News & Blog

We wholeheartedly believe that better boards via board evaluations bring about more effective and successful organisations. Here are some articles which we think may be of interest to you, and also some of our own blogs. We hope you enjoy reading them!

Doing the Right Thing

June 1, 2020

All of the Boards that we work with are keen to try and do the right thing as we start to come out of lockdown and these are some of the discussions we have been having in recent days: The majority of the businesses we work with have, to date, been topping up pay to…

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Corporate Board Risk Oversight

March 9, 2020

What does one conjure up when those three words are brought to the fore?  To me, oddly enough heady mix of the boardroom equivalent of adrenaline pumping activities juxtaposed with snore-worthy matrixes and data collection.  In reality, they are neither as extreme nor unhelpful but actually far more critical, simple yet complicated and nuanced, and…

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Board Evaluations – An opportunity for raising self-awareness and encouraging self-reflection

February 24, 2020

For many, that all sounds like a load of self-help nonsense and done badly, it really is a load of self-help nonsense.  Let’s consider this.  The vast majority of people have the best of intentions when tasked with responsibility and a job to do.  They believe and know that their thoughts, decisions and actions have…

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Governance – some typical pitfalls

February 10, 2020

‘Corporate governance is the system by which companies are directed and controlled’ IoD   Where in the UK, the UK Corporate Governance Code (‘The Full Code’) outlines how listed companies can deliver sustainable success through effective rules, processes and systems.  Whilst other organisations eg charities or smaller listed companies are not obliged to follow The…

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Barriers to board effectiveness

January 27, 2020

So far in our board fundamentals series, we have briefly looked at ‘what good looks like’ in a Chairperson, the board and a NED.  There are so many topics we can cover and any suggestions that you may have will be welcome.  For us at Greenspire Evaluations, we were prompted to start this offering because…

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What Makes a Good Non-Executive Director (NED)?

January 14, 2020

As the world as we know it is a complex one which keeps changing and evolving and therefore, so must organisations.  The challenges and demands that they face have to reflect those that are experienced day to day by management and employees.  Boards have to be aware of changes to the environment they therefore need…

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Trustees’ Dilemma

November 25, 2019

The recent debate about military charity reserves set us thinking about charitable objectives and when to consider alternative options. Trustees are required to comply with the Trust’s stated charitable objectives and these are invariably carefully formulated and specific. They never refer to mergers with other charities. In general terms and particularly among health charities, there…

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What Makes a Good Board?

November 12, 2019

Whilst answering this question may be relatively simple, and perhaps for many, obvious, it’s still a worthwhile exercise to reflect on what ‘good looks like’ for a board.  The gold standard.  Here are some of our thoughts – basic but no less important, relevant and powerful a reminder.   The purpose of the board of…

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What makes a good Chairperson?

October 28, 2019

In today’s challenging world, very few positions warrant higher expectations, greater scrutiny and more demands than that of a Chairman.  Long gone are the days when the Chairman just had to ensure that there was good governance on the board – which in itself is, and can be tough enough!   Broadly speaking the Chairman…

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The rise of ESG investment into Social Housing and what they can do to prepare for them

October 10, 2019

ESGs – the latest and ongoing buzzword around investment criteria. A recent survey of global investors identified that the majority were predicting that ‘more than 25% of their funds would be allocated towards ESG by 2021’ (BNP Paribas). This increased demand for such investment means that ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors and funds are…

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