The ICSA’s recent conference revealed that reform in the UK is unlikely to involve legislation, that company secretaries play a big role in managing boardroom tension and that governance has evolved into restoring faith in capitalism.
When the Stronger Governance Better Boards theme of ICSA: The Governance Institute’s 2017 annual conference in London was chosen late last year, Article 50 had not yet been triggered, the prospect of a UK general election was unlikely and expectations of a huge corporate governance reform programme were running high.
Fast-forward to July 2017 and the process of exiting the European Union has begun, Theresa May leads a minority government following an unexpected snap election and corporate governance reform is no longer centre-stage but waiting in the wings. As physicist Niels Bohr once said: "It’s hard to make predictions, especially a
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