Board Composition

Board Diversity: What, Why and How

Written by on November 24, 2015 in Board Composition, Board Effectiveness, Governance with 0 Comments

What is Board Diversity? Board diversity has had a lot of press lately.  Mostly it’s been about the encouraging fact that the number of women on listed company boards is at last registering on the gauge. I rejoice in this, and I congratulate those women, but seriously: this is barely scratching the surface. Why does […]

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Right-Sizing Your Board

Written by on September 22, 2015 in Board Composition with 0 Comments

What’s the Right Size for a Board? A good board is a fit-for-purpose board. It has the right mix of skills, background, perspectives and expertise for the present moment in the organisation’s life.  But what’s the right size?  It’s a very common question, and it doesn’t have a simple answer. One end of the spectrum […]

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What Makes a Good Director?

Written by on April 1, 2014 in Board Composition with 5 Comments

What Makes a Good Director? Recently I had 60 seconds to tell my audience about what I do.  I decided to focus on one topic, and I chose director qualities.  I came up with 4.5.  What would be your list?  Here’s mine. It strikes me that the common ground is balance.  All board work calls […]

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Should Your Accountant be on Your Board?

Written by on January 17, 2014 in Board Composition, Board Effectiveness with 1 Comment

Should your (or indeed an) accountant be a member of your board of directors?  Accountants, of course, have extremely valuable skills and in general extremely high professional standards. But is that reason enough?  I’d like to suggest three strong reasons to think carefully about this. 1. Tax Minimisation In all likelihood your accountant, like most […]

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