Dr. Roger M. Barker is head of corporate governance at the Institute of Directors, and managing director of Barker and Associates, a corporate governance advisory firm. He is a UK member of the European Economic and Social Committee (the EU advisory body), senior advisor to the board of the European Confederation of Directors' Associations (ecoDa) and chairman of the ecoDa Education Programme for European Directors. Dr. Barker is honorary associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London and a visiting lecturer at Saïd Business School, Oxford, and Cass Business School, London. He is also the holder of a doctorate from Oxford University and the author of numerous books and articles on corporate governance and board effectiveness, including: "Corporate Governance and Investment Management: The Promises and Limitations of the New Financial Economy" (Edward Elgar, 2017). A former investment banker, Dr. Barker spent almost 15 years in a variety of equity research and senior management roles at UBS and Bank Vontobel.
Policymakers believe that investment institutions can be persuaded to take a greater role in corporate governance. But do they really possess the willingness and capacity to embrace their stewardship role?