Helen Green

Governance – fit for the future

Following consultation the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has released a revised corporate governance code* for premium listed companies. The new code, which will come into effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019, highlights the importance of relationships with stakeholders and employees as well as looking towards culture as a means of […]

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In celebration of the end of another school year the BBC has compiled a guide to understanding the school report. Amidst remarks such as ‘open to new ideas’ and ‘lively and enthusiastic’ one in particular struck a chord with us. Apparently the comment ‘has shown an interest in self-guided learning’ better translates as ‘decides on […]

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Helen Green

Reporting the pay gap

The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, has increased the stakes in respect of executive pay. In legislation being laid before Parliament on Monday 11 June, the Government has set out plans to require businesses with more than 250 employees to annually publish and justify the pay gap between executives and employees. This legislation was first mooted […]

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Helen Green

The myth of equality

In Victorian times there was a widespread belief that a woman’s brain was in danger of overheating if it was taxed too much with tasks such as learning mathematics. Thank goodness then for the pioneering women of Victorian times and since who have through their actions set out to completely debunk the myth of inequality. […]

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Helen Green

Whistleblowing policy

As a leader, what would you do if you became aware of a whistleblower within your organisation? Before you answer, it may be worth taking a look at the case of Barclay’s Group Chief Executive James Stanley and a fine of £642,430 levied by the FCA and PRA. In their press release, the authorities commented […]

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Leading mental health awareness

This year’s Mental Health Awareness week* has been highlighting the consequences of stress. Whilst not identified as a mental health problem by itself, stress has been shown to contribute to a range of mental and physical conditions including depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease. As a result, anything we can do to help people to manage […]

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Leading into danger

Young people in Europe are 40% more likely to suffer an injury at work than older workers.* That statistic comes from an International Labour Organisation report into the impact of Health & Safety measures on younger workers. One of the conclusions from the report is that being new to the workforce, young people (aged between […]

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Promoting diversity and inclusion

As the sun sets on the twenty-first Commonwealth Games it brings us the opportunity to reflect on not simply sporting success but also the way in which the games has promoted diversity and inclusion. Manchester in 2002 had the honour of being the first games to integrate para-sports into the main program, but these Gold […]

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Prioritising mental health

Talk in the press may be all about the gender pay gap at the moment but it’s not the only issue on the leadership agenda. A survey by BUPA has revealed that for 65% of businesses the mental health of employees is now a boardroom priority. In fact, the issue of mental health has risen […]

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Brexit and the art of green highlighters

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective. Take the way in which agreement on the shape of the Brexit transition period was announced. Irrespective of the wording, the fact that areas of synergy were highlighted in green instantly added positivity to the message. Admittedly there are some areas which are still to be negotiated […]

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