Corporate Governance Training for Directors, Boards and Company Secretaries

Corporate Governance Training for Directors, Boards and Company Secretaries

Sep 10, 2021

Training provided internationally, both in-house and in open workshops; on-site or virtually.


Corporate governance is the system of rules, practices and processes by which a company is directed and controlled. Corporate governance essentially involves balancing the interests of a company’s many stakeholders, such as shareholders, management, customers, suppliers, financiers, government and the community. Since corporate governance also provides the framework for attaining a company’s objectives, it encompasses practically every sphere of management, from action plans and internal controls to performance measurement and corporate disclosure.


Governance refers specifically to the set of rules, controls, policies and resolutions put in place to dictate corporate behaviour. Proxy advisors and shareholders are important stakeholders who indirectly affect governance, but these are not examples of governance itself. The board of directors is pivotal in governance, and it can have major ramifications for equity valuation, access to finance and major contracts.


These workshops are delivered as a masterclass, in which the delegates and course leader jointly identify their personal needs and design the programme. This enables the leader to reflect a different balance according to the mix between directors, administrators and regulators.


Delegates receive a comprehensive workbook, a copy of the local corporate governance code and a 50-page collection of case studies.

Why you should attend these workshops

Corporate governance embraces both the structure and the relationships which determine corporate direction and performance. The board of directors is typically central to corporate governance, and the company secretary plays a key role in its application. The board’s relationship to shareholders, employees and other stakeholders is critical.


The corporate governance framework is defined by the local corporate governance code and also depends on the legal, regulatory, institutional and ethical environment of the community.


Whereas the 20th century might be viewed as the age of management, the early 21st century is more focused on governance. The importance of corporate governance in today’s progressive and aggressive business environment is paramount. According to the Financial Times, it is “crucial to the achievement of a new frontier of competitive advantage and profitability.”

Who should attend?

These workshops are specifically designed for directors, boards, corporate secretaries, and senior managers responsible for: -

  • Corporate Governance Standards and Regulation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Corporate Strategy
  • Operational Risk Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Public and private sector stakeholders initiating or leading the process of developing a corporate governance code of best practice.

The following programmes are provided as an indication of what can be provided. All programmes will be designed or adapted to meet the specific needs and requirements of clients.

Director Training - one day


  • Registration and welcome
  • Introductions and aspirations
  • Context - the purpose of this session is to review and revise a general understanding of the roles of both directors and the board. It covers company legislation, fiduciary duty, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, ethics and bribery.
  • Roles and responsibilities of directors, including types of director, specific roles, building a better board, and succession planning.
  • Becoming a director, including the transition from manager to director, personal and technical skills of directors, practical challenges and behaviours
  • Strategic thinking, risk analysis and mitigation
  • Effective meetings
  • Performance measures, internal controls and audits
  • Communication and stakeholder relationships
  • Review of learning, actions and future needs

Corporate Governance Masterclass - two days

Day One

Morning: Directors and boards

What is a company?

  • Board Structures
  • Types of director
  • Committees
  • Roles and responsibilities of directors
  • The Non-Executive Director
  • Building a better board
  • Exposure to risk
  • Performing as a director

Afternoon: Governance

  • Introduction to corporate governance
  • Background and history
  • Corporate governance codes: UK, South Africa, Malaysia, (other?)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Board performance evaluation and director appraisal
  • Risk
  • Strategic
  • Investment
  • Administrative
  • Case study exercise: examination of scandals

Day Two

Morning: Best practice

  • Recent development in board best practice
  • Best practice guidelines
  • Building a better board
  • Re-interpretation of directors’ duties
  • Mission statements – case studies

Afternoon: Engagement with Stakeholders

  • Stakeholders
  • Communicating with stakeholders
  • Statutory requirements

Revision and action planning

  • Who’s on your board? Discussion: directors and advisory group members
  • Best practice: Flash card exercise and discussion

Corporate Governance for Company Secretaries - three days

Day One: Roles and responsibilities

  • Welcome, introductions and aspirations
  • The Company Secretary
  • Directors
  • Becoming a director
  • Corporate Governance
  • The corporate governance code (local code)
  • Case studies: financial scandals

Day Two: Building a better board

  • Revision
  • Board purpose and culture
  • Director appointments
  • Challenges and behaviours
  • Board processes
  • Meetings
  • Who's on your board - cartoon presentation with discussion

Day Three: Looking Outside

Review of learning, actions and future needs

  • Revision
  • Stakeholders
  • Risk
  • Strategy and decision making
  • Trends and best practice
  • Professional development
  • Best practice: Flash card exercise and discussion

What to do next

If you would like to know more about how we can support your personal development as a director, facilitate an away day or corporate retreat, or assist with your board's corporate governance, contact us or call +44 (0) 7970 891 343.