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71 higher education institutions subject to enhanced financial monitoring
Lindsey Cooper

26 November 2019

This week's university strikes have once again put the spotlight on the financial pressures facing the UK's higher education sector. The latest report from the Office for Students (OfS) has revealed that 71 higher education institutions are now subject to enhanced monitoring requirements amid concerns around their financial viability and sustainability.

Further education and sixth form college board assurance
Stephanie Mason

22 November 2019

Recent years have been challenging times for many institutions in the further education sector. With these challenges, has come a greater focus on governance and governing. It is critical for boards to have a full and accurate picture of what is going on in an organisation to be able to respond in a timely and appropriate manner.

Progress too slow to manage whistleblowing within middle market businesses, says RSM
Richard Smith

13 November 2019

Research by leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM reveals that a quarter of middle market firms don’t have a formal process in place to handle whistleblowing. This compares to 33 per cent surveyed over two years ago, highlighting a rate of progress that RSM believes is too slow.

Governance ticking timebomb at Board level, survey reveals
Richard Smith

09 October 2019

An overwhelming 96 per cent of company Board members expect to see an increase in the number of criminal prosecutions of those senior executives and organisations implicated for poor risk management, yet only 21 per cent think corporate governance is critical to achieving success.

Why is stakeholder mapping critical to corporate governance?
Matthew Humphrey

08 October 2019

Stakeholder mapping is crucial to your business success, allowing you to asses how their behaviour can impact business and to ensure accurate messaging. Use this article to gain a greater understanding of the importance of this tool.

What red flags should non-executive directors always be alert to?

08 October 2019

Spotting and recognising red flags at Board level is the primary role of a non-executive director. Knowing what to look out for needs to be at the forefront of every Board member’s mind. Read more here for the kinds of red flag that non-executive directors should keep in mind.

Do organisations need a Board Assurance Framework – and what is it?
Matthew Humphrey

08 October 2019

The first question likely to be asked if thing don’t go to plan is 'what went wrong?'. Boards need to be confident and assured that the organisations they have responsibility for are running as they should be. Having a board assurance framework in place acts as a key mechanism for assessing resilience – find out more here.

Non-executive directors

08 October 2019

The role of the non-executive director is critical. All non-executive directors need to be aware of their right to challenge – and should regularly exercise that right where they think needed. Recruiting the right non-executive directors – and ensuring those appointed have the right skills to act as a critical friend - is a good first step toward effective corporate governance. Read here for more information.

What is the role of a non-executive director, or what should it be?

08 October 2019

Non-executive directors play a crucial role in challenging and holding the Board of an organisation to account. There is a specific role they should be playing and they need to be prepared. Boards also need to recognise what they should be getting from their non-executive directors. Read more here.

What is business resilience and how does corporate governance play a critical role?
Matthew Humphrey

08 October 2019

Organisations need to be robust in today's market. This isn't limited to just having financial resources but to building succession plans, horizon scanning for potential market developments and being prepared for shocks in the market. Read more here to find out how business resilience is key to effective corporate governance.

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