Essential Corporate Governance

The essential one-day course on the principles and application of corporate governance in the UK. 8.45am – 4.45pm. Central London.


This course is for those looking to deepen their knowledge of corporate governance in the UK. Delegates include company secretarial and compliance staff, lawyers, accountants and other professionals.

The syllabus mixes in-depth education with practical advice on compliance and best practice.

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
  • The company board, its role and its committees
  • Director induction, training and effectiveness
  • Internal control and risk management
  • Stakeholder management
  • The company secretary’s role

Note: Guest speakers on this course include Tony Hoskins, director of corporate consultancy The Virtuous Circle, speaking on corporate social responsibility.

You will also receive:

  • The tools to assess your own governance arrangements and suggest improvements
  • A Delegate Pack containing comprehensive course notes 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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8:45   Registration & tea/coffee

9:00   What is corporate governance?

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How do we define this and what is 'good' governance?
The distinction between governance and management
Key governance issues 
The Company Secretary's role in governance

09:40   Introduction to the UK corporate governance framework

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Key provisions of the UK corporate governance code;

10:10   Your approach to governance

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Proportionality; Embedding your approach; Benefits of good governance

10:30   The development of corporate governance in the UK

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How UK governance has developed since the 1990s, Why changes were made and why we have the framework we have today

11:00   Tea/coffee

11:15   Case Study

11:45   The UK Code of Corporate Governance and the board

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Role and composition of the board: balance independence and diversity;
Roles of executive and non-executive directors (including SIDs);
Roles of the Chairman and CEO;

12:30   The board committees

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Role and composition of audit, remuneration and nomination committees;
Appointment and re-election and the nomination committee;
Directors’ remuneration and the remuneration committee;

13:15  Lunch

14:00  Reporting internal control and risk management

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Corporate reporting, including governance reporting;
The Turnbull guidance and risk management

14:45  Board induction, training and effectiveness

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Induction and professional development;
Board performance evaluation

15:15  Tea/coffee

15:30  Non financial reporting – Strategic Report and Corporate Social Responsibility

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The requirements behind the Strategic Report;
Latest developments in narrative reporting requirements;
How to handle CSR reporting in annual reports and accounts, and elsewhere

16:15 Stakeholder management

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Communication, shareholder activism and engagement; Investor relations;

16:30 Discussion and conclusions

16:45 Close

Course leader

Julia Casson

Julia is Director of Board Insight Limited, which advises clients on corporate governance best practice. It carries out board and committee evaluation work and runs professional development courses on topics such as corporate governance, directors’ role and responsibilities and company law.

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Louis Cooper

Louis Cooper is a non-executive director of NEDA, specialising in corporate governance, risk management and internal control training, consulting and advisory services. Louis sits on the Quoted Company Alliance Corporate Governance Committee, is a member of the Institute of Risk Management Special Interest Group on Risk Innovation and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

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Tony Hoskins

Tony Hoskins is Chair of the Asesoria Group, a professional services company, supporting organisations with their Governance, Corporate Responsibility and Human Capital Management strategies.

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Overall very good. I especially valued the group interactive sessions.
Steve Slade, Director, Buro Four Project Services



£685 +VAT (Non-members)
£617 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£530 +VAT (ICSA members)
£345 +VAT (ICSA students)

Next course: 5 February 2019
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Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


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6-10 Kirby St

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6-10 Kirby St

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