Westminster Business Forum

Corporate governance in the UK - the impact of reform, new regulatory codes and structures, and the evolving landscape for good corporate governance

Morning, Wednesday, 26th February 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


This conference will discuss the future for corporate governance in the UK.


The discussion takes place as the new government begins its work, and comes at a time of increased focus on governance issues by regulators, government, investors, and the public.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • David Styles, Director of Corporate Governance, Financial Reporting Council; and
  • Sanu de Lima, Deputy Director, Corporate Governance, Responsibility & Diversity, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Further speakers include: Mario Abela, World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Professor Jill Atkins, Sheffield University; Rowena Ironside, Women on Boards; Gilly Lord, PwC; Mark Northway, UK Individual Shareholders Society; Dr Anna Tilba, Durham University; Clare Wardle, Coca-Cola European Partners and Neville White, EdenTree Investment Management.


It will be an opportunity for stakeholders, regulators, and other interested parties to discuss the working of the updated Corporate Governance Code, as firms begin reporting in line with the new requirements.


We expect discussion on how to address concerns, including:

  • Some firms failing to successfully re-configure their boardrooms to comply with the Code - including rules on separate Chair and CEO roles, and non-executive director appointments;
  • Doubts that the Code will be useful in addressing long-term cultural issues and preventing future governance failures; and
  • Undue burden and impact caused by the Code which could affect the competiveness of firms, particularly post-Brexit.

The conference also comes with proposals to establish the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (Arga) and with anticipated reforms to financial reporting, as consultation takes place on the CMA’s Audit Market Study.


Delegates will consider:

  • How the new regulator could best use its intended statutory powers to strengthen corporate governance;
  • The appropriate use of these powers to ensure that businesses retain competiveness; and
  • How the work of the new regulator could best be leveraged to attract international investment to the UK.

The agenda

  • The establishment of the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority and strengthening corporate governance;
  • The corporate governance framework - the new regulator, the Corporate Governance Code, financial reporting reforms, and the Shareholders Rights Directive II;
  • Corporate governance - an international perspective;
  • Good corporate governance - improving diversity, environment, social and governance (ESG), technology and shareholder relations; and
  • Next steps for corporate governance policy.


Keynote Speaker

Sanu de Lima

Deputy Director, Corporate Governance, Responsibility & Diversity, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Keynote Speakers

David Styles

Director of Corporate Governance, Financial Reporting Council

Sanu de Lima

Deputy Director, Corporate Governance, Responsibility & Diversity, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Chair

Jonathan Djanogly MP

Speakers

Mark Northway

Chairman, UK Individual Shareholders Society

Dr Anna Tilba

Associate Professor, Strategy and Governance, Durham University

Rowena Ironside

Chair, Women on Boards

Neville White

Head of Corporate Governance, EdenTree Investment Management

Clare Wardle

General Counsel & Company Secretary, Coca-Cola European Partners

Professor Jill Atkins

Chair in Financial Management, Sheffield University

Mario Abela

Director, Redefining Value, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Gilly Lord

Head of Audit Strategy and Public Policy, PwC