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.
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,
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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.
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
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
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 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