Leading thinkers on business & management share their perspectives on emerging business issues and their impact on boardroom decisions and company performance.
Building better boards: Why firms must accelerate diversity in leadership.
The Covid-19 pandemic has helped crystallise the need to renew efforts on boardroom diversity in UK firms, it has thrown a spotlight on the relationship between companies and their stakeholders and this, in turn, has increased the need for corporates to ensure their boards are diverse.
There is growing pressure on boards to change. Companies can now expect to be challenged more robustly; boards may need to take more nuanced decisions; shareholders will be more forceful and active; customers and employers are more engaged; supply chain, human rights, climate risks and community relations will receive more scrutiny. The collective skillset of a board will need to change and adapt to all of this.
Gavin Hinks hosts a round table discussion with three experts on board selection.
The podcast will focus on:
· Why post pandemic, the pressure to accelerate diversity on boards will intensify
· The present state of board diversity within the UK’s leading firms
· The opportunities for boards to harness the benefits diversity
· Practical steps for firms to drive diversity on their boards forwards
Kit Bingham is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and head of the UK Board Practice. He leads searches for chairs, non-executive directors, and chief executive officers across a wide range of industries and supports board effectiveness through succession planning, onboarding, evaluation, diversity and inclusion, and talent mapping.
Doyin Atewologun is a multiple award-winning Chartered Business Psychologist, consultant, executive coach, researcher and skilled facilitator. Doyin was the lead researcher of the 2017 Sir John Parker Review into ethnic diversity on FTSE 100 boards. She has worked with FTSE 100 businesses, United Nations agencies, the UK Civil Service and professional services firms. She is Dean of Rhodes Scholarships at the University of Oxford and also currently holds faculty positions at Cranfield School of Management, UK; Queen Mary University of London, School of Business and Management; Lagos Business School, Nigeria and the Human Resources Management Department at University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Anthony Carey is a partner with Mazars in the UK and leads its board practice. He is also very actively involved in the firm’s contribution to thought leadership and public policy especially in relation to the future of audit, corporate governance and boardroom developments, corporate reporting and corporate responsibility. In addition, he plays a leading role in the Centre for Audit Committee and Investor Dialogue, a joint initiative between Mazars and a number of leading institutional investors.
Anthony is a chartered accountant and chartered director and is an experienced reviewer of board effectiveness across a range of sectors, including banking, insurance and the public sector. Past appointments include being a member of the FRC Financial Reporting Lab Steering Group and of the FRC’s Financial Reporting Review Panel and he also serves on the Executive of the Quoted Companies Alliance for a number of years.
The chief executive of the Ethics and Compliance Initiative (ECI), Patricia Harned, on rising unethical behaviour, reporting and retaliation
In this podcast episode of Board Agenda we focus on the issue of ethics in the workplace and discuss the findings of a new global survey which finds that pressure on employees to compromise standards has increased significantly during the pandemic, in the US and in 10 other countries around the world, including the UK.
The research is from the Ethics and Compliance Initiative, and we discuss the findings with chief executive Patricia Harned.
Many firms have been vocal about well-being of their employees, but the evidence from this study shows that workplace conditions, during the pandemic, including flexible working, has increased pressure, and compromised standards among employees, particularly middle management. The risks for boards and leadership teams are evident.
The relevance of corporate purpose: Interview with Kevin Clark, CEO of Aptiv
How strong values and clear communication with the board helped guide one of the “world’s most ethical companies” through the pandemic.
Deanna Mulligan: how smart companies can close the skills gap
The world faces a global shortage of technology skills, according to experts, and in our latest interview Deanna Mulligan, former chief executive of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, reveals how the crisis might be addressed.Mulligan speaks...
Interview with Sacha Sadan, director of investment stewardship at Legal and General Investment Management,
Legal & General Investment Management has over £1trillion in assets under management, is one of Europe’s largest asset managers & provides investment management services for many of the UK’s biggest corporate pension schemes. We talk to Sacha...
Interview with Dame Alison Carnwath on Non-Executive Directors skillsets & future fit boards
Dame Alison Carnwath discusses the role of the non-executive director, future fit boards & the skillsets now needed by board members to meet the demands of a rapidly transforming business environment.
Dame Alison is presently an independent director for Zurich Insurance Group AG, BASF AG and PACCAR, and a Non-executive Director of BP. She is also a Senior Advisor to Evercore Partners, and Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board at Livingbridge. Between 2008 and 2018 she was Chair of FTSE 100 property company Land Securities.
Dame Alison Carnwath was the recipient of the Sunday Times Non-Executive Director Lifetime Achievement Award 2020.