Editors & Contributors

Guilherme Filardi

Guilherme Filardi is a partner at the law firm De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Sociedade de Advogados (DDSA) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He is a specialist in corporate and international law and is the author of several articles on corporate governance and business in Brazil.

Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes

Laurie Fitzjohn-Sykes is director of research at Tomorrow’s Company. He worked for eight years in investment banking and venture capital, primarily as a sell-side research analyst. He worked for Dresdner Kleinwort, Frontiers Capital and was vice president on the Citi telecoms equity research team before joining Tomorrow’s Company in 2015. Laurie led the Tomorrow’s Company Futures Project, reviewing progress since the foundation of Tomorrow’s Company in 1996, and developing a fresh agenda for the years ahead, published in the report, 'UK Business: What’s wrong? What’s next?'. He is also the author of 'Playing the Long Game - How to Save the West from Short-Termism' (2015). Laurie studied Economics at Cambridge University.

Gary Fooks

Gary is a political sociologist with broad research interests in the relationship between business and society with a particular focus on the impact of business political activity over health policy and financial regulation. His work covers the role of multinational corporations in shaping the regulatory architecture of the European Union and European member states, their use of corporate social responsibility practices to influence policy and their use of outsider political strategies and third parties to expand policy conflicts.

Lars-Erik Forsgårdh

Lars-Erik Forsgårdh (known as 'LEF') has extensive experience of chairing boards of different types of companies and organisations, as well as being a member of boards in both listed and non-listed companies. He is a current board member and former chairman of ecoDa (the European Confederation of Directors' Associations). He is also chairman of the Swedish Academy of Board Directors and chairman of the Swedish Society of Share Promotion, an organisation that annually informs 25,000 students how to invest in stocks and mutual funds. LEF has a PhD in Finance and Accounting from the Stockholm School of Economics where he worked as teacher and researcher. He is a former managing director of the Swedish Shareholders' Association and cofounder of Euroshareholders. LEF was also a member of the Swedish Corporate Governance Board.

David Gibbs

David Gibbs graduated with an undergraduate degree in Business Law, and a Master's degree in Commercial Law. In 2014 he completed his PhD at the University of East Anglia on 'Non-Executive Self-Interest: Legal and Governance Controls'. He is now a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire's Law School, teaching company and commercial law. In 2015 he was awarded the British Academy's Quantitative Skills Award and he will be working with the Eastern Academic Research Consortium for a year on a research project looking at private enforcement of directors' duties.

Steve Giles

Steve Giles is a chartered accountant and an independent consultant with more than 20 years’ experience of advising directors on business issues concerning governance, risk and compliance. He is also the author of "The Business Ethics Twin Track: Combining Controls and Culture to Minimise Reputational Risk" and "Managing Fraud Risk: A Practical Guide for Directors and Managers".

Brian GM Main

Brian G. M. Main, FRSE, Academic FCIPD is professor of business economics in the University of Edinburgh Business School. His research has centred on top executive pay and corporate governance, including work on tournament theory and social influence within the boardroom. He has been published widely, including in the American Economic Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, California Management Review, The Economic Journal, and the Journal of Management Studies.

Angelica Gonzalez

Dr Angelica Gonzalez is a senior lecturer in finance at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

Patricia Grant

Dr Patricia Grant is a senior lecturer at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.

Heather Greatrex

A chartered accountant with a business background gained in audit at Deloitte, Heather joined the Executive Search and Selection division of Price Waterhouse in 1990 and was a headhunter for 16 years, the last four as an associate director at Veredus. Heather’s search and selection expertise at senior levels spans the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Since 2006, she has focused on developing her coaching expertise and, alongside this, has gained an MSc in Executive Coaching from Ashridge Business School. Her coaching clients have been at director level in both public and private sectors. With her business background, headhunting experience and coaching expertise, she is very well-placed to work with clients in both coaching and career transition.

Ian Gregory-Smith

Dr Ian Gregory-Smith is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Sheffield. His primary research interest is the executive labour market and related issues associated with gender, corporate governance, executive remuneration and shareholder voting. He has been published in general interest journals such as The Economic Journal, and his work has informed policy at HM Treasury and the Department of BIS.