While the UK Corporate Governance Code applies to the business world, its guidance is followed more widely. Provision 21 of the Code states that ' There should be a formal and rigorous annual evaluation of the performance of the board, its committees, the chair and individual directors. The chair should consider having a regular externally-facilitated board evaluation ... at least every three years.' Seamus Gillen wrote the original Financial Reporting Council good-practice Guidance on Board Effectiveness, a document referenced extensively in the UK and internationally. He has taken the thinking set out in the Guidance and, using his experience working with boards and directors in a variety of sectors, developed a methodology for structuring a robust board evaluation process. One recent evaluation (Spring 2018) led to the following feedback - 'We engaged Value Alpha to carry out an independent board evaluation. What we got was a board evaluation completed with such diligence, thought, intelligence, tenacity and rigour that the recommendations of the review added insight and challenge to future recruitment, strategic direction and process. I simply cannot recommend Seamus and Value Alpha highly enough. If you want an objective, pragmatic and strategic brain to challenge and add huge value to your organisation, then choose Value Alpha'. If you would like to know more about the Value Alpha approach to board evaluation, please contact me on +44 (0) 7739 088208 or at

Our Services

We work in a variety of contexts, and a range of sectors. We conduct board evaluations, facilitate board strategy sessions, train in areas including directors duties and responsibilities, and carry out a range of bespoke interventions. We have significant experience of working in different regions of the world, different organisational settings and different company cultures.

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Leadership Development

The Leadership Development Programme for company secretaries and governance professionals helps ambitious individuals 'step up' to become strategic governance advisers to the board and directors, and promote with confidence the high-quality governance which leads to improved organisational performance, and value creation.

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Our aim is to create value for the client by being as knowledgeable about governance as possible, and creating an environment within which both individuals and the organisation can make progress in the governance journey. We are proud of the feedback we receive, and use it to understand how to provide an even better service next time.

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Value Alpha is a specialist advisory firm which works with boards, directors and company secretaries to embed high-quality governance and improve organisational outcomes.  Time and resource devoted to governance activity represents a sound investment – it helps an organisation improve its effectiveness, its efficiency, and the quality of its decision-making, and thereby creates value.  An unwillingness to take governance seriously is one of the reasons why organisations fail.


Board evaluation – from formal board effectiveness reviews to board facilitation on a range of governance and strategy-related challenges
Governance audit – including restructuring of boards and ExCos, reviewing governance structures
Training and Development – bespoke in-house workshops, focused on board and director effectiveness
Training courses – workshops and seminars on good practice corporate governance; directors’ duties; the role of the company director; the role of the company secretary; strategy and risk
Leadership Development – for company secretaries and governance professionals operating in the boardroom, who wish to develop the leadership skills needed to step into the top role
Presentation skills – for executives making presentations, talking to the media, and representing their organisation at a senior level
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The Leadership Development Programme provides a structured programme of executive development for governance professionals who wish to ‘reach the next level’, including the top job. Through coaching, mentoring and networking dinners, the Programme helps Candidates
  • improve their career prospects by developing the soft skills needed to increase their effectiveness in the areas employers consider business-critical
  • offers individuals the opportunity to differentiate themselves, and their career, in a challenging professional environment.
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Programme networking dinners take place on a quarterly basis, with guest speakers who hold senior company secretarial positions. If you are not on the Programme, you can join the Networking Club, which entitles you to attendance at the dinners.   For more details, please contact me on +44 (0) 7739 088208, or by emailing me at  For an account of previous dinners, please click on the Latest Posts tab, or visit me on LinkedIn.


I have just completed a four-day Director Development Programme with Hawkamah in Dubai. The programme was extremely interactive with some lively debate, and further highlighted the need for strong Corporate Governance being driven by the Board across the whole organisation. Thanks to Seamus Gillen, of Value Alpha, and all the other participants for a great few days.
Workshop - CEO, Insurance Company

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