How NEDs can help companies build Global Opportunities – 17th June 2021
We will be hearing the personal stories of two business leaders, Lynn Lau and Trevor Matthews, profiles below, who have been bold and brave about embracing international opportunity and have worked across the world or are building international businesses.
This session is all about inspiring you to apply your experience to help companies seize global opportunities. As COVID-19 vaccine programmes roll out across the world, we can begin to envisage the opportunities that will emerge over the next couple of years. What should businesses do to assure their resilient, sustainable recovery? What opportunities are there from Asia to Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas?
You will also have the opportunity to put your questions to a panel consisting of Trevor and Lynn plus additional panellists from the SE Asia/Australasia region tbc
Structured learning outcomes:
- To encourage individuals to pursue international opportunities
- To flag issues that aspiring board members might wish to consider in internationalisation eg. due diligence, partnerships, cross-cultural differences
- Preparation is key
- The importance of local knowledge
- Understand the history
- Current market/company challenges and opportunities
Lynn Lau is director and co-founder of Windward Insurance Brokers, a young digital insurance broker based in Singapore, set up with Chinese and British co-shareholders. She was previously CFO of a private equity firm invested in healthcare, hospitality and real estate, and she was Executive Director of Fullerton Health Foundation, a registered charity which seeks purpose with profit for the Fullerton Healthcare business in South East Asia.
Lynn was Head of Asia Pacific Development of Standard Life, based in Edinburgh, before joining Legal & General as Director, Asia, based in Shanghai and Beijing. She joined AIG as CFO of the AIG joint venture with PICC based in Beijing, and then as Head of Financial Planning for APAC based in Singapore.
Lynn now lives in Singapore, but still has a home in Edinburgh, and aspires to have a home in Beijing.
Trevor is an actuary with more than 40 years’ experience in financial services He has held Chief Executive roles in four continents, including: Executive Director and Chairman Developed Markets, Aviva; CEO of Aviva UK; Group CEO of Friends Provident; CEO of Standard Life UK; CEO Manulife Financial in Japan and Canada; and CEO of Legal & General Australia.
Trevor returned to Australia in 2013 following 15 years overseas and has assembled a portfolio of non-executive directorships, including being Chairman of: the State Insurance Regulatory Authority; CMC Markets Australia; and the wrap platform operator FNZ Asia Pacific. He is also a non-executive director of AMP Life, Resolution Life NOHC, Bupa Australia New Zealand, and Edelweiss Tokio Life.
Trevor has served as Chairman of the Financial Services Skills Council in the UK, a Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, and President of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
He has a Master of Arts (Actuarial Studies) from Macquarie University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in both Australia and the UK, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Trevor provides executive coaching through Foresight’s Global Coaching.
Simon has worked for FTSE 100 companies in life assurance, pensions, general insurance, asset management, and banking. He has led many M&A transactions in the FS Sector. He is currently Chair of an FS Risk Committee, and Chair of a retail investment company where he is an Approved Person on the FCA register.
The financial services industry is vast and encompasses companies engaged in payments, lending, insurance, broking, asset management, financial advice, accounting, and foreign exchange. Many Transpire Members work directly in financial services or have regulated financial services activities within their groups. However, even if you don’t, your business is likely to be dependent on the financial services sector both operationally and for raising short and long term capital and thus a good understanding of the sector can be considered essential. The financial service sector is also seeing the emergence of increasing governance responsibilities being placed on directors and these practises could soon form the basis of future corporate governance best practise across all sectors.
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