corporate governance / director / employment / women

Directors accountability for failures in employment conditions and practices

Recent controversies about the alleged abuse of the positions of power by individuals in the arts and political world have received extensive media attention with associated demands for change (Clarke 2017; Mackin & Gallagher 2017; Staunton 2017).   It is thus appropriate to consider, in general, the Directors and Boards responsibility to employees who experience harassment … Continue reading

boards / Chairperon / corporate governance / director / non-profit

The importance of the Board Chairperson in non-profits

The recent coverage of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association management crisis raises many governance questions (RTE 2017).  Part of the crisis concerns a dispute as to who is the valid chairperson with two potential candidates.  So how important is this issue, that is how important is the chairperson? And does it matter who is chairperson … Continue reading

corporate governance / director

A director is separate to her company –so why was a director personally liable for his company’s actions?

That directors are separate from the company and not liable to creditors is a core principal of company law: “the apathy of a creditor cannot justify an imputation of fraud against a limited company or its members …and…a creditor who will not take the trouble to use the means which the statute provides for enabling … Continue reading

boards / corporate governance / director / independent

The Importance of good governance: the case of INM

Independent News and Media confirmed that it is conducting a formal, independent review to examine and inquire into matters concerning its possible acquisition of the Irish national radio station Newstalk, which is owned by, the Denis O’Brien controlled, Communicorp(RTE 2017) . This follows reports that the INM CEO, Robert Pitt, had a conflict with the … Continue reading

boards / corporate governance / director / independent

Can a Director serve two Masters? Directors conflicts and independence

Independent directors are the basis of good governance and can provide objective and unbiased leadership and guidance. Independence means the director has “no known affiliation with the firm other than being on its board, taking into account the business, financial or personal affiliations, disclosed in financial statements, that compromise non-executive director independence” (Mulgrew & Forker … Continue reading

boards / CEO / corporate governance / director / non-profit / state agency / state-owned enterprise / women

Corporate Boards and the impact of Women Directors

“Only 17% of directors are women in Irish companies”[1] “One in three women directors in Ireland say a glass ceiling exists in Irish business”[2] On International Women’s Day (March 8th) numbers like these grab headlines and prompt urgent discussion, but do not answer the question, does board level gender diversity make a difference. Continue reading