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Byron Smith

Associate Consultant

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Byron's Experience

Byron is an experienced senior financial services leader, with over 18 years as a strategy, transformation, operations, financial and risk management practitioner within a complex, regulated, global organisation spanning multiple disciplines, businesses, functions and geographies.


Most recently Byron's focus has been optimising the operation and delivery of corporate governance services through the secretariat function, leveraging best-in-class technology solutions, offshoring/centralisation, and process improvement to improve outcomes for stakeholders.


Additionally he has overseen enterprise-wide governance committee structure and reporting streamlining programmes, with a particular focus on executive governance, winning the ICSA ‘Project of the Year’ award in 2019.

Byron's Previous Positions

Global COO & Head of Governance;
Corporate Governance & Secretariat Function

Global Head of Legal Documentation Operations;
Global Markets Operations 

Global Head of Business Management, Strategy & Change;
Global Banking & Markets – Credit & Documentation Services

We asked Byron how he works with his clients to ensure #FutureFitGovernance?
This was Byron's response...

Corporate governance functions are seeing more regulatory and external stakeholder burden falling on their shoulders and the historic approach to service delivery is not sustainable given cost and resourcing pressures.


I believe there is space for a new dynamic within corporate governance, where process standardisation and commoditisation is possible, where existing (or new) core systems can be better leveraged to achieve efficiencies, and where forward-thinking secretariat functions can play a greater role in orchestrating the end-to-end meeting process to benefit downstream producers and upstream consumers of board packs.