Editors & Contributors

Paul Norris

Paul Norris has 30 years’ experience in executive remuneration consulting and has advised management and remuneration committees of companies on remuneration strategy across the economy. His clients comprise listed and unlisted companies, including those with private equity backing and partnerships. He is particularly experienced in developing remuneration strategy where companies face a major business or human resources challenge and is expert in the design and implementation of executive incentives linked to business plan goals. Paul has a Master’s degree in Law from London University and is a qualified barrister.

Keith Nuthall

Keith Nuthall is the founder and editor of specialist news agency International News Services. He has extensive experience covering the EU, the WTO and other international organisations and their legislation for more than 100 global B2B publications. He has written for Accountancy Age, Accounting & Business, Wards Auto, Jane’s Airport Review, the Money Laundering Bulletin, Commercial Crime International, Fraud Intelligence and many other specialist titles.

Catherine O'Sullivan

Dr Catherine O'Sullivan is a law professor at University College Cork, Ireland. She completed a Ph.D. at Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada, in 2005; her doctoral thesis analysed the legal and societal reaction to a sexually violent female offender. Her main research interests lie in criminal law; criminology; gender and the law; and law and literature.

Ken Olisa

Ken Olisa is deputy chairman of the Institute of Directors and founder and chairman of Restoration Partners, the boutique technology merchant bank. Ken’s technology career spans more than 30 years commencing with IBM. He has considerable board-level experience on both sides of the Atlantic, and is currently a director of Thomson Reuters and non-executive chairman of AIM-listed Outsourcery Plc. He is also on the board of the IoD as a non-executive director. In 2009, he was named The Sunday Times Not for Profit Non-Executive Director of the Year, and is regularly voted in Powerlist’s Top 10 most influential British black people. In 2015 the Queen appointed Ken as her Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.

Barry Oliver

Barry Oliver is associate professor at the University of Queensland Business School. His undergraduate degree is in commerce from the University of Newcastle, north of Sydney. However, he began his academic career at Monash University while completing a master's in economics. Barry moved to ANU in 1992 as a lecturer, and began publishing research, mainly empirical work in capital markets, such as stock and derivative markets. He was one of the first academics to publish work on volatility smiles in Australian option pricing. He completed a PhD in financial risk management in 2001. Barry's studies in psychology have allowed him to undertake research in finance with a more psychological influence. This has resulted in publications in journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance, amongst others. Barry moved to the University of Queensland in 2013.

Alan Osborn

Alan Osborn has written extensively on European affairs for a wide range of newspapers, magazines and trade journals since he was The Daily Telegraph's EU correspondent in Brussels. He specialises in industrial, commercial and financial news, including developments in European governments and the EU institutions. He is the deputy editor of specialist news agency internationalnewsservices.com.

Simon Osborne

Simon is chief executive and a fellow of ICSA, as well as being a solicitor. Before joining ICSA, Simon was a freelance governance consultant. Until April 2003, Simon's career was in the British railway industry as general counsel, company secretary and latterly a main board executive director. From January 2005 until October 2011 (when he became chief executive of ICSA), Simon chaired ICSA's Company Secretaries Forum, which comprises mainly company secretaries from FTSE 250 companies. He is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network, serving on the Business Ethics and (as chair) the Bylaws & Procedures Committees.

Onyeka Osuji

Dr Osuji is a senior lecturer and deputy director of education at the University of Exeter Law School. He has practised in corporate and commercial law and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor of Nigeria and a (non-practising) solicitor of England and Wales. He has advised individuals, corporations, and national and international governmental and non-governmental organisations. Dr Osuji currently teaches the law of contract and corporate social responsibility: globalisation and regulation.

Maggie Pagano

Margareta Pagano is associate editor of Board Agenda. An award-winning business journalist, Maggie was formerly business editor of the Independent on Sunday and founding editor of Financial News, the City's specialist online news service. She continues to write regularly for The Times, the Daily Mail and Financial News.

Aleksandra Palinska

Aleksandra is senior policy adviser at EuropeanIssuers. She leads its policy work overseeing policy-related committees and working groups, organising member responses to EU consultations and monitoring EU policy developments. She has a strong background in economics with a Master’s degree from the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland, and a diploma in European Studies in Finance, Economics and Law European from the Warsaw School of Economics. Aleksandra's experience at Euroshareholders and the World Federation of Investors provides a deep understanding of investors’ needs and concerns.

Oliver Parry

Oliver Parry is the Institute of Directors' senior adviser and spokesperson on corporate governance and, more broadly, company law-based issues. He joined the IoD in June 2014. A former communications director at the Financial Reporting Council, Oliver has previously worked for communications agency Redleaf Polhill, a leading investor relations and advisory firm in the City of London and for Cicero Consulting, where he advised a range of blue chip FTSE 100 companies on their corporate affairs. Oliver began his career working for Patrick McLoughlin in his parliamentary office and also had a stint at Conservative Party Central Office. He read History at Newcastle University.

Simon Patterson

Simon Patterson is a managing director and head of Pearl Meyer's London office. He is actively engaged as adviser to the remuneration committees of several FTSE 100 companies and consults widely on executive compensation, incentive compensation design and performance measurement. Prior to Pearl Meyer, he founded Patterson Associates with a streamlined team, focused on delivering business results by linking remuneration and reward systems to business needs and increasing returns for shareholders. Prior to that Simon was the worldwide partner in charge of executive compensation in Mercer’s London office and the co-founder of SCA Consulting in Europe. Simon holds a BSc (Hons) from University College London and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.