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The Role of a Company Director

Full-day course

£289 +VAT per person

£289 +VAT
per person

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The Role of a Company Director

Full-day course

Course prices:

Classroom: £289 +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 legal risks associated with it. You will gain a complete understanding of the role, duties and legal responsibilities of a company director as well as the many potential internal and external risks that you may face.  Attending this course will help to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to be able to cope with the role, manage risk effectively and avoid financial penalties.

What will be covered?

This practical course focuses on real-life situations and will cover:

  • The directors’ general duties as specified by the Companies Act
  • An effective board and board meetings
  • Appointment and termination
  • Your personal liabilities as a director
  • Data protection laws
  • The Bribery Act
  • Corporate culture and corporate social responsibility
  • Anti-money laundering laws

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

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?
  • Can I keep my personal information private?
  • Do all directors have the right to receive notice if their position is terminated?
  • 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?
  • What is the scope of the Bribery Act and when is the company/individual committing an offence?
  • Can a director accept a benefit from a third party?
  • What makes a good board meeting?
  • Can directors set their own rules for board meetings?
  • How can the Board work more effectively as a team in managing potential risk?
  • What are the most common risks facing a company and how can the Board control them?
  • When are directors in danger of becoming personally liable?
  • What is the difference between criminal risk and civil risk?
  • How can directors be held personally responsible for breaches of health and safety or corporate manslaughter legislation?
  • What should the directors know about data protection laws?
  • Why must the directors observe the anti-money laundering laws, both domestically and internationally?
  • What are the consequences of not maintaining a corporate culture of high values or failing to have 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.

  • Roger Mason

    Roger is a qualified Accountant and Company Secretary with vast experience and a highly practical approach. He has held several senior positions and for twenty years was a Financial Director and Company Secretary. Roger is also the author of 22 books, including 'Company Law: The Authoritative Guide for Directors and Secretaries', a comprehensive book covering many aspects of Company Law. 

  • Peter Van Duzer

    Peter is an active Company Secretary who has specialised in corporate compliance and governance issues for over 25 years. He is an authoritative speaker on governance issues that affect companies and their directors. Peter has worked with the Boards of all types of company, from small to large, in both commercial and charitable environments.

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