Event: Company Secretary Forum

Reporting issues, engaging with shareholders and running an effective AGM

About the conference

Dear Colleague

Company Secretary Forum, 20 November, The Tower Hotel,
London - Reporting issues, engaging with shareholders and
running an effective AGM

I am delighted to be chairing Practical Law Company's inaugural Company Secretary Forum. PLC is launching this event, targeted specifically at company secretaries, to focus on the key issues for next year's reporting and AGM season.

Given the government's proposals in relation to the structure of narrative reporting and the recent announcement on its reforms to executive pay, we need to consider the impact of these changes and start thinking about how to prepare for next year's reporting season under this new framework. Furthermore, following this year's "shareholder spring", we need to reflect on how we can ensure that we continue to engage effectively with the owners of our companies.

Our expert panel of speakers will discuss these areas in more detail and will share practical tips for appointing an external board evaluation facilitator and running an effective AGM.

The Forum will provide an ideal opportunity to pool our collective wisdom, share our experiences and prepare ourselves for the changes ahead. I am looking forward to a day of informative presentations, discussion and debate.

I very much look forward to seeing you on 20 November.

Yours faithfully

GRANT DAWSON, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Centrica plc (and chair of the GC100)


Grant Dawson

Grant Dawson

Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Centrica

Grant Dawson has been Group General Counsel & Company Secretary of Centrica since the demerger of British Gas on 17 February 1997.

Grant has overall responsibility for Legal, Regulatory and Secretariat activities across the Group and the day to day operating of the main board. Grant is a member of the Centrica Executive and Corporate Responsibility Committees.

Grant is also Chairman of Centrica Storage Limited, the subsidiary which owns/operates the on-shore Easington Terminal and off-shore Rough platform, the largest UK gas storage facility.

In addition, Grant holds two external appointments: Chairman of the GC100, the association of FTSE100 General Counsel; and Chairman of the CBI Competition Panel.

Jo Swinson

Jo Swinson MP

Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

Jo Swinson won East Dunbartonshire in 2005. She is a familiar face at the Business Department having previously been Parliamentary Private Secretary to Vince Cable from 2010-2012 before moving on in that role to support the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

Jo was brought up in East Dunbartonshire, where she attended Douglas Academy in Milngavie. She graduated from the London School of Economics in 2000 with a First Class Honours degree in Management.

After graduating she moved to Yorkshire and worked as marketing manager for the commercial radio station Viking FM, before moving back to Scotland to work as marketing manager for the small media business SpaceandPeople.

She has previously held Liberal Democrat spokesmanships on foreign affairs, equality, Scotland and the arts. Jo was a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee from 2007-2010 and was also the chairperson of the Liberal Democrats Women's Policy Working Group in 2009. As a backbench MP, Jo co-founded the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Allergy, Wellbeing Economics, and Body Image. Jo is also a member of the Ditchley Foundation's Programme Committee.

A champion of positive action rather than positive discrimination, Jo chaired the Lib Dem Campaign for Gender Balance from 2006 - 2008. Jo was a member of the Speaker's Conference from 2009-2010 which looked at ways to increase the number of women and black and minority ethnic MPs.

David Jackson

David Jackson

Company Secretary, BP

David Jackson is Company Secretary at BP, and has held that position since July 2003. He is actively involved with the Board and its Committees in the development of corporate governance. Previously he was General Counsel and Company Secretary at PowerGen from 1989 to 2002 were he was responsible for all legal matters relating to the PowerGen Group of Companies and all company secretarial matters relating to the Board its committees and their corporate governance.

Prior to that David held a number of legal positions with Matthew Hall, AMEC, Chloride Group, Nestle UK and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert.

David is a Director of BP Pensions Trustees Limited.

David has an LLB (Hons) from the University of Bristol.

Lawrence Dickinson

Lawrence Dickinson

Company Secretary, Barclays

Lawrence joined Barclays from University in 1979. He undertook a variety of branch, regional and head office roles before becoming a branch manager in the City. He then moved to Group Strategy and Planning where he was responsible for the development and implementation of economic capital, the basis for the Group's performance measurement system. Lawrence was appointed Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Executive Officer in 1998. He continued in this role when Matt Barrett became CEO, working in particular on the acquisition of the Woolwich. Following a short spell as Global Chief Operating Officer in the Private Bank, Lawrence was appointed Company Secretary in September, 2002.

Ben Mathews

Ben Mathews

Company Secretary, Rio Tinto

Ben joined as company secretary of Rio Tinto in 2007. Prior to joining Rio Tinto, he spent five years with BG Group as company secretary. He has previously worked for National Grid, British American Tobacco and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Ben is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and has a joint honours degree in French and European Studies.

Susan Swabey

Susan Swabey

Company Secretary, Smith & Nephew

Susan Swabey has been Company Secretary of Smith & Nephew since May 2009, having previously held senior company secretarial roles at Amersham and Prudential.

Susan's experience covers Board support, corporate governance, corporate transactions, share registration, listing obligations, corporate social responsibility, pensions, insurance and employee and executive share plans.

Susan is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars and sits on a number of industry working groups including the GC100 Executive Committee and the CBI Companies Committee reviewing and commenting on new market developments. She has a particular interest in registration and settlement matters.

Rosemary Martin

Rosemary Martin

Group General Counsel & Company Secretary, Vodafone

Rosemary is Group General Counsel & Company Secretary. She previously served as CEO of the Practical Law Group having previously spent 11 years with Reuters Group in various company secretary and legal roles, with the last five years as Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. Before joining Reuters she was a partner with Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. Rosemary was admitted as a solicitor in 1984. She is a non-executive director of HSBC Bank (the European arm of HSBC Group) and a member of The Corporate Governance Advisory Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Richard Carter

Richard Carter

Director, Business Environment, Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Richard Carter is the Director, Business Environment at BIS. He leads work on issues that are central to the growth of all businesses, regardless of their size, sector or location. This includes company law, audit, accounting and corporate governance. Current live topics include the Government's current consultation on narrative reporting, the independent review by John Kay of UK Equity Markets and long term decision making, and European initiatives in audit and corporate governance. He also works with other Government departments on issues ranging from infrastructure to migration and from banking to tax. He is a career civil servant, and previously worked on the Companies Act 1989, the Companies (Audit Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 and the preparation of Companies Act 2006.

Baroness Virginia Bottomley

Baroness Virginia Bottomley

Chair, Board Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Baroness Virginia Bottomley chairs the Odgers Berndtson Board Practice. The Board Practice conducts searches for Chairmen, Chief Executives and Non-Executive Directors for plcs and private companies.

Virginia is an NED on BUPA and Smith & Nephew. She was for 12 years on the Board of Dutch chemicals and coatings company Akzo Nobel. Virginia is also a member of the International Advisory Council of Chugai Pharmaceuticals (Japan).

As part of her pro-bono activities, Virginia is Chancellor of the University of Hull and Governor of the London School of Economics. She is a member of the UK Advisory Council of the International Chamber of Commerce and a Trustee of The Economist Newspaper.

Virginia was a member of the House of Commons from 1984 to 2005 serving successively as Secretary of State for Health and National Heritage (now Culture, Media and Sport) serving in both John Major and Margaret Thatcher's Governments. Virginia was appointed a Life Peer in 2005.

Following her first degree, Virginia gained an MSc in Social Administration from the London School of Economics.

Vanessa Knapp

Vanessa Knapp OBE

Principal Consultant, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Vanessa Knapp is a principal consultant in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's corporate practice . She has a wide experience of corporate transactions and a particular interest in changes to company law and corporate governance in the UK and EU. She was awarded an OBE for services to corporate law as the UK representative of the Company Law Committee of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE). She was a member of the EU expert advisory group providing advice to the Commission on corporate governance and company law and a member of the Reflection Group set up by the Commission on the future of EU company law. She is a member (and former chairman) of The Law Society Company Law Committee and the City of London Law Society Company Law Committee.

William Underhill

William Underhill

Partner, Slaughter and May

William Underhill is a partner in Slaughter and May. He specialises in company law and corporate finance, including securities issues and mergers and acquisitions, acting for a number of major corporate clients on a wide range of transactions and advisory matters. He has been an editor of Weinberg & Blank on Takeovers since March 1995. He is Chairman of the City of London Law Society Company Law Committee and a member of the Financial Reporting Lab Steering Group.

Sarah Wiggins

Sarah Wiggins

Partner, Linklaters LLP

Sarah joined Linklaters as a trainee and became a Partner in 2000. Sarah specialises in all types of public and private M&A and equity transactions typically with a cross border focus. She is global co-head of our chemicals sector, leads a corporate group in London and advises a number of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 on a wide range of matters, including corporate governance issues. She is on the gender committee at Linklaters and is on the 30% club steering committee.

James Palmer

James Palmer

Corporate Partner, Herbert Smith

James has been at Herbert Smith since 1986 and a partner since 1994. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and corporate governance, capital markets and financial services regulatory transactions and advice.

His practice has focussed in particular on hostile and contested takeovers, on equity capital markets and on advice to corporate clients and investment banks on regulatory and risk issues. He chairs the FSA's listing Authority Advisory Committee, and previously established the City of London Law Society's Liaison Group with the UKLA. He has been involved for more than fifteen years in developments in UK and EU regulation including in relation to the Market Abuse regimes, the Prospectus and Transparency Directives, the Takeovers Directive, the Takeover Code and UK Statutory regime for takeover regulation and the UK Companies Act 2006.

Charles Bowman

Charles Bowman

Senior Assurance Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Charles Bowman is an audit partner and specialises in delivering audit and capital market transaction services for larger listed companies. Charles has been a partner for 16 years.Charles has considerable audit and assurance experience of top-tier public companies. Until recently, he has led PwC's Top-Tier Audit and Assurance practice.

Having spent several years as a lead audit partner, he is an accredited listings and due diligence partner and has extensive experience of stock exchange reporting and working alongside investment banker, legal and other advisor teams. He has also advised clients on other assurance assignments including IFRS conversions and Sarbanes Oxley.

Charles has recently become Chairman of the Audit and Assurance Faculty of the ICAEW. He also leads our UK firm’s network of partners reviewing the Corporate Reporting agenda.

Peter Swabey

Peter Swabey

Company Secretary and Industry Leadership Director, Equiniti

Peter is Company Secretary and Industry Leadership Director at Equiniti and a Director of David Venus & Company. He is the external face of Equiniti, and is responsible for our engagement with market, government and regulatory contacts; representing registrar and issuer interests on industry bodies; and managing our responses to formal and informal consultations.

A Fellow of ICSA, Peter has worked for more than 25 years in the share registration industry. Peter is immediate past chairman of the ICSA Registrars Group, and is a member of the ICSA Company Secretary's Forum, the CBI Companies Committee and the Shareholder Voting Working Group. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and events, with an industry-wide reputation as an expert on shareholder and corporate governance matters.

Michael Kempe

Michael Kempe

Chief Development Officer, Capita Registrars

Michael Kempe joined the Capita Registrars board in July 2007 as Operations Director, responsible for industry issues as well as all operations relating to registration, corporate actions, investor relations and corporate reconciliations.

Michael is now Chief Development Officer of Capita Registrars and is responsible for all product development, projects and industry issues.

Jonathan Hayward

Jonathan Hayward

Co-founder and Director, Independent Audit Limited

Jonathan has over 30 years' professional experience, with much of the last decade spent focusing on governance. He was one of the founders of Independent Audit Limited ten years ago, and has been closely involved in building the firm up to its present position as a leading advisor on board governance. Over the last few years he has personally participated in around 40 board and committee reviews, as well as in a wide range of other advisory work.

He has experience of boards and internal governance at all sorts of companies, from FTSE100 to small cap and covering a wide range of industries in the UK and internationally. He has also worked with many non-corporate boards, including mutuals, pension funds, hospitals and NGOs.

Jonathan was the primary author of Independent Audit's 2009 publication "Getting It Right", a study of risk governance commissioned by the ICAEW Foundation on behalf of the FRC. Before founding Independent Audit in 2002, he was a partner in PwC. In 1992 he moved to Moscow for three years, to found Price Waterhouse's financial services practice in Russia and the CIS.

Colin Watts

Colin Watts

Company Secretary, Makinson Cowell

Colin Watts is the Company Secretary of Makinson Cowell. His role includes responsibility for the company's shareholder identification and analysis work.  Colin joined Makinson Cowell in 1999 having spent the previous 13 years at The United Bank of Kuwait, a British-based investment and commercial bank, where he held the positions of CFO and Company Secretary.

Jon Ford

Jon Ford


Formerly with Thomson Financial and the London Stock Exchange, Jonathan was most recently Client Director at Investis, Europe’s leading consultancy in Online Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, where he had responsibility for some of the UK’s largest companies, including Rolls-Royce plc, Vodafone plc and Tesco plc. Jonathan now spearheads the development of Broadridge’s investor communication solutions business in the UK and Ireland, in particular helping investors and issuers to maximise communications, increase transparency and identify cost-savings in the proxy voting space. There is a growing focus in the UK for increased transparency and disclosure through initiatives such as The Stewardship Code, and Broadridge has the solutions and domain experience to help firms meet this ongoing requirement.

Alison Kennedy

Alison Kennedy

Governance & Stewardship Director, Standard Life Investments

Alison Kennedy is Governance & Stewardship Director at Standard Life Investments where she has responsibility for governance engagement on a global basis and oversight of the global voting process and of client reporting. Corporate governance is an integral part of the investment process at Standard Life Investments and, as such, her role also involves working with the fund management team to provide input and insight into their decision-making process.

Alison, who has twenty five years experience in the investment industry, joined Standard Life Investments' Governance & Stewardship team in April 2005. Her previous experience was as a UK fund manager/analyst working for several major investment institutions in London and Edinburgh including Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and Abbey National Asset Managers. She has a Business degree from Edinburgh University.

Sacha Sadan

Sacha Sadan

Director of Corporate Governance, Legal & General Investment Management

Sacha Sadan leads LGIM's Corporate Governance team. The team performs a highly active role in engaging with the companies LGIM invests in, seeking to deliver the best possible long-term value for shareholders. Prior to joining LGIM, Sacha worked for Gartmore where he was a Senior UK Equity Fund Manager and co-managed a range of UK equity hedge, retail and institutional funds. Sacha was the top-rated Pan European Fund Manager in the Thomson Reuters Extel Awards in 2010, as voted by UK Companies and key sell-side participants. Prior to Gartmore, Sacha was the lead UK Equity Fund Manager of a £4bn pension fund for the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Sacha is a member of the CFA institute and holds a BA in Accounting & Finance from Manchester University.

Patrick Neave

Patrick Neave

Senior Remuneration Analyst, Association of British Insurers

Patrick is Senior Remuneration Analyst in the Investment Affairs Directorate. His principle responsibilities cover the analysis and review of share incentive schemes and executive remuneration issues. He also acts as Secretary to the ABI's Remuneration and Share Schemes Committee, and works in close liaison with the IVIS voting information team.

Patrick is a Chartered Secretary (with specialist interest in Corporate Governance) and has a City background of commodities and investment banking.


Time Details
8.15am - 9.00am Registration
9.00am - 9.15am Introductions
9.15am - 9.45am Key note speaker:

Jo Swinson MP
Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

9.45am - 10.45am

Narrative reporting: Taking narrative reporting forward under the proposed new framework

This session will look at the government's proposals in relation to narrative reporting and will consider the changes that need to be made to next year's annual report. Hear from our panel of experts who will:

  • Provide an update on the government's proposal for a high-level strategic report and separate annual directors' statement and will consider what this means for the structure of next year's annual report.
  • Consider how these proposals interlink with the changes to executive pay reporting.
  • Focus on the reporting changes required next year, in particular to reflect new Corporate Governance Code requirements.
  • Discuss the elements of best practice reporting and how to give a meaningful explanation of non-compliance with the Code.
  • Reflect on what is on the horizon from Europe – is "comply or explain" under threat?

Charles Bowman, Senior Assurance Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Richard Carter, Director, Business Environment, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
James Inglis, Partner, Linklaters
Lawrence Dickinson, Company Secretary, Barclays

10.45am - 11.15am Coffee break
11.15am - 12.00pm

Board diversity: Increasing the number of women and diversity of all kinds on plc boards

As measures to increase the number of women on boards has been high on not just the government's, but also the European Commission's agenda, this debate will consider:

  • Whether the focus should be on the need for greater diversity of all kinds in the boardroom, rather than just seeking to increase the number of women on boards.
  • How companies have responded to Lord Davies' recommendations for increasing the number of women on boards.
  • What action needs to be taken to ensure there is the right pipeline for the promotion of women to executive roles.
  • The contents of the board's diversity policy and what reference should be made to gender.

Baroness Virginia Bottomley, Chair, Board Practice, Odgers Berndtson
Vanessa Knappe OBE, Principal Consultant, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Rosemary Martin, Group General Counsel and Company Secretary, Vodafone

12.00pm - 1.00pm

Executive pay: The impact of the government's proposals

As the government has announced its most "comprehensive reforms of the framework for directors' remuneration in a decade", requiring listed companies to seek a binding vote on their remuneration policy every three years and to disclose a single total remuneration figure for each director, and issued a further consultation on remuneration reporting regulations, this panel session will:

  • Examine the content of the new proposals; what are the voting and disclosure obligations and when will they come into effect?
  • Consider what the pay policy will look like and how to show the link between performance and pay.
  • Discuss the methodology to be followed when calculating the single total pay figure and hear from companies that have already disclosed this information.
  • Consider the impact of the proposals on next year's reporting season. Will companies choose early compliance and use next year as a dry run? If so, how will this need to be built into the planning and reporting agenda?
  • Reflect on the "shareholder spring", what caused the issues and how they can be addressed ahead of next year's AGM season.

Richard Carter, Director, Business Environment, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
William Underhill, Partner, Slaughter and May
Sacha Sadan, Director of Corporate Governance, Legal & General Investment Management
David Jackson, Company Secretary, BP
Ben Mathews, Company Secretary, Rio Tinto

1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm - 2.45pm

Board evaluation: The role of the external facilitator

The Corporate Governance Code recommends that board evaluation should be externally facilitated at least every three years, which the FRC believes will bring a valuable fresh perspective to the evaluation process. This discussion will offer practical guidance and advice in relation to:

  • The role of the external facilitator - is it to evaluate or facilitate?
  • How to choose the right facilitator for the company's needs.
  • The approach taken and process used by facilitators.
  • Determining the right level of disclosure of the evaluation and facilitation process, results and action taken in the annual report.

Jonathan Hayward, Co-founder and Director, Independent Audit
Lawrence Dickinson, Company Secretary, Barclays

2.45pm - 3.45pm

Engaging with shareholders: An investor's perspective

The FRC believes that more effective engagement between institutional shareholders and business should improve the governance and performance of companies. But how can companies ensure they are engaging effectively with investors? This panel session will:

  • Examine the impact of the Stewardship Code and discuss whether it has enhanced the quality of engagement between institutional shareholders and companies.
  • Discuss investors' concerns for 2013.
  • Consider whether the government's proposals will empower shareholders to engage effectively with companies on pay.

This session will be chaired by James Palmer, Corporate Partner, Herbert Smith.

Patrick Neave, Senior Remuneration Analyst, Investment Directorate, ABI
Alison Kennedy, Governance & Stewardship Director, Standard Life Investments
Susan Swabey, Company Secretary, Smith & Nephew
Michael Kempe, Chief Development Officer, Capita Registrars

3.45pm - 4.15pm Afternoon tea
4.15pm - 5.00pm

The voting process: How it works and how to overcome problems with complex voting chains

This session will offer practical advice regarding the operation of the UK voting process and will consider:

  • How the voting system works.
  • The complexities of the investment chain and the role of the different participants including: proxy voting advisory services; fund managers; custodians; voting agents; and registrars.
  • How to address the problems with the voting system.
  • Whether the Stewardship Code has had any impact on shares being voted.

Colin Watts, Company Secretary, Makinson Cowell
Jon Ford, Broadridge
Peter Swabey, Company Secretary and Industry Leadership Director, Equiniti
Susan Swabey, Company Secretary, Smith & Nephew

5.00pm - 5.45pm

The AGM: Practical issues to consider when running an effective AGM

In addition to the legal requirements of the AGM, the meeting itself is one of the key events for the board to present to, and engage with, its shareholders. Regardless of the size of a company's shareholder base, preparation is key to ensuring an effective and well run AGM. This interactive panel session will:

  • Reflect on the key issues from the 2012 AGM season.
  • Consider any changes to the business to be proposed in 2013.
  • Discuss practical tips for running an effective AGM including: preparing for the unknown; dealing with questions; voting arrangements; and broadcasting via a webcast.

David Jackson, Company Secretary, BP
Ben Mathews, Company Secretary, Rio Tinto
Gareth Roberts, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

5.45pm - 5.55pm Closing comments from chair
6.00pm End of conference followed by drinks reception

This programme is subject to change.

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Date: 20 November 2012

Location: Hilton London Tower Bridge hotel

The Tower Hotel, St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1LD, United Kingdom TEL: 44 871 376 9036

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With over 50 years' experience in share registration, employee benefits and retail investment services; Equiniti is the UK's undisputed market leader.

We act as registrar for around 700 companies of all sizes including around 50 per cent of the FTSE 100. Equiniti offers unrivalled expertise and is committed to bringing you the very best possible service now and in the future. We have a strong belief in creating longstanding partnerships to meet and exceed your expectations.

Thanks to our extensive expertise, you can be sure we will manage your register and employee plans efficiently and effectively.



Capita Registrars is the UK's largest provider of share registration and value-added services, to more than 1,300 companies.

We pride ourselves on delivering a flexible, responsive, professional and personalised service in order to satisfy the expectations of our clients. We operate in 8 sites across the UK, Ireland and Jersey, and work alongside Capita IRG Trustees Limited who provides our regulated services and helps companies with their share plan and share dealing needs.

No other UK registrar is part of a FTSE 100 group.

Independent Audit

Independent Audit

Independent Audit are leading advisors for board, governance and assurance effectiveness. We have worked with many FTSE100 and FTSE250 companies, pension funds, charities and public sector organisations.

Our integrated services are unique: we provide full external reviews of the Board, committees, risk governance, internal audit, external audit and behaviour & ethics, assessing how different parts of the governance structure are working and how well they link up, or looking in detail at specific governance and assurance issues.

And if you are looking for an economical alternative to full external review or wanting to undertake an internal review, our leading web-based service, Thinking Board, could be just what you're looking for.



Computershare is a global market leader in transfer agency and share registration, employee equity plans, proxy solicitation and stakeholder communications.

The unparalleled expertise of our people, our continued investment in technology, our excellent customer service and our geographical spread mean that we have market leading offerings across the diverse range of our businesses.

Many of the world's leading organisations use us to streamline and maximise the value of relationships with their investors, employees, creditors and customers. In the UK alone, Computershare has over 1,500 registry clients.

Computershare is represented in all major financial markets and has over 12,000 employees worldwide.

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills

Herbert Smith Freehills is a leading, full-service, international commercial law firm with an outstanding reputation for high-value transactional advice and a leading market position for dispute resolution.

Our clients are mainly prominent global and national businesses that we serve from a network of offices in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We also advise clients on their finance, real estate, competition, tax, and employment, pensions and incentives matters and are acknowledged as leaders in a number of industry sectors, including energy and natural resources, and financial institutions.



Broadridge is a technology services company focused on global capital markets. Broadridge is a market leader enabling secure and accurate processing of information for communications and securities transactions among issuers, investors and financial intermediaries. Broadridge builds the infrastructure that underpins proxy services for over 90% of public companies and mutual funds in North America; processes more than $4.5 trillion in fixed income and equity trades per day; and saves companies billions annually through its technology solutions.

Thomson Reuters Accelus

Thomson Reuters Accelus

Thomson Reuters Accelus is a comprehensive suite of solutions specifically built to address the governance, risk and compliance challenges faced by the board room, and their legal, compliance, audit, and risk management professionals. Empower strategic decision-making with BoardLink; a secure, easy-to-use board solution that enhances communication and improves board performance.

BoardLink is a Web-based portal with an optional iPad app that allows company secretaries and board members to communicate effectively in a secure environment.

BoardLink makes board pack compilation and distribution much easier for company secretaries. With an intuitive, streamlined interface and centralised archive, BoardLink organises and clarifies information for company secretaries and board members so they can focus on the business.

Diligent Broadbooks

Diligent Broadbooks

Over 2,000 boards and 39,000 individual directors, executives and administrators worldwide rely on Diligent Board Member Services, Inc. to speed and simplify how board materials are produced, communicated and viewed. As the world's most widely used board portal for the iPad and browser, Diligent Boardbooks® has pioneered ease of use, stringent security, and superior training and support since 2001. Our wide range of customers in Europe includes 30 of the FTSE100 in the UK. We also serve 119 of the Fortune 500 in the US. Today, we are a public company with cumulative sales totaling almost $US 39.2 million. Our ranking in the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 places us among the fastest growing technology companies in America. Diligent has offices located in New York (headquarters), London, Sydney, Christchurch, Singapore and Hong Kong.

DF King Worldwide

DF King Worldwide

Founded in 1942, D. F. King Worldwide is a leading international, full-service proxy solicitation firm, specializing in proxy contests, tender/exchange offers and merger votes. With offices in New York and London, the firm maintains top-ranked shares of the U.S. and European M&A markets for its services, including shareholder analyses and vote projections, proxy solicitation for annual/special meetings of stockholders (AGMs/EGMs) and information agent services in tender/exchange offers. Through internal and external growth initiatives, the firm has expanded vertically and laterally with complementary and value-added offerings, which can be integrated into its core services or provided on a standalone basis.



HL TRAD is a leading international translation company, providing specialist language services exclusively to legal and financial professionals through our offices in London, Paris and Brussels.

Our dedicated account managers are on hand 7 days a week to handle urgent translation requests, working closely with our experienced project management team and global network of expert legal and financial translators. Covering over 100 language combinations and offering sworn and certified translations, HL TRAD is the language services provider of choice for many top tier law firms and financial institutions across the UK and Europe.



Used by one-third of the Fortune 500, BoardVantage is making the paperless boardroom a reality. As leaders in iPad innovation, we are setting the bar for the director mobile experience, and as experts in process capture, we are driving the shift from book access to board process. BoardVantage consistently meets the security standards of enterprise IT departments, including those of major financial institutions.

New Bridge Street

New Bridge Street

New Bridge Street is a leading advisor on executive compensation. Based in London, we work with companies in the UK, Europe and worldwide, of all sizes and across all sectors.

We provide tailored advice on remuneration that supports our client’s business strategy and culture. Our team has a broad spectrum of experience. With around 50 full-time professionals, our consultants include reward specialists, accountants, lawyers and investor relations experts – enabling us to provide a full service from strategy through to shareholder liaison and implementation.

Our reputation is for combining innovative solutions with a practical and straightforward approach.

Oakwood Corporate Services

Oakwood Corporate Services

Oakwood Corporate Services is a leading, independent, specialist provider of company secretarial, corporate governance and compliance services. With a wealth of experience and specialist expertise, Oakwood is the chosen provider of company secretarial services to a broad range of corporate clients, including UK and US-listed groups, private equity-backed companies, SMEs and not-for-profit organisations.

Providing a City law firm-quality, outsourced company secretarial compliance service, which reduces the administrative burden and minimises risk for our clients, Oakwood offers a partner-led service, technical excellence and cutting-edge systems, with fixed fees at highly competitive rates.

Edis Bates

Edis Bates

Edis-Bates Associates is a consultancy working primarily with boards and company secretaries of UK listed PLCs. It provides continuing professional development for PLC boards and company secretaries, and conducts board performance evaluations for FTSE 350 companies.

The firm, led by Jon Edis-Bates, also advises on UK governance practice and supports company secretaries in a number of areas - from drafting board papers to writing sections of the annual report. As a result of its strong network amongst the company secretarial community, the practice also conducts executive searches for senior company secretaries.


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