Women on boards, gender diversity

1 December, 2017

There’s no merit in untapped female talent for board roles

Has the C-suite truly bought into the business case that diversity makes us smarter? The short answer is that we’ve made some progress in the boardroom, but mainly o...
integrated thinking, integrated reporting

8 November, 2017

Non-execs need the right skills for effective integrated reporting

It is a clear expectation that board members are financially literate and any board using a skills matrix will encapsulate this in some way. But what about an understanding of value beyo...
Hornby

19 October, 2017

Hornby’s interim chairman sets departure time; Pettigrew quits Crest Nicholson

David Adams Hornby's interim chairman David Adams is to step down imminently from the role he has held since June. Adams had served as Hornby’s senior independent director since 2014. Mar...
Information gap, jigsaw bridge

5 October, 2017

Information asymmetry is good for effective boards

Why do most boards work well, notwithstanding the information gap between managers and non-executive directors? Information asymmetry—the difference between the company-specific information avail...
financial reporting, audit, accounts, accounting, stakeholder engagement

14 September, 2017

Ethics must be ‘front and centre’ as non-executives check financial reports

Non-executive directors must place ethics "front and centre" of their efforts to make sure financial reports present a true and fair view of a business, according to one of the UK’s most senior gove...
Corporate governance, board intervention, non-executive directors

14 September, 2017

Corporate governance and the proactive board

Boards are supposed to provide governance and oversight of strategy and activities pursued by senior management. But the approach they take to fulfilling this role can vary considerably. Often, ...
technology, robotics, artificial intelligence, secret ned

11 September, 2017

The Secret Ned: how boards can keep RoboNed at bay

The last quarter has seen an upsurge in reported cyber-attacks and what I will call “digital drama”. It has become a mainstream issue—a bit...
Sports Direct

1 September, 2017

Institutions oppose Sports Direct chairman’s reappointment

A number of investors and shareholder representatives are against the reappointment of Sports Direct chairman Keith Hellawell, days before the crucial vote at its AGM. Having survived a
Dame Helen Alexander

7 August, 2017

Dame Helen Alexander, former CBI president, dies

One of the UK’s most senior female business figures has passed away. Dame Helen Alexander, who oversaw the growth of The Economist as its group CEO between 1997 and 2008, died on 5 Augus...