Tuesday, 23 April 2013, 1:45PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Public Interest Communities or Selfish Cartels? - Panel Discussion

Gavin Ingham Brooke, Richard Chaplin, Hilary Lindsay, Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli

How is public interest determined and monitored; do professional bodies and professionals walk the talk? Is the changing nature of professional partnerships likely to have an impact on the public interest role of the professions? Professional service firms and professionals – success criteria: is it all about profit per partner and ruthless commercialism? Community and society contributions – is pro bono work on an admirable scale or a token gesture for annual reports? How do we inculcate the right attitudes, behaviour and sense of responsibility from the outset in professionals? How best to regulate professionals; how is this evolving? 

 

A panel discussion, with Gavin Ingham Brooke, Richard Chaplin, Hilary Lindsay and chaired by Professor Michael Mainelli.

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A senior communications adviser with over 20 years of experience, Gavin Ingham Brooke founded specialist corporate consultancy Spada in 1994 with the vision of providing comprehensive reputation management and visual communications advice.  Gavin was originally trained as a teacher and journalist, before accepting a senior in-house communications post within the Travers Morgan Group. Prior to launching Spada he spent six years at Top 30 corporate consultancy, Camargue.

Gavin has undertaken numerous national and international media relations campaigns, as well as strategic marketing and branding assignments for plcs, membership bodies, banks, professional service firms, education and research groups.  He works alongside senior partners and boards to evaluate client organisations' current standing and advises on specific positioning achieved via integrated campaigns running through media, influencers, clients and intermediary channels or other corporate collaborators. 

Gavin also helped to co-author the Law Society’s ‘Practice Management Handbook’. He is passionate about professionalism and was instrumental in the founding of Professions for Good in 2011.

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Richard Chaplin describes himself as 'Champion of practice management and gatekeeper to professions worldwide'. He is the Founder and CEO of two leading professional bodies (Managing Partners' Forum and Professional Marketing Forum) for those involved in the management and/or marketing of professional service firms. Richard has a fantastic global network amongst managing partners, marketing and other management experts. He qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG.

Richard is publisher of Professional Marketing magazine and a former council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

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Having been a partner in a firm of chartered accountants, Hilary became the director responsible for member services at ICAEW. Currently she lectures for the Open University Business School and is carrying out research into CPD and lifelong learning in the accountancy profession.

Hilary was President of AAT during 2011-12 and now chairs its Global Development Steering Group. She is a Council member of ICAEW, sitting on its Executive Board, and a trustee of CABA, the Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association.

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Alderman Professor Michael Mainelli is Emeritus Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, having held the chair from 2005 to 2009. His first degree was in Government from Harvard, followed by mathematics and engineering studies at Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from the London School of Economics in chaotic systems, where he was also a Visiting Professor.

Professor Mainelli is Executive Chairman of Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank and venture firm, which he co-founded in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. A qualified accountant (FCCA), securities professional (FCSI), computer specialist (FBCS) and management consultant (FIC), Michael began his career as a research scientist in aerospace (rockets) and computing (architecture & mapping). He later became a senior partner with accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn directing global consulting projects. During the 1990s he worked for the UK Ministry of Defence as Corporate Development Director for Europe’s then largest R&D firm, the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency leading to two privatisations. Career highlights include directing Z/Yen’s Long Finance initiative with Gresham College and the City of London Corporation asking “when would we know our financial system is working?” as well as creating the Global Financial Centres Index, Global Intellectual Property Index, London Accord and Farsight Award. Michael also conceived and produced the first complete digital map of the world in 1983, Mundocart (a 1980’s Google Earth), and the $20 million Geodat consortium cartography project.

Michael is non-executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UK’s national body for standards and laboratories), AIM-listed Sirius Minerals plc (potash mining), AIM-listed Wishbone Gold Plc; Alderman for Broad Street Ward (elected) at the City of London Corporation; Almoner for Christ’s Hospital School; Trustee of International Fund for Animal Welfare. Michael has held numerous advisory posts, for example with Hitachi UK, City University and HM Treasury. Michael won a 1996 UK Foresight Challenge award for the Financial Laboratory, 2003 UK Smart Award for prediction software, 2005 British Computer Society Director of the Year, 2011 Technology Strategy Board Challenge Award for financial avatars, and was awarded Gentiluomo of the Associazione Cavalieri di San Silvestro in 2011. Michael is a Liveryman, Worshipful Company of World Traders, Freeman, Watermen & Lightermen, and represents the Financial Services Group of Livery Companies.

Michael has published over 40 journal articles, 150 commercial articles and four books. Michael’s humorous risk/reward management novel, Clean Business Cuisine: Now and Z/Yen, written with Ian Harris, was a Sunday Times Book of the Week in 2000; Accountancy Age described it as “surprisingly funny considering it is written by a couple of accountants”. Their third co-authored book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, based on his Gresham lectures, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize. Michael plays bagpipes, loves skiing and sailing and, with his wife, Elisabeth, he races and restores the 1923 Thames Sailing Barge Lady Daphne and sits on the world’s oldest sailing racing body, the Thames Match Committee. With an international family, Michael speaks English, German, French and Italian poorly, but even worse Spanish and Chinese.

To access all of Professor Mainelli's previous Gresham College lectures, please click here.

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