CARDNO – focused and personal
We commit time and effort to provide focused and personal corporate governance management and consultancy services for SMEs.
Stewart Harper – Director
Educational governance and leadership
Stewart’s career in educational governance and leadership is long and distinguished. He is currently non-executive director of two academy trusts and has in the past risen to Deputy University Secretary of Leeds Beckett University.
Too often, this important function can get lumped in with accounting and legal services, resulting in a less focused approach by professionals without the specific expertise.
What is Corporate Governance?
The benefits of good corporate governance
Improved executive-level decision-making – Good governance guides company decision-makers in their choices, laying out priority objectives to achieve as well as boundaries to stay within. Actions and objectives can also be prioritised more easily and therefore decisions are more likely to be correct.
Risk reduction – Good governance improves the security and stability of the company and reduces risk factors like debt, malpractice and poor communication. In the bad times, governance processes lay out paths to recovery.
Capital cost reduction – It is a universal truth that lower risk means cheaper capital acquisition. Lenders, investors, partners and suppliers are also drawn to well-governed organisations, providing more choice and negotiating power.
Improved strategic planning – Company strategists can access critical information quickly and communicate with other important stakeholders smoothly in a well-governed business. Long-term objectives and the requisite steps to achieving them are also clearer. This allows for more effective strategising.
Improved internal controls – Good governance builds controls within a company. Directors, managers and executives in a well-directed company can be sure that they are supported by an environment of adept management.
Stewart Harper – Director, Cardno Management Services
We make governance work
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