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The Governance Green Paper

Governance Green Paper

Peter Swabey – Policy and Research Director at ICSA  

Peter Swabey (FCIS) is Policy and Research Director at ICSA. Based in London, he is responsible for developing the profile of ICSA and the governance profession with members, regulators, policymakers, employers and other stakeholders by delivering thought leadership and lobbying campaigns promoting strong governance as the vital ingredient for success in organisations. Peter, who joined ICSA in 2013, has more than 30 years’ experience of company secretarial work. He was formerly Company Secretary and Industry Leadership Director at Equiniti and a Director of Equiniti David Venus, a Company Secretarial Services provider. Peter is a member of a number of industry committees and working parties, and is a regular speaker at conferences and events, with an industrywide reputation as an expert on shareholder and governance matters.

Governance Green Paper

Ashley Hamilton Claxton – Corporate Governance Manager

Ashley joined RLAM in November 2013 following the acquisition of The Co-operative Asset Management (TCAM) by the Royal London Group.  Ashley oversees RLAM’s corporate governance analysis, company engagement and proxy voting.  She is RLAM’s subject matter expert and spokesperson on corporate governance and provides regular press commentary, including a regular column for CityWire Wealth Manager. Before joining TCAM, Ashley was a Shareholder Engagement Executive at PIRC where she conducted corporate engagement and ESG analysis for the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF).  Prior to that she was a research analyst and corporate engagement consultant for SHARE, a proxy voting and shareholder engagement consultancy based in Vancouver, Canada.  She has a Master of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia.

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Andrew Udale – Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry Hay Group

Delivering results for clients, Andrew Udale is a Senior Client Partner based in Korn Ferry’s London office. He is rebuilding the Hay group’s capability in advising remuneration committees, predominantly in UK listed companies. The team now includes five other partners and provides a full service to remuneration committees. Prior to joining Korn Ferry in November 2016, he spent 27 years at New Bridge Street, the last 6 of which were leading the UK based executive remuneration practice. His appointments are typically as a trusted advisor through the chair of a company’s remuneration committee. He is a Chartered Accountant and combines strong financial and analytical skills with knowledge of investors’ views to deliver often innovative executive packages to meet clients’ strategic needs.

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Luke Hildyard – Policy Lead for Stewardship and Corporate Governance

Luke joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in November 2015. As Policy Lead for Stewardship and Corporate Governance, he works to support members in making sustainable investments and engaging with the companies they invest in. This can involve working with policymakers and regulators in the UK and Europe on corporate governance policy and consultations; carrying out research into responsible investment issues, such as climate change or employee relations; and writing our annual publications on stewardship, including our AGM voting guidelines and survey of our members’ stewardship activity. Prior to joining the Association, Luke was Deputy Director of the High Pay Centre think-tank. He has also worked for a number of other think-tanks and in local government. He has a degree from Sussex University and an MA from King’s College, London.

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Edward Houghton – Senior Research Adviser for Human Capital and Governance

Edward Houghton is the CIPD’s Senior Research Advisor for Human Capital and Governance.  Since joining the institute in 2013 he has been responsible for leading the organisation’s human capital research work stream exploring various aspects of human capital management, theory and practice; including the measurement and evaluation of the skills and knowledge of the workforce. He has a particular interest in the role of human capital in driving economic productivity, innovation and corporate social responsibility, and the value of human capital to corporate governance. Recent publications have included “A duty to care? Evidence of the importance of organisational culture to effective governance and leadership” for the Financial Reporting Council’s Culture Coalition, and “A new approach to line manager mental well-being training in banks” for the Bank Workers Charity and the mental health charity Mind.

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David Styles –  Director, Corporate Governance

David started at the Financial Reporting Council in May 2014 as Director, Corporate Governance.  He was previously a civil servant in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for nearly 30 years.  During his career there he held a number of posts dealing directly with a variety of business and industry sectors. From 2001 – 2011, Assistant Director in the Corporate Law and Governance Directorate with responsibility for policy on directors’ remuneration, shareholders’ rights and corporate governance, including European and international negotiations on these issues.

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Sarah Wilson – Chief Executive

Sarah is the Founder and Chief Executive of Manifest Information Services, the UK’s independent corporate governance and electronic proxy voting service for institutional investors. Prior to founding Manifest in 1995, Sarah was employed in a variety of roles in stockbroking and on-line information industries including time at HSBC’s James Capel and Datastream (now part of Thomson Group). Sarah’s interest in the information industry began at the start of her career at Haymarket Publishing as a research assistant for the editorial teams of various industrial trade magazines. She is a frequent speaker at governance conferences and seminars and is a regular contributor to financial news programs on BBC Television & Radio, Sky, Bloomberg TV. In 2013 she was nominated to the Dow Jones Financial News 100 Most Influential Women in Finance for the 3rd year in a row.


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Last Updated: 3 October 2017