Governance Hot 100 Nominations

DMJ, in association with Computershare are delighted to launch our 4th annual Governance HOT 100.

This is an industry favourite commending the 100 most innovative, influential and creative governance professionals representing all levels of experience, across each industry sector throughout the UK and the Channel Islands. Making it into the HOT 100 is validation of your commitment to enhance the impact and reputation of the governance profession.

We have created 10 categories that represent the core technical and people skills that we believe define the key characteristics of an exceptional governance professional.

New for 2023: Each category will include special recognition for the individual that best encapsulates the spirit of the category. Winners of this Category Award will receive a personalised trophy celebrating their dedication to their team and the governance industry.

We will also be collecting nominations for our new Company Secretary Lifetime Achievement Award which will showcase one individual that has contributed to the improvement of the UK governance industry and consistently upheld its values throughout their career. 

You can nominate yourself or someone in your professional network for one of these categories using our simple online form that takes no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Nominations will be viewed and discussed by our judging panel comprised of experienced governance professionals and industry experts.

Winners will be invited to a celebration event at a venue in Central London in May. Details to be confirmed in advance of event. 

We wish you the best of luck!

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Governance Trailblazer

The forward thinkers that raise the standards of corporate governance beyond what is expected.


Team Leader

Inspirational managers that create high functioning governance teams and actively help to develop careers.



Individuals that have contributed to the success of major corporate transactions or restructurings.


Board Influencer

Individuals that influence strategic decision making at the most senior level and are particularly adept at forging relationships with key stakeholders.


ESG progress leader

For those that have positively influenced culture, sustainability & environmental impact within their company or the profession.



Blue Sky thinkers that effect positive change through the innovative use of technology and systems.


Technical Experts

Individuals that demonstrate the highest level of technical competency to support governance best practice.


Relationship Managers

For those working within professional services with a reputation for supporting a varied client portfolio and building trusted relationships.


Rising Stars

For those with fewer than six years’ experience that have made a significant impact within their team and the profession.


Future Leaders

For those that demonstrate the skills required to become a Head of Department within the next 5-10 years.

Judging Panel


David Press

Founder & MD DMJ Recruitment

David is one of the founding directors of DMJ, an award winning company secretarial and legal recruitment agency. Having worked in this specialist field since 1999, David is widely recognised as the leading authority on recruitment within the governance market.


Maddie Scrafton

Managing Director
UK Governance Services

Maddie heads up Computershare’s Governance Services team in the UK, providing managed services and governance advisory services to company secretaries and their teams. She joined Computershare after a successful period as Head of Governance for the board at HSBC, has worked with a range of clients during her time at EY and was previously Company Secretary of an AIM listed group.


JJ Williams

Head of Risk
Governance & Shareholder Services
Lloyds Banking Group

JJ heads up the Risk, Governance and Shareholder Services team at Lloyds Banking Group and has extensive company secretarial experience gained within complex FTSE100 and FTSE350 companies, including HSBC plc, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Gemfields plc, where she was the Group Company Secretary, and BP plc, where she was the Company Secretary of the BP Pension Fund. JJ is also a qualified solicitor.


Robert Welch

Group Company Secretary
Tesco PLC

Robert is an experienced Company Secretary with wide-ranging experience across a broad range of fields including governance, board support, risk management, shareholder relations, corporate transactions, insurance and reward.

He's also a member of the CGI's Company Secretaries’ Forum, GC100, Primary Markets Group of the London Stock Exchange and CBI Companies Committee.


Balbir Kelly-Bisla

Group Company Secretary

Balbir has significant governance experience across various roles in listed companies (including GSK, RSA Insurance and Segro plc) and is currently the Group Company Secretary of WPP plc.  Prior to joining WPP, she was the Company Secretary of William Hill. In addition to her cosec experience, Balbir was Director of Investor Relations at GSK for a number of years leading on ESG engagement.

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Key Dates

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Nomination period opens

Monday 9 January 2023

Nomination period closes

Friday 3 March 2023

Governance HOT 100 winners announced and published online

Tuesday 4 April 2023

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