Contact Ian White


I have been the chief legal officer and company secretary for both listed and major private companies. While I spent most of my previous career as a lawyer, I have spent some time working as a strategy consultant. I now work as a consultant, coach, trainer and facilitator. My previous experience has led me to develop an expertise in corporate governance and working with boards on effectiveness and enhancement. I also work with directors and lawyers on development.

I have an MBA from Ashridge Business School, have a coaching qualification - I am APECS (Association of Professional Executive Coacging and Supervision)  Certified Professional Executive Coach and am a CEDR (Centre for Dispute Resolution) accredited mediator.  I am also the Director for the Cranfield Non-Executive Directors’ Seminar. 

I work principally on my own as a Board Effectiveness Reviewer and have undertaken reviews for:

  • FTSE 100 companies;
  • FTSE Small Cap companies;
  • Large private companies;
  • Private Equity-Backed companies;
  • Building Societies;
  • SMEs;
  • Not-for-profit organisations.

I am also a founder member of the Board Effectiveness Guild, a membership organisation which seeks to share best practices, contribute to thought leadership and promote the value of Board Effectiveness Reviews.

I am the co-author of Your Role as General Counsel: How to Survive and Thrive (2021) published by Globe Law & Business.