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Our insights section brings together a summary of key news articles, publications and thought leadership for our members produced and compiled by NEDA and our key Sponsors and Partners.

The Risk Coalition launches new Risk Committee Self-Assessment Tool

The Risk Coalition launched its Risk Guidance Initiative in 2018 to meet the need for coherent, principles-based good practice guidance for board risk committees and risk functions within the UK financial services sector. The outcome of this work was ‘Raising The Bar’ published in December 2019.

NEDA co-founder aims to break trans-Atlantic rowing age record

One of NEDAs co-founders and current NED, Guy Rigby, will be taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge next year – the Challenge is a fundraising event which sees teams row non-stop across the 3,000-mile stretch of ocean between La Gomera (just off Tenerife) and Antigua. 

Business restructuring and Covid-19

Brands going through an insolvency process face distinct challenges, and not all of them financial. There are important reputational factors to consider which can only be addressed by effective communications. Chief among these, perhaps, is that there is a significant appetite in the media for stories of business travails.

The evolution of trust in the era of stakeholder capitalism

It is essential for board members to understand how Cyber Security impacts the organisation but also, how it should be embedded within the strategy to protect the business.

Take part in QCA research on ESG and Board Evaluation

The Quoted Companies Alliance (‘QCA’), together with Downing LLP,  has commissioned the Henley Business School to conduct research on ESG and board evaluation. 

Cyber Literacy for the Boardroom – a Toolkit from the NCSC

It is essential for board members to understand how Cyber Security impacts the organisation but also, how it should be embedded within the strategy to protect the business.

CMA launches COVID-19 Taskforce and Merger Assessments During the Covid-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 Taskforce

The outbreak of COVID-19 is an unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenge that has prompted many concerns that businesses might exploit the situation to take advantage of people, for example by charging excessive prices or making misleading claims about their products.

Understanding the Impact of Epidemic on High Growth UK SMEs

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves through the economy, where UK’s 3.8m SMEs are being particularly badly affected, mainly because they cannot afford to keep large cash reserves. With 16m being employed by SMEs this goes well beyond being simply a “business problem” but is a problem for society as a whole. 


FRC: Updated Guidance for Auditors on Audit Opinions during the Covid-19 Crisis

Two key objectives of any auditor are to obtain sufficient, appropriate audit evidence to support their audit opinion, and to then report their opinion on the financial statements based on the evidence obtained.

FRC: Updated Guidance for Auditors Affected by Covid-19

This Bulletin is intended to provide guidance to auditors affected by Covid-19 and is now also including ‘gathering evidence through remote means’. 

Covid-19: Business Continuity Guide for Governance Professionals

This is a useful and practical guide just released by PwC as a support on all governance and company secretarial issues during the unprecedented challenges we are facing with Covid-19. 


Willis Towers Watson 6th Directors' Liability Survey – What are the top risks facing Directors and Officers?

At a time when regulators and investigatory authorities are focusing unprecedented attention on personal accountability for company directors, the sixth edition of the report on directors’ liabilities has been published.


How China’s consumer companies managed through the COVID-19 crisis

McKinzey & Co conducted a virtual roundtable discussion with China-based executives at leading consumer-facing companies about their experience managing operations under lockdown.

AGMs and the Impact of Covid-19 - Supplement

Further to the initial guidance on contingency planning for AGMs during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, published on 17 March 2020, the Chartered Governance Institute has published supplementary guidance which reflects the Government ban on public gatherings of more than two people. 

FRC – Guidance for Companies on Corporate Governance and Reporting

The Financial Reporting Council (‘FRC’), Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’),  and Prudential Regulation Authority (‘PRA’) have announced a series of actions to ensure that information continues to flow to investors and to support the continued functioning of the UK’s capital markets. 

FRC guidance for auditors arising from the coronavirus pandemic

The Financial Reporting Council (‘FRC’) has issued updated guidance for auditors which may be facing practical difficulties in carrying out audits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic (coronavirus).

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