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CG Webinar: Journey To The Board

almost 2 years ago by ConnectedGroup
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Journey To The Board

The boardroom is, to many, the final destination of career development and success. Within this unique domain, strategies and long-term sustainability for the largest organizations in the world are decided. But while the role of a board member can be highly prestigious and rewarding, it is not without risk. As corporate governance comes under increased scrutiny, so is a board director's ability to perform their role effectively, and taking on board roles should be carefully considered. Join this webinar to understand the ‘Journey to the Board’.

The topics covered will include:

  • Overview of director duties & liabilities

  • Overview of corporate governance

  • Overview of board composition

  • Examples of 'governance gone wrong'

  • Case studies on real life organizations to bring topics to life

The schedule will run as follows:

  • 10:00 - 10:05 - Introduction with Mat Gollop from ConnectedGroup

  • 10:05 - 10:10 - Introduction with Chris Moon from BDP Asia

  • 10:10 - 11:00 - Presentation with Frank and Melody from Ashurst

  • 11:00 - 11:15 - Presentation with Emma Martin froom Habitat For Humanity

  • 11:15 - 11:25 - Final Q&A

  • 11:25 - 11:30 - Closing notes from Mathew Gollop

Join us on Friday 11th December 2020 at 10am (Hong Kong time) for this webinar. To register, please click here

ConnectedGroup is delighted to present the following speakers:


Mr Mathew Gollop
Managing Director, ConnectedGroup
Mathew has been in the search industry since 1997 and in Asia (with ConnectedGroup) since 2001. In addition to leading the business, Mathew engages with clients to discuss their operational and market strategy from CEO’s office down through the business. He aligns ConnectedGroup’s service offering across all functions and often operates as an account manager for all key clients. Mathew still executes a number of searches each year and he and his team focus on complex and unconventional searches, often in new industries. He has been integral in building our major NGO accounts and still executes assignments in this space.

In addition Mathew has helped define and shape ConnectedGroup's social purposeand his team support the not for profit community in Hong Kong, connecting talent to help amplify worthy causes.

Mr Chris Moon
Asia Director, BDP Asia

​Chris is the Director of the Board Director Programme Asia, he is from the UK and has been working in Asia for more than 12 years. Chris helped set up training academies for HSBC and went on to lead and train teams for Aviva before moving to China. He continued to work on various educational programmes prior to moving to Hong Kong and has been with the Board Director Programme's Diploma and workshops for nearly 4 years. As part of Chris' role, he enjoys assisting NGOs with their board search and onboarding. 

Mr Frank Bi
Partner at Ashurst

Frank specialises in the areas of international capital markets, M&A transactions, general corporate and compliance matters. Through his extensive experience of acting for corporates and investment banks on public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, he often provides advice to senior management including board members on corporate governance and related issues.

In addition, Frank's 10+ years of experience includes initial public offerings, private placements, follow-on offerings and debt programmes, privatisation, joint ventures, spin-offs and other corporate restructurings. He has worked on matters throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and US, including for companies listed on the stock exchanges in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Frank is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, as well as qualified in the PRC.

Frank is also an FT Board Director Programme workshop trainer.

Ms Melody He
Partner at Ashurst

Melody has significant experience advising investment banks and corporations on capital markets and corporate matters in Asia and the United States. She focuses on securities offerings, advising international conglomerates and state owned enterprises as well as high growth companies on global offerings and listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, SEC registered offerings, secondary offerings, rights issues and share placings. She also has extensive experience in bond offerings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, financings and listing rules compliance matters. Her expertise spans across a wide range of industries, including TMT, real estate, financial services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, energy, natural resources, consumer products, manufacturing, retail and food & beverage.

Melody is a native Chinese Mandarin and Cantonese speaker qualified in both the United States and Hong Kong.

Melody is also an FT Board Director Programme workshop trainer.

Ms Emma Martin
Board member for Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong

Emma is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in the marketing and communications industry. As a CFO and business partner, Emma has experience leading teams and driving positive change, and a track record of lifting the capabilities and profile of the finance function from information crunchers to insight providers. She loves making it easier for people to do business by simplifying processes, unravelling complexities and supporting teams through change.  

Emma is an alumni of the FT Board Director program and serves on both the Board and the Finance Committee of Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong.