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An investor’s letter to its shareholders

  Each year, Warren Buffett writes an open letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. These letters are insightful and over the years have become a “must-read” for investment professionals. But not only. The 2019 letter, which was published at the end of February, includes thought-provoking considerations on the topics of boards and governance that are of…

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The use of skills matrix in board refreshment and succession planning

A skills matrix, also called a competency matrix, maps the required and desired skills for a board to successfully deliver its corporate mission. The skills matrix is a visual tool that clearly identifies the required, available and missing skills and competencies in a board. This is why it is widely used by Nominations Committee in their succession planning. In this…

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NEDonBoard calls for boards to appoint younger non-executive directors to refresh their composition

Written by Elise Perraud   The average age of non-executive directors serving the top 150 FTSE boards was 60.6 in 2018, up from 59 in 2013 and 58.5 in 2008, representing a 3.6% increase over the 10-year period (source: 2018 UK Spencer Stuart Board Index). Is there a risk that having an older NED pool…

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Protecting yourself as a non-executive director

2018 saw the publication of an updated UK Corporate Governance Code, the introduction of new corporate governance reporting requirements in The Companies (Miscellaneous Reporting) Regulations 2018 as well as the establishment of the Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies. The regulations and corporate governance provisions apply in relation to the financial years of…

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How can we accelerate the representation of female senior executives in executive committees and boardrooms?

The 2019 report of the Hampton-Alexander Review was published in November. This is the fourth annual publication of the UK government-backed initiative to improve gender diversity and balance in FTSE leadership. The report highlights two important facts: Women on boards – FTSE 350 companies have hit the target of achieving 30% of board roles held by…

Thomas Cook: NEDonBoard press release

In September 2019, Thomas Cook entered into liquidation, impacting hundreds of customers leaving them without flights and holidays as well as lenders, suppliers, partners, landlords of the high-street shops, employees (21,000 of them) and pensioners. Like other corporate failures and collapses, questions have emerged around: The role of the board, senior executive team and NEDs…

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Board dynamics

  In this blog, we discuss the importance of healthy board dynamics to increase the effectiveness of the decision-making process and create an enjoyable environment in which individual board members thrive.   What do we mean by board dynamics and why this is important? Board dynamics are the way individual company directors interact with each…

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NEDonBoard expert interview: whistleblowing practices

NEDonBoard is pleased to bring you some expert recommendations from experienced NED and trustee Paul Boyle OBE. At the time of this article, Paul Boyle OBE was the Chairman of the whistleblowing charity, Protect; a non-executive board member at the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIIA) and a NED at Mogo Holdings. He is a chartered…