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The Role of a Company Director

Full-day course

£ 329 +VAT per person

£329 +VAT
per person

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The Role of a Company Director

Full-day course

Course prices:

Classroom: £329 +VAT per person

Course overview

The role of a company director is an important one and it carries many duties and responsibilities that are imposed by corporate governance rules and legislation. Keeping up to date with all of these requirements while still trying to carry out your day-to-day work can be a considerable challenge.  

This practical and comprehensive course will help you understand everything you need to know about your role and the risks associated with it. 

You will gain an understanding of the roleduties and legal responsibilities of a company director as well as the other critical board roles, activities and duties associated with leading a business. Attending this course will help to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to be able to cope with the role, identify and cope with risks and opportunities effectively and avoid personal penalties.

What will be covered?

This practical course draws upon real life situations and will cover:

  • What is a director?
  • The directors’ general duties as specified by the Companies Act
  • Appointment and termination
  • Your personal liabilities as a director
    • The Bribery Act
    • Anti-money laundering laws
    • Corporate manslaughter
  • The role of the board of directors in leading the company
    • How directors help to establish the vision, purpose and values of the company
    • Making an impact on corporate culture
  • Being part of a high performing board
    • Dealing with board dilemmas
    • Understanding the board dynamics
    • Being a team player on the board
    • The board of director role in crisis management
  • Dealing with virtual board meetings and how technology may help

Who should attend?

This course is perfect for the following:

  • Any newly appointed directors seeking a comprehensive guide to their role
  • Established directors seeking a refresher on their role and an update on the latest legal issues
  • Anyone considering becoming a company director in the future
  • Company secretaries who want an insight or update of the role and legal obligations of a company director

Extra benefits

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

What will you learn?

  • What must a person do when they become a director?
  • What are the different types of director?
  • Does a non-executive director have the same rights and duties as an executive director?
  • What does it mean to be an Officer of the Company and is every director an Officer of the Company?
  • Do directors owe duties to ‘stakeholders’?
  • What are the seven general duties specified by the Companies Act?
  • What is the so-called ‘first duty’ of directors?
  • How does a clear vision and purpose help to unite the board of directors and the business as a team?
  • What makes a good board meeting?
  • What are the most common sources of risks facing a company and what are the 4 principles of risk management?
  • What actions should a board take in handling a crisis?
  • When are directors in danger of becoming personally liable?
  • How can directors be held personally responsible for breaches of health and safety or corporate manslaughter legislation?
  • Why must the directors observe the anti-money laundering laws, both domestically and internationally?
  • What are the pros and cons of having a corporate social responsibility policy?

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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