Good governance concerns the proper exercise of power by different groups – directors, shareholders and other stakeholders such as customers, employees, neighbours and suppliers. It is concerned with disclosure and transparency; accountability; culture; internal control; avoiding the concentration of power in too few hands; doing business both legally and in the right way; and handling ethically conflicts of interest and duty as they arise.
All organisations – not just For-Profit businesses – need to reflect on their role in society at large and to conduct their activities in a way which demonstrates the genuine realisation that those activities should not be conducted in a vacuum.
Delivered over 4 days this Masterclass will address these issues in a practical way, with a balance of presentations and case studies; and provide delegates with the means to apply insightful and high quality governance in their organisations.
The objective of this 80 min. presentation is to persuade the audience of the vital part that the exercise of good governance plays in the success of all types of business.
The presentation will explain the meaning and purpose of good governance. How it concerns the proper exercise of power by different groups – directors, shareholders and other stakeholders such as customers, employees, neighbours and suppliers. It is concerned with disclosure and transparency; accountability; culture; internal control; avoiding the concentration of power in too few hands; doing business both legally and in the right way; and handling ethically conflicts of interest and duty as they arise.
Simon is a Fellow of the global Chartered Governance Institute (‘CGI’), having qualified first as an English solicitor. Simon is Joint Head of CGI Board Evaluation, with which he has been involved since 2003. He is also a governance consultant and trainer. He is a former CEO of the CGI division for the UK and Ireland. He worked as in-house counsel for 30 years in the British railway industry; latterly as company secretary and general counsel, and then as a main board executive director, of the former Railtrack Group PLC. The influencing and negotiating skills required of a company secretary are vital too for his role as a board evaluator.
Since 2019, Simon has been an Executive Fellow with the London Business School Leadership Institute, raising the profile of the Leadership Institute in the business community by acting as an ambassador and representative of its efforts. He is also a member of, and adviser to, the International Corporate Governance Network. In 2019/2020, he served as Principal Adviser to the Astana International Financial Centre to develop the AIFC Corporate Governance Principles and Guidance.
Simon is a vice-president (formerly a board member and deputy chair) of a Royal Charter charity, the Railway Benefit Fund. Previously he was an NED for several years of a boutique media and events company. He has served also as a member of the audit committee of The Law Society of England and Wales; the audit committee of a major City of London law firm; the Committee of Inquiry into UK Vote Execution; the former authority for the British Transport Police Force; and the statutory Railway Heritage Committee.
Simon Osborne FCG - Chartered Governance Consultant
Mr. Simon Osborne talks at the Hawkamah Corporate Governance event in Dubai about the key qualities that today's board members require. He provides insight into what makes boards great and what makes people great board members.
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