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2024 Governance Hot 100 Winners

This year’s winners are shining examples of the sheer diversity and scope of talent that exists within the modern governance profession.
Acknowledging their collective contributions is a demonstration of how governance professionals make a positive impact within their teams, their organisations and wider society.  The quality of nominations has been exceptional this year, making the judging process considerably more challenging.
Our aim has always been to celebrate talent and in doing so raise the overall profile of the governance profession and inspire others to reach their full potential.
On behalf of DMJ Recruitment and the judging panel, I am sure you will join me in congratulating the winners who rightfully deserve their place in the 2024 Governance HOT 100.

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Lifetime Achievement Award

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Tim Fallowfield OBE

Company Secretary Senior Manager

Tim Fallowfield OBE
Company Secretary & Corporate Services Director, J Sainsbury plc

Tim joined Sainsbury’s in 2001 as Company Secretary and General Counsel, having previously held the same position at Exel plc, the global logistics company, now part of DHL. Tim is a qualified solicitor and began his career at the international law firm, Clifford Chance.

Tim is recognised for his judgement, emotional intelligence, leadership, and integrity, as well as his extensive board experience, including culture change, strategy, transformation, risk management and customer insight and service.

Tim deserves recognition for his exceptional contributions to governance. His leadership extends beyond the confines of the company, impacting both internal operations and the broader community. Tim's work often happens behind the scenes, but his leadership and careful management has been critical in shaping the governance framework and community impact. Tim has been a driving force behind Sainsbury's commitment to diversity and inclusion. He spearheaded initiatives to create an accessible and supportive workplace for disabled employees. His advocacy has led to tangible changes, such as improved facilities, accommodations, and awareness programs. Tim actively engages with external organizations, promoting disability rights and education. His efforts have raised awareness about the challenges faced by disabled individuals, fostering empathy and understanding. 

Tim is a Trustee on the Board of Save the Children and chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He is a Trustee of the Sainsbury Archive and will become Chair effective from March 2024.


 

GOVERNANCE TRAILBLAZERS

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

Deputy Company Secretary

Santander UK PLC

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Kelly Young

General Counsel & Company Secretary

Marie Curie

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Giorgia Cowan

Senior Assistant Company Secretary

Canopius Group

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Aurelia Gibbs

Group Company Secretary

IG group holdings plc

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Joy Johnston

Senior Governance and Finance Manager

Premier League Charitable Fund

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Callum Doyle

Company Secretary and Compliance Officer

Surrey County Cricket Club

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Victoria Hands

Deputy Company Secretary

Moneysupermarket.com Group PLC

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Aoife Cantillon

Senior Company Secretarial Assistant

London Metal Exchange

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Vijaya Panangipalli

Head of Governance & EDI

Sport & Recreation Alliance

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Teresa Hogan

Group Director, Head of LSEG Subsidiary Management and Company Secretariat Operations

LSEG

INSPIRATIONAL MANAGERS

For managers that create high functioning governance teams and actively help to develop careers.
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Daksha Hirani

Director, Head of Governance, Europe & Asia-Pacific

TD Securities

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Catherine Sukmonowski

Company Secretary

Deliveroo PLC

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Richard Cusack

Deputy Company Secretary

Visa

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Julie Trundle

Head of Company Secretariat - PLC, GB & IRELAND

Diageo PLC

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Andrew Day

Company Secretary

Sompo International

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Gabrielle Mocatta

Group Company Secretary

Railpen

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Alia Fazal

Head of Corporate Governance

BP PLC

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Priscila Santos

Head of Company Secretary Services - UK

Alter Domus (UK) Limited

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James Walker

Head of Governance

Clarion Housing Group

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Amanda Wright

Group General Counsel & Company Secretary

Chesnara PLC

DEALMAKERS

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

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Philip Ryan

Assistant Company Secretary

Harbour Energy

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Nataliya Yaroshenko

Company Secretary

Globeleq

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Claire Morris

Deputy Company Secretary (Interim)

Integrafin Holdings PLC

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Laura Delee

Deputy Company Secretary

Domestic & General

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Rachel Pilcher

Group Legal & Governance Director

Vistry Group

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Katie Lewis

Deputy Company Secretary

Barratt Developments

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Melanie Hall

Company Secretary

Dechra

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Azeem Ali

Consultant

Deloitte Legal

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Betse Effanga

Deputy Company Secretary

BAE Systems

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Lawrence Hagan

Senior Assistant Company Secretary

Next PLC

BOARD INFLUENCERS

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

Company Secretary

Alpha Financial Markets Consulting

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Prof Miranda K. Brawn

Non-Executive Director and Board Chair

Various

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Vicki Haynes

Group Company Secretary

Saga PLC

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Robert Hicks

Company Secretary

The Rugby Football League

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Devina Murphy

Head of Governance / Company Secretary

Rafter Group UK Limited

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Cerian Tahany

Company Secretary

Worldpay (UK) Limited

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Richard McDermott

Company Secretary

The Football Association

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Fiona Morrison

Associate Director

Law Debenture

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Liz Lynxwiler

Head of Governance & Secretariat

Brightwell

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Georgina Gearing-Bell

Senior Manager Company Secretarial

Law Debenture

ESG CHAMPIONS

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

Head of ESG

Saga PLC

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Paul Johnston

Associate Director

One Advisory

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Josh Lotcho

Entity Governance & Compliance Manager

PwC

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Boglarka Radi

Company Secretary

OneGlobal Broking

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Alexander Walsh

CEO

Howells

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Lydia Harratt

Group Company Secretary

Zotefoams PLC

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Chris Taylor

Company Secretary

Young & Co Brewery PLC

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Adrian Bushnell

Group Company Secretary

Domino's Pizza Group PLC

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Andy Sunderland

Deputy General Counsel

Currys PLC

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Kathy-Ann Pearce

Head of Legal & Company Secretary

LondonEnergy Ltd

TECHNOLOGY INNOVATORS

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

Assistant Company Secretary

IG Group

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Jay Dodd

Co-Founder and CCO

Kuberno

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Nick Ivory

Assistant Company Secretary

Haleon PLC

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Yana Fowle

Company Secretarial Assistant

BP PLC

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Sandra Dadd

Company Secretary

Next 15

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Alicja Masznicz

Manager, Governance Services

Computershare

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Fiona Gildea

Deputy Company Secretary and Head of Governance

Flutter Entertainment PLC

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Mary Hitchon

Company Secretary

Dentsu International Ltd

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Michelle Vassall

Senior Company Secretary

Columbia Threadneedle

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Iain Hamilton

Associate Director

Law Debenture

TECHNICAL EXPERTS

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

Company Secretary Manager

Alter Domus (UK) Limited

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Nike Akisanya

Company Secretary

Deliveroo PLC

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Charlotte Mepham

Senior Assistant Company Secretary

BP PLC

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Erika Eliasson-Norris

Founder & CEO

Beyond Governance

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Francesca Todd

VP Company Secretariat

Aveva Group

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Philip Patterson

Director - Head of Secretariat

PwC

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Ryan Cooke

Director, Corporate and Governance Services

Paget-Brown Financial Services

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Gary Gray

Director, Head of Governance & Company Secretarial Services

Burness Paull LLP

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Shaun Zulafqar

Company Secretarial Director

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

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Fiona Mahon

Head of the European Secretariat

Citibank Europe PLC

RELATIONSHIP MANAGERS

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

Director & Co-Owner

Indigo Independent Governance Limited

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David Scurlock-Richardson

Company Secretary Manager

Alter Domus

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Katie Rose

Assistant Manager

JTC Group

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Giannina Lankester

Associate Director

Deloitte Legal

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Viv Holyoake

UK Corporate Solutions Associate Director

Orrick

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Chelsea Chivers

Head of UK Entity Management Services

Law Debenture

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Debbie Brown

Manager Company Secretarial

Shoosmiths

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Eleanor Bradfield

Manager, Entity Governance & Compliance

PWC

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Iryna Vale

Head of Corporate Secretarial Services, UK and Ireland

TMF

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Robin Willis

Senior Manager

EY

RISING STARS

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

Deputy Company Secretary

Eutelstat Group

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Alexander Cox

Assistant Company Secretary

Diageo PLC

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Faduma Omar

Company Secretarial Assistant

Keywords Studios PLC

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Nick White

Corporate Governance Officer

Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust

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Charlotte Tadiar

Company Secretarial Assistant

Currys PLC

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Kyle Burke

Legal Analyst

Tata Consultancy Services

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Lucy Hoyow

Company Secretarial Assistant

Ocado Group PLC

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Jacob Pitt

Manager

One Advisory

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Gabriele Gurauskaite

Senior Company Secretarial Assistant

London Metal Exchange

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Sophie Waghorn

Company Secretarial Assistant

Domestic & General

FUTURE LEADERS

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

Associate Director Global Corporate Governance and Assistant Secretary

Perrigo Company PLC

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Jessica Cracknell

Senior Assistant Company Secretary

SIG PLC

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Kako Johnson Mavalla

Assistant Company Secretary

Cineworld Cinemas

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Inderpreet Kaur

Principal - Governance & Secretariat lead

Barnett Waddingham

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Puja Chopra

Deputy Company Secretary

Oxford Biomedica PLC

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Hilda Asiaw

Senior Company Secretary

Zurich Insurance

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William Rowledge

Associate

BlackRock

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Francesca Mauroo

Assistant Company Secretary

Legal & General Group PLC

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Samira Chambas-Yusuf

Assistant Company Secretary

Diageo PLC

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Connie MacCurrach

Vice President, Company Secretary

J.P. Morgan

JUDGING PANEL

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Rachael Matzopoulos

Company Secretary

Gamma Communications PLC

Rachael has always played an active role within the profession and has been President of the Women's Chartered Governance Association and a UKRIAT Committee Member. On her ascent to the Group role she has enjoyed working across a range of sectors and company types.

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Amanda Mellor

Group Company Secretary

Haleon PLC

Amanda started her career in banking and IR.  In 2009 she was made Group Secretary at M&S and later moved to Standard Chartered Bank.  In 2022 she was appointed CoSec of Haleon PLC, the largest demerger and listing in recent UK corporate history. Amanda is an experienced NED and is currently SID at Volution Group PLC.

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Andy Hodges

Rio Tinto PLC

Head of Secretarial

Andy was appointed Group Company Secretary at Rio Tinto in August 2023.  He has over 25 years commercial company secretarial experience gained at FTSE 100 companies including Centrica, Anglo American and Aviva.

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Maddie Scrafton

Managing Director

UK Governance Services Computershare

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.

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Andrea Davidson

Head of EMEA Corporate Governance & Company Secretarial

Invesco Ltd

Andrea is FCG qualified with over 20 years of corporate secretariat experience in a range of companies within financial services including offshore mutual funds, UK and European companies and pension schemes.

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