Global risk oversight: responding to new uncertainties


In this era of globalisation, we are constantly being presented with new opportunities, new technologies and new horizons to explore. But with those opportunities come unprecedented challenges, and considerable risks and insecurities.

From geopolitical uncertainty to cyber threats, climate change to developing stakeholder expectations, including expectations on workplace behaviour, these new risks are making increasingly it hard for companies to stay in their safety net, and their impact is being felt in a great many areas.

In this evening event we explore the current landscape of global risk and the board’s responsibility for risk as an aspect of governance. We consider the factors that governance professionals should think about in their own organisations’ risk management frameworks including the use of insurance as a risk mitigant.


  • 6:30pm – Registration
  • 6:55pm – Welcome by Chair

Paul Lewis, Global Head of Insurance Disputes, Herbert Smith Freehills

  • 7.00pm – Keynote – Global risk oversight: responding to new uncertainties

Philip Thomson, President, Global Affairs, GSK

  • 7.15pm – Panel – Exploring board engagement in risk governance

Panel topics: 

- Aligning organisational purpose to help prevent global crisis

- The boards’ role and responsibilities relating to risk oversight

- Co-secs as a 'risk detector'

- Identifying third party & subsidiary risks

Clare Wardle, General Counsel and Company Secretary, Coca-Cola European Partners
Fahrin Ribeiro, UK Company Secretary, Bank of Ireland UK
Patrick Gonsalves, Company Secretary, Quilter plc

  • 7.35pm – Case study 

Sarah McNally, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills 
David Jones, Senior Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills
Tristan Smith, Associate (Australia), Herbert Smith Freehills
Jackie Storer, Director of Global Governance & Company Secretary, Gardner Aerospace

  • 8.00pm – Q&A
  • 8.10pm – Networking drinks
  • 9.00pm – Doors close


Clare Wardle, General Counsel and Company Secretary - Executive Leadership Team, Coca-Cola European Partners plc

General Counsel and Company Secretary and member of the Executive Leadership Team of Coca-Cola European Partners plc since June 2016, leading risk, compliance, security and legal teams across 13 countries, and sponsor of the Diversity Council. Clare was previously General Counsel of Kingfisher plc and Tube Lines plc, and Head of Legal at Post Office. She is currently chairman of Basketball England, NED at Modern Pentathlon Great Britain and Lee Fitzgerald Architects Ltd, and her previous directorships include encryption and digital signatures, sheltered housing and retail.

David Jones, Senior Associate - Herbert Smith Freehills

David is a Senior Associate in the insurance and reinsurance team at Herbert Smith Freehills.  He advises policyholders, brokers and insurers on complex and high value insurance claims on all classes of general insurance with a particular focus on liability and property insurance.  In addition to advising on contentious matters, David has extensive experience in advising policyholders on policy wordings at placement, particularly in a real estate context.

Fahrin Ribeiro, UK Company Secretary - Bank of Ireland UK

Fahrin Ribeiro is an experienced company secretary having built a career in financial services. She is currently the UK Company Secretary for Bank of Ireland UK plc, a wholly owned but highly regulated subsidiary bank of the Bank of Ireland Group plc, which was established in 1783 by Royal Charter in Ireland and is a traditional, publicly listed, relationship-driven retail and commercial bank. Fahrin is a solicitor and Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute by qualification. She began her company secretarial career at Addleshaw Goddard LLP and has worked at both large listed FTSE 100 organisations (Aviva plc) as well as regulated subsidiaries (Aviva Asia, Bank of Ireland, Santander). Fahrin has a diverse and international background, having worked in Singapore and Kenya over the course of her career to date.

Jackie Storer, Director of Global Governance & Company Secretary - Gardner Aerospace

An internationally active, Director of Governance and Company Secretary with a broad range of historic and current responsibilities, including Financial Management, Insurance Management, Project Management, Trade Compliance, System Implementation, Back Office outsourcing, Shared Service centre development and reporting development. Jackie has worked within the aerospace manufacturing sector at Gardner Aerospace for 7 years, which has also provided strong experience of a business ‘turnaround’ and acquisition processes. 

Jackie offers an all-round Corporate Governance capability to Gardner whilst maintaining a strong focus on identifying cost reduction opportunities, improvement projects and process improvement opportunities. She has held positions across various sectors ranging from small private businesses to large blue chip organisations.

Patrick Gonsalves, Company Secretary - Quilter plc

Patrick has more than 30 years of Company Secretarial experience gained exclusively in the financial services industry.  He started his career with Lloyds bank where he qualified as a Chartered Secretary before moving to NatWest Bank where he was appointed an Assistant Company Secretary.  Following the take-over of NatWest by RBS in 2000 Patrick moved to Barclays to be Head of Board Support and in 2002 he was appointed Deputy Secretary and Head of the Corporate Secretariat a post he held until December 2016.  Early in 2017 Patrick was appointed Company Secretary of Old Mutual Wealth Management Limited with a brief to support the preparations for listing.  Old Mutual Wealth Management Limited changed its name to Quilter plc, separated from Old Mutual plc and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges on 25 June 2018.

Paul Lewis, Global Head of Insurance Disputes - Herbert Smith Freehills

Paul is Global Head of the Insurance Disputes practice at law firm Herbert Smith Freehills and advises on all aspects of insurance and professional negligence disputes.

Paul has particular experience in disputed coverage work for policyholders seeking recovery under their directors’ and officers’ and professional indemnity policies. He also regularly advises on political and credit risk policies. Paul is ranked in Band 1 by Chambers UK 2019 for Insurance Litigation for Policyholders. Paul's work on behalf of policyholder clients has assisted the firm in becoming a preferred service provider for AIRMIC, the UK association for risk managers and insurance management professionals. Paul is also recognised for his expertise in professional negligence matters where he has defended a wide range of professionals including insurance brokers, pensions intermediaries, solicitors, accountants and valuers.

Philip Thomson, President - Global Affairs, GSK

President, Global Affairs at GSK and member of the Group’s Corporate Executive Team. He has global responsibility for Stakeholder Engagement, Reputation Management, Policy Development, Strategic Communications and Global Health.

Phil joined Glaxo Wellcome as a management trainee in 1996, and has held various roles related to corporate strategy, business performance and reputation. He earned his degree in English, History and Russian Studies from Durham University.

Phil is also Chair of The Whitehall & Industry Group and a Board Member of China-Britain Business Council.

Sarah McNally, Partner - Herbert Smith Freehills

Sarah is a partner in the insurance disputes team at Herbert Smith Freehills with a focus on work for corporate policyholders. She handles all aspects of insurance claims and associated coverage advice and has particular expertise in the natural resources sector. Her cases arise from events as varied as the failure of dams, pipelines and technical structures as well as oil spillages. She also advises clients on the insurance implications of class actions.  In addition, she frequently advises on the risk allocation interface between contractual rights under construction contracts and insurance provisions, which can be key in minimising uninsured exposures.  She also has specific expertise in warranty & indemnity insurance as well as credit and political risk with recent mandates relating to events in Africa, Yemen, Thailand and Iraq.  Sarah is recognized in the Legal 500 UK for 2017 and 2018 and was named as an Acritas Star in 2019.

Tristan Smith, Associate (Australia) - Herbert Smith Freehills

Tristan is an Associate in the insurance and reinsurance team at Herbert Smith Freehills. He specialises in insurance disputes and has experience assisting policyholders and brokers on claims and coverage issues in relation to all types of insurance and reinsurance. He also advises in relation to a wide range of general commercial disputes.

Booking information

Date: Wednesday 9 October 2019

Timing: 6.30 - 9.00pm

Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS

Price: Free

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Please note that this is an event for those working in FTSE 350 companies only. We reserve the right to add those registered to the waiting list if they do not meet the eligibility criteria for this particular event. 


This CPD event is possible thanks to the sponsorship of Herbert Smith Freehills

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