2021 – is your board ready?

Understand how your board needs to adapt to face the challenges of tomorrow

This is a recording of a live webinar that took place on 10 February 2021.


The coming year presents a fresh start for organisations, a chance to move on from the crises of 2020. Bulk vaccinations are being rolled out, and there will be more of a push to return to office-based working from the Spring, but what challenges will this present for boards? Will this spell the return to the ‘old normal’? Or will digital initiatives remain a priority? Will boards place employee wellbeing front and centre-stage in their decision-making? And will the assessment and management of ESG risks and opportunities continue to focus the board’s attention?

The pandemic continues to force many boards to think and act more dynamically and innovatively. In this session, we reflect upon how businesses might continue to evolve with the changing political landscape. And we discuss the likely impact of significant changes on the global stage, including the new era for the UK post-Brexit, and a new President in the White House.


This webinar was hosted by Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director, The Chartered Governance Institute, and we are delighted to announce that he was joined by Ben Page, CEO, Ipsos MORI, and Julian Baddeley, Deputy Group Company Secretary & Corporate Counsel, Aviva plc, who shared their thoughts of how they think 2021 will unfold and what it means for the governance professional.

Ben Page

Ben became Chief Executive of Ipsos in the UK and Ireland in 2009.

Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policymakers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health, as well as a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts.

Ben is a Visiting Professor at Kings College London and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Market Research Society.

He serves on advisory groups at the King's Fund the Social Market Foundation (SMF) and is a Trustee at the Centre for London and the Centre for Ageing Better, as well as a patron of Create Streets. He recently served as a commissioner on the Resolution Foundation's Intergenerational Commission. He is a Council member of the CBI for London. Ben was named one of GQ’s 100 Most Connected Men of 2015.

A frequent writer and speaker on trends, leadership and performance management, he has directed thousands of surveys examining consumer trends and citizen behaviour. Ben regularly appears on national TV and radio programmes.

Julian Baddeley

Julian is a Company Secretary & Corporate Lawyer and leads the Aviva Group Secretariat team. Julian is a passionate governance professional, with extensive Board and C-suite experience in large FTSE100 organisations across global financial services, FMCG and magic circle private practice. Most recently, Julian worked for Clifford Chance as a Corporate Finance Lawyer until 2013 when he joined Friends Life as Deputy Company Secretary & Corporate Counsel. Following the acquisition of Friends Life, Julian joined Aviva in his current role.

Peter Swabey

Peter is the Policy & Research Director at The Chartered Governance Institute. He is responsible for developing the Institute’s profile to members, regulators, policymakers, employers and other stakeholders by delivering thought leadership and lobbying campaigns aligned to the Institute’s strategy and promoting strong governance as the vital ingredient for success in organisations.

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