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Good Directorship – How to best steer your business through organisational change and challenge

26 Nov 2020
Online webinar, Online

In conversation with CMA Chair Jonathan Scott and Companies House Chief Executive Louise Smyth 

What can attendees expect from the session?

We are living in unprecedented times; in the midst of a global pandemic and approaching the end of the transition period for EU exit. 

Now more than ever it is vital that business leaders are fully in tune with the operations they govern.  During this talk Jonathan and Louise will discuss how directors can best equip themselves and support the staff and operations they lead, to overcome the current economic challenges that are putting unprecedented pressure on businesses today. 

The CMA is committed to empowering entry and expansion by firms (stopping exclusionary or exploitative practices by large incumbents) and encouraging competition on the right things (price, innovation and quality) not a race to the bottom.

From a CMA perspective:

• We know the majority of businesses want to do the right thing in times of crisis however we also know it is in challenging times like these, when businesses are under pressure to protect margins in the face of economic uncertainty, that anti-competitive practices can be more prevalent.
• Now more than ever, senior leaders should be on high alert to the risk of illegal business behaviours creeping into operations. 

• Company directors have a special responsibility to deter and root out suspect anti-competitive business practices.  Ultimately, if the law is broken, senior leaders are held to account and the consequences are significant (large fines, director disqualification of up to 15 years and even prison in the most serious criminal cases).
• The CMA has advice at hand to assist directors in ensuring governance is in tune with competition rules. 

• As a NED and competition lawyer, Jonathan has first-hand experience of guiding boards through periods of upheaval to ensure they stay on the right side of the law and thrive.

• As Chair of the CMA Jonathan provides an insightful perspective on learnings from the CMA’s Covid Taskforce, the economic impact on businesses at large and his thoughts on how business’ can best respond to the rapidly changing economic environment.

• As a CEO and experienced Senior Civil Servant, Louise is leading Companies House through the most significant reform programme in the history of Companies House, which will be delivered through an organisation wide transformation programme.

• The substantial and far-reaching changes will block opportunities for identity fraud and money-laundering, and improve the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate suspected crime.

• Encompassing legal, technological, policy and operational change, Louise’s ambition for Companies House to further drive confidence in the UK’s economy has Companies House colleagues and culture-change at its heart.

This is an online event. To attend, book below. We will provide a joining link before the event.

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Date & time: 26 Nov 2020 13:30 - 14:45
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Now more than ever, IoD Scotland is committed to providing access to high level events and speakers so where we can, our events will remain free for Members to attend. To secure your place, we instead ask that you may consider making a donation to our 2020 Charity Partner, Epilepsy Scotland here. Thank you.


Jonathan Scott takes on the role of Chair of the CMA at a time of economic uncertainty and imminent legal upheaval.  He was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) Board on 1 October 2016 and as Chair on 9 October 2020.

Jonathan is also a Non-Executive member of the Press and Assessment Board of the University of Cambridge, the Chairman of Governors of The Perse School in Cambridge and the Chairman of The Remuneration Committee of St Catharine’s College Cambridge.

Previous career highlights include:

• Setting up the Brussels office of Herbert Smith and subsequently leading the competition group for 12 years

• Senior Partner and Chair of Herbert Smith and post-merger, Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading global law firm. He led the firm’s European Union and Competition practice until 2007 and has chaired the firm’s Global Partnership Council, responsible for management and strategic decisions since 2010. He retired as Chair and as a partner in 2015.

Website/Social Channels: CMA social channels Twitter @CMAgovUK + LinkedIn and Instagram

Louise Smyth joined Companies House in September 2017 as Chief Executive and Registrar for England and Wales.

Before joining Companies House Louise held a number of senior positions at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), including Director of IT, Director of People, Places & Services.

Louise went on to become Chief Operating Officer in 2014, responsible for Corporate Services: IT, People, Places and Services and Finance.

Louise has also been appointed as interim Regulator of Community Interest Companies, an office holder established by the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004. The Regulator decides if an organisation is eligible to become, or continue to be, a community interest company and investigates complaints against community interest companies and provides guidance and assistance to help people set them up.




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