John Jarrett is a Long Term corporate governance and ESG expert with global experience advising investors, companies and governments on corporate governance and ESG issues since the 1980's. Originally a solicitor at a major law firm in Australia, John went on to be a key adviser to the Australian government on the implementation of a new national corporate regulator and significant reforms to corporate governance and financial disclosure over a seven year period. John went on to run an advocacy function for Australia's leading membership organization for finance industry practitioners, the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA) with significant achievements in improving corporate governance in Australian corporations, considered to be one of the leading markets for high levels of corporate governance and disclosure. After spending five years in Hong Kong, as a director of a finance and legal training and education company, John became Director of Research at GovernanceMetrics International (now GMI), where he ran a 30 person research team covering over 4,000 companies worldwide in almost 50 developed and emerging markets. The GMI research team provided ratings and extensive research reports on governance and ESG risk to investors and companies, as well as providing consulting services to investors and non-profit organizations on the latest corporate governance and ESG concerns.
John also has spoken at many forums on issues as wide ranging as executive compensation, board construction, corporate risk management and board diversity. He is a member of the Business Ethics Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), was a member of the CD&A Working Group of the CFA Institute, which produced the CFA Institute's Compensation Discussion and Analysis Template in 2011 and was also a member of the Taskforce on Corporate Risk Oversight of the ICGN (TCRO), which produced the ICGN Corporate Risk Oversight Guidelines.