Zoe has had a Smörgåsbord career during the last 20 years as a General Counsel and Company Secretary, working for a buffet of different types of companies; Start -ups, turnarounds, management owned, Private equity backed, AIM, FTSE 250 and FTSE 100. The challenges of each role being as varied and wide ranging as the types of companies, expanding into operations (onshore and offshore), HR, risk, compliance as well as her core competencies of law and governance.
Through her career, Zoe has developed a passion for transforming the way governance works for all stakeholders. She has made it her mission to help Company Secretaries and their teams change the way they work, applying what she has learnt through her own experiences (both successes and failures), by adapting tools used elsewhere in the business to deliver agile transformation and by building solutions to solve the problems many have faced in supporting boards and businesses.
Zoe's Previous Positions
Deputy Group Company Secretary, Lloyds Banking Group
Group General Counsel, Company Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, OneSavings Bank plc
Legal and Compliance Director, Principle Insurance Holdings
UK Company Secretary, Hiscox Plc
General Counsel and Company Secretary, Advent Capital Holdings Plc
We asked Zoe how she works with her clients to ensure #FutureFitGovernance?
This was Zoe's response...
I often refer to myself as a governance geek by which I mean that I am fascinated by how good governance operates; the interlinking of systems, processes, people and culture that all have to work seamlessly so that businesses can operate in a safe yet agile way in the interests of all stakeholders. I believe that we need to rethink the approach to governance using the tools and techniques being applied to transform businesses, such as design thinking, process optimisation and automation and above all putting the “user” at the heart of everything. Governance can be the key to unlocking truly agile businesses and helping Secretariats to transform their teams and delivery to stakeholders is my passion. One of my favourite quotes is “ Creativity is Intelligence having fun.” Injecting some fun along the way is so important for team development and learning .. and amazing things can happen when we tap into our creativity.