Being a director in any organisation today is a tough one, combining legal duties and responsibilities with expectations of successful leadership. The role of director is very different from that of manager. This course provides a performance improvement template for experienced and new directors alike, as well as those aspiring to the position. It combines a review of the latest governance hot topics with practical tips and advice on how best to discharge the directors’ legal and oversight duties. It is practical and inter-active throughout, with examples drawn from headline cases and real-life experience. Delegates will learn the business benefits and drivers of good governance, and will gain a better understanding of the roles, responsibilities and dynamics of the boardroom. The course caters for delegates from all business sectors.
Awareness of the governance fundamentals
Understanding directors’ duties and the legal requirements
Knowledge of best practices – the key guidance frameworks (the UK Corporate Governance Code; the QCA Code for Small and Mid-Size Companies; the 7 Principles of Public Life; the duties of trustees)
Understanding the qualities of an outstanding director (and why, sometimes, good managers do not make good directors)
Creating an effective and talented board
Making board committees work well
Establishing the tone at the top: corporate culture and values, business ethics and the protection of reputation
Implementing the key governance performance improvement drivers: risk management and financial control; an effective audit process; a board evaluation process; and diversity
Governance hot topics: risk governance; accountability and the Senior Managers’ Regime; succession planning and the Nominations Committee; audit independence; directors’ remuneration
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Existing and prospective directors, both executive and non-executive; trustees from private, public and voluntary sectors; executives seeking a board-level appointment; members of senior management teams in the public sector; company secretaries; compliance and ethics officers; in-house lawyers and internal auditors; HR professionals and executive search consultants; directors and managers of foreign companies seeking a listing in the UK.