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  • Charity Governance Summit

    I am speaking at the Forthcoming Charity Governance Summit 15-16th September (Day 2) on Wellbeing and employees’ mental health across sectors with co speakers Paul

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  • The Role of the Board in scaling technology enabled businesses.

    Colin Tenwick, Senior Advisor, Investor, Chairman and NED joined Alison Gill to discuss his substantial experience helping organisations to grow and scale.  Colin discussed how

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  • Power of emotion – Part 4: How good boards stay effective

    Corporate boards are by definition dealing with big issues and are responsible for taking important decisions. This is rarely achieved efficiently without a really sound

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  • Do boards need people people?

    Boardroom agendas are increasingly concerned with people issues – a trend explored by Bvalco’s Ali Gill in HR Magazine.

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

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

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  • Board Effectiveness Guild paper

    We know that a review of a board’s effectiveness is important but the true value of that review is not always guaranteed. I recently chaired a discussion with NEDs on not only what makes a review good, but also bad and even ugly. Much like a board review itself, an open and honest analysis of what works and what doesn’t provided invaluable insights into how we can be better. Here are the key takeaways’.

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  • Power of emotion – Part 3: How will boards learn from the pandemic?

    The first action for boards as we begin to exit the pandemic is to effectively review how the board operated throughout, what are the learnings

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  • The Role of the Board in Scaling Technology Enabled Businesses

    A Conversation with Colin Tenwick  Few executives would argue against the need for digital transformation to remain competitive.  The reality is many struggle to adopt the

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

    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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  • What should a board consider when shopping for a new leader?

    What should a board consider when shopping for a new leader. Joy McKnight, Editor of The Banker talks to Alison Gill about the many questions around what boards should be thinking about when considering who should next take the helm.

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  • Board Effectiveness Guild paper

    Over the coming months Alison Gill will chair a series of webinars for the Board Effectiveness Guild in conjunction with Governance magazine. The webinars will discuss ‘The good, the bad and the ugly of board effectiveness reviews’ . In the second of a series of four webinars an article of the findings can be found here.

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  • Power of emotion – Part 2: The Chair’s role in managing unconscious bias

    Understanding the connection between emotion, feeling, thought and action is vital to an effective Board because it directly impacts how Board’s make decisions. In our blog series ‘the Power of Emotion’ we seek to explore the link to effective decision making. In this blog we look at how a Chair can manage bias and ensure the board remains both diverse in thinking and highly effective.

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

    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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  • Power of Emotion – Part 1: Harnessing anxiety to make better boardroom decisions

    Welcome to the first in a series of 4 blogs that seek to we seek to explore the link understanding the value of emotion and the link to effective decision making.

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  • Note on collective and individual accountability

    Peter Snowdon explores matters of individual and collective accountability in the boardroom, by way of a look at the PRA’s December 2020 Evaluation Report of the Senior Manager & Certification Regime (SM&CR).

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  • Key Study for PhD Research in Corporate Governance

    Jenny Simnett (non executive director and researcher at Henley Business School), is leading some important research on the effectiveness and role of Board Nomination Committees. Jenny is seeking Chairs and Non-Executive Directors willing to participate.

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  • Why more HR directors should be on boards

    Boards are having to consider people agendas as never before, from safeguarding the health of employees to transforming how people work, creating many reasons to allow HRDs to play a more active role on the board.

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  • The CEO and the board

    Find out what Bvalco had to say about how the pandemic is changing the relationship between the CEO and the board, in the latest Governance webcast.

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  • Why the cabinet isn’t practising good governance

    As we enter a second lockdown, the cabinet’s handling of the crisis wouldn’t be allowed in a boardroom. So we carried out a ‘cabinet evaluation’ to produce these recommendations.

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  • A better alternative to the strategy day this year

    With boards unable to meet in person, and strategy days often unable to stretch the thinking enough, try this zoom-friendly approach instead.

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  • Corporate governance

    Bvalo talks to theHRDirector about how to leverage the principles of good governance to build back better after the pandemic.

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  • Stakeholder engagement is key to business recovery

    Businesses that manage to strengthen their relationships with stakeholders during the crisis are poised for stronger recovery.

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  • How to conduct an effective pandemic review

    A pandemic review allows pause for thought, provides valuable learning and creates a good foundation for future decision-making.

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  • Directors Duties

    Date: 30th July 2020 Time: 14:00 – 15:15 BST In this conversational session our speakers will explore the dynamic between executive and NED roles on

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  • Why boardroom thinking is vital to creating inclusive workplaces

    With society demanding action on unfair and inequitable working practices, the way the board thinks and acts is vital to making this happen.

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  • Exiting Lockdown with a stronger board

    Bvalco’s Alison Gill talks to The Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA) about strengthening decision-making to resolve ethical dilemmas and deliver business transformation.

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  • No one wants to return to the workplace they left

    As entire workforces prove homeworking can be just as, if not more, productive than office working, boards need to consider how they can ‘build back better’ to meet the increased desire for more flexible working.

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  • Sustaining board unity while exiting lockdown

    With important ethical dilemmas needing to be resolved, determining the best way to ease the lockdown will inevitably give rise to tensions on the board. Businesses that want to sustain board unity will need to focus on culture and values.

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  • Acknowledge anxiety to enhance board decision-making

    Bvalco’s Alison Gill talks to The Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA) about the importance of embracing feelings of anxiety to enhance decision-making.

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  • How boards are dealing with coronavirus

    Bvalo’s Alison Gill and Patrick Dunne, experienced chair and author of Boards, lift the lid on how boards are reacting to the coronavirus crisis.

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  • Sustaining board unity during coronavirus

    Bvalco’s Alison Gill talks to The Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA) about how to manage tensions arising at board level during the current crisis.

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  • ‘What does COVID-19 mean for boards?’

    In a recent interview on CNBC, Patrick Patrick Dunne, chair and author of ‘Boards’, stated that ‘There has never been a more testing time for

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  • Enhance board decision-making during a crisis

    From being clear about the problems that need to be solved to leveraging emotional intelligence and testing assumptions, boards need a solid approach to decision-making right now.

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  • How to get the most out of a video board meeting

    Now you’ve mastered video meeting etiquette, how do you replicate reading body language and the human interactions that still matter in the boardroom?

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  • Are boards predicting risk effectively?

    With coronavirus demonstrating the potential impact of existential threats, is the introduction of an audited resilience statement enough to encourage boards to prepare for and stress-test worst case scenarios?

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  • The role of the company secretary in tackling the climate crisis

    So what role can (and should) the company secretary play in tackling the climate crisis?

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  • Invitation to “A conversation with Jennifer Duvalier”

    To discuss successfully managing the challenges associated with chairing a remuneration committee

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  • Top five boardroom priorities for 2020

    From ongoing environmental, social and governance issues, to uncertain decision-making, here are five predictions for challenges boards will need to address in 2020.

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  • Addressing discontent over executive pay

    With the new parliament expected to conduct an inquiry into ‘corporate greed’ at Thomas Cook, I’ve been talking to the CIPD about how employers can respond to discontent over executive pay.

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  • Governance lessons to be learned from TSB debacle

    The long-awaited probe into the IT crisis, that left 2m TSB customers without access to their current accounts, highlights key governance failings.

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  • Preparing for a low-carbon economy

    Environmental degradation is now the risk that defines our age. As the need to accelerate progress to a low carbon economy mounts, there are three things boards can do to prepare.

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  • How can non-executive directors be more effective?

    Murray Steele, experienced chairman, NED and Programme Director for the FT Non-Executive Diploma, guest blogs on supporting NEDs to challenge the board to become more effective.

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  • How boards can address discontent over executive pay

    It’s not just corporate failures creating a backlash against executive pay. With the public and shareholders demanding a ‘culture of fairness’ we look at three things boards need to consider.

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  • The only way is ethics

    Nearly two decades since the creation of the first Corporate Governance Code, board accountability has evolved to place much greater emphasis on empowering directors to create the right culture and behaviours to navigate new social and environmental challenges.

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  • Women’s role in solving the productivity puzzle

    With gender targets doing nothing to change the beliefs holding women back, Bvalco talks to Governance about why diversity goals must focus on the business benefits women can bring.

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  • Invitation to “A conversation with Steve Allen”

    I invite you to join me for a conversation with Steve Allen, Group Company Secretary, Rio Tinto.

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  • Productivity Crisis will force boards to appoint more women

    With the productivity crisis showing no sign of abating. Bvalco CEO, Alison Gill, has been talking to the CIPD about why more gender diverse boards could be the solution.

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  • Should we be rating boards as good or bad?

    In the wake of the large-scale failures of firms such as Carillion and BHS, the government is under pressure to crack down on ‘reckless’ directors.

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  • Why subsidiaries need to embrace independence

    Even if a wholly owned subsidiary only differs from its parent company on occasion, it matters than it can think and act in its own interests.

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  • Productivity crisis means boards should appoint more women

    Every negative trend needs a point of crisis to drive real change. Could the productivity crisis be the tipping point needed to smash the glass ceiling?

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