Research & Education


Case Studies

Ownership and business model are some of the key drivers of bank governance. Case studies are therefore sourced from a cross section of banks covering different ownership and business models, a range of sizes up to SIFIs and different board structures. Whilst the banks for research are mainly drawn from the UK, overseas banks are selected to expand the range of board and ownership structures. Some non-financial organisations are also introduced as governance comparators.



FGRE's programmes (conducted under the Chatham House Rule) are designed to address the issues and questions confronting NEDs (including chairs) individually, and board committees collectively, in this challenging environment for bank governance. The programmes are structured around the case studies and are forward-looking. They cover questions such as purpose, sustainability, societal impact, reputation, board diversity, remuneration policy, conduct, support for management, the macro-political economy, and perception of risk.

The post pandemic world is imposing additional demanding challenges on bank boards. NEDs have a crucial role meeting these challenges, providing further valuable input and judgement from an independent perspective as well as specialist knowledge, and helping provide a framework for support and constructive challenge of executive teams as they anticipate and address these vital issues.

The programmes offer the best opportunity available in our industry for discussion, inquiry and top-table learning about these challenges and related governance issues, including benefitting from the shared experience of lead contributors.

The programmes provide insights into the workings of the SMCR (Senior Managers Certification Regime) and its implications for recruitment of NEDs.

Cohorts will be limited to a maximum of ten participants to ensure an intimate and confidential environment and constructive interaction between participants. This creates a unique opportunity for accelerating understanding of the subtler and behavioural aspects of board governance from the experience of seasoned practitioners, as well as practical insights into how real-life issues might be handled, with reflections on possible outcomes.

Delivered by FGRE with cases introduced by Professor Mellor, the interaction and exchange with participants on the challenges and issues generated from discussion of the cases will be led by a senior chair or NED of a bank board who will also share in the benefit of their experience.

A write up of each programme’s discussion and conclusions will follow as a reference for the exclusive use of the participants. The programmes will be accompanied by a series of blogs on relevant topics.

Advisory Board

FGRE has established an Advisory Board comprising experienced practitioners and others with relevant background and knowledge. (See under Boards) The terms of reference are as follows:

Purpose  -  to ensure that the education delivered by FGRE maintains a focus on addressing the practical needs of NEDs (including chairs) of financial institutions within the context of their board's responsibility for governance. 
Scope  -  to advise on the content and development of the educational programmes, provide input on case studies, and make recommendations for experienced contributors.

February 2021

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