Events Virtual Launch of the IoD Centre for Corporate Governance


Virtual Launch of the IoD Centre for Corporate Governance

The global pandemic has prompted a series of unprecedented interventions by governments and regulatory agencies around the world. Despite the uncertainties of the current environment, the Covid-19 crisis might prove to be a watershed moment in a number of contexts - including in the re-orientation of corporate governance priorities towards addressing climate change, social impact and the interests of a wider group of stakeholders. Alternatively, might the end of the pandemic simply herald a return to ‘business as usual’? This 90-minute webinar will examine what changes might endure in the longer term, both in the UK and beyond. Eminent speakers will consider the governance consequences for today’s dominant paradigms in business and regulation.  

About the IoD Centre for Corporate Governance

Housed within the Institute of Directors, the Centre has already begun its work as a hub for discussion of corporate governance and related environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues fostering an inclusive and multi-disciplinary approach. Exploring developments and facilitating debate in respect of the law and practice of corporate governance in the private, public and not-for-profit sector, the Centre will work to share its findings with business practitioners, policy makers, and the general public.

Join us in launching the Centre as a virtual event, and hear from IoD Chair and Centre Chair Charlotte Valeur on the Centre’s mission. A select panel of leading thinkers will then offer their perspectives in how corporate governance and directorship is being fundamentally re-shaped by the extreme economic and social pressures of the Covid-19 crisis.

Why should I attend?

The establishment of the Centre represents an important milestone for UK corporate governance. It provides an opportunity to bring together a range of stakeholders with a common interest in governance, stewardship and ESG issues. Working groups have already been established on Sustainable Capitalism, Stakeholder Governance, and the Implications of Artificial Intelligence and other Emerging Technologies for Corporate Governance.

The launch event will however address the overriding issue of the moment – the impact of the Coronavirus crisis on our entire framework of corporate governance.

Key details

Date & time: 30 Jun 2020 13:30 - 15:00
Location: IoD Online Event, Online

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13:30-13:35 – Welcome from the conference host - Deborah Hargreaves

13:35-13:45 - Keynote - Charlotte Valeur, IoD Chair

13:45-13:55 – Keynote – Darren Jones

13:55-15.00 – Panel discussion - Does the global pandemic signal an enduring shift in corporate governance?”

15:00 - Close



Darren Jones

altLabour MP for Bristol North West

Darren Jones, the  Labour MP for Bristol North West,  was recently elected to chair the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee. His priorities as chair include ensuring proper and effective support for businesses and workers during the pandemic, action to recover and grow the economy in a more equal and sustainable way, and tackling climate change. 

Deborah Hargreaves


20-year career at the Financial Times and is former business editor of the Guardian

Deborah Hargreaves is a financial journalist and has recently completed a major project on women in the workplace as part of a Friends Provident Foundation journalistic fellowship. She is currently writing and editing on business at Tortoise Media. She is chair of the London Child Poverty Alliance, a group of charities working together to alleviate child poverty. She is also the founder and is on the board of the High Pay Centre, a non-partisan think-tank dedicated to exploring remuneration and corporate governance. Deborah has written a book; Are Chief Executives Overpaid? published in 2018 by Polity Press.

She has had a 20-year career at the Financial Times and is former business editor of the Guardian.

Charlotte Valeur

altChair, Institute of Directors 

Charlotte Valeur was appointed Chair of the Institute in September 2018. As Chair, Charlotte is responsible for championing the IoD’s values, promoting its Objects and providing leadership to the Institute, ensuring it delivers maximum impact for its members and stakeholders. Over the last decade, Charlotte has been a director of 7 public companies, including three appointments as chair. Charlotte is a corporate governance expert and a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom, underpinning this advocacy with action by founding Board Apprentice. This not-for-profit organisation provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business, and has been cited in the Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for bringing about real change.

Sandy Boss 

altGlobal Head of Investment Stewardship, BlackRock

Sandra Boss is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Investment Stewardship for BlackRock. She is responsible for leading BlackRock Investment Stewardship in all its activities as it engages with companies to promote effective governance and create value for clients. 

Sandy is a former senior partner at McKinsey & Co. focused on financial institutions, capital markets, and risk management in Europe and the United States.  She served at the Bank of England as an external member of the Prudential Risk Committee and the senior independent member and risk committee chair of the Board that oversees the system used to make high-value payments and implement monetary policy.  Sandy also has served as non-executive director at two public companies: Elementis Global and Enstar Group.

At McKinsey, Sandy was a strategic advisor to executives and boards of global companies in banking, insurance, asset management, financial technology and a wide range of other industries. She joined McKinsey in 1994 and was elected Partner in 2000 and Senior Partner in 2004.

Sandy has held several other advisory and non-executive roles. She was a member of the Cross Border Resolution Working Group of the Institute of International Finance’s Special Committee on Effective Regulation. She was also a Trustee for the McKinsey Master Retirement Trust and Chairman of the Edith Wharton Restoration charity.

Sandy received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1994 and a BA from Stanford University in 1989, majoring in American Studies and Economics. Prior to joining McKinsey, she worked for Merrill Lynch and Company and Trammell Crow Company.

Kit Bingham 

altKit Bingham, Head of Board Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Kit Bingham is a Partner in the Board Practice at Odgers Berndtson, and Head of the Chair & Non-Executive Director Practice. Kit joined Odgers Berndtson in 2009 after a career in financial journalism and financial public relations. He was Senior Writer at Financial News, a Dow Jones publication, and a Director of the Financial Practice at The Communication Group. He developed and tutored an MBA in board effectiveness at Henley Management College, and is a member of the Development Board of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, an independent research organisation.

Bob Garratt

altAuthor of The Fish Rots From the Head

Bob Garratt is a director, board review and development consultant, and academic.  He works on five continents.  His best-selling book is The Fish Rots From The Head:  Developing Effective Directors  and his latest book is Stop The Rot:  Reframing Governance for Directors and Politicians.  He advocates dropping the current Corporate Governance Codes and rebuilding them based on Sections 171 and 172 of the 2006 Companies Act.  He is the External Examiner for the Gulf Co-operation Council’s Board Development Institute and has been a Visiting Professor at Imperial College and Cass Business School, London, and is a Professor Extraordinaire at Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa.

Colin Mayer CBE

altPeter Moores Professor, Saïd Business School

Colin Mayer is the Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.  He is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the European Corporate Governance Institute, a Professorial Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and St Anne’s College, Oxford.  He is a member of the UK Government Natural Capital Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Playhouse, and he was a member of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal and the International Advisory Board of the Securities and Exchange Board of India.  He was chairman of Oxera Ltd. between 1986 and 2010 and is a director of the energy modelling company, Aurora Energy Research Ltd.  He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours.  He leads the British Academy enquiry into “the Future of the Corporation” and his most recent book Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good is published by Oxford University Press.

Guy Jubb

Former Global Head of Governance & Stewardship at Standard Life

Having enjoyed a long and successful career as an investment professional, specialising in governance and stewardship, Guy retired from Standard Life Investments in 2016 as its Global Head of Governance & Stewardship. He now focuses on thought leadership, writing, his relationships with the academic community and  his  advisory and non-executive roles.

Guy is a Scottish Chartered Accountant, and currently he is an Honorary Professor at the University of Edinburgh Business School, an independent non-executive of Mazars LLP, the interim Chair of the European Corporate Governance Institute, and a member of the Standing Advisory Group of the PCAOB, the US audit regulator.



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The event will start on: Tue 30 Jun 2020 - 1:30pm

From 1:30pm ending at 3:00pm

Venue: Online

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