Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) for leadership, action and results. Privately held since its founding in 1983, A&M is a leading global professional services firm that provides advisory, business performance improvement and turn around management services. When conventional approaches are not enough to create transformation and drive change, clients seek our deep expertise and ability to deliver practical solutions to their unique problems.
With over 5,000 people across four continents, we deliver tangible results for corporates, boards, private equity firms, law firms and government agencies facing complex challenges. Our senior leaders, and their teams, leverage A&M’s restructuring heritage to help companies act decisively, catapult growth and accelerate results. We are experienced operators, world-class consultants, former regulators and industry authorities with a shared commitment to telling clients what’s really needed for turning change into a strategic business asset, managing risk and unlocking value at every stage of growth.
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As the destination for diverse talent, Audeliss are experts in the executive search and appointment diverse leaders into executive and non-executive roles across the private and public sector, partnering with our clients to achieve a universal vision of levelling the playing field for leadership teams and boardrooms globally so that everyone has a fair chance to win the opportunity.
In these uncertain yet exciting times, clients tell us they want to work with people who take the time to really understand their needs.
We understand that you will want experts with the confidence and experience to help you navigate unfamiliar territory, provide practical advice and insightful solutions — people with an opinion that want to help you succeed.
We have applied this thinking to how we will deliver you a service experience in a way that stands out from the competition, and goes beyond the delivery of sector expertise and technical excellence. This is underpinned by our ability to bring; vision, visibility, confidence, inspiration, and, most importantly, trust to your experience of working with BDO.
And BDO.NED, our non-executive director programme, is a valuable source of information, advice and support whether you are just starting a NED career or have an established portfolio.
Board Agenda is a progressive and independent resource for a global community of executive & non-executive board directors, institutional investors and recognised industry experts, providing access to insight, intelligence and shared experience about emerging issues that are shaping corporate strategy.
The roles and responsibilities of board directors and corporate leadership teams in the UK, Europe & around the world have become more complex as they encounter a rapidly evolving social, economic, environmental & regulatory landscape. Board Agenda provides news, informed opinion, insight and intelligence about emerging governance, strategy, risk and ethical business issues that are shaping corporate strategy. Subscribers receive free access to a premier business magazine, extensive online resources & invitations to networking events.
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Board Agenda’s purpose is to support board executives, so they gain insight about issues that impact on corporate governance, acquire specific knowledge about board practices, navigate the increasing complexities of their role, embed best practice in their board activities, help them achieve effective board oversight and ensure their performance as board members is exemplary.
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Boards are under increasing pressure to improve their governance practice. Boudicca provides specialist shareholder communication, proxy solicitation and advice on best practice corporate governance helping companies to better prepare and, where necessary, defend their positions.
Since 2012 Boudicca has worked on over 200 AGMs, EGMs and M&A transactions in the UK and internationally – many of which have been high profile.
Boudicca is unique by combining two major strengths to deliver winning results for our clients: The ‘brawn’ – tenacity and energy to chase up and deliver proxy votes across the complex custodial network; and The ‘brain’ – insight and understanding of the intricate workings of corporate governance codes and proxy advisory agencies.
Routinely working with companies to improve the AGM experience and outcome can avoid the perils of the activist and the “box ticking” proxy advisory agencies. Boudicca advises a wide range of clients – company boards, private equity firms, activist investors, asset and fund managers.
Our talented team includes former analysts from the top proxy advisory agencies, who together, have analysed more than 6,000 shareholder meetings.
Boudicca – maximising shareholder support through progressive corporate governance and meaningful engagement.
At CMS we put our clients’ interests and priorities at the very heart of everything we do. An unwavering sector focus combined with quality practice specialism and a geographic reach that makes us one of the top 10 law firms in the world, means we can advise you whatever your legal needs.
As a leading business school, Cranfield’s mission is to improve the practice of management everywhere. In particular, our open executive programmes have earned global recognition.
We have one of the largest portfolios worldwide with programmes ranging from high-level business leadership capabilities to specialist areas of professional management expertise. Our participants work with, and learn from, some of the best minds in international business, benefiting at first-hand from their unique insights and practical research.
Edelman is a leading global communications marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organisations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. As the number one agency in the UK, a team of brand, reputation and digital strategists drive award winning creative communication programmes. We have deep expertise in consumer trends, research, analytics and insights, corporate reputation, health, technology, crisis, energy, and government affairs.
The Non-Executive Directors Association (”NEDA“) was established in 2006 as the first independent UK association dedicated to meeting the training and personal development needs of Non-Executive Directors (”NEDs“).
NEDA is focused on the real day-to-day issues faced by non-executive directors with a brief to support and advise NEDs, companies and organisations – whatever their size, type or industry sector.
The demands of the role have increased and NEDs are seeking a greater understanding of where they fit into the corporate governance framework of their organisation. This is important on a number of levels, especially for:
• Anyone thinking of becoming a NED
• The newly appointed NED
• The Board looking at NED succession planning and individuals (such as Company Secretaries), whose tasks include assisting NEDs to fulfil their roles effectively
NEDA has recently published the second edition of the ’Non-Executive Directors Handbook‘ and has linked this to an ’Essential Training Course for NEDs‘. As well as providing technical and training support NEDA works with a number of Partner organisations to offer:
• Legal updates and business information
• D&O Insurance cover and advice
• Recruitment services
• Networking events
• Coaching and mentoring assistance
Peel Hunt are specialists in UK investment banking focusing on UK mid and small-cap companies. Our joined-up approach allows us to consistently deliver value to UK corporates, global institutions and trading counterparties.
Our partnership structure best aligns our interests with those of our clients and stakeholders. We only engage with clients as a house –investment banking, sales and research must all agree. This leads to long-term successful client relationships.
Peel Hunt have a current retained corporate client list of over 159 listed companies, 1,200+ institutions who have signed up to receive our research, and a trading platform that makes markets in c.3,500 equity and fixed income products. Peel Hunt ranked 1st for research in the 2021 Institutional Investor (formerly Extel) Survey of UK Mid and Small Cap Brokerage Firms for the fifth successive year, while its sector teams achieved more Top 3 rankings than any other broker.
The NED Awards winners will be published by The Sunday Times, Britain’s biggest selling quality Sunday paper. Among all categories of top business people, from chairmen and board directors to chief executives and non-executives, the readership of The Sunday Times is way ahead of all other British newspapers.
Women on Boards is an action-oriented social enterprise supporting women seeking to leverage their professional skills and experience into non-executive director and other board level roles.
Women on Boards exists to help women make the right connections and career choices to get to board level within their own company or to take on a non-executive board role. We are lowering the barriers to entry to the boardroom and building the pipeline of board-ready women.
There are many different types of boards, all of which need directors or trustees, including charity boards, Public Sector boards and committees, housing associations, education and sports bodies, NHS Trusts – all the way up to FTSE Boards. However women are under-represented in all sectors; they are less likely than men to be asked to join a board and many lack information about how to access these roles successfully.
Blancco Technology Group plc
“NEDs play a pivotal role in overseeing the success of companies. They provide challenge and support to the executive and are always there maintaining a steady hand on the governance tiller. Blancco as a UK listed global technology company is on an exciting growth journey after coming through a particularly challenging period. Our ESG credentials are stand out and it is brilliant that I and the Blancco Board have been recognised with this award. It reflects the outstanding work of the Board and Executive team.”
Lloyds Banking Group plc
“It was a great honour and very humbling to receive this tremendous award. I believe Non-Executive Directors have an important proactive role in helping the Executive team and wider organisation to succeed, so I see this award as a recognition for the whole Board at Lloyds Banking Group whose achievements I had the privilege to chair and share. I am particularly proud of the way the Group has developed its strategy within a clear purpose that recognises its important role in society – something which I believe all Non-Executives and Boards increasingly need to focus on. Thank you to Peel Hunt, The Sunday Times and the other great sponsors for making this event possible.”
“I am honoured and delighted to receive this award, which is a wonderful finale to my time as Chairman of HomeServe. I want to pay tribute to Yorkshire entrepreneur Richard Harpin and the HomeServe team. They have accomplished great things, and will continue to do so. I will continue to champion employees and customers in my new role at Entain, and look forward to seeing the governance of UK plc go from strength to strength as its leadership becomes more diverse and inclusive.”
“I was honoured to be recognised by this award and am grateful to my colleagues at Wellcome for nominating me. It comes at the end of my time at Wellcome, first as a trustee then as chair, and compensates for my sadness at leaving such a wonderful organisation that does so much good in the world.”
“What an honour to be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the judges at NED Awards. I have been privileged to work with many outstanding NEDs in many companies and find it humbling to be singled out in this way. It vindicates a mindset to do the right thing, set the right tone and remember that as a NED one is a servant of the shareholders whilst remembering the other stakeholders’ interests. There is no job definition for a NED but the role demands integrity, judgement, an ability to take calculated risk and control it, and a willingness to leave one’s ego outside. It is a great contribution to our corporate life to have the contribution of NEDs recognised each year by the NED Awards’ team.”
Article by Gavin Hinks, Board Agenda
Article by Olivier Lebleu, CFA – Head of ESG, Edelman Smithfield