Session 1 – Wednesday 13 October 2021, 15.00 – 16.30
The purpose of an organisation and the purpose of a board; a short history of the evolution of governance, including academic governance, and why governance matters. Governance has been on a journey – initially considered a compliance obligation, and now acknowledged as a business-critical discipline, we will look at what has changed over the years, and why organisations see good governance as central to their success.
Session 2 – Wednesday 10 November 2021, 15.00 – 16.30
Directors’ duties and liabilities, and the responsibilities which need to be understood when taking up a board role, or advising those already in a board role; the roles of those on the board – Chair, the VC, and other board members, including the Secretary. Boards work best when everyone understands their respective roles and, in particular, what it takes to be an effective board member. This also means being knowledgeable about the duties and responsibilities which come with each individual role.
Session 3 – Wednesday 8 December 2021, 15.00 – 16.30
Board leadership, Board composition and succession planning; achieving difference (diversity) in the boardroom and its effect on decision-making. Boards are there to lead their organisations into a successful and sustainable future. This takes careful planning to get the right people into the boardroom, so that individual attributes can be combined to create a powerful team. Of key importance is ensuring that different perspectives are brought to bear to deepen the conversation, and strengthen decision outcomes.
Session 4 – Wednesday 12 January 2022, 15.00 – 16.30
Formulating and delivering strategy, and holding management to account; achieving effective oversight of the entity’s risk management processes and ensuring the integrity of the controls regime. This session will examine the important relationship between board members and executive directors, in the areas where value is created, protected and preserved. Everything inside the boardroom is a team game, and achieving the right balance between oversight, and operations, is an area where boards can struggle.
Session 5 – Wednesday 9 February 2022, 15.00 – 16.30
Purpose, vision, mission, values, culture and behaviours ; delivering accountability to stakeholders, and protecting the organisation’s brand and reputation. If governance is about anything, it is to help an organisation secure the optimal positioning with its stakeholders. This can only be achieved if the organisation affords as much attention to the ‘soft stuff’ to help it connect to, and build meaningful relationships with, its critical partners. An organisation which exhibits leadership in these areas will see its brand and reputational credentials enhanced.
Session 6 – Wednesday 9 March 2022, 15.00 – 16.30
Board organisation – meetings, agendas, committees; addressing board dilemmas. How the board organises itself – governance hygiene – is not an optional extra, or a ‘nice to have’. It represents the foundation stone of good governance, constitutes an essential underpin for effective decision-making, and is one of the areas where an organisation can secure easy wins.
The content will be supplemented by the use of case studies and guest speakers.