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Directors: Improving Board Performance

Full-day course  |  6 CPD hours

£ 329 +VAT per person

£329 +VAT
per person

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Directors: Improving Board Performance

Full-day course

Course prices:

Classroom: £329 +VAT per person

Course overview

The effectiveness of the board of directors plays a crucial part in the success or failure of any organisation. A structured evaluation of that effectiveness is a fundamental requirement of the UK Corporate Governance Code for listed companies. It is also viewed as sound governance for non-listed and regulated organisations. 

This practical and comprehensive one-day course will show you how your board should operate in order to achieve maximum results. It will help you to understand how the skills and abilities of different directors should be harnessed to complement each other and drive the company forward. It will demonstrate how a high-performing board can set the tone and lead the organisational strategy most effectively.

The course will show you how to properly evaluate the effectiveness of board operations. It will explain the technical aspects of creating a thorough and on-going review process, helping to generate a culture of continuous improvement in board effectiveness.

The course is presented by David Joel, a foremost expert on board effectiveness, who has been coaching directors for more than a decade. David uses a mix of training techniques to deliver a course that is highly informative, very practical and thoroughly enjoyable.

What will you learn?

The course covers the following topics.

Role of the board and its directors

  • The seven duties of a director including:
    • The duties of the board and its role and responsibility in articulating the vision, and determining the organisation’s culture and values
    • Performance vs conformance
    • Setting objectives to ensure the delivery of the strategic plans and reviewing risk appetite
  • What a high performance board looks like (performance matrix)

Evaluating your board’s effectiveness

  • Good governance
  • Regulatory pressure
  • How do we know if we are any good?
  • Establish a culture of board performance improvement
  • Helping the board learn
  • Board effectiveness review methodologies
  • Formal vs. informal
  • 360° approach
  • Scaled approach
    • Questionnaire to highlight areas of concern
    • Individual interviews to explore concerns and establish potential remedies
    • Board observation to see the board in action

What should be reviewed?

  • Typical areas for review:
    • Board dynamics
    • Effectiveness of the chair
    • Clarity of purpose
    • Strategic direction
    • Delegation to management
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Board process
    • Risk

Board review process

  • Who should do it?
    • Internal vs external
  • Pre-requisites
  • Who owns the review?
    • Focus on the chair/ SID
  • Lay out the process
    • TORs
    • Methodology
    • Output
    • Follow-up

Who should attend?

This course is essential training for all company directors, secretaries, chairmen and chief executives as well as non-executive directors. It will also be of enormous benefit to those who work with a board of directors in an advisory capacity.

Extra benefits

  • A course pack containing the information presented on the day
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Complimentary refreshments and lunch provided

Course presenters

  • David Joel

    David is a Chartered Director and has been facilitating, delivering and mentoring at senior management and director level for the last ten years in both the public and private sectors. He has also provided training and consultancy services to the Institute of Directors for 11 years and has broad practical experience of business change management and in mergers and acquisition.

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