David Archer and Alex Cameron

The role of the Senior Independent Director

‘… the SID also needs to be able to act as a lightning rod – picking up signs of emerging conflict or disquiet amongst fellow board members and giving voice to it at an appropriate time (particularly when the Chair is not responding to these tensions) so that issues don’t fester.’

Alison Gill

70% of FTSE 350 Chairs under pressure to step down

‘The purpose of a good Chair isn’t to lead thinking for the board, but rather to be an independent facilitator. Someone capable of encouraging people to think around topics and seek knowledge and data to make good decisions, instead of relying on existing beliefs.’