May 182018
 
CDNetwork Bucks, Berks & Oxon Breakfast Meeting - 1/6/2018

Debating ”This body does not believe that the Board is a team”

The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 1st, 7.15am for 7.30am over Breakfast at the Hotel de Vin, Henley @ £20 a head, to be paid on arrival.

Neil Britten will propose that ”This body does not believe that the Board is a team”.

If you are interested in debating against the motion please email cdn@cdnetwork.co.uk

To attend please click on the link below so that we can get the catering arranged.
Book your place by clicking here

Regards,
Alan Hindley, John Palmer and Hector Grant
Chartered Director Network

Mar 212018
 

Chartered Director

CDNetwork Bucks, Berks & Oxon Relaunch - Breakfast at the Hotel du Vin, Henley-on-Thames

In response to demand the CDNetwork Bucks, Berks & Oxon is being relaunched.

The first meeting is scheduled for Friday March 23rd at 7.15am for 7.30am start over Breakfast at the Hotel du Vin, Henley @ £20 a head, to be paid on arrival.

A new business proposition will be discussed - by CDirs for CDirs - that could provide ongoing opportunities for CDirs to earn fee income and participate in capital growth.

We will also welcome ideas for further meetings with the accent on achieving value, for the time invested in those meetings.

Hope to see you there.

P.S.
If you can’t make it but would like information on the business proposal, please e-mail Alan Hindley at alan@cedar-associates.com

Regards,
Alan Hindley, John Palmer and Hector Grant
Chartered Director Network

Book your place now!

Chartered Director Network

Organiser of CDNetwork Bucks, Berks & Oxon Re-launch

The Chartered Director Network Bucks, Berks, and Oxon has relaunched with the objectives which are:

  • Purpose - to bring together current Chartered Directors, supporters, friends and colleagues with the common aim of furthering knowledge and learning opportunities for good governance of organisations, enterprise and businesses of all sizes.
  • CPD - promote Continuous Professional Development as an integral part of the Chartered Director qualification, amongst all and wherever possible in alignment with the governing body’s current guidelines.
  • Awareness - promote and raise awareness of Chartered Directors, their values, professional skillset and ‘corporate governance’ focus.
  • Share - knowledge, learning, career and business opportunities.
  • Engage - with entrepreneur and business groups, innovation and learning centres with a view to supporting business growth with good governance and sustainable business practices.
  • Network - support and encourage networking and partnerships for career and business opportunities

Book your place now!

Mar 202018
 

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An opportunity to contribute to Governance Research

In February a number of Chartered Directors had the opportunity to participate in a project to illuminate the extent to which the law provided an adequate check and balance to the actions of Directors. Highly relevant to the recent company failures due to basic governance faults.

We all enjoyed it and learnt a lot from the discussion of a number of cases which were anonymised and drawn from real life. It took no preparation on our part and lasted a couple of hours.
The research team were delighted with the input of real Directors from the CDir community, so much so they would like to run two more sessions on the 19/4/2018. Further details below from Professor Terry McNulty.

Research Project: Directors’ Business Judgments and the Courts

I am writing to you about an independent, academic study funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) about Directors’ Business Judgment and the Courts. The project is also being supported by the Institute of Directors (IoD), Institute of Company Secretaries (ICSA) and other business organisations.

The research will examine several issues including: what is meant by business judgment; how courts and regulators approach and address business judgement; and to what extent should directors’ decisions be subject to review by courts and regulators? These are matters that vary across national jurisdictions and seem to be critical to the relationship between: corporate governance and enterprise; director training and effectiveness; the future of public and private corporations and the role and effectiveness of boards and directors in general.

In 2017, we collected data from judges and decided case law. During 2018 we will be collecting data from directors and legal officers of listed and unlisted companies, of varying size and sector using focus groups. Your involvement would be on a voluntary, confidential and non-attributable basis. Participation does not require anyinformation relating to you personally, your company or business. Neither do you need to have been involved in litigation to participate. Focus groups will last for approximately ninety minutes and typically involve a small group of 4-12 people and require minimal preparation in advance. Further information about the focus group will be issued in advance for those who are willing to participate.

Results of the research will be freely available to all participants as and when they become available over the next year. By way of my own background I have been conducting research since the 1990s and have an established track record of rigorous high-quality research that informs corporate governance policy and practice. For this project, I am working with qualified lawyers from the University of Liverpool and Leeds some of whom will be involved in the focus group.

I hope you and perhaps other members of your network will find the project of interest and be prepared to be involved. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

The web link http://gtr.rcuk.ac.uk/projects?ref=AH%2FN008863%2F1 explains the project in further detail. Please note that all participants must be current and active registered company directors.

Yours Sincerely,

Terry McNulty
Professor of Management and Corporate Governance
Chatham Building
Liverpool
L69 7ZH
Office: + 44 (0) 151 795 3507
Mobile: +44 (0) 7973 247799
Email t.h.mcnulty@liverpool.ac.uk
Web: www.liverpool.ac.uk/~tmcnulty

LOCATION

University of Liverpool in London

33 Finsbury Square

London

EC2A 1AG

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Organiser:Chartered Director Network

Organiser of CDNetwork - Governance Research - 19/4/2018

The Chartered Director Network Bucks, Berks, and Oxon has relaunched with the objectives which are:

  • Purpose - to bring together current Chartered Directors, supporters, friends and colleagues with the common aim of furthering knowledge and learning opportunities for good governance of organisations, enterprise and businesses of all sizes.
  • CPD - promote Continuous Professional Development as an integral part of the Chartered Director qualification, amongst all and wherever possible in alignment with the governing body’s current guidelines.
  • Awareness - promote and raise awareness of Chartered Directors, their values, professional skillset and ‘corporate governance’ focus.
  • Share - knowledge, learning, career and business opportunities.
  • Engage - with entrepreneur and business groups, innovation and learning centres with a view to supporting business growth with good governance and sustainable business practices.
  • Network - support and encourage networking and partnerships for career and business opportunities
Feb 092018
 

CDNetwork – Research Project – 13/2/2018 - last chance to register

The first events for the CDNetwork are taking place on 13th February 2018 and this is the last opportunity to register for the afternoon or evening sessions.

By invitation from the University of Liverpool in London we have been asked to get involved in an independent, academic study funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) about Directors’ Business Judgment and the Courts. The project is also being supported by the Institute of Directors (IoD), Institute of Company Secretaries (ICSA) and other business organisations. Please note that all participants must be current and active registered company directors.

We will also take the opportunity of informing you about some of the other plans we have for the group.

We have limited spaces available in two sessions on the 13th February 2018. Please book your preferred time by clicking below as soon as you can.

If 15:30 to 17:30 is the best time for you please click here.

If 18:00 to 20:00 is the best time for you please click here.

Hector Grant, Alan Hindley & John Palmer 
Chartered Director Network

 

Feb 122016
 

Women in Tech lunch The Clarion Hotel, Cork

Brid Horan Chartered Director

In 2014, we launched our “Women in Tech” programme to support diversity in the technology sector. One of the features of this programme is our lunchtime series which we have recently enhanced. The core aim of this series is to highlight the success of leading, talented female role models.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, our next lunch is on Tuesday 8th March in the Clarion Hotel from 12pm to 2pm and we are delighted that Brid Horan will address us. Brid was Deputy Chief Executive of ESB until her retirement in late 2014.  She is an Independent Non-executive Director of FBD Holdings plc, a member of DCU Governing Authority and of the Council of the IMI.

Tickets are available at €30 for members and €40 for non members and includes a two course lunch so this is an ideal opportunity to invite clients or colleagues. Discounted table rates also available. If you would like to find out more about the event or book tickets, please contact sarah@itcork.ie.

Brid Horan Chartered Director

Brid Horan
Independent Non-executive Director of FBD Holdings plc.

Bríd Horan was Deputy Chief Executive of ESB until her retirement in late 2014. She is an Independent Non-executive Director of FBD Holdings plc, a member of DCU Governing Authority and of the Council of the IMI.

Brid spent eight years on the ESB Executive Team. As Executive Director, she led the transformation of ESB’s retail businesses from a regulated model to a fully competitive newly branded business, Electric Ireland, and led the integration of ESB’s internal services (IT, HR, Finance, Property) into a central Business Service Centre, delivering significant efficiencies/savings.

Prior to joining ESB as Group Pensions Manager in 1997, Bríd headed KPMG Pension & Actuarial Consulting. She served on the Board of the IDA (1996 – 2006) and as a Commissioner of the National Pensions Reserve Fund (2001 – 2009) and was a member of the 2014 Strategic Review Group for the Arts Council.

Bríd is an Actuary and a Chartered Director (IOD), a Director of ISAX (Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange), Dublin Theatre Festival and Chamber Choir Ireland, a member of the Steering Committee of the 30% Club and a mentor on the WXN Wisdom Top 25 Mentoring Programme. Brid has two adult sons.

Aug 182015
 

The next Chartered Director CPD Workshop on Thursday 17 September: EQ or IQ - which delivers good governance in the Board Room?

Venue: Sefton’s Barn, The Horse Trust, Speen HP27 0PP

Time: 15:45 - 20:00

chartered directorThe session will be lead by Sharon Constancon, CDir and CEO of Genius Methods.

Sharon will share with the group some of the challenges boards are facing today in the light of delivering leadership, the appropriate tone from the top, challenging the executive and holding management to account while remaining focused on the strategy set for the organisation. The session will be interactive based on a topic that covers a typical board room challenge for the delegates to debate and share in the plenary session with the group.  Under Chatham House Rule, Sharon will share some of the solutions that she has shared with Chairmen to improve their effective leadership and governance in board rooms today ranging from financial services, family businesses, housing trusts and FTSE companies.

The objective of the evening will be to empower delegates with some solutions to the typical challenges they are likely to face as executives, NEDs or Chairmen.

Sharon is known to many of us as an experienced businesswoman and entrepreneur who achieved a stock market listing with her first company. She has, or has had, executive, Chairman and non-executive roles in listed, SME and financial services organisations.

She specialises in governance and risk management and has a well attested reputation for providing confidential, straightforward, honest and effective Board Evaluations which have very successfully enabled Boards to improve performance. Her work encompasses very disparate sectors and organisational size including: FTSE, SME, Family, Regulated, Health Service, Financial Services, and the Housing Sector.

Sharon is a Chartered Director, Chartered Secretary and has an MBA. Until July she was a Non-executive Director of Buckinghamshire Building Society and was recently awarded Business Woman of the Year by the SACC.

The session will start with refreshments served from 15:45. The formal working session will close at 19:00 followed by a buffet supper with wine and informal networking until 20:00.

The cost for the session will be £35 inc VAT. (Cash on the day preferred) This event qualifies for 4 hours of CPD.

Directions to the Horse Trust, which is accessible from London, Reading and Oxford within an hour can be found here:

http://www.horsetrust.org.uk/directions/

The workshop is open to holders of the Chartered Director qualification awarded by the Institute of Directors.

To reserve your place please reply ASAP to Neil Britten as places are limited.

 

 

Aug 072014
 

A holistic approach to risk management amidst global uncertainty

rma

In today’s fast-moving, complex environment, risk executives must cultivate an understanding across all risks and
businesses. Business problems are multifaceted, interrelated and increasingly global. Executives must possess enhanced skills to identify and address a wide range of risks with an integrated approach and enterprise-wide perspective.

The RMA/Cass Business School Advanced Risk Management Programme exposes participants to a rigorous, yet inspiring blend of theory, practice and cutting-edge research, instilling knowledge and skills applicable to the real world of global business. In addition to its focus on known and quantifiable risks – credit risk, market risk and operational risk – the programme also concentrates on those risks which are unknowable and difficult to measure – business risk, strategic risk, and reputational risk. Cass has excellent links to City of London firms and institutions and is able to complement Cass faculty with guest faculty and senior level business practitioners, considered by their peers to be industry thought leaders.

Areas of focus for the programme include:

  • Risk management as a strategic competitive strength
  • An integrated approach to risk management
  • Fostering a culture and climate that openly communicates risk
  • A framework for rapidly responding to known risks and unraveling the complexities of the unknown
  • A focus on risk informed by global perspectives
  • Gaining a perspective on risk management and its implications for corporate governance

The programme will be led by Professor of Finance Stephen Thomas of the Cass Business School Faculty of Finance.
Professor Thomas joined Cass in February 2007, after being Professor of Financial Markets at Southampton University since 1996, and prior to that at the University of Wales, Swansea, from 1992. He is a member of the editorial board of  the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting and in a recent review was ranked 11th in Europe for finance research.

He is a director of Bear Stearns’ Global Alpha (hedge) fund, and since 1988 has been consulting editor of a range of
credit publications for FT Interactive Data. He is an examiner for the Investment Management Certificate of the Society of Investment Professionals, and author of the accompanying Official Training Manual.

this is an extremely well-pitched course and relevant to the sector”.

Will Jennings, Head European Risk Monitoring Unit,

Rabobank (2014 Programme attendee)

For more information or to enrol, please visit: www.cass.city.ac.uk/riskmanagementprogramme

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

Curriculum Themes:

  • A Holistic Approach to Managing Risk Amidst Global Uncertainty
  • Global Economic Perspective
  • Outlook for Financial Institutions
  • A Risk Management Framework for Tomorrow
  • Risk Strategy and Appetite
  • What Shareholders/Investors Expect from Banks
  • Key Regulatory Developments
  • Governance
  • Risk Processes and Methodologies
  • Optimising the Credit Process
  • Modern Credit Parameters/Credit Risk Modelling
  • Counterparty Risk
  • Actively Managing Credit Risk
  • Market Risk
  • Liquidity Risk
  • Operational Risk
  • Firm-wide Risk Management
  • Stress Testing
  • Risk Data and IT Systems
  • Risk Management Skills, Resources and Culture

AN INTENSIVE CURRICULUM: INTEGRATED AND PRACTICAL LEARNING

Varied and integrated teaching methods are used, including:

  • Project work
  • Presentations
  • Team-oriented learning
  • Lectures
  • Panel sessions
  • Case studies

THE BENEFITS OF ATTENDING THIS PROGRAMME

  • Meet and network with executive peers to gain a diverse and thus broader understanding of risk issues
  • Broaden your knowledge of leading-edge theory and practice to increase your ability to create and sustain a high level of performance
  • Take part in focused learning which will result in advanced proficiency, leading to strategic advantages
  • Interact with renowned faculty and thought leaders to improve your decision making
  • Strengthen your ability to steer projects to completion through understanding the issues impacting your institution

“Good, well organised programme that touches on topical subject matter. Great presenters. Very imp r e s s e d ”. Reshma Shah
Senior Risk Manager, BNY Mellon
(2014 Programme attendee)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This programme is designed for participants who work in the financial sector in the UK, the EMEA Region or Asia and are senior risk practitioners or business-line executives on track for broader assignments within their organisation.

Candidates attending this programme must demonstrate significant leadership capabilities, subject matter expertise, and progress along a positive, long-term development and responsibility trajectory.

The programme is also considered suitable for independent non-executive directors of financial sector firms.

A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP:

The RMA and Cass Business School

About RMA

Founded in 1914, The Risk Management Association is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association whose sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, and operational risk.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, RMA has 2,500 institutional members that include banks of all sizes as well as nonbank financial institutions. They are represented in the Association by more than 16,000 risk management professionals who are chapter members in financial centres throughout North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific.
www.rmahq.org

About Cass Business School

An integral part of City University London, Sir John Cass Business School is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of ‘triple-crown’ accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Cass is consistently ranked amongst the best business schools and programmes in the world which, coupled with an established 40-year reputation for excellence in research and business education, enables Cass to attract some of the best academics, students and businesses worldwide into the exclusive Cass net work.

Cass enjoys unrivalled links to the City. The outstanding quality of the learning resources, academic faculty and its City location make Cass an intellectual powerhouse, firmly plugged into one of the world’s greatest business centres, the ideal place to access and exchange the latest ideas, expertise, business practice and technical know-how. We have ready access to the people shaping markets and leading new trends. To enrich our programmes with new perspectives and experiences we draw speakers and course leaders from this extensive net work of people at the top of their professions.

For delegates attending programmes, London is a choice location. As one of the world’s leading cities, its rich history and dynamic cosmopolitan culture generate an exciting mix of cultural and social opportunities. A major transport hub, London is highly accessible from anywhere in the world.
www.cass.city.ac.uk/executive-education

For more information or to enrol, please visit: www.cass.city.ac.uk/riskmanagementprogramme

LOCATION

Cass Business School
Executive Education
200 Aldersgate Street
London EC1A 4HD
United Kingdom

LOGISTICS

Programme cost: £5,500
The fee includes attendance, course materials, daily lunch and refreshments and a private dinner at a London restaurant.
As this is not a residential programme you will be required to arrange your own accommodation. Should you require any assistance in making your hotel arrangements, please contact Cass.

    • Monday 23rd February 2015: 10:00 to 18:00
      Opening session followed by welcome lunch, then in-class sessions and project work
    • Tuesday 24th February 2015: 09:00 to 18:00
      In-class sessions and project work
    • Wednesday 25th February 2015: 09:00 to 18:00
      In-class sessions and project work
    • Thursday 26th February 2015: 09:00 to 18:00
      In-class sessions and project work, followed by cocktails and dinner with a guest speaker
    • Friday 27th February 2015: 09:00 to 17:00
      In-class sessions and project work, followed by group presentations to a panel of experts

QUESTIONS?

In the United Kingdom

Joanne Paktsun, Client Relationship Coordinator, Cass Executive
Education, +44 (0) 207 040 8711, joanne.paktsun.1@city.ac.uk

Caitriona Conway, Business Development Director, Cass
Executive Education, +44 (0) 207 040 8269, caitriona.conway@city.ac.uk

Steven Shaw, Senior Regional Consultant, Europe, The Risk
Management Association, +44 (0) 1732 463875, sshaw@rmahq.org

In the United States

Stacy Germano, Associate Director, Enterprise Risk Management,
The Risk Management Association, +1-215-446-4089, sgermano@rmahq.org

Mark Zmiewski, Director, Enterprise Risk Management,
The Risk Management Association, +1-215-446-4085, mzmiewski@rmahq.org

Jul 042014
 

Murray Eldridge CDir is the guest speaker at the next local Chartered Director Breakfast Meeting

Leading High Performance: Applying the Winning Principles of Sports Coaching in an Organisation

murray eldridge chartered directorMurray Eldridge rowed for Great Britain at Junior World Championship level and won at Henley and national competitions. Completing a career at sea as a captain at twenty nine he embarked on a thirty year business career. He has run companies and joint ventures in China, Singapore, Indonesia and the UK in oil & gas, telecoms and latterly in the water sector where he remains a shareholder and advisor in a desalination company. Apart from his own international consultancy work he delivers the IoD’s ‘Director’s Role in Strategy’ for their Chartered Director program. He also works internationally for the Management Centre Europe in Brussels in the areas of Leadership, Leader Development and Strategy.

He is the author of Leading High Performance which blends his extensive international business knowledge and experience with many years of coaching competitive athletes. It reflects his passionate desire to bring a more effective style of leadership - and ‘followership’ - into companies that will move them from average to high performance.

Leading High Performance: Applying the Winning Principles of Sports Coaching in Your Organisation [Paperback] Murray Eldridge [amazon_template template="3" id="1780592132" ]

Date/Venue: Tuesday 15th July 2014 Hotel Du Vin Henley 0730

If you have not yet attended one of our meetings this locally organised group was formed by a few Chartered Directors in Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire with the aim of meeting informally on a regular basis. It is aimed purely at Chartered Directors and provides an ideal opportunity to meet one another, make use of the considerable pool of talent within the network and at the same time seek to raise the profile of Chartered Director.

The meeting is informal but with a growing focus on continual professional development a key element of being a Chartered Director. Many of the presentations which are covered in the meetings count towards the Chartered Director CPD requirement.

Confirm Attendance

Should you be able to attend please can you confirm your attendance by email so that we can inform the hotel about exact numbers. E-mail Paul Bennett or Neil Britten to confirm.

Information in advance

It would be useful to circulate an attendance list to everyone a few days in advance of the meeting. Please can you confirm you are happy for this to be done and return the information below asap.

Venue

Chartered DirectorHotel Du Vin Henley

We have a private room and English Breakfast, coffee and juices will be served.

Cost £20.00. Please bring correct amount on the day.

For directions and more details

http://www.hotelduvin.com/hotels/henley-on-thames/hotel-information

There is plenty of free parking in the town centre for the duration of the meeting.

Time

Arrive 0720 for 0730 and finish 0930 sharp

May 162014
 

James Sproule, Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors, is the guest speaker at the next Bucks, Berks and Oxon Chartered Director Dinner

Date/Time: Wednesday 4th June starting at 1900 and finishing approx 2130

Venue: Hotel Du Vin Henley, New Street, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2BP
Hotel Website

James Sproule will give his views on the outlook for the Economy and the challenges that lie ahead at the next Chartered Director Dinner

Cost: £55.00 - price includes three course meal and glass of wine/soft drink

About James Sproule

chartered directorJames Sproule has been Chief Economist and Director of Policy at the Institute of Directors since January 2014. Prior to joining the IoD James led Accenture's
UK Research and Global Capital Markets Research, where he focused on Thought Leadership. He started his financial career as a merchant bank economist working with both Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Desdner Kleinwort, and eventually helped to found the boutique bank Augusta and Company.

Before embarking on a career in economics, James was a signals officer in the Royal Navy. James stood for Parliament at the 2005 general election and was for seven years a visiting fellow in the Department of Management Economics at the London School of Economics. He has lectured and written on a broad range of subjects and sits on several charity boards

The dinner is open to all holders of the IoD Chartered Director qualification.

To book your place, contact Paul Bennett or Neil Britten

Apr 232014
 

The Great British Workforce Revolution is a one day conference for portfolio directors, NEDs and senior executives that want to learn more about making the most from their portfolio career.

great british workforce revolution

Wednesday 4 June 2014 9:00am to 4:00pm Dexter House, London

Covering topics such as the changing nature of retirement, MBOs, making money outside your portfolio and how crowd sourcing is changing recruitment, this is the must attend event for any one considering their next career move.

Join us on Wednesday 4 June 2014 for the second Great British Workforce Revolution conference which is a day celebrating the people like you, who are leading the changes in how we think about work and rewards in the 21st Century.

Book your place now!

Think about these compelling reasons why you should attend:

  • How to spot and win the elite opportunities in business
  • How to generate the money and capital you desire during your own portfolio career
  • Meet other people thinking and working just like you – and share real-life experiences in a market that is changing for the better. 
  • Sign on for End-of-Conference Q&A Sessions with the Russam GMS Principals – a unique opportunity to learn from the most experience Interim Management Practitioners in the UK – and other Independents in the Session.
  • Why you can't, mustn't and won't retire .
  • Four Special Debates – with specialist experts on the Panels - on key success areas including MBOs and MBIs (either doing them or advising on them), the changing nature, flexibility and landscape of what can be euphemistically referred to as “retirement” and how technology is changing and, some say, killing -  traditional headhunting methods.
  • Finally, how to look beyond the traditional boundaries of Interim Management – and into new opportunity areas

 Listen to acknowledged experts in their field:

  • Simon Woodroffe, founder of YO! Group,
  • Gerald Ratner who pulled himself back from the brink after his "prawn sandwiches" debacle in the early 1990's
  • Organisations who understand the way you like to work - and invest, including leading venture capital firm NVM Private Equity, AIM advisor and broker Daniel Stewart, crowdlender FundingKnight, executive membership group Vistage, Blue Sky Corporate Finance and others.
  • Along with live pitches from fast-growth companies looking for top talent and keynote speakers.

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