Ian White has been the Chief Legal Officer and/or Company Secretary for both listed & major private companies. This has led him developing an expertise in corporate governance and working with boards on effectiveness and performance. He has been involved in a number of board evaluations, both internally and externally.
Ian now works as a consultant. Over the last 18 months he has undertaken five board evaluations for FTSE 250 companies as an Associate for a board evaluation practice and one on his own account for a grant making body. He is due to undertake other board evaluations over the next six months. In addition, this year he spent six months as an internal governance consultant for a FTSE 100 International Bank working on board effectiveness and governance matters generally for the Holdings Board.
In the corporate world, Ian spent the majority of his time in the financial services sector (principally asset management) with roles such as Group Legal Counsel/Company Secretary of Perpetual (listed investment manager), Interim Chief Legal Officer for Openwork Limited (formerly Allied Dunbar) and Interim Chief Legal Officer in the UK for Allianz Global Investors. However, he has also worked in other sectors and he was Group General Counsel/Company Secretary of the Wilkinson Group (privately owned retail group).
Ian has designed and/or run courses on Corporate Governance/The Role of the Board at institutions such as Ashridge Business School (now Hult) and the Institute of Directors.
Ian’s other consultancy activities include undertaking work for a management consultancy working with in-house legal teams and coaching executives to improve performance and develop their careers (he holds a Coaching Development Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills (accredited training hours by the International Coach Federation).
Ian currently sits on the Board of a medium sized incorporated charity (£25 million turnover, 1000 staff) where he is Vice Chairman elect.
As well as being a lawyer Ian has an MBA from Ashridge Business School.