From little acorns…

Founded in 2004, eShare’s background is in the pensions sector. Now a well regulated industry with good governance high on the agenda, the pensions sector has had its difficulties. The industry was in crisis in the 1980s and 90s, and as a result came under close scrutiny from parliament. In 2003 a new regulator was announced by the Labour government. The new regulator’s call for behavioural change in the industry was what inspired eShare’s Founder and CEO, Alister Esam. He set up eShare to help organisations use technology at board level to identify and prevent problems before they occur, as well as making their lives easier.

Since then, other sectors have also experienced mishaps of their own. The financial crisis in 2008 demonstrated that governance failings could topple some of the largest financial institutions in the world. In the same year, the public sector witnessed a governance failure when the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was investigated by the Healthcare Commission. This was followed by a full public enquiry chaired by Robert Francis QC, which will continue to influence healthcare governance for many years. In the housing sector, it was the bail-out of the Cosmopolitan Housing Group that has led to much greater focus on risk management.