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Governance in the United Kingdom

This event is part of the Governance around the world series of events. This series aims to equip investors and multi-national organizations with an understanding of national approaches to governance and prevailing imperatives.

The current UK Corporate Governance Code was previously known as the ‘UK Combined Code’. It was published on 16 July 2018. This code sets out standards of good practice for listed companies and is published by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).The Code was published together with guidance on Board Effectiveness and a highlights sheet.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) provides a comprehensive overview of ‘Evolution of the UK Corporate Governance Code’ here and here.

Join this webinar to hear from those working with the code as they discuss the various aspects and implications for Directors, investors and other interested parties.



Roger Barker

Director of Policy and Governance, Institute of Directors UK

Dr. Roger Barker is Director of Policy and Governance at the Institute of Directors, and a member of the Management Board. He is also Honorary Associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London. Dr. Barker is the author of numerous books and articles on corporate governance and board effectiveness, including the recent volume: ‘The Law and Governance of Decentralised Business Models: Between Hierarchies and Markets’ (Routledge, 2020). He is a former member of the European Economic and Social Committee and the founder of successful corporate governance advisory company. A former investment banker, Dr. Barker spent almost 15 years in a variety of equity research and senior management roles at UBS and Bank Vontobel, both in the UK and Switzerland. He has a doctorate from Oxford University and taught politics at Merton College, Oxford (2005-2008).

Chris Hodge

Special advisor to Institute of Directors’ Centre for Corporate Governance

Chris Hodge is a special advisor to Institute of Directors’ (IoD) Centre for Corporate Governance and Nestor Advisors, a corporate governance consultancy.


Chris has extensive experience of delivering director training in many countries. He also works with development agencies and local regulators to raise standards of corporate governance and reporting in emerging markets.


Chris previously advised the Chartered Governance Institute, the UK’s professional body for company secretaries and governance professionals, and the International Corporate Governance Network, whose investor members are responsible for over $70 trillion assets under management.


Prior to that Chris was the Director of Corporate Governance at the UK Financial Reporting Council, where he was responsible for the UK Corporate Governance Code for listed companies and the Stewardship Code for investors.

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