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Advisory Panel

The advisory panel’s purpose is to devise and oversee the construction of the Good Governance Index (GGI) and approve each published report.

In addition it also approves the governance criteria which determine the governance ranking of individual companies.

Ken Olisa

Chairman of the advisory panel and deputy chair, IoD

Ken Olisa is founder and chairman of Restoration Partners, the boutique technology merchant bank and architects of the Virtual Technology Cluster model. His technology career spans more than 30 years, commencing with IBM, from whom he won a scholarship while at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.

In 1992, after 12 years as a senior executive at Wang Labs in the US and Europe, he founded Interregnum, the technology merchant bank. He was elected as a fellow of the British Computer Society in 2006. He has considerable public company board-level experience on both sides of the Atlantic and as a former director of Reuters is a director of Thomson Reuters.

He was also a non-executive director of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) where he coined the expression “More Soviet than City” to describe its governance practices. He is also deputy chair of the Institute of Directors.

He is a freeman of the City of London; past master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists; a director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation; president of Thames Reach (for which he received his OBE in 2010) and of Shaw Trust, and was an original member of the Postal Services Commission (PostComm) and of the Independent Parliamentary Standard Authority and founder and chairman of the Aleto Foundation. In 2009, he was named the Sunday Times Not for Profit Non-Executive Director of the Year. In 2015, the Queen appointed him as her Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London.

Dr Roger M Barker

International corporate governance expert

Dr Roger Barker currently serves as head of corporate governance at the Institute of Directors, and is also managing director of Barker & Associates, a corporate governance advisory firm.

Previously, Roger served as the director of corporate governance and professional standards at the IoD for eight years. He is a UK member of the European Economic and Social Committee (the EU advisory body), senior adviser to the board of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa) and chairman of ecoDa's education programme for European directors. He is also an honorary associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at UCL.

A former investment banker, he spent 13 years in a variety of research and management roles in the equities businesses of UBS and Bank Vontobel, both in the UK and Switzerland. He is the holder of a doctorate from Oxford University and the author of several books on corporate governance and board effectiveness.

Professor Andrew Clare

Professor of asset management at Cass Business School

Andrew Clare is the professor of asset management at Cass Business School. He was a senior research manager in the monetary analysis wing of the Bank of England, which supported the work of the Monetary Policy Committee. While at the Bank, he was responsible for equity market and derivatives research.

He also spent three years working as the financial economist for Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM), where he was responsible for the group's investment process and where he began the development of LGIM's initial liability-driven investment offering. He is the co-author of The Trustee Guide to Investment.

He has published extensively in both academic and practitioner journals on a wide range of economic and financial market issues. He serves on the investment committee of the GEC Marconi pension plan, which oversees the investments and investment strategy of this £4bn scheme. He is a trustee and chairman of the investment committee of the £2.5bn Magnox Electric Group pension scheme, and was recently appointed a trustee of the £500m Amey pension scheme.

Estelle Clark

CQI head of profession

Estelle Clark is the CQI executive director of policy. She was previously the chair. She is also a member of the ISO technical committee responsible for the development of the first ever global standard for organisational governance, a member of the Policy Advisory Council of the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS), chairman of the technical and advisory board of Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) and chairman of the stakeholder board of Riversimple (a Wales-based company making hydrogen-powered cars.

She also judges a number of quality awards. Before focusing on governance, she was group director of safety and business assurance for Lloyd’s Register, responsible for ensuring the organisation was effective in delivering the strategic ambitions while managing business risk.

She joined Lloyd's Register in 2007 having held similar director-level roles at ABB Alstom Power, Fujitsu and the UK Financial Ombudsman Service. Her professional background is in management systems, customer engagement and project management. In 2009, she was awarded the Women in the City (of London) Lifetime Achievement award by Coutts Bank. In 2006-07, she won the awards as both UK and European Quality Leader of the Year. She is a chartered fellow of the CQI and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Tracy Gordon

Deloitte UK Centre for Corporate Governance

Tracy Gordon is one of the leaders of the Deloitte UK Centre for Corporate Governance and specialises in corporate governance matters. She heads Deloitte’s governance activities across a range of stakeholder communities and regularly presents to clients on the latest governance and corporate reporting developments.

She is a regular presenter at the Deloitte Academy and as part of Deloitte’s Next Generation CFO Programme. She also undertakes benchmarking exercises for many companies keen to meet current standards for best practice and bespoke training for board members new to the UK governance framework.

Jonathan Knight

COO and head of software services, Board Intelligence

Jonathan Knight is COO and head of software services at Board Intelligence, the board reporting and governance experts. He heads the firm’s technology arm, which provides secure software products for directors and company secretaries.

Highlighted as a Guardian Rising Star in 2015, he also serves as an advisor for technology start-ups and holds an MSc from Cambridge University.

Dr Nick Motson

Associate dean of the MSc programme.

Dr Nick Motson holds a BSc from City University Business School, an MSc from London Business School and a PhD from Cass Business School.

Following a 13-year career as a proprietary trader of interest rate derivatives in the City of London for various banks, including First National Bank of Chicago, Industrial Bank of Japan and Wachovia, he returned to Cass in 2005 to pursue his doctoral studies. Upon completion, he joined the faculty of finance full-time in 2008 and is now associate dean of the MSc programme. His research interests include asset management, portfolio construction, smart beta, hedge funds and structured products.

In 2009 he was awarded the Sciens Capital Award for Best Academic Article in The Journal of Alternative Investments for his paper “Locking in the Profits or Putting It All on Black? An empirical investigation into the risk-taking behaviour of hedge fund managers”. He teaches extensively at master’s level on alternative investments, derivatives and structured products and in recognition of the quality of his teaching he was nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit Business Professor of the Year Award in 2012. As well as teaching and researching at Cass, he actively consults for banks and hedge funds. Good Governance Report

Peter Swabey

Peter Swabey is policy and research director at ICSA

Peter Swabey is policy and research director at ICSA. Based in London, he is responsible for developing the profile of ICSA and the governance profession with members, regulators, policymakers, employers and other stakeholders by delivering thought leadership and lobbying campaigns promoting strong governance as the vital ingredient for success in organisations.

Though he joined ICSA in 2013, he has more than 30 years’ experience of company secretarial work. He was formerly company secretary and industry leadership director at Equiniti and a director of Equiniti David Venus, a company secretarial services provider. He is a member of a number of industry committees and working parties, and is a regular speaker at conferences and events, with an industry-wide reputation as an expert on shareholder and governance matters.

Professor Paolo Volpin

Head of the finance faculty at Cass Business School.

Professor Paolo Volpin is the head of the finance faculty at Cass Business School. He is also a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research and a research associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

Prior to joining Cass Business School, he was an associate professor of finance at the London Business School. He has published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Review of Finance, Journal of Economic Perspectives and other journals.

His research in corporate finance, especially in the field of corporate governance, has won several awards. He holds a PhD in economics from Harvard University.

Chris Walton

Chair of the strategy committee of NC KazMunayGas

Chris Walton is the chairman of KazMunayGas, the state oil company of Kazakhstan, and is the audit chair at the IoD. In the past, he was an audit and risk committee member for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and was also the chairman of Lothian Buses, Goldenport Holdings and Asia Resource Minerals Plc, in addition to being the senior independent director and audit chair of Rockhopper Exploration Plc.

He has also served two terms as audit chair of the Kazakhstan State Railways. As finance director of easyJet, he directed its IPO. Before this, he held senior posts at Qantas, Air New Zealand and Australia Post. He has also worked for BP Australia, the Australian Senate and Rio Tinto Hamersley Iron.

Dr Suzy Walton

Secretary and Head of Corporate Goverannce at the IoD

Dr Suzy Walton is a non-executive director on the IoD board and chair of the accreditation and standards committee. A former senior civil servant at the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence, she serves on a number of boards including the Royal Society of Medicine, Combat Stress and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

She is also on the State Honours Committee in the Cabinet Office. She has a PhD in military suicide. She has also served on the boards of HEFCE, the University of Westminster, the Royal Society of Arts, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Internet Watch Foundation. She was formerly a presenter, producer and editor for LBC Radio, BBC Television and Sky News.

James Jarvis


James Jarvis is corporate governance analyst at the IoD. In this role he supports the head of corporate governance on key IoD initiatives such as the Good Governance Report and is secretary to the Global Network of Directors Institutes.

He also represents the IoD on the Benchmarking and Information Committee at the European Confederation of Directors’ Association. Prior to this role he worked as special adviser to IoD chair Lady Barbara Judge and before this worked within the IoD Institute Secretaries Office. James is a politics graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University.