In April 2002 the Secretary of State, Patricia Hewitt, and the Chancellor, Gordon Brown, appointed Derek Higgs to lead a short independent review of the role and effectiveness of non-executive directors. Derek Higgs published his report on 20th January 2003. The report includes: guidance for non-executive directors, guidance for the chairman and a proposal for a revised combined code. The full report can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate document link on the right of the screen or alternatively you can click on the link for the relevant section of the report you are interested in. The Government warmly welcomed the recommendations of the Higgs Review. To view the Government's press release responding to the Higgs Review please click on the appropriate link on the right of the screen.