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Good Governance Forum: Boardrooms and Strategic Risk: How to avoid ruin and build long-term value

28th March 2012 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: Berwin Leighton Paisner, Adelaide House, London Bridge, EC4R 9HA, London

To friends and supporters of tomorrow’s company

Companies registered include:

PwC, HSBC, Financial Times, LRN, Cass Business School, Governance for Owners, KPMG, , Board Intelligence, The Nichols Group, UAC Group GmbH, Oxford University, Hansteen Holdings plc, IAC Group GmbH, Dairy Crest, Mazars LLP, Morgan Crucible, Charity Finance Director’s Group, Heartwood, Glowinoski International

This conference is unique, we have a compelling story to tell you. Boards matter, conversation counts.

T H E   M O R N I N G   S E S S I O N

We begin with Tony Manwaring, Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s Company and Leslie Dighton, the Chairmans Club Chairman framing the challenge to Boardrooms.  Then Reputability and Cass Business School present their research into the key case studies in corporate failure.  Break out groups will then be taken into session to dig deep into the research findings and discover that more often than not behavioural, so called “softer skills” or rather their lack, were contributing factors that meant that crisis turned to catastrophe.  One of our morning sessions will enable you to learn the nature of the numbers behind some of the most notorious corporate failures in the world.  This session will be led by one of the world’s leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firms.

A panel including Ralph Barber, Group Company Secretary, HSBC Holdings, Sir John Egan, past president of the CBI, John Hurrell, Chief Executive, Airmic and Brian Pomeroy will then take questions resulting from our break out group sessions.

To crystallize and capture the learning from the earlier sessions PwC with Actors in Industry will dramatize a boardroom scenario live at the conference in two highly interactive sessions that we call “The Boardroom Revealed”.

Join us in the morning session…

  • in examing the research into corporate failure
  • finding out the real numbers involved in corporate catastrophe
  • discovering the importance of behaviour and culture in value loss
  • learning the practical tools to own and challenge fairly

T H E   A F T E R N O O N   S E S S I O N

After lunch PwC return with Actors in Industry to recreate boardroom conversation for our audience.  As a counterpoint to the quantitative focus of the am sessions and in furthering our already strong argument you will draw with us on the extensive experience of the members of the Good Governance Forum and the qual and quant findings of a survey of board members of the FTSE 250 facilitated by Korn/Ferry and KPMG.  These survey results form an excellent intro to the launch of the new Good Governance Forum publication on Boardroom Conversations.  Break out groups will focus on developing a tool kit before returning to plenary and quizzing our distinguished final panel of the day: Peggy Foran, CGO and Corporate Secretary, Prudential, Timothy Wates, Chairman, Wates Family council, Mark Jenkins, Group Company Secretary, Signet Jewellers and others TBC. Tomorrow’s Company will then present the Boardroom Conversation toolkit before we conclude for the day.

Join us in the afternoon session…

  • to hear the results from the Good Governance Forum Survey
  • in developing a boardroom conversation toolkit

 A drinks reception and dinner close this uniquely valuable day.


28th March 2012
8:00 am - 5:00 pm