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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.

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.

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The effective board

A chapter analysing what makes boards effective, including achieving boardroom diversity and the role of board reviews.

A job for the girls!

A chapter on the progress of women on boards, focusing in particular on how to increase the number of female chairs. 

Leadership

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

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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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Leading a board of directors in the UK

An in-depth overview of the role of the board chair in the United Kingdom. Includes the Chair's work in context and the UK's culture; relationships with shareholders, difficult board members, the CEO; COVID-19 challenges and a role profile of the chair in the UK.

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.

Follow this job description for a board chair

Article give a list of the duties that a board chair should fulfil.

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.

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Useful links

The UK Corporate Governance Code

The revised UK Corporate Governance Code was published by the FRC in July 2018. Section 1 deals with Leadership and company purpose, Section 2 looks at Division of responsibilities.

Guidance on board effectiveness

Guidance published by the FRC in July 2018 'to stimulate boards thinking on how they can carry out their role and encourage them to focus on continually improving their effectiveness.' The role of the chairman is one of the issues covered in Section 2.

The chair's challenge series

A series of briefings and events aimed at third sector chairs. Recent briefing have included: Making board committees work; Managing difficult board dynamics; Navigating risk; Successfully appraising your CEO. Registration required to download briefings.

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