Derek has 25 years’ FTSE100/250 ‘in the boardroom’ experience as a company secretary, working at (from most recent) Worldpay, Thomas Cook, Centrica, Zurich, B.A.T Industries and Eagle Star. Derek has experience of working with Boards as their trusted advisor and successfully managing strategic change including, mergers, demergers, IPOs, business transformations and group-wide cultural change, as well as dealing with ‘business as usual’, but nevertheless fundamentally important, activities.
Derek is actively involved in his profession, providing thought leadership and influence in response to government and regulatory body consultations. He is the Chairman (since 2011) and previously member (since 1998) of the CGI Company Secretaries Forum. He has co-authored a number of Board best practice guidance notes and made significant contributions to the FRC review in 2018 of the UK Corporate Governance Code and associated Board Effectiveness Guidance.
Derek is co-Managing Partner with Mark Peters FCG of Board Effectiveness and Governance Services offering Board Effectiveness reviews and governance services, supporting Boards and Company Secretaries with his ‘over 20 years in the Boardroom’ experience. www.be-gs.com
Melissa Kittermaster is Chief Executive at Asesoria Group, a professional services company specialising in Governance, Sustainability, Leadership Capability and Board Services. Melissa’s expertise covers board and committee effectiveness reviews, ESG and non-financial reporting, as well as stakeholder engagement. She has advised company boards for over 15 years on a wide range of these issues, and has extensive experience across a range of sectors.