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Welcome to Ahead
Ahead is a community for governance professionals to discover new trends and ideas, discuss industry issues and connect with like-minded people.
As part of the programme we host a number of events, inviting expert guest speakers to share their insight. We are currently running all events online, so you can join the community from wherever you are.
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Current season events
We're planning an insightful series of events and can't wait to share them with you soon.
How to embrace blended working: the communications revolution
On 21 September 2021, Company Matters welcomed Paul Weedon back to our screens for our latest Ahead programme webcast: ‘The future is bright: the future is blended’.
Investment Trust Dividend Snapshot
Investment trust dividends fall for the first time in a decade but have outperformed the wider market by a mile through the pandemic
UK Dividend Monitor Q2 2021
UK dividends stage dramatic bounce-back in Q2, though the road to full recovery is still a long one
Company Secretaries: Working from home a year on
As we start to emerge from the impacts of COVID-19, the working world is likely to look different for us all. So how are company secretaries and their boards adapting to new working patterns?
UK Dividend Monitor Q1 2021
Q1 dividends fall at slowest rate in a year as bounce-back begins
Investment Trust Dividend Monitor March 2021
Investment trusts raised payouts by 4.2% in 2020 to a record £1.88bn, despite UK dividends being down 38% and global dividends down 12.2%
Diversity amongst the boards of the UK’s smaller companies are still not good enough. So what can be done about it?
On Tuesday 16 February, Company Matters launched their second board diversity report along with a webcast with guest expert Lord Karan Bilimoria to discuss the UK’s AIM and FTSE Small-Cap companies.
Boardroom inertia? A spotlight on the diversity of FTSE Small Cap and AIM listed company boards
Company Matters, Link Group’s company Secretarial team, continue to shine a light on diversity in the board rooms of FTSE Small Cap and AIM listed companies.
UK Dividend Monitor Q4 2020
COVID-19 slashes UK dividends by two fifths in 2020 to levels last seen in 2011, as outlook for 2021 darkens.
A year Ahead
Our first Ahead event of 2021 covered a range of past, present and future hot topics across share registration and corporate governance.
The power of cognitive diversity
Cognitive diversity is when members of a team bring different perspectives, insights, experiences and thinking styles to a problem.
General Meeting Season review - Europe 2020
Success of virtual AGMs marks engagement shift for investors.
AIM Dividend Monitor 2020
AIM dividends set to fall by at least a third in 2020 following a record 2019 as COVID-19 crisis bites into company profits.
Board diversity in AIM and small cap companies
Company Matters, are excited to launch their first report exploring diversity within the boards of AIM and FTSE small cap companies.
Is your board as diverse as it should be?
Our Company Matters team sits in over 50 of their clients’ boardrooms. This includes one board meeting and at least one committee meeting a week. We see what’s happening first hand.
Company engagement – who’s responsible?
A word that comes up a lot in the governance world is engagement. Is your company engaging with its stakeholders? Does it have an open and communicative culture? Do your employees feel they can approach their leaders?
The NED debate
The 2019 Non-Executive Directors’ Association NED debate was held in association with Company Matters and considers a variation on the board diversity theme by comparing boards of today with those needed tomorrow.
What is a changemaker?
Stefan Stern introduces The Company Secretary as Changemaker, a new series of workshops being held by The Chartered Governance Institute, and discusses what being a changemaker involves for a governance professional.
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