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  • Boardroom diversity Boardroom diversity is locked

    The composition of UK Boards should reflect the diversity of UK society as a whole. Having a Board of Directors that resemble one another too closely will not be in the interests of the company’s customers, shareholders or employees. A good Board of Directors should look within itself to ensure that the company’s interests are being met and that will include a broader participation of gender, race or religion in order to move the business forward. Executive recruitment policies should be changed to ensure this.

    31 March 2015

  • Appointing directors

    The process of appointing directors raises two kinds of issues: legal requirements; and recruitment issues relating to appointments at this level.

    27 March 2015

  • Controls over directors' powers

    The powers given to the board by a company are wide-ranging. This briefing outlines what controls are attached to these powers.

    27 March 2015

  • Directors' duties and responsibilities

    The board of directors of a company is primarily responsible for: determining the company’s strategic objectives and policies; monitoring progress towards achieving the objectives and policies; appointing senior management; accounting for the company’s activities to relevant parties, e.g. shareholders.

    27 March 2015

  • Removing directors

    The office of director may be vacated by statute, his / her death, or under a provision in either the Articles of Association of the company or a Shareholders Agreement.

    27 March 2015

  • The role of the Non-Executive Director

    Essentially the non-executive director's role is to provide a creative contribution to the board by providing objective criticism.

    27 March 2015

  • Selecting non-executive directors

    Common to many boards of directors and shareholders, is a growing acceptance that non-executive directors have a valued and necessary role to play in maximising board effectiveness.

    27 March 2015

  • Director's Service Agreement

    An executive director has certain rights and obligations arising as an employee as well as a director of a company.

    26 March 2015

  • Letter of Appointment for NED

    Details of what information is usually included in a letter of appointment.

    26 March 2015

  • Differences between directors and managers

    There are many fundamental differences between being a director and a manager. It’s not simply a trivial matter of getting a new job title and a bigger office.

    09 March 2015