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Effective Directors
The Right Questions to Ask (QTA)

ISBN 9781032062044
Published October 11, 2021 by Routledge
376 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Being a good board member is not about knowing everything; it is about asking the right questions and challenging appropriately. Effective Directors: The Right Questions To Ask (QTA) is a reference book for board members and executives globally to support them in their work.

With chapters written by senior company board members and respected figures in corporate governance, the questions have been drawn together to offer food for thought and useful prompts that take boards beyond operational discussions. The book clearly presents key areas to be considered by the board (there are over 50 in total) and range from board composition, to data security, diversity and inclusion, and succession planning. The questions are ones that boards, in any organisation, should be asking themselves, their fellow board members, service providers, executives, and other stakeholders to ensure that the right issues are raised, transparency and effective oversight are achieved, and the board is fulfilling its role in governing the organisation.

In addition to being invaluable for board members, the book is also a very useful tool for executives in understanding the kind of questions their board members are likely to ask, and the kind of questions that should be asked and discussed in the boardroom.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Board

1. Board Composition

Chris Hodge

2. Board Appointment

Carol Rosati OBE

3. Director Self Assessment

Alison Gill OLY

4. Assessing the Chair’s Performance

Charlotte Valeur

5. Due Diligence for New Appointments and New Directors

Charlotte Valeur

6. Succession Planning for the Board

Ray Crofts

7. Board Evaluation
Dr. Tracy Long CBE

Part II: Officers of the Company

8. Chief Executive Succession Planning

Kit Bingham

9. Chief Executive Review

Charlotte Valeur

10. Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Marianne Egelund Siig

11. Health and Wellbeing

Alison Charles

12. Human Resources

Reena Dayal

13. Remuneration for Executives and Management

Brian Kearney

14. Succession Planning for Executives

Tim Drake

Part III: Leadership

15. Leadership in the Boardroom

Dr. Randall Peterson

16. Tone from the Top

Sir John Parker

17. Culture

Charlotte Valeur

18. Ethics and Why they Matter

Knut N. Kjaer

Part IV: Strategy

19. Purpose

R. "Bob Garrett

20. Strategy

Jean Pousson

21. Valueism

Paul Barnett

22. Intellectual Property

Dr. Janice Denoncourt

23. Data Ethics

Tony Fish

Part V: Sustainability

24. Environmental, Social and Governance

Sir Mark Moody-Stuart

25. Climate Change

Dr. Geoff Kendall and Martin Rich

26. Sustainability

Sara Lovisolo

27. Social Impact

Oonagh Harpur

Part VI: Board Meetings

28. Roles and Responsibilities of the Board

Natalie Sykes

29. Board Meetings and the Agenda

Dineshi Ramesh

30. Board Support

Siobhan Lavery

31. Third Party Providers

Charlotte Valeur

32. Board Committees: Purpose, Tasks and Value

Jenny Simnett, Filipe Morais, Andrew Kakabadse

33. Matters Reserved for the Board

David Doughty

34. Soft Governance

Dr. Meena Thuraisingham

Part VII: Accounts

35. Accounts

Ian Wright

36. External Auditors

Helen Gale

37. Solvency and Going Concern

Heather MacCallum

38. Insolvency

Amaechi Nsofor

39. Viability

Steve Maslin

40. Finance

Jean Pousson

Part VIII: Compliance and Risk Management

41. Compliance

Charlotte Valeur

42. Cyber security

Anjola Adeniyi

43. IT Governance

Tony Fish

44. Financial Performance Management

Virginia Bombin Moreno

45. Risk Oversight, Management and Controls

Rajiv Jaitly

Part IX: Communications

46. Reputation

Alice Hunt

47. Corporate Brand

Elliot S. Schreiber

48. Social Media

Marshall Manson and Craig Mullaney

49. Shareholder Relations and Communication

Claire Fargeot

50. Stakeholder Engagement and Management

Alice Hunt

Part X: External Pressure and Disruption

51. Crisis Management

Charlotte Valeur

52. Digitalisation

Claudia Heimer

53. Disruption

Simon Devonshire

54. Artificial Intelligence

Lord Clement Jones

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Charlotte Valeur and Claire Fargeot have over 60 years combined experience of working in and around boards in all types of organisations, all over the world. They deliver training, conduct board reviews and advise and support boards on governance and sustainability issues through their company, Global Governance Group.


"This book is packed with practical insight and tips for directors and those seeking directorships: all those who aspire to deliver to professionally high standards. Experiential learning is gained over time, the latter being a prized commodity; it is hard to be a wise board member who can give valued and thoughtful counsel without having acquired years of experience. How I wish I had been able to access a book such as this written by professionals for those who aspire to be the best they can be in a highly complex business arena."

Jean Church MBE Dip.IoD FIoD, Director My Business Lynq Ltd., Chair of Council (SICM) Institute of Directors 


"Never before has directorship proved so challenging for boards as they navigate companies though the perils of Covid-19 while adapting business models to address climate change impacts – all within the context of an ever digitalised world. Effective Directors: The Right Questions to Ask addresses many of these challenges, offering personal insights from some of the world’s most seasoned governance professionals. A MUST read for anyone serving on – or supporting – corporate boards in the 21st century."

Kerrie Waring, Chief Executive Officer, International Corporate Governance Network


"Directors’ duties are increasingly complex. So, what better than a vast range of questions helpfully anticipated by experienced practitioners, directors, academics, and consultants? This comprehensive collection makes this a must for every director!"

Dr Margaret Casely-Hayford CBE


"Five Stars. This is the book I have been waiting for. The breadth board directors have to cover makes it difficult for them to add value and mitigate risk in all areas. Effective Directors: The Right Questions to Ask (QTA) is easy to consume, a practical toolbox and a really useful reference point. The book is a consolidation of the wisdom from many and will enable directors to leap frog their board abilities forward."

John Jeffcock, CEO, Winmark