Dr Monica Franco-Santos is a senior lecturer at Cranfield School of Management. Monica's research broadly focuses on organisational governance systems. She is part of the teaching faculty of Cranfield's MBAs, MScs, PhD, DBA and various executive education programmes. Monica is also a visiting professor in ESADE (Barcelona, Spain) and an occasional lecturer in a number of European academic institutions.
Claude Francoeur holds the Stephen A. Jarislowsky chair in governance at HEC Montréal. His research focuses on the determinants and consequences of having more female directors and executives in public firms. His work has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, Strategic Management Journal, British Journal of Management and Gender Work and Organization. In 2008, he received the Emerald Citation of Excellence Award, for a paper entitled "Gender Diversity in Corporate Governance and Top Management", published in the Journal of Business Ethics.
Barry Gamble is an experienced private, public company and charity board director, chair of The NED City Debates, and senior adviser to the Non-Executive Directors Association.
He has led a private equity MBO, public company IPO, secondary fundraisings, including working with The Takeover Panel, and an AIM de-admission. Through a role as senior adviser at Boudicca Proxy he also has experience of activists, institutions and corporate boards in shareholder engagement and activist scenarios.
Alongside board advisory and NED roles he regularly writes and speaks about the challenge of board best practice working with a range of organisations and media outlets. Formerly Editor-at-Large at BoardRoom magazine, the letters columns of the Financial Times have published a number of his views on corporate governance.
Dr. Josep García-Blandón is a professor at the IQS School of Management, University Ramon Lull in Barcelona. His research subjects include financial management and financial markets, corporate governance and sustainability. His most recent studies include work on gender in audit services, sustainable Human Resources management, money laundering and audit committees.
Alice Garton is a lawyer (Australian-qualified) at ClientEarth and leader of the company and financial project. Prior to joining ClientEarth, she worked as a litigation lawyer at Olswang (in London) and Clayton Utz (in Australia), and as a company lawyer at Brookfield Multiplex, where she managed the complex Wembley Stadium dispute. In parallel to her litigation practice, Alice developed and implemented corporate social responsibility programmes at Clayton Utz and Brookfield. At Brookfield she also advised the board of directors on the UK and EU climate change regulatory regimes, including identifying strategic business opportunities in the green economy. Alice has researched and written about various issues in international environmental law through her work at Chatham House in 2006 and in her other roles.
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 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 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.
Fin Goulding was formerly the CIO of Aviva International and, before that, CTO at Paddy Power and Lastminute.com. He has been a CIO at Visa, HSBC, and Travelocity. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society.
Julia Graham is the deputy CEO and technical director of Airmic, the UK association of insurance and risk managers. She has a background in international insurance, enterprise risk management and compliance, with four decades of experience in a global insurance company and a global law firm. Julia is a former chair of FERMA, the European association for risk management professionals and a board member of IFRIMA, the International Federation of Risk and Insurance Management Associations.
She recently accepted a role as a Crown Representative for the UK Government Cabinet Office, focusing on risk and insurance.