What past delegates say?


“Thank you for opening the door of corporate governance, as well as passing over so much knowledge of directors' duties and liabilities. I would not hesitate to recommend this course to my colleagues. “ 

CEO Investment Bank, UK

“Exhilarating 2 days. A great team and a lot of good thinking.”

Chief Executive, Leisure company, UAE

“Very professionally executed – thank you.” 

Chief Legal Officer, Defence company, UK

“Excellent again Seamus.  At last a facilitator who can engage the whole executive.“ 

Chairman, Trade Body, UK

“The feedback I received from the participants the other day is very positive.  As a result, we are planning to arrange another session for the new Directors.“ 

Secretary to the Board, Oil & Gas company, Qatar

"Professional delivery, highly relevant, and Seamus was credible. Thoroughly enjoyable."  

CEO, Food Production company, UK

"Looking forward to the follow-up session with the rest of the Board as I thought it was excellent!"   

MD, Leisure industry, Ireland

"Informative, good delivery, thought-provoking, but with suggested solutions.  Very enjoyable."  

Company Secretary, Housing company, UK

"Made manifest much of what was instinctive and as such has created a focus for me. Very thought provoking.  A very interesting man."

Chairman, Regional Body, UK

"Hugely knowledgeable, with a dry sense of humour!"  

Finance Director, Engineering company, UK

"I felt the sessions were extremely worthwhile. The feedback from the group was very positive and I hope that you will continue to work with us."   

Chief Executive Officer, National Governing Body, Ireland

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Strategic Corporate Governance

This programme is only available on in-company basis. Please, contact us for more information

Course Description

Governance is now acknowledged as a core business function. Governance is not simply about compliance – whether with the law, regulation or guidance. Compliance provides a company with its ‘licence to operate’, but high-quality systems of governance lead to better-run companies which create, grow and protect value for all their stakeholders. 
The never-ending list of corporate scandals and crises has emphasised the need for boards and directors to understand what governance good practices look like and to ensure that they have sound governance systems in place. Using case studies and drawing on the delegates’ own experience, the Strategic Corporate Governance Programme will take participants through the process of building a high-quality governance framework. 
By attending the Programme delegates will be able to assess the strength of their own organisations’ governance, and identify where change and improvement is needed for their company to become more effective in creating value, resilient in times of market turbulence, and sustainable into the longer term. 

What Will You Learn

By the end of this programme you will: 

  • Learn the best strategies for building high-quality governance framework
  • Define the role of the board of directors and your role within
  • Explore different governance models across the globe and identify which of them works best for your organisation 
  • Recognise and deliver your obligations as a director
  • Learn the strategies for creating and protecting value for your organisation
  • Explore the tools to protect your organisation’s reputation and brand value
  • Gain an understanding of the governance as a business-critical function
  • Manage governance function within different business contexts - listed, private, state-owned, family-owned businesses
  • Master the strategies for improving board effectiveness 

Main Topics Covered During This Training

  • Governance as a business-critical function
  • Defining the role of the board of directors
  • Different governance models across the globe
  • Recognising and delivering your obligations as a director
  • Different governance contexts – listed, private, state-owned, family-owned
  • Managing your reputation and your brand
  • Creating and protecting value for an organisation 
  • Strategy and business models
  • Strategies for improving board effectiveness 
  • Case studies from around the world


If you want to organise this course for your board of directors, we can customise it and deliver in any location worldwide. We also provide board evaluations, board effectiveness reviews and governance audits. Contact us to discuss your requirements. 

Who Should Attend

Board members including:

  • Chairmen
  • Directors – Executive and Non-Executive
  • CEOs
  • CFOs 
  • Company Secretaries 
  • General Counsel


All senior directors and executives working closely alongside the board, including VPs, Directors, and Heads of: 

  • Risk Management
  • Investor Relations
  • HR
  • Legal
  • Strategy
  • CSR
  • Communications
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Public Policy
  • Regulation
  • Compliance
  • Audit
  • Internal Control
  • Operations

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Strategic Corporate Governance Training Course


MODULE 1: Governance as a business-critical function
  • The purpose of an organisation
  • The purpose of a board 
  • Definitions of governance 
  • The business case for corporate governance 
MODULE 2: International standards/best practices and which model will work for you
  • History and evolution of governance
  • Different governance models across the globe
  • Different governance contexts – listed, private, state-owned, family-owned
CASE STUDY: How value was destroyed inside VW (European automotive)
MODULE 3: How to recognise and deliver your obligations as a director
  • Directors’ roles and responsibilities 
  • Transparency, disclosure and communications 
  • Shareholders and stakeholders 
  • Managing your reputation, your brand and your social media profile and exposure
MODULE 4: How to create and protect value
  •  Strategy and business models
  •  Measuring execution through Key Performance Indicators
  •  Managing risk 
CASE STUDY: Why things went wrong at Toshiba and Takarta  (Japanese manufacturing 
MODULE 1: ‘Companies don’t fail, boards do’
  • Board roles and relationships 
  • Tone from the top
  • Culture, values and behaviours
  • Ethical leadership
MODULE 2: Delivering a board’s principal role of making high-quality decisions
  • The three main forms of delegation
  • The role of committees
  • Delegating to the management team
  • Subsidiaries and Special Purpose Vehicles
  • Board support structures
  • Quality of board information
  • Optimising decision making
MODULE 3: The strength of the board is the strength of its weakest director
  • Director competencies – getting the best team into place
  • Knowledge, skills, experience and independence – and other attributes
  • Director induction and development
  • Succession planning
CASE STUDY: The failure of the Co-Op Bank (UK Financial Services)
MODULE 4: Strategies for improving board effectiveness
  • Board performance
  • Board dilemmas
  • Board evaluation 
  • The twelve steps to a performing board
Seamus operates as The Board Adviser, working with boards, directors and company secretaries to embed high-quality governance. He was formerly Policy Director at the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), the international qualifying and representative body for company secretaries and, prior to that, the Group Company Secretary and Director of Regulation at Anglian Water (later AWG) plc, and Head of Public Policy and Regulation at O2 plc (now Telefónica UK Limited). Originally a senior policy adviser in the UK government, he was Private Secretary to John Gummer MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, and John Prescott MP, Deputy Prime Minister. He has also served as an adviser to the French Government. 
Seamus has worked with boards and directors in the UK, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Hong Kong China, India, Malaysia, South Africa and the Baltic States. He provides governance advisory services, including director training, induction and development, board effectiveness reviews, governance audits and board evaluation, and runs a Leadership Development Programme for company secretaries and other professionals whose work takes them into regular contact with boards and directors.  
Seamus has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and French, a Masters of Business Administration from Henley Business School, and is an ICSA Fellow. 
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