Boards of Directors need the right support to enable them to be effective. Members of boards need to know what support they need and how to get it. All boards should aim to deliver effective entrepreneurial leadership and this will require high quality, relevant and timely support, information and advice to enable the board to make decisions and set strategy. The executive team and in particular the Company Secretary and the General Counsel provide a key role in supporting the board. This course is intended for those who need to understand the breadth and scope of the role and responsibilities of both Directors and those who support boards and in particular Company Secretaries and In-House Counsel.
The course will explore the role of the Company Secretary which continues to evolve as the role is now about being:
- An active participant with the board and directors to ensure good corporate governance and board effectiveness;
- An advisor to the board to ensure that board intentions and policies are aligned and functioning correctly;
- A gatekeeper to ensure that laws are not broken and that policies are complied with; and
- An enabler and provider of information on trends and new developments.
This 4-day course has been designed specifically for Directors and those directly involved in board support and board information preparation to help them provide to their boards the best quality board support and to enable them to consider what practical steps they can take to deliver better quality board support.
This course will broaden the awareness of members of and advisers to Boards of Directors of methods of improving board support mechanisms and frameworks. It provides an opportunity for participants to update their knowledge and to explore the available mechanisms to deliver the effective board support necessary in order to fulfil their roles.
Practical Teaching Methodology
This advanced 4-day course is a vital overview to the board support practices and mechanisms that exist in listed companies, banks and other financial institutions. Practical guidance will be provided on such issues as:
- Being a Company Secretary
- Best practice guidance on policies and procedures
- Managing meetings from conception to follow up
- Governance frameworks
- Dealing with regulators and other stakeholders
- How to guide and influence
- Managing information flows
- PLUS: The course will contain a variety of training activities that include:
- Practical presentations and lectures
- Group discussions
- Multiple case studies
- Board support simulations and role plays
Who should attend?
This course has been specifically designed for the benefit of members of and advisers to boards of Directors of listed companies, banks and other financial service organisations in both developed and emerging markets including:
- Non-Executive Directors (both newly appointed and experienced)
- Executive Directors responsible for company secretarial duties, Financial Directors or Controllers
- Company Secretaries
- In-house Legal Counsel, professional advisers, commercial lawyers and para-legals
- Significant influence function holders in UK FCA and PRA regulated firms
- Compliance staff and business managers
- Corporate governance executives
- Those involved in supporting boards such as Chief Risk Officers and Internal Audit Officers