Assistant Group Company Secretary, All3Media

Mimi is a corporate governance expert and sinologist.

She is a Fellow of the Governance Institute: ICSA. She also holds a PhD in corporate law and governance with a focus on China from SOAS, University of London.

Mimi’s current position is Assistant Group Company Secretary at All3Media, one of the largest UK independent production companies. Mimi has held several senior roles as a corporate and organizational governance expert advising listed companies, large private companies, and not-for-profits. She has held positions at Psion Plc, Paladin Resources Plc, and Manganese Bronze Holdings Plc and has provided corporate governance services to InterContinental Hotel Group plc, J Sainsburys plc and Ladbrokes plc.

Mimi is a Trustee of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). There she is a member of the Finance Committee and Nominations Committee and recently the Council’s representative on the Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion Working Group. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

She has written both feature and technical articles on corporate governance practice in the Governance Magazine (formerly Chartered Secretary).

As a sinologist, Mimi is proficient in written and spoken (Mandarin) Chinese. She also has conversational Yoruba and Hausa.


Thursday 10 December 2020



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