Christopher Saul Associates is an advisory firm providing independent, trusted advice to senior executives and key stakeholders within publicly quoted and privately owned businesses and professional service firms. Areas of focus are governance, succession and the moderation of differences.
Established in 2016, CSA is an independent sounding board for organisations as they reflect on governance and succession or encounter difficult situations
The firm focuses on the following areas:
CSA brings a creative, enquiring and constructive approach to a process which can be too formulaic.
The essence of the Board’s role is to provide entrepreneurial leadership within a framework of effective controls.
Accordingly, our evaluation approach addresses four fundamental themes, being:
Recent clients include The BBC, Barratt Developments, CRH, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Rentokil Initial and Travis Perkins.
Informed, independent, non-judgemental advice to senior Board members at important, and potentially lonely, moments.
From time to time Chairs face delicate decisions around a range of topics, including:
In coming to these decisions it can be helpful to have access to an independent sounding board who can be a confidential and un-biased thought partner.
There may also be disagreement over strategy, or strategy implementation, as between the executive and non-executive directors, such that the Chair may face challenges in uniting the unitary board.
It is moreover not uncommon for there to be strains in the relationship between the Chair and the CEO – when the role of the SID is pivotal and where he or she may appreciate seasoned advice.
Relationships do sometimes break down in the board room or among partners and an unbiased third party can be an enormously positive influence to act as an intermediary.
There are three areas where CSA can be particularly helpful in performing a mediation role:
In an ever more competitive world, how can firms stay on the front foot, attract and retain talent and present a genuinely distinctive proposition to clients and prospective clients?
The world of 'Big Law' is evolving quickly.
Chris’s experience, both as a law firm manager and, subsequently, as a consultant on law firm strategy, can be invaluable in helping firms consider:
With his background as a senior corporate adviser and chair of a leading City law firm, and a range of current Board-level roles, Chris has a rare mix of skills and experience to bring to his advice.
Chris has a collegiate, yet inquisitive, style and he brings this to bear in a manner which is appropriate to the role on which he is mandated.
Chris' thoughtful collection of essays provide a regular commentary and analysis across a range of business and cultural scenarios in which he finds relevance to his life and work.
Chris aims to engage (and occasionally provoke) his readers with a refreshing perspective on the challenges and rewards of the corporate world.