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Peter Snowdon

Peter Snowdon is a legal and corporate governance expert, with a particular interest in issues affecting financial services firms, banks and investment firms. A former partner at Norton Rose, he also worked for the Financial Services Authority (FSA) prior to joining Bvalco.

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FCA Decision Notices Issued in Relation to Carillion Plc and its Former Executive Directors

By | 02/08/2022 in Blog posts

So what can NEDs learn from this ? The key lesson is that it is vitally important to be proactive in assessing and managing risk. This means asking tough questions about the company’s business model and liquidity position, and ensuring that timely and accurate information is disclosed to investors.

AI in Business: Accountability, responsibility, and informed decision-making in the boardroom

By | 24/06/2022 in Blog posts

AI is widely recognised as a game changer, offering opportunities and benefits for businesses of all sizes. But with this comes risk, and boards need to be aware of these in order to make informed decisions about where and how to use AI in their organisations.

Difficult decisions – the need for information

By | 13/04/2022 in Blog posts

Information for the board needs to be well presented and clear as to what it covers and what is its purpose. If the executive is looking for a decision from the board, this needs to be clear from the face of the document. Too much control can stifle innovation and fetter the ability of the board to engage in high quality debate.

Independent investigation

By | 07/02/2022 in Blog posts

One of the questions which has arisen in the context of the UK’s current political machinations centres on how an investigation into alleged failings should…

Trust in governance

By | 24/01/2022 in Blog posts

One of the consequences of the events in Downing Street has been a loss of trust between those who govern and those who are governed….

The Role of the Board in Effective Succession Planning

By | 02/11/2021 in Blog posts

Interesting to note that with the departure of Jes Staley, Barclays had a successor at hand in C.S. Venkatakrishnan, who had been identified over a year before. In this article, Peter Snowden looks at the role of the board in effective succession planning.

Navigating the challenge of greater regulation of the non-executive role.

By | 12/10/2021 in Blog posts

Peter Snowdon offers up some important guidance for NEDs navigating the increasingly difficult challenge of greater regulation of their non-executive role.

Restoring trust in audit and corporate governance. We consider the latest government white paper and raise some key questions.

By | 25/05/2021 in Blog posts

Peter Snowdon considers the Government proposal to require directors to attest to the effectiveness of their company’s internal controls.

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‘They think it’s all over – it is (for) now

By | 28/04/2021 in Blog posts

The spectacular own goal of the European Super League (ESL) may be a symptom of governance failures at the companies that control the clubs. Powerful owners were in the spotlight but where were the Directors and what governance considerations were undertaken before decisions were made? Peter Snowdon explores.

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Digital transformation – the challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for boards

By | 08/04/2021 in Blog posts

Overseeing a company’s digital strategy is set to become increasingly challenging as artificial intelligence explodes on to the corporate scene. Ethical and moral issues, coupled with legal and regulatory complexity, mean boards will have their work cut out to navigate the AI minefield.

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