Strategy & Risk Management for Board of Directors

Course description

This course is offered on in-company basis and can be delivered either virtually or in person in any location worldwide. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

The training is conducted by an expert with over 25 years of practical experience and shortlisted for the Governance Champion of the Year 2020 Award in the Chartered Governance Institute Awards 2020.

Companies don’t fail, boards do. It is the board’s responsibility, working with the executive team, to ensure that the company has the correct strategy in place, that the plan is executed well, and that risks to the delivery of the strategy are properly managed. Companies’ inability to manage these processes leads to well-documented cases of corporate decline and failure.

The Strategy and Risk Programme explores the processes and systems associated with delivering high-quality strategy formulation, execution, and risk management to achieve the company’s objectives. Using case studies and drawing on delegates’ own experience, the workshop will examine how academic and management thinking has evolved in these critical areas of a company’s operations.

By attending the Programme, delegates will be able to develop their thinking around the strategy and risk models in current business use, consider the practical implications for their company, and identify improvements which they can implement to increase the prospect of business success.

What will you learn

By the end of this very practical workshop you will:

  • Be able to define and set up a strategy best suited for your organisation
  • Clarify your company’s vision, mission and values and build a strategy based around them
  • Explore the role of the board and management in setting up the direction and putting risk management framework in place
  • Learn how to successfully manage the strategy to ensure smooth business continuity
  • Define risk culture and appetite within your organisation and set up the best suited risk management framework
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Main topics covered during this training

  • Defining strategy and different strategic models
  • Defining vision, mission and values
  • Execution and key performance indicators
  • Achieving strategic success
  • Different approaches to risk and risk management
  • Principal risk management models
  • Defining risk appetite, tools and matrix
  • Internal audit and business continuity
  • Many international case studies

Who should attend

Board members including:

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

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

Strategy and Risk Management for Board of Directors Training Course


MODULE ONE: Who is in charge of formulating strategy?

  • Defining strategy
  • The role of the board and management
  • Strategy as a process
  • Case study: The demise of Kodak (US Technology)

MODULE TWO: ‘If all you ever do is all you’ve ever done, then all you’ll ever get is all you’ve ever got’

  • The formulation of strategy
  • The management of strategy
  • Strategic models
  • From purpose to strategy

MODULE THREE: ‘Culture eats strategy for breakfast’

  • Vision, mission and values
  • Culture
  • Reasons for strategic failure
  • Case study: How RBS became the world’s biggest failed bank (UK Financial Services)

MODULE FOUR: Hope for the best, plan for the worst

  • Optimising strategic delivery
  • Execution and key performance indicators
  • Achieving strategic success
  • Case study: Bayer’s transformation (German Life Sciences)


MODULE ONE: ‘Risquare’ to dare, to do (Latin)

  • Definition of risk
  • Definition of risk management
  • Different approaches to risk and risk management
  • Principal risk management models
  • Case study: Enron and Arthur Andersen (US Energy Distribution and Global Professional Services)

MODULE TWO: ‘Risk is greatest when there is no perception of risk’

  • Risk culture
  • Risk universe
  • Risk tolerance
  • Risk appetite

MODULE THREE: ‘Do what you can, where you are, with what you have’

  • Risk management tools
  • Risk matrix
  • Risk register
  • Risk responses
  • Case study: Société Générale (French Financial Services)

MODULE FOUR: ‘Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them’

  • Internal control
  • Audit and assurance
  • Business continuity
  • New risks and the role of the board



The Training Director, shortlisted for the Governance Champion of the Year 2020 Award in the Chartered Governance Institute Awards 2020, operates as The Board Adviser, working with boards, directors and company secretaries to embed high-quality governance.
Seamus 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.



We offer banking and finance courses as well as soft skills and business management training. You can either attend an open public course in London or Dubai or arrange customised in-house training to be delivered in any of your offices worldwide.

Most of our public courses are run over 2 full days. Some programmes are offered as a 1 or 3 day training.

In-house training is tailored to client’s requirements and can be organised over 1 day, 2-3 weeks or longer.

Public courses are organised mainly in London and Dubai. Occasionally we organise courses in other centres like Paris or New York. Check our public course calendar for the current list of programmes. We use a range of training venues, all in the centre of the cities and with excellent transport links to the airports and train stations.

In London we use venues in the centre (near Oxford Circus station or in Mayfair) or in the City (near Liverpool Street or Moorgate stations).

In Dubai our courses are organised in one of 4-5* hotels in the Deira district. Once you register we will send you detailed information together with accommodation options if required.

Our in-house courses can be delivered anywhere in the world. We work with over 25 trainers worldwide. Contact us do discuss your requirements. Check our list of available programmes.

Our courses are run in central locations from 9 a.m until 5-5.30 p.m. There are 2 coffee breaks and a lunch break. Lunch is always provided in the venue.

Dress code is smart casual.

All our programmes are taught by senior specialists who have spent many years in their respective sectors, working as senior managers and head of departments, so they understand very well the market and the challenges you are facing.

The experience of our trainers allows us to create very practical programmes, focused on current market trends and challenges. You can be sure that you will gain the knowledge which can be instantly applied in your workplace after the course. You will be analysing real life case studies, take part in group exercises and discussions as well as role plays, whenever applicable.

We want our courses to be as practical and interactive as possible so we limit the number of participants in order to optimise your time with the trainer and allow you to ask questions which are important for you.

In order to understand your requirements and expectations, we will send you a pre-course questionnaire.

You will also receive post-course support so if you have any questions after you left the training, you are welcome to contact us.

There are 2 easy ways to register:

  1. Go to the course of your choice and click Register Now button to fill the registration page
  2. Email us to

After you register, we will send you registration confirmation and an invoice so you can arrange the payment. Please note that your place is not confirmed until we receive it.

If you register within Early Bird discount period, there’s limited time to arrange the payment in order to be eligible for the discount. You will find all the details on the invoice.

We don’t advise to make any travel and hotel arrangements until you receive full course confirmation from us.

We will send you venue and course details as soon as possible but most likely about 3-4 weeks prior to the course commencement.

You can pay by:

  • Making a bank transfer
  • Debit/credit card
  • Cheque payable to Eureka Financial Ltd. - only within UK

Just mark preferred paying option on the registration form. Whichever form of payment you choose we will always send you an invoice.

If you pay by card, a 2.2% processing fee will be added. We will send you authorisation form so you can give us your card details.

Included in the price of a public course are:

  • Course tutorial
  • Take away course materials
  • Course Certificate
  • Lunch on the days of the training as well as drinks and snacks throughout the course

The price doesn’t include accommodation, flights, transfers and any additional costs outside of the training venue.

Yes, we always offer Early Bird discount, so the sooner you register the more savings you can make. We also offer group discounts and if you register for 2 or more programmes at the same time.

If you are a full time student or unemployed, we offer a 25% discount of the full price of the training. Student ID or unemployment status confirmation is required to claim this discount.

If you attend one of our courses you will be entitled to a special discount for a year after the last course you attend with us. Also, if you have attended and recommended us to a friend, both you and your friend will receive a special discount. You will receive more information about it after you attend the course.

See our Customer Loyalty Discounts page for more details.

All our courses based in the UK are subject to the VAT charge of 20%. This fee is irrespective of the country of residence of the delegates.

You can, however, claim the VAT back by contacting UK tax office - HMRC, and filling the relevant form, as long as you comply with the following rules:

For Delegates coming from the EU countries

If you represent a registered business in another EU country, you can use the Refund Scheme to reclaim VAT you pay in the UK as long as all of the following apply:

  • You're not registered for VAT in the UK and don't have to, or can't be, registered here
  • You don't have a place of business or a residence in the UK
  • You don't make any supplies in the UK

You can find some more information here. In order to claim the VAT you have to fill Form 65.

For the Delegates from Non EU countries

If you represent a registered business in a non-EU country, you can use the Refund Scheme to reclaim VAT you pay in the UK as long as all of the following apply:

  • You're not registered for VAT in the UK and don't have to, or can't be, registered here
  • You don't have a place of business or a residence in the EU
  • You can only use the Refund Scheme if your own country operates a similar scheme and makes it available to UK businesses. If your country has its own Refund Scheme but doesn't let UK businesses use it, you can't claim under the UK Refund Scheme.
  • You don't make any supplies in the UK

If the following rules apply to you, please fill the 65A form and send it to HMRC.


You can cancel your participation up to a month before the course and receive a refund minus 10% of the full course value. Between 2-4 weeks before the course you will be charged 50% cancellation fee and if you cancel less than 2 weeks before the course you can only offer your place to a colleague. Up to 2 weeks before the course you can reregister for another edition for 10% reregistration fee if there is another webinar offered or you can rebook for a course in London by paying the difference in price plus 10% reregistration fee.

Classroom Courses

If there is any official travel restriction or difficulty related to the COVID pandemic around the time of the course we will convert the training into a webinar or offer to attend the next classroom edition at no extra cost.

If you are unable to attend the course, you can either send a replacement at no extra charge or, up to 10 days before the training, you can transfer your booking to another edition within the next 6 months paying administrative fee of 20% of the full course price. For any cancellation requests received between 11 days and 4 weeks from the course we offer 50% refund or reregistration to another edition for 25% of the value of the booking. For any cancellation requests received more than 4 weeks before the course date we will offer a refund less an administration fee of 10% of the full course price.

Cancellations must be made in writing (letter or email) and reach our office four weeks prior to the course date. We regret that only limited refunds can be given after this period as per points above. Non-attendance without any notification will be charged at full rate. Your place on a course is not guaranteed until we receive the payment. All payments must be made in full before the course date.

All our trainers have been working for many years in their respective sectors before they begun to teach so they bring a wealth of practical experience to the classroom.

Most of them used to work for 15 or more years in the financial sector and corporate world, and were holding positions of Directors, VP and Senior Managers. Some of them have published books and have written articles for specialised magazines and newspapers including FT, The Independent, The Times etc. You can find detailed biography of each trainer on the page of the course you want to register for.

Yes, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course you attend.

If you have to apply for a Visa to attend a course in the UK, we will issue a letter to support your application. The letter will be issued only after the payment for the course has been made.

It is delegate’s responsibility to obtain a Visa and failure to do so will not make the participant exempt from the cancellation policy.

Anyone suspected of applying for a training course simply to gain a Visa letter will be reported to their embassy.

We will need the following information to issue an invitation letter:

  • Full name as it appears on your passport
  • Date of birth
  • Passport number
  • Passport issue date
  • Passport expiry date

This topic can be arranged on in-company basis. If you have a group of 4 or more we can customise it and deliver in any location worldwide. Contact us to discuss your requirements



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