Board effectiveness reviews: the people issues

Press Releases

12 Oct 2011

On Friday 18th November, the Institute for Employment Studies and Eversheds will host a breakfast briefing, for both HR leaders and Company Secretaries, which will cover the main ‘people issues’ that arise in board effectiveness reviews.

Increasing numbers of companies are evaluating the effectiveness of their Boards. From September 2011, the UK Corporate Governance Code (2010) will require all FTSE 350 companies to conduct externally facilitated evaluations, at least every three years. It is common ground that a desirable outcome is a specific and measurable action plan, but there is considerable variation in how the evaluation is performed and who undertakes it.

Typically, the Chairman and the Company Secretary lead this exercise. But many of the issues raised by an evaluation are the concern of HR – for example, the culture of the board and the behaviours of its members, as well as talent management and succession.


  • Increasing expectations of boardroom performance and accountability Stephen Haddrill, CEO, Financial Reporting Council
  • Getting to the heart of the ‘people issues’ – how to carry out an effective review Peter Reilly, Director, HR Research & Consultancy, IES
  • Managing a director’s performance Paul Fontes, Partner, Employment Law, Eversheds


08:30 – 11:15, Friday, 18 November 2011 Eversheds, One Wood Street, London EC2V 7WS Breakfast will be served


This event is by invitation only but if you are interested in attending, please contact contact Nicholas Edwards at Eversheds by email: to see if there are places still available.