30% Club marks the growth of its investor group

30% Club

Paul Polman, chief executive of Unilever, Hiro Mizuno, chief investment officer of the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund and Brenda Trenowden, global Chair of the 30% Club, opened the market at the London Stock Exchange on Friday (2nd February) …

World Economic Forum: Trudeau calls for firms to address the gender gap

gender gap

Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, speaking at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, called for global firms to address the gender gap.

Trudeau, highlighted the increasing demands for businesses to play a positive role in society,

Carillion collapse - early warning flags ignored?

Carillion collapse

The collapse of Carillion raises concerns not only about corporate governance at the firm and KPMG’s audit, but also how the directors were able to get changes to their pay passed the vote. Speaking in The Guardian on Saturday (20-Jan-18), …

Call for FTSE 350 firms to appoint more women to senior leadership roles

FTSE 350 senior women

The UK government-backed Hampton-Alexander Review 2017, has urged FTSE 350 companies to fill more board and senior leadership positions with talented women with the hope of making the UK a world-leader on gender diversity in business. The review, which was …

Blackrock speaks out on share voting rights


Global investment giant Blackrock has spoken out on share voting rights recently. This has become particularly controversial in the US with tech firms giving their founders’ shares preferential voting rights. For example, Snapchat listed on the New York Stock Exchange …

Manifest seminar: Time to reset the governance debate

Panellists agreed it was time to reset the governance debate highlighting the need for companies to improve their reporting and “be brave” in their disclosures to investors and other stakeholders at the Manifest seminar held this week.

Manifest time reset governance debate

David Styles director

Manifest/ICSA: UK governance reforms

Manifest ICSA corporate governance seminar

Company secretaries have the opportunity to learn more about the UK government’s recent corporate governance proposals from a range of experts at a forthcoming seminar organised by Manifest, in association with ICSA – The Governance Institute.

The event …

UK FTSE 350 companies could still do more to tackle cyber security

Equifax data breach

Despite recent high profile cyber attacks more than two thirds of boards at the UK’s biggest  companies have not received training to deal with a cyber incident (68%) according to the government’s latest cyber governance health check survey.

The …

Female representation on financial sector boards is growing

FTSE 350 senior women
A quarter of board directors at firms and organisations in the European banking and finance industry are women, and almost one in five (18%) executive committee (exco) members are female, according to recently published research conducted by the think …

UK Pre-Emption Group reviews Statement of Principles implementation

The Pre-Emption Group has published a monitoring report looking at implementation of the 2015 Statement of Principles and the template resolutions. The principles relate to the when considering the case for disapplying pre-emption rights
Pre-Emption Group:

Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks &