About Board Insight

Who we are

We are  experienced practitioners in governance issues. For our biographies, please use the links on this page.

Julia Casson - Director:
Ken Rushton - Senior Consultant:

Julia Casson

After graduating in  French and Russian, Julia Casson started her career as a Contracts Administrator with the Plessey Company whilst studying for the Chartered Secretary (ICSA) qualification in her spare time.  There followed a 3 year spell as Executive Assistant at the Life Offices’ Association  (which later merged with the British Insurer’s Association to form the ABI). After qualifying, she was appointed   Assistant Secretary of AGB Research and later promoted to Deputy Secretary. She was elected a Fellow of the ICSA in 1987.

Julia moved to Inchcape plc in 1989 and spent 10 years there, first as Assistant Secretary and later as Deputy Secretary. During this time the company evolved from a diverse overseas trader into a more focussed international marketing and services group and FRSE 100 constituent.  The downturn of the group’s key markets of South East Asia, South America and Russia in 1998 led to the break up of the group and  she was asked to stay on to work on the disposal of all non-automotive businesses (around 1,000 legal entities).

In 1999, Julia moved to Pearson plc as Company Secretary, where she remained for 4 years. This was a period of key change for Pearson which included a refocusing on core activities, and thus high M&A activity, plus a US listing.

In 2003 Julia left to pursue an independent career  in corporate governance consultancy and incorporated as Julia Casson Ltd in 2006, changing the company’s name to Board Insight Ltd in 2009 to reflect the greater involvement of partners and associates in the business.

Julia is a policy Adviser to ICSA and a member of its Company Secretaries Forum. She chairs the ICSA Forum's  EU Committee, leading the ICSA’s lobbying on European matters relating to corporate governance and company law.

Julia served as a lay member of Council of the University of Kent from 2003-2009, as a member of  its Finance and Resources Committee and  of a number of University working groups concerning executive appointments and  governance. She also served  for 2 years on the Advisory Group of the Higher Education National Mentoring Scheme, which established the Scheme nationally, having  been a mentee on the pilot programme.

Always a keen linguist, she completed the Institute of Linguists post-graduate diploma in translation in  2002 and also speaks German and Italian to A level standard.