Boards of directors: composition and process

A forum hosted by The Centre for Business Law and Practice, the University of Leeds, Centre for Comparative Corporate Governance (Deakin Law School) and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Boards of directors are at the centre of corporate governance because they are at the heart of companies. It is the board that manages a company and determines the direction in which it will head. In some jurisdictions such as the US they have immense power. Corporate governance systems provide that companies must have one board, two boards or companies may choose to have one or the other. In all companies, whether they reflect dispersed or concentrated ownership, and whatever the objective of a company is seen to be, the make-up of the board and their proceedings are critical issues for corporate governance.

Legislation and codes of corporate governance have provided some specifications as to who must act as members of boards, such as requirements to have a certain number of non-executive directors or independent directors as members of one-tier boards, but there has been significant debate about whether what has been prescribed needs re-thinking. There have many calls for greater diversity in boards, especially in relation to gender, and calls for representation on boards of wider interests than just shareholders (most recently evidenced by the UK’s government inquiry into corporate governance reform). So, who should act as members of single boards; members of management and/or supervisory boards? Is it appropriate for jurisdictions which require one tier or two boards to be less prescriptive? Is it time to rethink the structure of the board?

The organising hosts are Professor Andrew Keay and Professor Joan Loughrey.

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Location details

Moot Court Room
The Liberty Building 
Moorland Road
University of Leeds

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