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Board effectiveness

Information and guidance on board effectiveness for corporate governance professionals. Board effectiveness is one of the responsibilities of the nomination committee.

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Reduce the size of board packs

Following the publication of the Financial Services Faculty’s Information Overload Report earlier this year Hitesh Patel non-executive director at Aviva and chair of the ICAEW Insurance Committee and Zsuzsanna Schiff discuss how board packs can and should be improved

Worker representation on boards

Graeme Nuttall OBE (Fieldfisher), and Andrew Ninian (The Investment Association) discuss how worker representation on boards could work for business.

What is good corporate governance?

Simon Lowe, Chairman of Grant Thornton Governance Institute, and Elizabeth Richards, Head of Corporate Governance, ICAEW, discuss the factors that constitute effective corporate governance.

View from the boardroom - Enhancing your role on the Board - Making it count!

Learn how to make the most of your NED or Board skills.

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Effective boards and directors

Practical guidance on the effectiveness of boards and directors, covering a wide variety of corporate governance issues.


A chapter focusing on effective leadership by the board and its members.

Maintaining an effective board

Chapter 9 looks at the board and good governance, which includes the work of the nomination committee. Board diversity, corporate culture, succession planning and recruitment to the board, director induction and development and board evaluation are all covered.

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Best practice on board evaluation disclosure

The article highlights outcome of grading the boards of leading companies and sharing the result with the investors. Topics include the need of information by investors to know the improvisations in board; evaluation by board for assessing the performance at three levels: the board, the committees, and individual directors; and use of board evaluation by investors to help inform the voting decisions in director elections.

Audit committee effectiveness: practical tips for the chair

The article focuses on the effects of audit committee in day to day challenges faced by businesses. Topics include need of experienced, healthy skepticism, and strong communication skill based audit committee effectiveness; help of audit committees for adding new members to structured on-board process; and importance of executive and private sessions for effective functioning of the committee.

Building the board's relationship with compliance

Greater boardroom attention to compliance is needed: here's how boards can build relationships with compliance staff.

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Board evaluation: overview of international practices

This OECD report provides an overview of international practices and regulatory frameworks for the evaluation of board performance in publicly listed companies

Boardroom best practice

Series of best practice guides from leadership consultants SpencerStuart with chapters covering such topics as: measuring performance; induction and education; succession planning and board leadership.

Board effectiveness tool

PwC have put together this simple tool to give an indication of the principal areas that a board effectiveness review should cover

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