Simon Osborne is a board evaluation specialist, governance consultant and trainer. He stepped down as chief executive of ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute (CGI) on 30 June 2019, having held the role since 1 October 2011. That appointment followed eight years as Joint Head of ICSA Board Evaluation, a consultancy role to which he has since returned.
Simon is a Fellow of the global CGI, having qualified first as a solicitor in 1973. He worked as in-house counsel for 30 years in the railway industry, latterly as company secretary and general counsel and then as a main board executive director of the former Railtrack Group PLC. Simon is now an Executive Fellow with the London Business School Leadership Institute.
In addition to his board evaluation practice, he delivers training programmes for company directors. Simon is a member of the International Corporate Governance Network (he is immediate past chair of ICGN’s Bylaws & Procedures Committee and was a founder member of its Business Ethics Committee). He is a vice-president of a charity, the Railway Benefit Fund of which he was previously the deputy chair.
He has served also as a NED of a boutique media and events company; chair of the ICSA Company Secretaries Forum; a member and chair of the audit committee of The Law Society of England and Wales; a member of the audit committee of a major City of London law firm; a member of the former police authority for the British Transport Police; a member of the statutory Railway Heritage Committee; and a member of the Committee of Inquiry into UK Vote Execution.
The objective of the 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.
It will be shown that a proportionate and insightful approach the application of governance principles in all organisations is to be commended; and that governance measures need to be embedded on a ‘business as usual’ basis, with governance requirements being factored into each board’s annual cycle. Each organisation’s own governance framework needs to be bespoke, made to measure.
Governance essentials will be highlighted; for example:
The presentation is intended to be interactive with the audience encouraged to ask questions and engage with the presenter. Following the presentation, participants will receive a paper setting out the key themes of the presentation together with the presenter’s slides.
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.
Our Open Courses are offered at different times of the year to suit delegates from all over the world. By keeping delegate numbers to a maximum of 6 per course enables us to keep our delivery dynamic, interactive and engaging.
Each of our management workshops cover a number of key points and provides practical advice and guidance on how to make successful application. Though not exhaustive, our list serves as an example of topics we cover. We can tailor any course to fit your company needs.