Dr Kevan Williams

Kevan is an Associate Professor of Strategy at the University of East Anglia teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in areas such as strategy, leadership, change, governance and ethics.  An experienced company director currently he is a director of a business providing leadership and management services to schools and multiacademy trusts. He is a mentor to business owners, is an author, facilitator and a trainer.

Kevan argues that we build and run better business if we focus on education. Sharing knowledge in helping existing leaders make the right decisions and helping young people learning of the force for good that is responsible business and helping them prepare for their future leadership roles.

Coming to teaching part way through his career, and previously a scientist, his working in the private sector, the public sector, the higher education sector and having setup and run his own business, provides Kevan with powerful insights into organisational behaviours and the value of lifelong learning in business.

Dr Scarlett Brown

Scarlett is an experienced social researcher, specialising in responsible business, the world of work, and corporate governance. She is passionate about helping organisations and businesses have better, evidence-based practice.

She has a passion for research, using both qualitative and quantitative methods and data analysis. She speaks and presents on a wide range of topics –  ranging from investor relations masterclasses at the London Stock Exchange to Purple Reign: a conference on the life and legacy of Prince. She also writes for a wide range of stakeholders, including academic and practitioner audiences.

Scarlett has a PhD in Management and Business Research from King’s College London, where she used in-depth interview research on FTSE 350 directors to uncover gender difference in how non-executive directors are appointed, and the effect of the Davies’ Review. Her book, “Gender and Corporate Boards” was published in 2020.  She also has a BSc in Sociology from the University of Bristol and an MSc in Sociology from London School of Economics. Before joining Tomorrow’s Company Scarlett was a Senior Governance Analyst at Grant Thornton Governance Institute, and co-author of their annual Corporate Governance Review.

Scarlett currently works with a number of organisations on their research strategies: she is a consultant to the CIPD in their Policy team, working on corporate governance and responsible business, and is Think Tank lead at Board Intelligence. Previously she was a research fellow at the University of Oxford, as the industry engagement lead for the Oxford Character Project, a major research initiative into the role of character in responsible leadership.

She is also co-founder of Dynamic Boards, a non-executive director recruitment platform, and a non-executive director and trustee.

scarlett@tomorrowscompany.com

Claire Dobson

Claire has a degree in Economics from York University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Secretarial and Business Studies.  After spending a year travelling and working around the world, Claire worked for ten years as PA to Dick Onians, the Managing Director of Baring Private Equity Partners.

Claire has worked with Tomorrow’s Company for many years and takes care of the network, events and partnerships. Claire is our main point of contact for all things Tomorrow’s Company, past and present.

claire@tomorrowscompany.com

Peter Ward

Peter Ward qualified as a chartered accountant and spent 15 years as a partner with Deloitte and, through merger, Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). He was a member of the Tomorrow’s Company Inquiry and this inspired his move to consulting on the development of businesses and organisations to achieve long-term sustainable success. Engagements have included the creation of strategic frameworks, execution of strategy, senior team development, post-merger integration and the management of key stakeholders including investors and customers.

Peter works internationally with chief executives on the transformation of their businesses and their growth, both organically and through acquisition. The long-term nature of the pursuit of sustainable success means that relationships with key executives continue over many years. He is currently overseeing the development of Telos Partners into a single international business.

 

Mark Goyder

Mark spent 15 years in managerial roles in the paper, printing and engineering industries.  In 1994 he initiated the RSA Tomorrow’s Company Inquiry, a three-year investigation into the future role of business conducted by a team of business leaders. Building on this work Mark went on to found Tomorrow’s Company to inspire and enable business to be a force for good in society.  The recommendations made by the Tomorrow’s Company Inquiry laid the foundations for the “enlightened shareholder value” approach in the redefinition of the directors’ duties in the 2006 Companies Act. The report was the first to make the case that purpose, values and relationships – and not the narrow pursuit of financial objectives – lay at the heart of sustainable business success, a case that is now widely acknowledged across the business and investment world. 

In recent years he has concentrated on the issue of board and investor responsibilities for stewardship., co-authoring a report with the Institute for Family Business on Family Business Stewardship. He led the formation and work of the UK’s Investor Stewardship Working Party which in 2012 launched the 2020 Stewardship report (and culminated in the 2018 Better Stewardship report). This work was the catalyst for the creation in the UK of the world’s first Stewardship Code, an innovation now repeated around the world. In 2018 Mark was appointed the sole independent member on the Wates Committee, set up by the UK government to develop corporate governance principles for privately owned businesses. 

In 2013 he initiated a new project entitled Tomorrow’s Business Forms, and through this Tomorrow’s Company developed the idea of a ‘Trust Test’. The idea of a standard set of requirements, which private sector organisations can meet to demonstrate trustworthiness to the public sector was then developed by the British Standards Institution (BSI) and launched as British Standard 95009 in 2019. It is intended for use as a framework which helps those in the procurement process to more accurately assess the culture and character of organisations tendering for and procuring contracts.

Between 1985 and 1989 Mark was a Kent County Councillor. In 2018 he was invited to become a member and later Deputy Chair of the Public Service Reform Commission initiated in 2018 by the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The Commission has been which is focusing on the improvement of health and social care in the region. Mark has served in advisory capacities for the British Airways, BT, Camelot, Novo Nordisk and Walgreens Boots Alliance. He is author or co-author of many Tomorrow’s Company publications and of three books. Most recently he is co-author, with Singapore’s Ong Boon Hwee, of ‘Entrusted – Stewardship for Responsible Wealth Creation published in 2020, and a Financial Times Book of the Month. In 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of East Anglia. 

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