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Chris Barrett speaks at HouseMark Scotland's 'First Class Governance Event' in Glasgow

Chris Barrett, Senior Advisor at Nestor Advisors, spoke at the 'First Class Governance' event in Glasgow on 22 May 2019, which was arranged by HouseMark Scotland for the social housing sector. The attendees came from a mixture of housing associations and local government housing teams.

His topic was 'Lessons from Another Sector', being financial services. He covered board size, tenure and refreshment; the role of committees; director independence and experience and the role of the Chair; conduct, culture and diversity; and board evaluation and remuneration. He explained some of the changes in regulation and supervision in the wake of the banking crisis: in particular the increased focus on culture, suitability and personal accountability. He also drew some comparisons between the banking sector before the crisis and the social housing environment today.

In the panel session he answered questions on the optimum board size, the challenges of managing larger boards, the dangers of over-rapid growth and how to build a diverse board which fully reflects the community which an organisation serves.

For more information on this event please click here.

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