GGI Appoints New Principal Consultant

October 2019

The Good Governance Institute is pleased to announce that Peter Allanson has joined the organisation as Principal Consultant.

Peter brings a wealth of experience to the organisation after 10 years as Trust Secretary and Director of Corporate Affairs at Guy’s and St Thomas’. Over that time, he worked closely with the Chairman, Board and Council of Governors to develop systems and arrangements to provide assurance, governance and deliver within a values driven environment with an open and transparent culture and a restlessness for change and improvement. These aims were acknowledged recently by the Trust being rated “outstanding” in the CQC’s Well-led domain. The work of the Board, its committees and Council of Governors all work to achieve these ends. The challenge of maintaining and keeping ahead of the pace of change lay at the heart of the work of the Board supported and advised by Peter.

Commenting on the appointment Andrew Corbett-Nolan, Chief Executive of Good Governance Institute, “2019 – our 10th anniversary year – has been a year of significant investment in talent and experience. We’ve always been the ‘Board Secretary’s choice’ as governance support provider, and we’ve been a leading advocate of developing the role as integral to effective board working. Peter joins us with a decade of experience as board secretary at one of the country’s most significant and prestigious NHS organisations. He will help GGI grow our board review and development work even further. He’s picking up the mentoring and support of board secretaries and securing our knowledge base and networks amongst NHS board secretaries. I’m delighted that he’s joined the GGI team.”

In a career spanning over 40 years, Peter’s has been split between the private and public sectors. He was a civil servant in the Department of Health and, at the beginning of his career, in the Manpower Services Commission where he became Private Secretary to the Chairman. In between Peter worked for 15 years for what is now CBRE, one of the largest Commercial Real Estate companies in the world. He spent time in their financial services operations, as HR director during a period of immense change when the partnership incorporated, was acquired by a US real estate company and then bought and integrated one of its mid-sized rivals. He ended his time there as Director of Administration for the UK and Europe.

This broad and rich mix of experience gives Peter a unique set of insights and ways to consider issues and problems and their solutions. Respect for process and bureaucracy tempered by pragmatism and practicality are hallmarks of his approach as is his ability to see problems as opportunities.