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IoD Webinar: Key Questions for Non-Executive Directors to ask Management on COVID-19

IoD Webinar

IoD Morning and Evening Briefings Series is kindly sponsored by Mazars

IoD Webinar: Key Questions for Non-Executive Directors to ask Management on COVID-19

04 June 2020 9:30am

As part of our ongoing work to share exclusive content and insights with members, we are delighted to invite you to join our upcoming webinar entitled, ‘Key Questions for Non-Executive Directors to ask Management on COVID-19’. The webinar will be presented by David Lawton, Managing Director, Financial Industry Advisory Services, Alvarez & Marsal, and Malcolm McKenzie, Managing Director, Corporate Transformation Services, Alvarez & Marsal.

The unprecedented actions and challenges that all businesses are facing due to COVID-19 are stretching employees and their boards. There are enormous challenges on firms to maintain activity and deliver good outcomes for customers, employees and shareholders. In parallel to this, it is clear that the future environment is both highly uncertain, and likely to be significantly different, requiring major adaptation.

Board members will need to demonstrate focus and clear leadership through these difficult times, and non-executive directors will have to step up accordingly.

In this webinar, David and Malcolm will discuss:

  • Key questions which you should be now raising at Board level.
  • Approaches which may have been fine before COVID-19 and now must be urgently reviewed.
  • How you will need to ensure that the important issues are surfaced and addressed, but also that you can demonstrate (ex post) that your firm’s governance arrangements worked well.

Please note, there will be a live Q&A facility for this webinar.

David Lawton

David Lawton

Managing Director, Financial Industry Advisory Services, Alvarez & Marsal

David Lawton is Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal and jointly heads the firm’s Financial Industry Regulatory Advisory Services practice in London. David worked previously for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as Director of Markets, and also as a Director of Markets Policy and International. He has over 30 years of experience in regulatory and government positions.

At Alvarez & Marsal , David has worked with a wide range of clients, advising on: the implementation of new regulatory regimes; on conduct and governance issues; compliance and risk frameworks; Brexit; and regulatory due diligence.

David is also a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of DTCC Deriv/SERV LLC and its affiliates, DTCC Data Repository (US) LLC and DTCC Derivatives Repository Plc.

Malcolm McKenzie

Malcolm McKenzie

Managing Director, Corporate Transformation Services, Alvarez & Marsal

Malcolm McKenzie is Managing Director and Head of Alvarez & Marsal’s European Corporate Transformation Services practice in London. Malcolm brings 30 years’ experience in advising senior management and boards on improving top-and bottom-line performance. 
Malcolm is heavily involved in helping companies respond to Activists. He has served on several boards, and worked with Chairs and Boards of Directors on evaluating and improving board and company performance. Malcolm has also led a series of research programmes into Board leadership.

Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, Malcolm was a partner in a number of major consultancies including Ernst & Young and Cap Gemini, and he founded and led a JV consultancy with Robson Rhodes, as well as leading his own business. He has also advised regulatory and other bodies in the public sector.

Malcolm has a Masters degree from Cambridge University, a Master’s degree in business administration from London Business School, and Certified Diploma from the ACCA. Earlier in his career he qualified and practiced as a Chartered Engineer.


Mazars is an international partnership specialising in audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services. 

In Ireland, we employ over 450 people in Dublin, Limerick and Galway and work with large corporate companies and Public Interest Entities and small to mid-sized indigenous businesses to assist clients at every stage in their development. 

We operate in 89 countries, including Ireland and overall, we draw on the expertise of 40,000 professionals - 24,000 in the Mazars integrated partnership and 16,000 via the Mazars North America Alliance.

To find out more visit the Mazars website.

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