February 5, 2018

AMONGST other things, the sudden but predictable (by the media, small suppliers and private equity funds if not by the government) collapse yesterday of Carillion leaves claims of stronger board level corporate governance from the Theresa May government in further tatters.

With the consultation of corporate governance regulator, the FRC (Financial Reporting Council) still open to submissions until...

December 21, 2017

NOWADAYS every business apparently aspires to best practice and every leader to excite their staff and customers alike. Despite the fine words, many UK (& Eire) Chief Executives actually prefer an easier life. One often lucrative way to guarantee C-suite contentment is to stuff boardrooms with yes wo/men while ensuring that responsibility for being kept in line falls to powerless shareholders or n...

December 21, 2017

AFTER scandals too numerous to list, the time for boards to mark their own homework is long overdue to be over. Yet, it seems, corporate governance regulator the FRC (Financial Reporting Council) still requires the show trial of further consultation in order to kill off Theresa May’s attention seeking proposal to force boards to appoint workers to their boards.
Corporate governance expert Gerry...

December 21, 2017

On the first day of corporate governance Xmas my true love sent to me:
One supernumerary chairman waffling in the face of a rem com revolt

On the second day of corporate governance Xmas my true love sent to me:
Two bonus scheme performance metrics effortlessly exceeding
and One supernumerary chairman waffling
On the third day of corporate governance Xmas my true love sent to me:
Three outside au...

October 30, 2017

Independent directorship evangelist and corporate governance expert Gerry Brown is a long-time critic of the Football Association and its Chairman Greg Clarke over ongoing governance own goals, inequality and ineptitude. In February this year he commented, "The consequences of not having a strongly independent and effective Board to run our national game are enormous.” As time passes these failing...

October 30, 2017

Prompted by an outcry over “fat cat” salary increases at British Gas and other public utilities, in the mid-90s John Major persuaded Marks & Spencer Chairman, the late Richard Greenbury, to examine the governance of directors’ pay.

His committee recommended that directors’ pay should be more closely linked to performance (& that proceeds from executive share options should be taxed more highly, as...

May 24, 2017

FREE entry for children saw a vibrant ‘family’ atmosphere at Wembley for the recent Women’s FA Cup-Final and enabled the Football Association to briefly burnish its gender equality credentials.

Supposedly keen to dispel the “men in blazers” image of the FA, the newish Football Association regime of Chairman Greg Clarke appears keen to go for the quick win of vapid sound bites rather than test itsel...

May 8, 2017

FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION Chairman Greg Clarke got his retaliation in first with a ‘back me or I resign’ response to early doors criticism by MPs on the pending possible loss of £30million from Sport England (over a lack of independent directors on FA executive board).
Under new standards for sports governance introduced by government in October 2016 the FA must have an executive board with at least...

March 2, 2017


At the tail-end of 2016 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy wrote a Green Paper on Corporate Governance Reform, where they presented a framework which included options such as reviewing shareholder influence and executive pay, increasing the connection between the board of directors and other groups with an interest in corporate performance, and ways that the success...

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