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The Board & Corporate Governance

Build the trust, transparency and accountability necessary for fostering long-term investment, financial stability and business integrity to support stronger growth and more inclusive societies

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A one-day course

Corporate Governance Course: Introduction

  • Some Basic Principles
  • What is the role of the board?
  • What is corporate governance?
  • The international perspective - divergence or convergence?
  • US Sarbanes Oxley - act style legislation
  • UK-style voluntary code
  • The Senior Managers Regime
  • Regulatory expectations

Corporate Governance Training

  • Why does good corporate governance matter?
  • What does “good” look like?
  • Does good boardroom practice lead to good performance?
  • The ‘corruption premium’ and the cost of accessing global capital
  • Countering the vulnerability of short-term capital flows
  • Assessing governance in others
  • Governance in banks - the agency problem; opaqueness, “rogue traders”
  • The role of the bank in improving the governance of the corporate sector
  • How poor governance can cause systemic financial crises
Case Study/Example

Legislative Framework

  • Then the legal responsibilities of the directors
  • Listing requirements: how capital markets impose corporate governance requirements:
  • Corporate governance codes;
  • Recent regulatory trends in corporate governance
  • How to develop a corporate governance code for your company
  • Governance disclosures: governance as a competitive edges
Case Study/Example

The Role of the Board

  • Principles of independence and leadership
  • Building the right working relationship between the Board and management
  • The Board’s responsibilities for:
    • Management oversight
    • Protection of stakeholders’ rights
    • Disclosure and transparency
    • The company’s strategy
  • Board Composition
  • Independent and non-executive directors 
  • New powers for non-executive directors, stiffer penalties for negligence 
  • Rule of engagement: defining the non-executive director 
  • How two-tier boards embed ‘independence’ – sometimes at a cost 
  • Board meetings basics; information for directors
Case Study/Example

Board Governance Training: The Board in Practice

  • What are committees for
  • Rules and principles for committees.
  • The role of the Audit Committee
  • Other key committees
  • Membership and expertise requirements; “financial literacy” requirements; processes and procedures
  • Resources for Committee Members
  • Relationships with internal and external auditors
  • Managing changes in membership
  • Structuring internal oversight, reviewing internal controls
  • Board nominations: whom to appoint to the board?
  • Sourcing directors 
  • Creating effective Board appraisals and assessments 
  • How the board should manage succession planning 
  • Setting pay and compensation in the company: basic principles 
Case Study/Example

Governance & Risk

  • The oversight of risk
  • Assigning responsibility in management 
  • The role of the Chief Risk Officer
  • Reporting line practices 
  • Modern systematic approaches to risk management
  • Tools for the Board 
  • Enterprise Risk Management  
  • Extreme event management
  • Case Study/Example

Dealing With Key Stakeholders

  • Disclosure and financial reporting best practices 
  • Investor relations: the practicalities for the board 
  • Communicating governance inside and outside the company 
  • Shareholders and their rights 
  • Shareholder stewardship; communications between the board and shareholders 
  • Dealing with shareholder activism  
  • Managing the annual shareholders’ meeting

Corporate Governance Course Conclusion and Review / Feedback

Our corporate governance course director has spent more than 40 years in the banking and financial sector, much of it in a senior managerial/Director role. Having gained the relevant qualifications at distinction level, our training professional is a former Institute of Banking Lecturer.

He is a subject matter expert on all aspects of retail, corporate and global banking, including risk management and regulatory compliance. He has lectured extensively to both leading global financial institutions and smaller bespoke specialists. At Redcliffe Training, our corporate governance course leader has delivered extensive programs in all parts of the world including the USA, Europe, MENA, Africa, and Hong Kong. He is currently an accredited Master Trainer at the world’s biggest global trade finance bank.

Partaking in our corporate governance course allows participants to learn the following:
  • Define the nature, important components and requirements of corporate governance frameworks.
  • Integrate these requirements harmoniously with other current initiatives.
  • Identify behavioural and procedural requirements of good governance.
  • Assign the relevant roles, responsibilities, and accountability within an appropriate structure and culture based on values.
  • Appreciate the importance of risk governance and how to achieve it.
  • By the end of this corporate governance training, you will be fully aware of the Board’s informational and assurance needs to discharge its oversight effectively while ensuring appropriate stakeholder engagement.

  • Corporate governance training courses are delivered by former board members and it’s this direct, personal, industry experience that sees Redcliffe stand out.
  • We have delivered interactive workshops on corporate governance training and similar topics for many years to different-sized organisations and as a result, we are completely up to date with modern corporate governance thinking.
  • We are privileged to have been asked to deliver risk management and corporate governance training courses to some of the world’s largest corporate clients so we are confident we know our stuff.
  • Even at the senior board level, we know the importance of making the training both relevant and fun.
  • The learning is supplemented by real-life examples and interesting case studies that illustrate the key points.
  • We bring this topic alive by delivering the training in a manner that ensures delegates can see the immediate relevance.

Corporate Governance is not the same as management, demanding different approaches, competencies, and styles. It’s the way organisations are directed and controlled. It is the toolkit for the processes and the oversight which drives the highest standards of leadership, accountability, and behaviour. During this board governance course, we’ll cover all the necessary aspects.

Strong governance is a key enabler for Boards and organisations to make well-informed and appropriate decisions, implement them effectively, and achieve critical stakeholder outcomes by acting appropriately and fairly. New or updated corporate governance laws, regulations and directives are frequently released.

Our corporate governance training courses show you why good corporate governance is of increasing importance globally. Its purpose is to help build the trust, transparency and accountability necessary for fostering long-term investment, financial stability and business integrity, thereby supporting stronger growth and more inclusive societies.
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