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Who is it for?

Governance for a World in Transformation

As the role of boards in an increasingly volatile world becomes more relevant, the demand for ongoing executive development, even at the highest level, has become a key differentiator.

Board members, chairs and non-executive directors today are required to lead and shape organisations in an environment where codes and regulations proliferate, creating both unanticipated challenges as well as new business opportunities.  But in order to leverage the opportunities, board members and non-executive directors need to be proficient technically, whilst not losing sight of the bigger picture and applying the best practices in governance.

Completely customised and in-line with the needs and goals of each client, our Top Boards: Corporate Governance Advisory services address the main issues that are on top of the agenda of global leaders, offering geopolitical context, governance benchmark and leadership development.

Key Business Outcomes

Preparing Boards for Changing World

Just like every company, every board has its own needs. Whilst our Corporate Governance Advisory services are completely tailored to meet the strategic demands of each client, it is structured around three fundamental pillars:

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Economic Context

As well as sector-specific contextualisation, our programme FT journalists offer unique perspective on technological, regulatory and geopolitical issues bringing them to life by demonstrating their relevance to your business

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Corporate Governance

Good governance is still key to the long term sustainability of any organisation. Understanding the fundamental as well as the most relevant breakthroughts in management theory and practice is essential to the sound operation of every board.

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Board Leadership

As well as prestige, the role of non-executive directors come with responsibilities and accountabilities where every decision carries strategic risks. Ensuring high levels of competency through ongoing leadership development is the first step to drive value-creating decision making.

Key Outcomes

Understanding Global Governance Trends

Every business is different. Every business feels the impact of change differently. The climate and covid-19 crises have a direct impact on consumer behaviour and business trends. This program is designed to help leaders understand and face these trends so they can seize opportunities and achieve growth.

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Purpose & ESG

Public opinion is shifting against shareholder supremacy. Boards are expected to prioritize environmental and social impact-related matters.
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Business Culture

Investors are increasingly pressing directors to report on the impact of culture on hiring, retention and productivity.
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Board Diversity

As institutional investor voting power grows, boards will continue to have additional pressure to improve ethnic and racial diversity.
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Corporate Activism

Directors must be ready to respond to the already traditional activism from investors, as well as a wider range of activism from NGOs, employees, and other stakeholders.
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Getting Started

For Organisations Who Need to Transform

The world of business is facing its biggest shift since the industrial revolution.

Businesses need to navigate not just new technology, emerging consumer trends, environmental changes and political instability, but also a switch the purpose of the business itself – a purpose no longer serving just profit for shareholders, but a purpose that is beneficial for all stakeholders. ​

Our Corporate Governance Advisory services have been developed for organisations that are aiming to improve the impact that their boards have on their business by not just investing in competency, but also bringing a more comprehensive approach to leadership development.

Created by leaders, for leaders

Meet the People Behind the Program

Our Board Advancement Programme was created in partnership with a group of senior business leaders, with vast experience in governance. The result is a solution that offers insight and outcomes that really address the challenges that boards of directors face in today’s world.

Giuseppe Tringali

Top Boards President
Vice president of the International Advisory Board of IE University, president of the Global Corporation Centre of IE Business School and EY. Board member of Vodafone Spain Foundation, Board member of EFE Europe “Education for employment” and former Senior Advisor of Alkemy and Pedersen Partners. Former President of Publiespaña, former CEO and Vicepresidente of Mediaset.

Aldo Olcese

Scientific & Academic President
Permanent Member of the Royal Academy of Economics in Spain, Vice Chairman of the European Royal Academy of Doctors, Honorary Chairman of Education for Employment Foundation. Chairman of the Advisory Board for Southern Europe in McGraw Hill and Vice Chairman of the Chinese World Public Diplomacy Organization.

Laura González-Molero

Independent board member of four listed companies in Spain: Acerinox, Bankia, Ezentis and Viscofan, as well as Senior Advisor at ISS Facility Management and President of APD.

Lourdes Centeno

Lourdes joined Ernst & Young in 2017 as Partner of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Capital Markets after holding the positions of Vice-president of the Spanish Securities Market Commission and Director of the Bank of Spain. She is a member of the Spanish Legal State Corps since 1996.
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María Rotondo Urcola 

Independent Board member at CACEIS Spain, CACEIS Latam (Credit Agricole-Santander) and INDRA. Co-Director ie Exec Education Program on Sustainability. Professor at IC-A (Spain Institute of Board members) and BME (Spain Stock Exchange). She is also member of FIDE working Group in blockchain. Formerly Global Head of Telecommunications, Media and Technology in Investment Banking at Banco Santander.

Marieta Del Rivero

Independent board member at Cellnex Telecom (IBEX35), member of the board of advisers at Mutualidad Abogacía, member of the advisory board at MadeinMobile and member of the board at the Spanish Executives Association (AED). She is a partner at Seeliger & Conde, president of International Women Forum Spain and Independent adviser of Gestamp.

José Miguel Andrés Torrecillas

Former chairman of Ernst & Young Spain and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in both Spain and England. In 2015 he was appointed director of banking group BBVA. He is Deputy Chair and President of the Commission of Appointments and Governance in BBVA, member of its Risk Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Zardoya Otis, S.A

Catherine Moukheibir

She has chaired or been a board member and chair of the audit committees of more than a dozen private and public biotech companies, accompanying them from the venture capital stage to Nasdaq, Euronext or M&A. In addition, she serves on the advisory board of Imperial College Business School.

María Luz Medrano

Group Vice-General Counsel and Corporate Legal Services for Telefónica and Vice Secretary of the Board of Telefónica Foundation. She is a member of the advisory board of the Spanish National Securities Market Commission.

Jorge Medina

Non-Executive Board Chair at Bankinter Gestión de Activos & Chair of its Audit and Control Committe. Co-founder & Board Member at Enefgy, data analytics company focused on energy efficiency and carbon footprint compensation. Previously, CEO & Board Member at DWM AM, Deutsche Bank and Board Member at DB OSI.

Juan Costa

Juan Costa is Partner Expert on Climate Change and Corporate Sustainability in Ernst &Young Global and former Minister of State for Finance; Secretary of State for International Trade. In the past was also member of Advisory Board in la Caixa and Indra.

Juan Antonio Gomez Bule

Juan Antonio Gomez Bule is Security and Cybersecurity Advisor of Accenture Spain, Portugal, Israel and Latam. He was also Member of the Expert Committee of Independent Experts of the National Strategy of Security in 2017 and Strategy of National Cibersecurity in 2019.

Miguel Ferre

Miguel Ferre has been Secretary of State for Finance and has also held senior positions in the Spanish Permanent Representation in Brussels to the European Union (REPER), and in various bodies of the OECD and the United Nations.

Mirian Izquierdo

CEO of Comerciando Global; Founder of the start-up; President of Woman Forward Foundation; Member of the advisory board of VirtualEL; Member of the board of the Independent Foundation; Member of the Board of the World Compliance Association; Lecturer at several European Universities; Former European Commission official, member of the Cabinet to Spanish Comissioner Marcelino Oreja; Personal Advisor to President of Calidad Pascual, Tomas Pascual Sanz.
Guiding Principles

Elevating Board Governance

As well as the formal obligations associated with the roles of boards, non-executive directors are increasingly required to make decisions and create value.

At that level, the importance of understanding not just the business strategic requirements, but also the commercial and geopolitical landscape becomes paramount.

In order to deliver the most efficient and long-lasting level of impact, our Corporate Governance Advisory services are customised and co-designed with each client to ensure we offer the most relevant content on strategy, contextualisation, governance and leadership. 

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Up-to-date through practical and interactive training that addresses the most current issues and trends affecting the Board of Directors today.

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Implement best practice initiatives comes into place thanks to the committed work of our advisers and expertise from each of the training areas.

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Joint skills of the different members of the board come together in stronger alignment, through debate and reflection.

Our Philosophy

Make it Unique to Your Business

Delivering deep and current insights into real business-relevant topics, we will help your team stay abreast of technological, political or economic trends as they happen.


Fully Online. Live or On-Demand

A high-impact leadership program created to meet the demands of the world we live in. Fully online.


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Learn from some of the world's most influential and well-connected Financial Times journalists.

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Next Steps

How we will work with you

Co-creation is one of the key principles of the Headspring approach. We don’t assume we have the answers – instead, we work with our clients to create and deliver a solution that meets its main goals and objectives. As part of this process, the next steps will include:


The first step is to connect with our corporate partnerships team. We will diagnose your needs and set a clear goal for your program.


The second and most important step is to design a program that meets you business objectives and strategy in the short and long terms.

Bring to life

The third step is when we bring your program to life. Our team will be ready to ensure the plan is followed through and that objectives are met.

Measure impact

After the program, we will continue working with you to help you measure the results and the impact in your business.

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