Board evaluations & executive coaching

Our team of professionals provide consulting and advisory services to regional organisations and businesses in Dubai and the wider UAE. Listed and regulated companies are required by law, to conduct director evaluations as part of their corporate governance reporting. In this region, many family businesses operate under an established corporate governance framework which encourages good governance through director training and Board/Committee evaluations. Some of the larger companies operate with their holding company having a Board of Directors or an Executive Committee where the General Manager or the Chief Executive Officer of those subsidiary companies come and present business plans and proposals for consideration and approval.

We conduct Board evaluations and Director consulting and advisory services through a combination of methods which will be tailored to your organisation’s requirements. Some of these methods can take the form of a questionnaire, face to face interviews with the Directors and selected Senior Management team. Reports can provide an overall performance of the Board and its Committees and can provide information on the performance of Directors collectively or individually depending on your needs.

It may be that the Chairman or CEO want to receive the report and then present it at the next Board meeting or they request that we present the findings and provide recommendations for enhanced Board performance.

Having an independent consultant or team observe or evaluate your Board and its Committees will provide valuable insights and unbiased feedback. Whether you are looking to evaluate your Board and the Directors or have an independent professional attend and observe proceedings and provide feedback, we have a team to meet your requirements. We know the value of discretion and confidentiality when it comes to the performance of individual Directors, the Board as a whole, or the overall effectiveness of the Board’s performance.

We know that a Board or Committee can only be effective in decision making when Senior Management and their teams submit transparent and correct information for review and discussion. It is vital that Senior Management present information in the way the Board or Committee require and this is where we can add value in guiding management of how you want and need information to be set out. All too often, business plans and proposals are unwieldy documents, with no executive summary, no set decision sought or with key information, such as risks being buried in the middle of the document. We provide your executive team with coaching, to help them better understand the needs of Directors when it comes to what is required and how details should be presented.

Having a strategy and plan to efficiently gather information and collate it into a format, which is easy for Directors to review and make effective decisions, is vital for high performing Boards and Committees. If you want to speak confidentiality to one of the team please call or contact us through the contact form and someone will call you back.

Tania Anis - I've had the pleasure to see Robert in action on several events. His sessions are nothing short of being engaging and informative .It is always humbling to see a man with such expertise, willingly divulge his knowledge so thoroughly. Always a pleasure attending your sessions Robert. Thank you for your contributions to our successful events.

Jareen Kaur, Conference Producer-Large Scale Events, Functional at Marcus Evans Group

Robert enhanced the quality of my 5th Annual Directors’ Duties: Corporate & Family Boards conference in Dubai this year with his passion and dedication as a Speaker. He played a key role in my conference success with his excellent facilitation of the panel discussion on ‘Safeguarding Your Directorship Accountability Vs Personal Liabilities’.   Read More..

Irfan Butt, Tax Director – PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Great service on projects with full understanding of the complex subject matters without losing sight of the bigger picture and what the clients intended to achieve. No hesitation in recommending and appointing him again on projects with excellent and timely delivery of projects within the agreed timetable. Read More

Anke Plock-Girmann, Director at PwC ‘Jordan’, ACE

Robert was instrumental in forming the regional translators into a centralised virtual translation team and the use of software to capture know-how to improve efficiency and quality by creating a company brand of Arabic translation. During our work Robert advised on operational matters in the new department and served in a governance role.

Amanda Line, Partner at PwC

Robert has a deep knowledge of governance and compliance issues and is an expert in all company secretarial matters. He has great communications skills and made a significant contribution to our Corporate Governance and Board Readiness training initiatives.

Steven Barlow (Chief Officer Risk, Internal Audit, Governance)

Robert is a consummate corporate governance professional who provides highly effective company secretarial and advisory services to the Board. He drives discipline and rigor into processes which significantly strengthen the maturity of the Board’s activities and decision making.He successfully works with the Board members and the Group’s senior management to ensure strategic alignment and the implementation of best practice.

Sangeetha Kaur Nair (Senior Conference Producer at Marcus Evans)

I have worked closely with Robert on several events and it has always been a great pleasure. He was a remarkable chairperson at the recent 9th Annual Board Secretary Conference in Dubai, as he took charge and was excellent with engaging the delegates throughout the session. Robert’s knowledge on corporate governance is just excellent and he has a very positive attitude toward always willing to share and learn for future improvement… Thank you Robert for being a great leader and someone so easy to work with.

Farhana Majid, Director, Financial Services Transformation

Robert and I worked very closely on two high profile reviews for a sovereign wealth fund and a diversified investment company in the Middle East region.

He quickly built rapport with the client as the Legal subject matter expert on both the projects and engaged in thought provoking discussions around best in class corporate governance, compliance frameworks, legal department’s strategic remit as enablers for the business to move forward and policies and procedures review. Read More

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