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Member Nominated Trustees and Corporate Governance

10 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2015 Last revised: 20 Apr 2016

Ewan McGaughey

King's College London - School of Law

Date Written: June 26, 2013


A central issue in corporate governance is who elects the directors of FTSE100 or other large companies? Who gets the votes in our economy? This matters because, if unaccountable and in charge of 'other people's money', directors and institutional shareholders can be prone, as Adam Smith once wrote, to 'negligence and profusion': tending to make mistakes and unjustly enrich themselves at others' expense. This paper contends that member nominated trustees may play a crucial role in giving voice to people saving for retirement, who provide the largest source of corporate equity. First, it gives a brief history of where member nominated trustees came from. Second, it summarises how corporate governance works in the UK, and the place of trustees in it. Third, given the rapid economic and financial developments today, it points to a role that member nominated trustees might play in the future.

Notes: This was a speech given to the Association of Member Nominated Trustees on 26 June 2013, in London.

Keywords: Corporate governance, voting, accountability, member nominated trustees, pensions, equity

JEL Classification: G23, G30, G38, K22, K31, M14

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McGaughey, Ewan, Member Nominated Trustees and Corporate Governance (June 26, 2013). King's College London Law School Research Paper No. 2015-26. Available at SSRN: or

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