Governance Leadership Programme


The Governance Leadership Programme enables governance professionals to develop confidence and knowledge in the areas that make the difference between good and outstanding performance – strategy, influencing and leadership.

GLP is a series of collaborative workshops, centred on the Lyons Bateson model of Situational Intelligence. Situational Intelligence enables individuals to perform better by understanding themselves, the stakeholders they need to engage, and the context in which they operate.

Who's it for?

Participants typically include:

  • people facing a big professional challenge, such as establishing a new governance structure for their organisation, inducting a new board, or integrating the governance of an acquisition;
  • people at a career crossroads seeking new challenges and greater passion and purpose in their work; and
  • people who are ambitious and want to take their career to the next level.

What are the benefits?

The course brings together people from around the world, giving participants a unique opportunity to share experiences and ideas from territories where the governance infrastructure is different.

Participants learn from peers in a positive and welcoming environment, and benefit from exclusive access to the programme leader and expert speakers.

The reflective and interactive approach results in a personalised action plan and commitment to apply new thinking. Individual post-programme sessions help participants focus on the application of their learning, reflect on their strengths and finalise the actions they intend to take to achieve their career goals.

Participants on the residential programme benefit from an immersive experience that includes inspirational after dinner speakers, one-to-one clinic sessions, and conversations with speakers, the course leader and fellow participants. You will leave inspired, energised and equipped with the insights and techniques to really make a difference to your organisation.

Why Situational Intelligence is key to your success

Governance professionals use diplomacy, persuasion and judgement to be effective in enabling their boards to perform. A strong understanding and application of Situational Intelligence is at the heart of successful governance, giving professionals in-depth knowledge of what motivates people, and how to get the maximum benefits and rewards from their combined efforts.

Situational Intelligence is essentially the ability to read and respond effectively to a situation. The approach recognises that the probability of getting a desired outcome can be increased by investing effort in understanding each stakeholder’s drivers, engaging with them and building collective motivation.

Course programme

You can see the content that is covered on each day below. For full details please download the full course programme.

Day 1: The changing role of the company secretary

  • Programme introduction
  • Current challenges
  • The strategic context

Day 2: Strategy

  • Strategy formulation
  • Recognising board dynamics
  • Engaging stakeholders

Day 3: Strengths and potential

  • Applying your strengths to a situation
  • The changing leadership environment
  • The company secretary as a leader

Day 4: Development

  • Recognising and applying your leadership strengths
  • Creating your personal development plan
  • Developing a community of shared interest

Programme Highlights

  • An immersive residential experience; 25 hours of CPD
  • Based on a proprietary development model, Situational Intelligence
  • A reflective and interactive approach that results in highly personalised action plan
  • Access to expert speakers and peers from around the world
  • Group learning reinforced by individual profiling and a coaching session
  • Delegates become part of an exclusive GLP alumni group and join the wider ICSA network

Coaching sessions

To enable you to focus on the application of your learning and the strengths you’d like to develop, the course includes an individual post-programme coaching session with programme leader, Anna Bateson. Sessions will take place at Saffron House, London.


Programme Director

Anna Bateson

Anna Bateson

Anna Bateson is an experienced business facilitator, who leads workshops designed to inspire participants to address real business situations. She is involved in the design, development and delivery of a range of initiatives to address governance challenges and professionalise boards.

Working globally with boards and business leaders, she addresses the challenges of leading strategic change and delivering good governance. Described by the business press as a 'skilled alchemist’, she shares pragmatic insights gained over four decades in leadership and consultancy roles with International businesses including PwC and British Airways.


Additional speakers

Chris Moon

Chris Moon MBE

Chris is a former British Army Officer whose training and experiences provided a world class grounding in leadership, motivation and personal and team support.

As team leader for the Halo Trust, he was kidnapped by Khymer Rouge guerrillas, and became one of the few Westerners to survive such an ordeal. He was blown up clearing landmines in Mozambique and lost his lower arm and a leg. Within a year of leaving hospital he completed the London Marathon and now runs the world’s toughest ultra-marathons to raise funds for charities assisting the disabled. Chris draws on his experiences to illustrate principles people can use to be resilient in their daily lives.


The programme is not only an eye-opener, it also opens the mind and intellectual horizon. I have learned a lot and would recommend the programme to every company secretary who wishes to achieve excellence.
Nasiru Idris Shall, Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services

Videos & interviews

Hear from programme director Anna Bateson, as well as guest speakers and past delegates as they share their experiences of GLP 2016.

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Governance Leadership Programme

Improve your line of sight

Governance Leadership Programme

Expand your limits

Governance Leadership Programme

Engaging stakeholders

Governance Leadership Programme

Developing situational intelligence

Upcoming dates

18 - 21 June 2018

4 day residential course
Hanbury Manor, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD

5 - 8 November 2018

4 day residential course
Hanbury Manor, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 0SD


Hanbury Manor

Hotel & Country Club, Hertfordshire

This 17th century Jacobean-style country house, set in 200 acres of immaculately landscaped grounds, benefits from all the modern comforts associated with 5-star luxury.

Participants will have full use of the excellent leisure facilities, which means you can end each day with a refreshing plunge in the swimming pool or a restorative steam, Jacuzzi or sauna.

Hanbury Manor is secluded but easily accessible, located just 25 miles from London and within easy reach of all the major London airports.


ICSA Members: £4000 + VAT

Non-members: £4500 + VAT

Multiple-booking discounts available; please contact us for more details.

Book online to secure your place on the next course...

BOOK NOW FOR 18-21 JUNE 2018


Price includes attendance on the course, all training materials, post-programme surgery session, three nights’ accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, free use of all leisure facilities at Hanbury Manor, and WiFi access.

Terms & Conditions

The programme delegate fee includes:

  • Attendance on the training programme and all course materials
  • Three nights accommodation at Hanbury Manor
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinners will also be provided
  • Programme completion certificate
  • One hour surgery session with programme director

If you have any special requirements, please notify our training team beforehand on +44 (0)20 7612 7034 or email 

Cancellation fees:

  • Up to 20 working days prior to the programme commencement – 20% of the registration fee
  • Between 19 and 11 working days prior to the programme commencement – 50% of the registration fee
  • Ten working days or less prior to the programme commencement – 100% of the registration fee

General terms and conditions:
Substitute delegates can be accepted at no extra charge if notified in writing no less than five working days before the event. 

All cancellations or transfers are to be made in writing to In exceptional circumstances, speakers and timings may alter. 

All delegates will be informed of any changes at the earliest possible opportunity in the unlikely event of the programme being cancelled. ICSA Services Ltd will automatically make a full refund of the delegate fee. No compensation will be paid for any additional costs incurred. 

We can accept payment by credit/debit card or cheque. All cheques must be made payable to ICSA Services Ltd. VAT receipts will be issued for all non-invoiced payments. We regret that we cannot accept payment by American Express. 

All fees must be paid for prior to the event.

A photographer might be present during the programme. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, delegates hereby grant ICSA the right to take photographs of them and authorise the use and publication of the same in print and/or electronically. You also agree that ICSA may use such photographs with or without your name for any lawful purpose, for example, publicity, illustration, advertising, and web content. 

If you have any queries regarding your booking, please contact the ICSA's events team on 020 7612 7034 or email

Next steps and contact

Take a look through the course options and book your place using the links opposite. If you’re not sure which course is most suitable for you, our training team will be happy to help.

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