Dec 222013

NATS appoints Chartered Director as new services chief

Re-posted from Air Traffic

chartered directorCatherine Mason will take up the role of managing director of services on 1 April, with responsibility for leading NATS’ services business.

With a turnover of £222 million in 2012/13, NATS Services includes the 15 commercially won airport contracts in the UK and Gibraltar; NATS’ share of the FerroNATS joint venture with Ferrovial, which is contracted to provide air traffic control tower services at ten airports in Spain; NATS’ US subsidiary NATS Inc; and a range of airspace design, consultancy and engineering projects around the world.

NATS chief executive Richard Deakin said: “I am delighted to welcome Catherine to NATS. She brings a wealth of commercial, transportation and logistics experience to the company. Succeeding Paul Reid, Catherine will add extra impetus to our already strong commercial growth strategy. I believe she has exactly the mix of skills, experience and drive to play a key role in moving us to the next level both at home and in key target markets internationally.”

Catherine added: “I am pleased to be joining NATS at this exciting time. The organisation has a strong reputation and good people and I look forward to developing new business and contributing to its continued growth.”

Catherine joins NATS from Translink Group where she has been the Group Chief Executive since 2008. Translink is a public corporation with a turnover of £200 million and a responsibility for providing all public transport in Northern Ireland.

Previously, she gained extensive transportation, commercial and logistical experience through director level roles in operations and marketing with Arriva, in both the bus and rail business and this followed a career in marketing for a number of blue chip companies, including Grand Metropolitan and SmithKline Beecham.

Catherine is a Chartered Director and a Chartered Marketer, a Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and an elected Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She holds a BSc in Genetics from Liverpool University, an MBA from Henley Management College and is a Chartered Marketer.

Catherine is a Board member of Business in the Community Northern Ireland and a member of CBI Regional Council. She is a Visiting Professor at University of Ulster.

Dec 032013

As a company director how effective is your board at strategic risk governance?

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Along with setting direction and monitoring performance, the governance of risk is a fundamental responsibility of Directors and Boards. As Harry Yarger of the US Army War College has written,

"Acceptance of risk is the ultimate leadership decision."

In recent years, this fiduciary duty has become much more important: In a world of greatly increased complexity and uncertainty, skill in avoiding failure is critical to achieving success and delivering substantial returns. Yet in executing their duty to govern risk, Directors and Boards face some deeply unsettling issues today. As Peter Whitehead wrote in the Financial Times,

"the root cause of most company failure lies in the boardroom, with a serious skills gap and risk blindness being the most common factors." ("Company Disasters: Boards are to Blame" FT, 5 June 13).

A June 2013 report by Cass Business School on over 40 company failures concluded that these firms,

"had underlying weaknesses that made them especially prone both to crises and to the escalation of a crisis into a disaster. These weaknesses … potentially inherent in all organisations … can pose an existential threat to any firm, however substantial, that fails to recognise and manage them. These risk areas are beyond the scope of insurance and mainly beyond the reach of traditional risk analysis and management techniques as they have evolved so far." This challenge is further compounded by an impeded flow of risk-relevant information to many boards and directors. As the Cass report noted, "there appears to be a risk ‘glass ceiling’, with often an inability or unwillingness of risk management and internal audit to report on risks to … non-executive directors, particularly risks arising from strategy, behaviour and culture (as opposed to operations)".

Finally, as the UK Government Actuaries Department observed in January 2013,

"there is very little academic work or methodology around the real thing that matters for Boards. The challenge is strategic risk. How do you manage and handle strategic risk -- the thing that really matters."

Strategic Risk Governance - A one-day workshop for company directors

February 4 2014 - 9:00am to 4:30pm, Advanced Business Solutions, Milton Park, Oxford

This one-day workshop aims to improve your risk governance skills and begin to improve your strategic risk vision.

Who should attend?

Executive and Non-Executive Directors of companies in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

What to expect?

  • Clarifies the role of a company director in effectively governing risk
  • Provides the tools necessary to enable effective strategic risk governance

Course objectives

Drawing upon up-to-date case study examples and interactive sessions you will learn:

  • What makes strategic risks different from operational risks
  • Where to look and how to identify the key strategic risks you may face
  • The key failure modes of strategic risk governance at board level
  • How to improve your strategic risk evaluation
  • The behavioural blind-spots that impede your board level risk evaluations
  • The key processes that your board could adopt to improve its risk governance skills
  • How to improve your organisation’s strategic risk mitigation

Course Leaders:

Neil Britten CDir FIoD

NeilPhotoNeil Britten is a UK Institute of Directors, qualified Chartered Director, non-executive chairman and director with over a decade’s board level experience of strategy, risk governance and strategic performance monitoring.

Prior to roles as a professional director he was Vice President for a major international consulting firm focused on strategy and strategic change and an executive with a major oil and chemicals conglomerate. His experience spans work, in the UK, France, Australia and over 20 other countries, as an executive in and advisor to mostly large, multinational corporations in technology, oil & gas, consumer goods, manufacturing and financial services sectors. He has also acted as an advisor to private equity investors in start-ups and SMEs. private and public sectors.See his LinkedIn profile here:

Tom Coyne

TCImageTom Coyne has served as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk officer and Director of public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations in the United States and Canada.

He began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in South America, and later joined the London office of a major global consulting firm, where he led its Corporate Growth Center of Excellence. For the past three years, Tom has been a member of the leading team in the United States Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency's forecasting tournament. He has also written for a number of investment research publications on the subjects of risk management and asset allocation. His papers on strategic risk governance and strategy evaluation are top downloads from the Social Science Research Network. See his LinkedIn profile here: 

Key Details

Duration: 1 day
Location: Oxford, Bristol

£350.00 (ex VAT)
Payment with Booking Price
£315.00 (ex VAT)

Chartered Director Price
£280.00 (ex VAT) 

Book Now
To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration

The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 6 CPD hours of structured learning

Courses can be delivered 'in-house' to a group of Directors - to find out more contact or call 01173 827 820
Dec 022013

Chartered Director Sharon Constancon wins the Woman in Business of the Year Award at the South African Business Awards 2013

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Five trailblazing South Africans in the UK business community were honoured at this year’s South African Business Awards in London.

The winners of the annual South African Business Awards were announced last night at Dexter House in Tower Hill, London.

The awards, which aim to recognise excellence within the South African business community in the UK, celebrated five deserving winners in 2013 (click their names to read more about them):

Business Leader of the Year: Mark Jankovich

Entrepreneur of the Year: Karine Torr

Innovator of the Year: Mark Warren

Rising Star of the Year: Kurt Won

Woman in Business of the Year: Sharon Constancon

The awards were organised by the South African Chamber of Commerce UK.

Sharon has been a Chartered Director since 2007 and is Chief Executive of Genius Methods Limited.

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