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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.

In this section

Seven reasons why a board role can boost your career

There is a lot of focus on how to get non-executive director (NED) positions on corporate boards and the best way to build a portfolio career – but many professionals don’t realise the value of laying the groundwork for success at this level much earlier in their careers.

Webinars and other recordings

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.

Corporate governance in high growth organisations

Carla Stent, MCS Advisory Ltd and Charlie Johnstone, ECI Partners LLP discuss governance in high growth organisations using Rhubarb, an elite catering company, as a case study.

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.

Board’s role in integrated thinking

Deborah Harris, Chair of ICAEW’s NED Group and Paul Druckman, Chief Executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council discuss developments in corporate reporting, the growing demand for transparency and sustainable strategies.

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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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.

Good boardroom practice: a guide for directors and company secretaries

An authoritative guide to company secretarial practice. Detailed commentary is accompanied by over 80 precedents. Appendix 3 - Good boardroom practice: a guide for directors and company secretaries

Handbook of board governance, The: a comprehensive guide for public, private, and not-for-profit board members

This title provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. Provides practical guidance and expert insight relevant to board members across the spectrum to aid the building of a more effective board. Written from the United States perspective.

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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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Corporate Governance Review

Grant Thornton's review of the annual reports of 297 of the UK’s FTSE 350 companies with years ending between April 2017 and April 2018. The section on nomination committees looks at how successfully the annual report cover the scope and focus of the committee's work, including board composition, independence, diversity and the board evaluation process.

Board diversity reporting

Board Diversity Reporting in 2018 provides a snap shot of diversity reporting across the FTSE 350 and identifies examples that lead the way in terms of quality and approach. Only 15% of FTSE 100 companies fully complied with the UK Corporate Governance code's provision on diversity reporting.

Audit, risk and internal control

The FRC published the revised Guidance for board effectiveness in July 2018. Section 4 Audit, risk and internal control look as the audit committee's (or risk committee's if separate) responsibility in this area.

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