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Chair of the board

Find out more about the role and responsibilities of the chair of a company board

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9 Traits of an effective Audit Committee

Having an effective Audit Committee is essential for good corporate governance as it leads on financial reporting, internal controls, risk management and external audit functions.

Conflict and tension in the boardroom

The good, the bad and the ugly sides of boardroom conflict and tension.

Disputes on boards

It is a fact of life that disputes arise on boards, no matter the size of the organisation or whether the members of the board are paid non-executives or unpaid volunteers.

What makes a good chairman?

Frank Lewis, independent non-executive director and chairman, and Dr Sarah Blackburn, Managing Director, the Wayside Network explore what makes an effective chairman.

Non-Executive Directors in Europe

The EU has surveyed the extent to which Member States have applied the Commission’s recommendations on the independence of non-executive directors and potential conflicts of interest. January 2008.

Company law

Changes outlined in the Companies Act 2006 brings about new rights and obligations. October 2008.

eBooks

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The chairman of the board

Chapter 11 looks at the Chairman's role in governance and their role on the board and the chair's interaction with CEO, company secretary, senior independent director (SID) and shareholders.

Driven to the brink: why corporate governance, board leadership and culture matter

A collection of stories about how inadequate governance and flawed culture caused a massive destruction of shareholder value.

Directors' meetings and resolutions

An authoritative guide to company secretarial practice. Detailed commentary is accompanied by over 80 precedents. Chapter 9 of the handbook - Directors' meetings and resolutions - looks at procedures around appointment of committees, board meetings minutes and the role of the company secretary in relation.

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

The Non-executive chairman: toward a shareholder value maximization role

This title provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. This chapter explores the key responsibilities, characteristics , experience and skills of a high-performance non-executive board chairman as well as communication with shareholders and addressing the concerns of activist shareholders.

Effective boards and board meetings

An essential source of reference and route map for the position of Non-executive director. Contains case studies and checklists throughout. Chapter 5 gives an overview of the roles of the board, the chairman, the senior independent director (SID), the company secretary and board committees. The subjects of board composition, boardroom behaviour, conduct of board meetings and matters reserved for the board are looked at. Includes 'Checklist: for an effective board'

Boardroom realities: building leaders across your board

Looks at building leaders across a board, with the latest trends in board leadership and performance as well as talent management for the board and the C-suite.

Running board meetings: how to get the most from them

Guide to preparing for and chairing meetings with a board of directors.

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Industry press

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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.

Being a good board chair

How to be an effective board chair: eight principles for chairs to follow, plus examples of leaders who apply them well.

Passing the chair baton

The article discusses the five-step process of board leadership succession. Topics discussed include the importance of defining the role of a board chair, a sound and repeatable chair selection process that helps to identify viable candidates while engaging the chief executive officer (CEO), and recommendations for transition planning and board chair development.

Help your new chair move up: Here's what a top board leader needs to know to be successful - and what you need to know to help.

The article offers information on orientating a new board chair. Topics include the ensuring that the board chair commands a knowledge of governance best practices such as responsibilities and roles, inspiring members of the board, and implementation of ethics and compliance standards.

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