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Catherine Young

Non-executive Director

Catherine will be on the panel discussing: People, purpose and the pandemic: How will boards evolve after COVID-19?

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Following practice, including with KPMG and PwC, Catherine held senior finance posts in PLC and SME companies and non-executive posts, including as governor of a university and chair of the audit committee of a national charity.

Catherine currently holds non-executive posts as Vice Chair and Senior Independent Director of the Regional Ambulance Service, Commissioner at the Port of Blyth and with a tech start up company.

She is a director of a not-for-profit company delivering projects to improve the learning environment in schools, works with a small number of clients and is a member of the ICAEW Northern Regional Strategy Board.


Title  People, purpose and the pandemic: how will boards evolve after COVID-19?
Date  19 August
Time  11:15-12:00

Boards have faced unprecedented challenges since the COVID-19 outbreak took hold in the UK. The decisions they have taken will shape their strategy, composition and governance into the future – even their very decision making itself.

As businesses emerge from lockdown and move into the recovery, boards have an opportunity to change how they function for the better. Informed by the social, political and wider business response to the crisis, they will be actively considering the three Ps: 

  • Purpose – how has a corporation’s purpose changed?
  • People – what have they learned from the treatment of staff, stakeholders, suppliers?
  • Process – what will boards do differently? Has governance fundamentally changed?

Catherine joins Professor Alex Edmans (Professor of Finance at London Business School), Beatriz Pessôa de Araújo, (Partner, Baker McKenzie) and Julia Root-Gutteridge (Manager, Board Effectiveness at ICAEW) to discuss this hot topic.

Key takeaways and why you should watch

  • Explore the latest thinking on how COVID-19 will fundamentally change boards and business’ role in society and community.
  • Hear from an expert panel drawn from business, academia and ICAEW’s membership to explore these issues.
Catherine Young, Director, Wetton Young and speaker at ICAEW Virtually LIve 2020