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Richard Sykes

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Richard has spent his recent career focusing on governance, both in the corporate and the not-for-profit sectors, with a focus on sports governance.

He recently retired from PwC where he was a senior client service partner having been a partner for over 25 years. He is now a non-executive director on a number of boards, including The England Hockey Board and Middlesex County Cricket Club in the sports field as well as BuroHappold, an international consulting engineering partnership, Brand Finance where he is Chairman of a business that focuses on providing brand valuation services to large corporates and The Woodland Trust, a charity focused on creating, protecting, and restoring trees and woodland.

His sports governance focus stems from being the joint author with Lord Woolf of the Governance Review of the International Cricket Council in 2012 as well as leading the Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) arena at PwC. He developed and led PwC’s thinking in how to apply the conceptual aspects of GRC in practice. His specific focus was on driving the Risk Resilient agenda, with a focus on Risk Appetite, High Impact Risk and Behaviours and Culture, in particular post the global financial crisis.

Richard has been a long standing supporter of Tomorrow’s Company and in particular the governance forum and has contributed to a number of the Tomorrow’s Company thought leadership reports including The Boardroom and Risk, Improving the Quality of Boardroom Conversations and Tomorrow’s Risk Leadership: delivering Risk Resilience and Business Performance.

Richard is the author of or contributor to a number of articles and publications relating to GRC including “Black Swans turn Grey” and “Prospering in an era of uncertainty – the case for Resilience”. He has been on the editorial panel of “Roads to Resilience”, a report by Cranfield Business School sponsored by PwC amongst others. He also has articles included within the Institute of Directors publication “Business Risk” and both the Actuary and The Treasurer magazines.

 

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