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How to Deal with Distress at Board Level

22 Oct 2020
Boards, governance & stakeholders
CEO & entrepreneurs
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

Organisations have been tested like never before throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Crisis Management is often a key priority on the Board agenda and the last 9 months has seen Boards being pushed to their very limit in handling this invisible enemy that has brought about very visible challenges.
SPEAKER(S): Alan Lovell, Chairman, Interserve
CHAIR: Sally Osman, Former Communications Director Sky, BBC SONY & Her Majesty the Queen

Mastering the C-Suite E-Hire and high impact Virtual Onboarding

29 Oct 2020
Boards, governance & stakeholders
CEO & entrepreneurs
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

Pivotal relationships and team culture are built on emotional engagement – but how do you do that in the current E world and with the looming on-off waves of shut-down?
SPEAKER(S): Francesca D'Arcangeli, Managing Partner, UK & Ireland Boyden | Andy Wolfe, Partner, UK & Ireland Boyden

How much should the Board be spending on Cyber Security?

12 Nov 2020
Risk, ethics & geopolitics
Business partnering & resourcing
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CEO & entrepreneurs

Businesses are not expected to be able to completely eliminate the threat of a cyber-attack. The sophistication of attacks is evolving constantly, and those behind these breaches are consistently finding new ways to bypass the security processes in place. What sets organisations apart...
SPEAKER(S): Paul Davies, CISO, Harrods | Stephen Trippier, Group CISO, Anglian Water | Ger Van Den Poel, Founder, Cybervalue | Tom Van Den Eynde, Founder, Cybervalue

Top Team Effectiveness

30 Nov 2020
People, leadership, performance & diversity
Innovation, operations & business models
Purpose, values, strategy & culture
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CEO & entrepreneurs

The team that a CEO surrounds themselves with is a key measure to the success of the organisation. 2020 has forced us businesses to work in different ways and the need for senior executives to still be visible and effective, making a positive impact has provided challenges as well as opportunities. When creating a culture of effective working, what are the...
SPEAKER(S): Debbie Hewitt, Chair, Visa Europe | Cameron Ireland, CEO, BoardEx | Kester Scrope, Chief Executive, Odgers Berndtson
CHAIR: Nikola Dinsing, Regional Director, Whitehat

Using digital & data in a COVID world

02 Dec 2020
Tech, cyber, data & digital
Innovation, operations & business models
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

The world of work has been tested like never before in 2020, with organisations having to react to the unprecedented effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. As we look towards the future, the importance of evolving digital understanding & capability is paramount to the performance & success of businesses in the long-term. Working from home, communicating effectively with clients and ensuring...
SPEAKER(S): Alex McCracken, Managing Director, Silicon Valley Bank | Paul Jenkinson, Co-founder, Whitespace | Caroline Gorski, Group Director R2 Data Labs, Rolls Royce

The FRC transition to ARGA: strategic priorities & driving change

28 Jan 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

The Financial Reporting Council saw significant progress in its transition into the Audit, Reporting, Governance Authority (ARGA) in 2022. The transformation has been centred around recommendations from the Kingsman Review, with the aim being to drive step change in audit quality, corporate reporting & a new...
SPEAKER(S): Sir. Jon Thompson, CEO, Financial Reporting Council (FRC)

Leading through lockdown: integrity, purpose & governance

18 Feb 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Purpose, values, strategy & culture
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CEO & entrepreneurs
CHRO, talent, learning & culture

In this session we will look at how COVID-19 has changed the way organisations govern and the importance of the board leading with transparency and purpose. The pandemic brought about a whole new way of working, with an increased focus on how we communicate and engage with...
SPEAKER(S): Sir David Behan, Chair, HC-One | Atholl Duncan, Chair, Black Isle Group
CHAIR: John Dembitz, Portfolio NED & Chairman

The language of risk: articulating risk concepts

11 Mar 2021
Risk, ethics & geopolitics
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CEO & entrepreneurs

What does risk mean to your organisation? Risk has often been side-lined as a tick box exercise, reviewed annually but very rarely developed and only ever brought into the limelight in times of crisis. Not understanding & addressing your risk effectively can impact the business in the short, medium & long-term.
SPEAKER(S): John Neal, CEO, Lloyd's of London | Alex Hindson, Chief Risk & Sustainability Officer, Argo Group | Marcia Cantor-Grable, Chair of the Board Risk Committee, Societe Generale
CHAIR: Christopher Burt, Co-founder & Director, Risk Coalition

Sustainability: ESG & responsible reward

22 Apr 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Climate, sustainability & society
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CEO & entrepreneurs
CFO, finance, tax & treasury

In this session we will explore sustainability initiatives and practical examples of what businesses are doing to enhance their ESG focus. As pressure mounts on the work organisations must do to play their part in such an important global theme, we will hear about some of the ways boards are...
SPEAKER(S): Nick Lakin, Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Kingfisher | Caroline Laurie, Head of Sustainability, Kingfisher

Is it time to rethink the Board model?

13 May 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CEO & entrepreneurs

The changes to the way we work created much debate in C-Suite on whether the current board model is outdated. Organisations are tackling the developing requirements of their people and clients, and aligning new strategies has never been more important to the future success of the business. But is the...
SPEAKER(S): Nikki Demby, Chair of Remco, Essentra plc & Partner, Stork & May | Alice Maynard, NED & Chair of Nomco, Financial Conduct Authority

Digitalisation: How the speed of innovation is changing business

27 May 2021
Innovation, operations & business models
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CEO & entrepreneurs
CIO, information security, digital & data

The world of work changed dramatically in 2020, with the pandemic forcing companies to embrace technology more than ever before. Businesses need to have the right processes in place to help support productivity internally, with many already sighting improvements in the culture. With this comes the increased capability of supporting customers who's...
SPEAKER(S): Andrew Rear, Non-Executive, Chairman Buckle | Dax Grant, CIO - Global Operations, HSBC Bank

A combination of difference: Talent, productivity & diversity

10 Jun 2021
Purpose, values, strategy & culture
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CEO & entrepreneurs

Board diversity has been a consistent challenge for many organisations over the past decade. Senior leaders have met on countless occasions to share challenges and solutions only to find themselves facing the same barriers that have prevented their business from improving the inclusiveness of the workforce. The impacts of a lack of...
SPEAKER(S): Fiona Hathorn, CEO & Portfolio NED WOB UK
CHAIR: Monica Chadha, Portfolio NED, Queen Mary University of London

Know your Audience: The changing consumer landscape

24 Jun 2021
Innovation, operations & business models
Alignment, change & transformation
CEO & entrepreneurs
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

Throughout COVID-19 organisations have responded in various different ways to ensure they can to operate and deliver services to their customers. Despite the necessity of these changes, businesses have seen their customers’ requirements develop and...
SPEAKER(S): Zsolt Zaprel, CEO, IPG Mediabrands

Developing stakeholder requirements & changing mind-sets

13 Jul 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

This session will aim to explore how organisations are evolving the way they operate, focusing on the critical role played by the board in helping the adjust and develop key stakeholder mindsets. We will analyse how a culture of driving shareholder value alone is becoming ineffective and how mindsets are shifting towards a...

Evolving NEDs from operational to strategic: Optimising your NED contribution

16 Sep 2021
Boards, governance & stakeholders
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors

In this session we will explore how the role of the NED has evolved over time and the importance of NEDs understanding how their role impacts the wider business objectives. We aim to cover a number of themes on this extremely important topic including...

Effective optimisation of the workforce: Tech enablers for your people & clients

07 Oct 2021
Tech, cyber, data & digital
Presidents, chairs & non-executive directors
CEO & entrepreneurs
CIO, information security, digital & data

Changes in the way we work and developing new skills throughout the workforce is integral to the future success of organisations as organisations evolve their internal capability. In this session we will explore how technology is enabling businesses to better optimise the way they work, bringing their...

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