Jennifer Geary

Jennifer Geary is a COO with over 20 years’ experience in finance, technology, risk and legal, across diverse industries from financial services to not-for-profit. She trained as a Chartered Accountant in Dublin, and subsequently moved to New York with to deliver risk-based consultancy for financial services clients. In 2002, she came to London, where she spent 13 years in Barclays plc. Having long held an interest in corporate social responsibility and sustainability, she seized an opportunity to serve as Chief Operating Officer of Save the Children UK, a £400m NGO which serves in 68 countries and helps 22 million children every year. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, PRINCE 2 foundation and practitioner certified, and has attained the CISA and CISSP accreditations. She is a Trustee of the Board of Child’s I Foundation. Jennifer has just published her first book “How to be a Chief Operating Officer”.

NPC Ignites conference session:

C1: Getting your governance fit for purpose
Governance needs to keep pace with this fast moving world. Decision-making needs to be quick and agile whilst still managing risk. This means many traditional styles of governance are no longer fit for purpose. This session will explore what cutting edge governance looks like, considering such questions as:

  • Agile governance: the new normal or just a fad?
  • How can digital help us adapt to a rapidly changing world?
  • How and when can organisations involve users, and wider stakeholders, in governance?