Speaking at the National Association of Pension Fund’s corporate governance conference in London yesterday, Kelly outlined the measures already put in place, such as the combined code on corporate governance, as well as pending legislation including the companies bill currently going through parliament.
However she warned that shareholder activism was central to all these issues.
‘Effective implementation of legislative and non-legislative measures that have been introduced require the active involvement of shareholders to make them work.
‘Changes in the combined code strengthens the board to act independently but shareholders need to challenge the board.’
The combined code contains essential changes to the make up of non-executive directors and company audit committees including the requirement thatat least one non-exec should have a financial qualificationor experience.
Harrison Beale & Owen will (HB&O) have a new chairman and managing director at the helm for 2017
Satvir Bungar promoted to managing director in the mergers and acquisitions team
Carolyn Brown appointed as the first head of client legal services practice RSM Legal
UK senior partner Phil Verity has been elected for a second term at Mazars