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ICGN Secretariat

The ICGN Secretariat is based in London and led by the CEO, Kerrie Waring, who manages a team responsible for developing and delivering the ICGN work programme.  

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Kerrie Waring

Kerrie Waring
Chief Executive Officer

Kerrie was appointed ICGN Chief Executive Officer in January 2014 where she leads ICGN’s work programme around the world after joining the company in 2008 as Chief Operating Officer. Under her tenure, Kerrie has transformed ICGN into a world leading governance and stewardship organisation led by investors responsible for assets of $70 trillion, based in over 45 countries.

A prominent governance commentator, Kerrie is a regular public speaker representing the global investor perspective on how governance and stewardship contribute to long-term value creation, ultimately contributing to sustainable economies, societies and the environment. She actively engages with regulators, standard setters and other capital market participants and has written extensively on governance and stewardship matters.

Kerrie serves as a Member of the Japan Financial Services Agency’s Council of Experts advising on corporate governance and investor stewardship reforms. She established the Global Network of Investor Associations in 2013 to convene the worlds most prominent investor bodies. She also established the Global Stewardship Code Network, an international group of regulators and others responsible for Code development in 2016 – both of which she chairs.

Prior to her appointment to ICGN in 2008, Kerrie directed high profile initiatives as Corporate Governance Manager at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to highlight the important role corporate reporting and auditing play as part of the corporate governance ecosystem. Earlier, she was International Professional Development manager at the UK Institute of Directors, where she established IoD International and the Global Director Development Circle (now known as the Global Network of Director Institutes).

Kerrie is a lead author of the IFC’s Global Director Training Toolkit (2002) which has helped establish governance associations around the world and co-authored the Handbook on International Corporate Governance (2004), among a series of other publications. Kerrie was named Rising Star of Corporate Governance by the Millstein School of Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management (2008). A chartered company secretary and fellow of ICSA, she holds a BA honors degree in international business and Japanese.

Kerrie Waring

George Dallas

George Dallas - ICGN

George Dallas
Policy Director

George Dallas has served as Policy Director at the International Corporate Governance Network since 2014, where he coordinates ICGN’s governance polices and committees, and leads ICGN’s policy development and regulatory outreach on behalf of members whose assets under management are around  US$70 trillion. He is responsible for oversight of ICGN guidance statements, Viewpoint reports, public comment letters and broader thought leadership to promote ongoing governance reform and best practice by both companies and investors. He serves as a faculty member for ICGN’s Governance, Stewardship and Sustainability training programme.

George is a Visiting Lecturer at Bayes (formerly Cass) Business School, University of London, where he teaches MSc and executive education courses in corporate governance. He also is a member of the Advisory Council of the Corporate Governance Institute of the Frankfurt School of Finance. In addition, George works as an independent advisor; past projects include an assignment for the World Bank to develop a stewardship code in Kenya, a study of European Union corporate governance policy on behalf of the CFA Institute and teaching executive education courses in governance at Kings College London and the London Stock Exchange Academy. He is former Chair of Orlando Chamber Choir, a London-based registered charity.

Previously, George served as Director of Corporate Governance at F&C Investments (now BMO Global Asset Management) in London, where he led F&C’s global policies relating to corporate governance, including proxy voting and engagement matters. He represented F&C in several professional organisations, including the Investment Committee of the Association of British Insurers and the Corporate Governance Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Prior to joining F&C George was a Managing Director at Standard & Poor’s, where he held a range of managerial and analytical roles in New York and London over a 24-year period, including as region head of Standard & Poor’s European credit rating operations, head of its London office, global head of emerging markets and as global practice leader of S&P’s governance services unit. He served on the boards of S&P affiliates in France and Spain. George began his career in corporate banking at Wells Fargo Bank.

George is published widely in the fields of finance, corporate governance and responsible investment, including the books “Governance, Stewardship and Sustainability” (ICGN, 2021) and “Governance and Risk”, (McGraw-Hill, 2004).

George holds a BA degree, with distinction, from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of the University of California at Berkeley.

Michael Irving

Michael Irving
Finance Director

Michael joined the ICGN team in November 2021 as Finance Director. His responsibilities include overseeing the finance function, managing, and maintaining the accounting policies and procedures of the ICGN. He also oversees preparation of the statutory accounts and monitoring of the risk register, ensuring that ICGN continues to grow in a financially stable and successful way.

Prior to joining ICGN, he worked for the Chartered Governance Institute for 35 years.

Michael Irving

Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas

Elizabeth Thomas
Operations & Events Director

Elle (Elizabeth) Thomas joined the ICGN in January 2016, as Head of Events and later headed up both communications and events. Now, as Operations & Events Director, she is responsible for a wide portfolio of activities including conferences, courses, academic meetings, press liaison, media partnerships, webinars, budgeting, I.T., data and other operational imperatives. Elle has extensive events research and management experience, having worked in this field for over ten years across a wide range of geographies and industries, but mainly focused on investments, pensions and tax issues.

Immediately prior to joining to the ICGN team, Elle was Head of Events Content for the financial services division at Incisive Media. She has an honours degree in Microbiology and Immunology from Kings College London, where she was awarded the Helen White prize for Microbiology. Although she enjoys reading about the latest scientific advances, her real passion lies in facilitating knowledge-sharing and development and she has a strong belief in the ICGN’s mission and principles. 

Andrew Spencer

Andrew Spencer
Education & Training Director

Andrew has spent almost all his career working in training and development, and much of that time with professional associations and their qualifications.

This has included training management positions at the Institute of Directors (IoD), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). In these posts he has been responsible for teams managing a combination of training commissioning, learning technology, delivery, procurement and quality assurance in support of a range of professions and disciplines.

With the IoD, he oversaw the delivery of the courses leading to the Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction, (perquisites to Chartered Director status), across its delivery centres and led the project to overhaul the programme curriculum to include e learning. This programme included significant modules handling fundamental principles of corporate governance.

This role involved oversight of the relationships with partners delivering the programme, including universities and private training providers.

As well as professional associations, he has worked with private sector organisations across sectors including engineering (defence, rail, manufacturing/power) and gaming (yes, gaming!) - managing employee development activity using the full blend of training tools, from traditional courses to e learning.

His work in learning and development has been backed up with range of professional training and qualifications including election as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), the professional association for HR and Training professionals in the UK.

Andrew Spencer

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson
Head of Membership

Paul joined the ICGN in February 2017 as Membership Co-ordinator. With many years experience in membership organisations including both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Financial Accountants, Paul will be working both to increase the membership of the ICGN and provide a high level of care to our existing members.

Paul holds a BA (Hons) degree in Business Studies from the University of Middlesex from where he graduated in 1992.

Paul Johnson

Florence Doel

Florence Doel

Florence Doel
Head of Events & Education

Flo joined the ICGN team in September 2015 as Events Producer. Since this time her role has changed to Senior Engagement Manager, where she supervises the sponsor relationships for ICGN’s global conference and events portfolio. In addition, Flo also coordinates the Governance, Stewardship & Sustainability courses and manages the newly developed webinar series.

Prior to joining ICGN, Flo began her events career in the healthcare conference production for the publishing body MA Healthcare where she became skilled in full event management; organising conferences from concept to completion, deciding topic theme, speaker invitations, marketing and logistics. Flo studied Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, attends weekly yoga classes and enjoys spending time in her garden.

Karel Krticka

Karel Krticka
Stakeholder Relations Manager

Karel joined the ICGN as Business Development & Stakeholder Relations Manager in April 2019.

He is responsible for acquiring new businesses and expanding our services to clients and prospects worldwide. Before joining ICGN, Karel worked in the media and events industry in the UK, Australia and the Czech Republic for more than 15 years performing various sales and management roles.

Karel holds an MSc degree in Law and Economics from Nottingham Trent University.

To become a new member of the ICGN or to discuss sponsorship opportunities in one of ICGN’s events, you can reach Karel by phone:  T: +44 (0)20 4541 7255 or by email: karel.krticka@icgn.org

Karel K

Amiirah Nobeebaccus

Amiirah Nobeebaccus

Amiirah Nobeebaccus
Senior Events Coordinator

Amiirah joined the ICGN in September 2018 as the Events Logistics Coordinator and due to an outstanding performance was successively promoted to Senior Events Coordinator in January 2020.
Her responsibilities include all event logistics for in person and online events as well as digital delivery of webinars, handling budgets, administrative and material production within the ICGN conferences. 

Prior to joining ICGN, Amiirah worked as a Logistics Coordinator at the CWC Group working on the world’s largest gas conference – WGC 2018 held in Washington DC.  She has a BA Hons degree in Advertising and Brand Communications from the University for the Creative Arts.   

Samantha Martin

Samantha Martin
Assistant Accountant

Sam joined the ICGN team in November 2019 as Finance Administrator. Her responsibilities include processing all sales and purchase invoices as well as managing all delegate registrations.

Prior to joining ICGN, Sam has worked in various finance roles for over 9 years in both the media and facilities industries. Sam studied accountancy at Kaplan College.

Samantha Martin

Garvin Payne

Garvin Payne

Garvin Payne
Operations Manager

Garvin Payne joined ICGN  in August 2019 . He is responsible for everything  associated with the  Board and its committees.  Before joining ICGN,  Garvin studied in the University of Maryland, and   worked as part of the Robert H Smith events team, supporting the business school with all manner of events. 

With  5+ years of administration under his belt as well as a Bachelors degree in Economics, Garvin seeks to explore the Governance world and grow in the industry.

Amane Fujimoto

Amane Fujimoto
Japan Advisor

Amane Fujimoto joined ICGN in January 2020 on a consultancy basis to help develop and promote ICGN’s activities in Japan. Amane is Principal at Governance & Stewardship Advisors and previously worked as Head of Corporate Value Consulting of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank and engaged in corporate governance consulting to major Japanese companies for 15 years. Since 2014, he worked as Deputy Director of Corporate Accounting & Disclosure Division at Financial Services Agency(FSA) of Japanese Government and engaged in formulation and revision of the Corporate Governance Code in 2015 and 2018 as well as revision of the Stewardship Code in 2017 and 2020(in progress) for 5 years until December, 2019. He received MBA degree from INSEAD, France.  

Amane Fujimoto

Christopher Smith

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Christopher Smith
Marketing & Events Producer

Chris joined the ICGN team in April 2022 as Marketing & Events Producer. His responsibilities include the administration and planning of in-person and online events, along with creating press, web and email content. 

Chris gained a BA in English with Creative Writing from the University of Nottingham where he graduated in 2018. Before ICGN, he managed the daily administration of events at a heritage gardens in his hometown of Somerset. In his spare time, he enjoys painting with watercolours and acrylics, writing and working on his piano skills. 

Robert Walker

Robert Walker
Sustainability Policy Manager

Bob has thirty years of experience in the sustainable investing field helping lead the development of the industry in Canada and internationally. He formerly served as Executive Director of the Responsible Investment Association and Vice-President, Head of ESG Services at NEI Investments, a leading Canadian asset manager focused on sustainable investing. He is a Climate Governance Expert for the Canadian Climate Law Initiative established by the University of British Columbia and York University. Bob is the recipient of a 2021Clean50 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Bob currently sits on the board and chairs the Nominations and Governance Committee of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), a top global environmental think-tank. Bob also serves on the board of Vajrakila Innovations, a Finnish app-development company advancing smart earth technologies and citizen science in support of the environment. Bob is owner of Le Chardonnier, a vineyard located in the Mâconnais wine region of France, and is working with local partners to adopt organic and biodynamic wine-growing practices.

Robert Walker

Carol Nolan Drake

Carol Nolan Drake
Governance & Stewardship Policy Manager

Carol Nolan Drake, J.D.

Carol was named the Governance and Stewardship Policy Manager for ICGN in October 2021, in which she will support the Global Governance and Global Stewardship Committees, among other duties. She will continue her participation as a Faculty Member of the ICGN’s Education and Training programmes.

Carol is the CEO & Founder of Carlow Consulting, LLC, a business she started in January 2017 to provide consulting on corporate governance, ESG programs and reporting, federal legislative and regulatory matters. She is a licensed attorney.

Carol’s career began as an Assistant County Prosecutor and Assistant City Attorney. She served within the administrations of three Ohio governors, one as a Cabinet director and as Chair/Vice Chair on several boards and commissions. Carol was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees for a large institutional investor, the Ohio Deferred Compensation Board, and the School Facilities Commission. She received four resolutions from Governors for excellence in public service and nominations for the Neil V. Toth Leadership Award. Carol received two Catalyst Team Awards, the Business and Professional Women’s Outstanding Woman in the Legal Profession award and the Governor’s All-Star Award for participation on the Joint Health Care Committee.

She served five years on the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) Board, including the positions of Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Policies Committees. Carol was the co-Chair of the ICGN Shareholder Responsibilities Committee (SHREC) for three years, under which the Committee updated the Diversity on Boards and Share Lending Guidelines. She has authored several articles on governance and ESG best practices, and regularly speaks on corporate governance issues.

Carol is a cum laude graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Claude W. Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University.

Carol Nohlan Drake

Francesca Phillips

Francesca Phillips
Policy Coordinator

Francesca joined ICGN in November 2021 as Policy Coordinator, where they manage all the policy committee outputs and meetings. Before joining ICGN she worked in various industries including retail, childcare, administration, and content creation alongside her education. Francesca has a BSc (hons) degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of Kent, and an MSc (hons) in Bioarchaeological and Forensic Anthropology from UCL. They also did a year abroad programme in Ontario, Canada.

Francesca Phillips