As modern corporate governance turns 21 following the 1992 publication of the Cadbury report, we review where UK businesses are succeeding in demonstrating accountability – and the areas that still need work.
Our interim corporate governance research into more than 240 FTSE 350 annual reports in 2011/2012 finds that while FTSE 350 chairmen are better engaged on corporate governance, many still aren’t setting a clear ‘tone from the top’.
Find out which senior management positions UK businesswomen are getting with our visualisation of data from the 2011 Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), which reveals the distribution of roles across UK boardrooms.
We’ve posted a lot about risk management recently with our report A new risk equation? Safeguarding the business model. But, of course, it’s important to remember that risk is also a vital part of what makes a business grow. No one knows this more than Luke Johnson, the man who turned Pizza Express into a household name. Here he talks about measured risk – and why we should embrace it more as we get older.
Finance directors aren’t normally the face of the company, or even seen as big names of the business world, yet it’s often the case that they are the beating heart of a successful company. Our recent What makes an outstanding FD? report, researched in conjunction with Directorbank, highlights that it’s time their worth is recognised. We also interview three directors – including Directorbank’s MD John Pearce (below) who talks about the growing importance of the finance director’s role .
Is becoming a CEO or chair a natural progression for an FD? Which is a more suitable role? When doesn’t it work? Find out what 350 directors thought about career paths for finance directors in our FD survey, researched in conjunction with Directorbank.
Chief executives Alex Connock and Ros Simmons were both facing tough challenges in their business last summer. One was fighting a shifting media battlefield seeking new business models; the other was taking her retail company international. Every week, they blogged their thoughts and agendas here on the Grant Thornton Thinking Blogs. Here’s how they did…