How to read the riot act over Zoom

With increasing numbers of countries re-entering lockdown as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, ICSA – The Chartered Governance Institute – has scheduled an event looking at how best to organise and hold meetings in a locked-down world. 

Taking place on Wednesday, 2nd December at The 1886 bar in Douglas, the event will focus on how to get the best out of virtual meetings as this is not always as easy as it sounds. 

Speaking in advance of the event, Chris Bolt, Chair of The Chartered Governance Institute’s Isle of Man Branch, said:

“As many people will know from personal experience of talking to families and friends over online meeting tools during the first lockdown, audio echo, bugs and outages, lags and freezes can all get in the way of a good video call. This can be particularly onerous if you are trying to hold an important business or board meeting where decisions need to be made. The Institute produced guidance about good practice for virtual board and committee meetings back in the spring when the pandemic first hit and with new lockdowns now in place in many countries with which the Isle of Man does business, including our close neighbours in the UK, it seems pertinent to revisit this important subject.  

“Our speaker, Peter Cannell, is both an Advocate and Chartered Governance Professional in private practice. Having worked at the highest levels in the fiduciary services sector in the Isle of Man and in the Charity sector in the UK before qualifying as an Advocate, Peter is considered an expert on interesting and unusual corporate structures, their uses commercially, in wealth management and for charity, and their governance, including ensuring substance over form. Peter is a sought-after trainer in the governance arena, in particular in the fields of data protection and anti-money laundering. A great communicator, who is passionate about the training he provides, he is sure to bring the subject alive for our guests.”

Tickets for the event, which is free to attend for Institute members and students and costs £15 for non-members, can be booked at


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