Changing the narrative – Sustaining a corporate culture

Charting a new way for organisations to engage with employees

This is a recording of a live webinar that took place on 28 April 2021.

Description

Remote working and increasing economic uncertainty continue to challenge corporate culture. The effort involved in keeping staff aligned with a mission can highlight good practices, as well as flaws and inadequacies.

Given that culture reflects leadership, understanding and shaping corporate behaviour is the board’s responsibility. It is imperative that boards identify their cultural drivers and governance challenges to find new ways to engage with their employees.

In this session our panel discussed:

  • How one in four British employees could continue working from home permanently after COVID-19
  • The need to identify other key trends impacting employee engagement and corporate culture, and what the role of the board is in responding to these trends
  • How remote working can continue to create new corporate structures
  • What lessons can be learnt from organisations who have been able to successfully build new corporate cultures during the crisis
  • How boards can reinforce their organisational values and adapt their leadership styles post-pandemic
  • How the ’hybrid workplace’ will challenge organisations in the years ahead

Speakers

This webinar was hosted by Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director at The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland, and we are delighted to announce that he was joined by:

  • Ibi Eso, Senior Governance Consultant, Bridgehouse Company Secretaries and winner of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland Inaugural Service Provider of the Year 2016
  • Alison Gill, Founding Director and CEO, Bvalco Ltd
  • Alison Horrocks, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Company Secretary, Inmarsat plc, and winner of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland Company Secretarial Team of the Year 2020
  • Fahrin Ribeiro, Head of Governance, GB and WE, Willis Towers Watson shortlisted for The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland Company Secretary of the Year in 2020

Ibi Eso, Senior Governance Consultant, Bridgehouse Company Secretaries and winner of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland Inaugural Service Provider of the Year 2016

Ibi Eso is a Director/senior consultant at Bridgehouse Company Secretaries, the company she founded in 2006 to provide flexible company secretarial services and first-rate governance support to private companies and not-for-profit organisations. A trained lawyer and chartered secretary, Ibi has over two decades’ experience of working with boards to embed governance frameworks in organisations ranging from multinational companies, to membership organisations and housing organisations. Her passion for uplifting governance saw Bridgehouse voted Service Provider of the Year in the prestigious icsa awards 2016. Ibi leads a close-knit team of like-minded individuals with a single goal: to make a real difference to their clients.

Alison Gill, Founding Director and CEO, Bvalco Ltd

Alison Gill is a behavioural psychologist and a founding director and CEO of Bvalco, a board advisory business that helps boards get fit for the future. She acted as a special advisor on matters of culture and behaviour to Sir David Walker, for his review of banks and other financial institutions. This gave rise to the recommendation in the Corporate Governance Code that boards should be reviewed externally once every three years.

Alison is keen to improve the quality of boards through the education of board directors. In 2011 she helped to set up and design the FT’s award winning Non- Executive Director Diploma. She is a lead tutor and Advisory Board Member for the diploma. The diploma has several hundred graduates, of which more than 70% go on to become successful board directors.

A keen sportswoman, Alison is a triple Olympian for rowing and more recently developed a passion for the sport of eventing. She rides as a competitive amateur and more importantly supports young rider Lissa Green. She is the Independent Chair of British Eventing’s Sport Committee, and is a member of the Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.

Alison Horrocks Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Company Secretary, Inmarsat plc, and winner of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland Company Secretarial Team of the Year 2020

Alison is responsible for Group wide risk management, global compliance, corporate governance, group legal, market access and regulatory policy. She acts as Company Secretary to the Board and its Committees. She is a member of the Executive Management Team and Chairman of the Trustee Company for the Inmarsat UK pension plans. Alison also manages teams in India and China and covers Russia, the Stans and Turkey.

Previously she was Group Company Secretary of International Public Relations plc, a worldwide public relations company, for 11 years prior to joining Inmarsat.

Fahrin Ribeiro, Head of Governance, GB and WE, Willis Towers Watson shortlisted for The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland Company Secretary of the Year in 2020

Fahrin is a strategic company secretary with a track record of delivering quality corporate governance advice to regulated boards and listed financial services companies. Solicitor and Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland by qualification, she provides stakeholder and Board support by demonstrating leadership through successful delivery of governance programmes. Fahrin is an international, culturally aware professional, having had a career spanning professional services, listed companies and regulated subsidiaries, and having worked collaboratively with global colleagues across borders and regions. She is currently the Company Secretary of Willis Limited, and was shortlisted for the Institute’s Company Secretary of the Year in 2020.

Peter Swabey, Policy & Research Director, The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland

Peter is the Policy & Research Director at The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland. 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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