Evidence is growing that now is the time for boards to challenge legacy thinking, and place diversity front and centre as a strategic business priority to accelerate change.
The Parker Review demonstrated that ethnic minorities are under-represented on FTSE 100 boards, even as global anti-racist protests push companies to self-reflect at a quicker pace. Calls for greater gender diversity, too, have gained momentum.
In this session, we ask; should governance professionals be looking at the broader diversity perspective - and not just with respect to gender and ethnic minorities, but also social class, disability and other aspects of diversity? How can boards bring more focus to their board diversity? How can they achieve a good fit while still being diverse? Are organisations with a more welcoming DNA better able to recruit and embrace diversity? Why are some boards split on the issue of adopting diversity targets? And how can they reconcile these with the need to get the 'best person for the job'?
In this session, Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director at The Chartered Governance Institute, hosts an expert panel to share their views of diversity and equality. They include Dr Scarlett E Brown, Co-Founder, Dynamic Boards, Justine Lutterodt FRSA, Director of the Centre for Synchronous Leadership, Anthony Corriette, Company Secretary, BBC Studios Limited, Patrick Dunne, Author of 'Boards' and others TBC.
Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director, The Chartered Governance Institute
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.
Patrick Dunne, Chair, Boardelta, EY Foundation, ESSA
Patrick is an experienced Chair and serial social entrepreneur who has extensive experience of working with boards in Europe, Asia and North America. He is currently Chairman of board consultancy Boardelta, the charities The EY Foundation and ESSA - Education Sub Saharan Africa as well as Chair of the oversight board for the Chartered Management Consultant.
His executive experience includes 26 years in a variety of investment and management roles with 3i Group plc where, until 2012, he was Communications Director, a member of its Operating Committee and Chairman of its Operational Risk forum. As a member of the Higgs review, Patrick has also played a role in shaping governance policy for UK listed companies.
The author of ‘Boards’ and three other successful books on the subject, he has helped to establish many successful courses on board skills over the last 20 years.
Anthony Corriette FCIC, Company Secretary, BBC Studios Limited
Anthony Corriette is Company Secretary of BBC Studios: the commercial production and distribution arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation. He is responsible for ensuring a clear and consistent corporate governance framework for the BBC Studios business. Anthony heads a team which provides a broad spectrum of company administration and meeting management services. Additionally, he provides director training and advice to the business on a range of matters, working with colleagues from across the BBC group.
Prior to joining the BBC in 2010, Anthony held a number of company secretarial and governance roles at Thomas Cook Group plc, Schroders plc, Capita Group plc and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Justine Lutterodt FRSA, Director of the Centre for Synchronous Leadership (CSL)
Justine Lutterodt is Director of the Centre for Synchronous Leadership (CSL) – an ethical leadership consultancy, think tank and membership organisation running since 2010. CSL's award-winning work emphasises the interdependence between pressures for short-term business survival and aspirations for longer-term holistic flourishing.
Outside of client work, Justine is a researcher, writer and international conference speaker. Her thought pieces on ethical leadership have been featured in the World Economic Forum and in several mainstream publications. Additionally, she serves as NED for the CIOT Nominations Committee, Chair of Judging for the Diversity Legal Awards, and Patron for Bright Stars – a grassroots charity supporting young people with autism.
In 2016, Justine was listed as one of Britain’s most influential black entrepreneurs by BE Mogul. In 2017, Justine was named as one of Brummell Magazine’s 30 influential female industry changemakers.
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