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Chris Perry: “Great boards know their role.”
Chris Perry, President of Broadridge Financial…
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Matt Truman: “If you want sustainable, industry-wide change, you need a systematic approach that builds a momentum of its own.”
Matt Truman, chair at True, shares insights on…
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Truett Tate: “There’s no room for ego in the boardroom.”
Truett Tate, Chair at TLC Lions, discusses the…
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Louise Smith: “Social media has the power today to bring down banks.”
Louise Smith, Chair at Stripe and Innovate…
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Martha Lane Fox: “You should support management right until the moment you shouldn’t.”
Martha Lane Fox, president of the British…
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Dominic Barton: “Great meetings don’t just hinge on great people; they also need to be set up for success.”
Dominic Barton, chair at Rio Tinto, shares his…
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Vic Holmes: “Senior management have to walk the talk.”
Vic Holmes, chair at Ocorian Administration…
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Rita Clifton CBE: “There are two things you can never say as a NED: ‘That was my idea’ and ‘I told you so.’”
Rita Clifton, deputy chair at John Lewis…
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Suzanne Heywood: “The best leaders can be both resilient and humble.”
Suzanne Heywood, COO at Exor NV, shares her…
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Memo to the chair: Unhappy about ticking those ESG boxes? Then lead from the front
Shouldn’t company boards now be on a war footing?
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Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE: “I think as much about the choreography of the discussion as about the paper.”
Sharmila Nebhrajani OBE, chair at NICE, gives her…
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Dervilla Mitchell CBE: “We need to overcome the inertia of ‘doing what we have always done.’”
Arup Group's Deputy Chair, Dervilla Mitchell CBE,…
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Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne: “Keep things simple and fight against complexity creep.”
Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, founder of Genius Foods…
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Bruce Van Saun: “Anything other than a striving mindset will let you down.”
Bruce Van Saun, CEO and chair at Citizens…
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Kathryn Roberts: “It's a no-brainer to focus on the next generation.”
Kathryn Roberts, chair at Eversheds Sutherland,…
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Heather Tierney-Moore OBE: “As a non-executive, your value is in asking great questions.”
Heather Tierney-Moore OBE, chair at Supply Chain…
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Simon Collins: “Leaders of large organisations are like conductors of an orchestra.”
Here, Simon shares his views on the value of…
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Harriet Green: “Speed rather than elegance.”
One of Radio 4’s 100 most powerful UK women and…
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Julie Pomeroy: “Ask the naïve questions; it’s likely others are thinking the same thing.”
Here, Julie shares lessons learned from her…
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Christiana Figueres: “We live in a truly exciting moment in the history of our species, with a great capacity to improve the world around us for each other.”
Christiana shares her insights as chair of the…
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Bridget Rosewell: “Most CEOs tell me they have more experiences of boards that complicate things than of boards being effective.”
Bridget is chair of Atom bank and M6 Toll.
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Simon Devonshire on organisational agility: “Right now, the biggest risk for corporates is the risk of being boring.”
Simon is is a serial entrepreneur, the chair of…
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Serge Krancenblum on organisational agility: “The key isn’t asking ‘How do I make the right calls?’, it’s ‘How do I give others the right support for them to make the right calls?’”
Serge is the founder of IQ-EQ, one of the world’s…
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Orna NiChionna: “Boards remain the ultimate arbiter, but the frequency of their meetings has stopped being what determines how fast decisions can be made.”
Orna is SID of Burberry and Saga, and is a…
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Michael Jary: “Chairs are rightly praised for developing collective purpose and building consensus, but if taken too far these inhibit challenge of the norms.”
Michael is chair of Duchy Originals and Itad, and…
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Ruth Handcock: “Having the discipline to talk about all stakeholders is not easy, but eventually it becomes second nature.”
Ruth is the CEO of Octopus Investments — a B Corp…
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Leading the Change: Sir Ken Olisa
Sir Kenneth is a technology business leader and…
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Gavin Patterson: “As board information evolves, so will board members.”
Gavin is the president and chief revenue officer…
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Danuta Gray: “One of the biggest changes has been the increased breadth of topics that must be discussed by the board.”
Read our conversation with Danuta Gray, chair at…
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Vindi Banga: “People make or break your organisation, and they should be discussed every time you meet, not once a year.”
Vindi is the chair of UKGI and Marie Curie, as…
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Leading the Change: Richard Burge
Richard Burge is chief executive of the London…
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Ed Warner: “You need the right motivations to chair a sporting governing board”
Read our conversation with Ed Warner, Chair of…
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Leading the Change: Sir Brendan Barber
Sir Brendan Barber is deputy chair of the…
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Mark Winlow: “Nobody is nobody. How you interact with people is important.”
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Sir Jan du Plessis: “If anyone at board level still thinks it’s not their job to tackle the tough questions asked by society, they’re delusional.”
Sir Jan du Plessis, who’s chaired FTSE giants,…
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Susan Hooper: “If you’ve learned how to succeed in business, you’re capable of learning how to deal with this. So just get on with it.”
Susan is a co-founding director of Chapter Zero:…
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Sir Michael Rake: “You have to be violently calm during a crisis.”
In this interview, Sir Mike Rake shares his…
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Conversation With Andrew Kakabadse, Governance & Leadership Professor
In this interview, Professor Andrew Kakabadse…
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David Roberts: “I want directors who bring their best self at board meetings; not just their smartest self.”
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Sir John Parker: “To effect change, the important thing is planting the flag.”
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David Kelly: “A lot of businesses don’t know what their ESG north star is.”
David Kelly is chair and non-executive director…
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Richard Meddings: “When you sign up to a board, you sign up for the challenges.”
Richard is the chair of TSB Bank, a NED of Credit…
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Jane Hanson: “Each individual contribution may be good on its own, but put them all together and it becomes a great symphony.”
Jane is the chair of the Reclaim Fund as well as…
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Matthew Westerman: “Good mentors know how to listen — and, just as importantly, to teach that skill.”
Read our conversation with Matthew Westerman, ,…
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Sir Peter Gershon: “Beware the shadow you cast in a senior role.”
Read our conversation with Sir Peter Gershon,…
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Terri Duhon: “In a ‘K-shaped’ recovery, you need to know which part of the ‘K’ you’re on and how you got there.”
Terri is chair of Morgan Stanley Investment…
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Lynne Berry: “Reports have a natural tendency to hide the warts, and that’s a fundamental misunderstanding of what the board does.”
Read our conversation with Lynne Berry, CBE,…
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Tom Colraine: “The chances of black swans don’t disappear, they just jostle for attention in our minds and agendas.”
Tom is chair of Marsh UK & Ireland.
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John Allan: “Resist the urge to rush through the agenda — especially when the solution looks obvious.”
Read our conversation with John Allan, CBE, Chair…
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Keith Skeoch: “As chair, you’re the person that has the last vote — but it’s a failure if you have to use it.”
Read our conversation with Keith Skeoch, chair of…
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Sir Anthony Habgood: “You need everyone to take board meetings seriously, and your board material should reflect these expectations.”
Sir Anthony is chair of Preqin — a provider of…
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William Harris: “Leaders who manage with compassion get better results, it’s scientifically documented.”
William is president and CEO of Space Center…
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Manon Antoniazzi: “A good board meeting is one that charts a path.”
Manon is chief executive and clerk of the Senedd…
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Lord Victor Adebowale: “When plans go flying out the window the way they did in 2020, all that’s left to guide you are your values.”
Lord Victor is chair and co-founder of…
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Mark Humphries: “I like to encourage board members to better understand the behaviours they bring into the boardroom.”
Read our interview with Mark Humphries. “It’s the…
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Alison Munro: “It’d be a waste to simply go back to old habits.”
Read our 60 second interview with Alison Munro,…
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Paul Lester: “If you’ve been thinking of trying something new, this is the time to do it.”
Paul is chair of McCarthy & Stone and Essentra,…
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Douglas van den Aardweg: “Boards shouldn’t be waiting for Government to tell us what to do.”
Douglas van den Aardweg is chair of HSBC Life UK…
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Martin Gilbert: “The days of autocratic leadership are over.”
Martin is chair of Revolut and senior independent…
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Virtual boards: seize the silver lining before the cloud is gone
88% of boards think e-meetings can better them.
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Glen Moreno: “Confident chairs aren’t afraid to tell management ‘You’re not providing information, just numbers.’”
Glen is a director and former CEO of Fidelity…
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60 Second Interview with Sharon Thorne.
Read our interview with Sharon Thorne as she…
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60 Seconds with Matthew Parker, CEO of Babble.
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David Bennett: “When boards don’t articulate the value their businesses bring to stakeholders, the world ends up not seeing it.”
David is chair of Ashmore Group, the investment…
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Martin Temple: “My first priority is ensuring the board gives the executives the resources to get the job done.”
Martin is chair of the Health and Safety…
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Phillip Ullmann: “Businesses need to generate profit, that’s obvious, but we have to ask: ‘To what end?’”
Phillip is chief energiser at Cordant Group, the…
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60 Seconds With… John Handley
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60 Seconds With… Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea
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60 Seconds With… Sir Douglas Flint
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60 Seconds With… Sir Brendan Barber
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60 Seconds With… Barnaby Lenon
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60 Seconds With… Sue Murphy
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60 Seconds With… Murray Steele
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60 Seconds With… Margaret Casely-Hayford & Christian Weaver
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60 Seconds of… Chairs Golden Rules
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60 Seconds With… Christopher Rodrigues CBE
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The 3 ‘C’s That Define An Independent Chair
The Financial Reporting Council’s draft revised…
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60 Seconds With… Mark Hoban
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60 Seconds With… Sir Win Bischoff
Sir Win Bischoff was chair of the Financial…
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60 Seconds With… Martin Leuw
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