The matter of advisory boards has become topical in recent years, particularly amongst emerging companies seeking additional help. Advisory boards are established in many cases to provide advice and oversight on some sort of ongoing basis—the motivation being to access advice without forfeiting control or passing responsibility.
However, vital differences between boards of directors and advisors to boards are not well understood, such that advisors may be deemed to be directors (or officers) anyway. Kevin McCaffrey made this point at a symposium earlier this month (see point #4). The matter has also been discussed on the Institute of Directors' discussion page on LinkedIn.
As a further illustration, the Employment Relations Authority has reportedly imposed maximum penalties against a business owner and her advisor in relation to an employment matter. While this case appears to involve malpractice, it highlights the point of this post—that advisors can be (and increasingly are) deemed to be accountable in the eyes of the law.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and effective board practice; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.