Essential Corporate Governance

An intermediate level, one-day course on the key drivers that influence corporate governance principles in the UK. 9am – 4.30pm. Central London.


This course leads on from our ‘Introduction to Corporate Governance’ course and looks in more detail at the role of boards in delivering good governance, the regulatory landscape and key responsibilities for directors. The course is aimed at junior company secretarial and compliance staff, lawyers, accountants and related professionals.

The programme blends detailed technical information with practical guidance on compliance and best practice. A basic understanding of boards and corporate governance is assumed.

Just starting out in governance?

You may prefer our Introduction to Corporate Governance course.

What you get

By the end of the day you will understand:

  • The Corporate Governance Code, and its development in the UK
  • Key themes in regulation effecting corporate governance
  • The evolving role of the board
  • The role of directors in setting good corporate behaviour
  • Current challenges for companies around corporate reporting
  • Why boards must engage with issues around diversity, transparency and succession planning

You will also receive:

  • A Delegate Pack containing handouts and presentation slides
  • An ICSA Certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription of ICSA (see below)
  • 6 hours credit towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 

Your complimentary 6-month professional subscription

We support our attendees long after they complete the course. Your professional subscription includes a subscription to G+C Magazine, as well as access to briefings, discounts and our knowledge base.

Special Offer: Get 30% off your copy of The ICSA Corporate Governance Handbook, 4th edition

Delegates to this course get the chance to buy the accompanying book at a 30% discount. Usually £74.95, available for you at £50.00. 

For more info about our books, please visit the shop.



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9:00   Registration & tea/coffee

9:15   Welcome and introductions

09:30   The current profile of UK Corporate Governance

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The evolution of corporate governance over the past 20 years

The current reputation of UK corporate governance

The impact of the UK Code and its derivatives, including other codes from other sectors

10:00   The Regulatory Landscape

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Which regulators are setting the pace?

The role of the professions

10:45   How the Board’s Role is evolving

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The unitary board principle vs individual accountability

The Board’s agenda

Matters reserved and delegation

Culture and ethics

The Company Secretary/Head of Governance role

11:30   Tea/coffee

11:45   Directors’ Duties in Practice

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Which ones are being tested the most?

The importance of an audit trail

The relationship of the duties with UK Regulation

12:15   Executives and Non-Executives

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Are the distinctions clear?

Liability and accountability – what do they mean today?

Chairmanship – the required skills

Committee Chairmanship – the required skills

Executive behaviours in the Boardroom

13:00  Lunch

13:30  Key Themes in Governance

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Conflicts of interest

Risk management




14:30  Reporting Requirements

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UK Listed market


15:00  Tea/coffee

15:15 Scenario Exercise

16:15 Discussion and conclusions

16:30 Close

Course leader

Giles Peel

Giles Peel is a specialist in governance and risk, having worked in these areas for many years, across most sectors. He works as an adviser to Boards and Senior Management teams and acts as a mentor and trainer for both individuals as well as teams of directors.

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Highlighted lots of key items to consider.Very useful and pragmatic approach.

Accessible course, engaging delivery.



£705 +VAT (Non-members)
£635 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£545 +VAT (ICSA members)
£355 +VAT (ICSA students)

Next course: 13 November 2019
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Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


Later dates are yet to be confirmed

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   +44 (0)20 7580 4741

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   Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS

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