This unique programme is designed to enable governance professionals and company secretaries to recognise the factors driving the business performance agenda, to understand and influence boardroom behaviour, and to deploy their unique strengths to address the challenges they face.

This programme is for governance professionals and company secretaries wanting to build on their strengths and take their careers to the next level. 

Key benefits of attending

  • Insights into the factors driving the business performance agenda – and the changing role of governance professionals and company secretaries.
  • An opportunity to identify and influence boardroom behaviour
  • The skills to deploy your strengths to address the challenges you face and build your professional credibility with colleagues
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription to the Chartered Governance Institute
  • 6 hours of CPD

Programme highlights

  • The changing profile of governance professionals and company secretaries. 
  • Recognising board dynamics
  • Addressing the real challenges you face
  • Creating a supportive environment


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

08.45 Registration and refreshments
09.00 Introductions
09.30 Understanding the changing roles of governance professionals
10.30 Morning break
10.45 Board dynamics - the governance professional as an influencer
11.45 Engaging stakeholders - the governance professional as a relationship builder
13.00 Lunch
13.30 Recognising your strengths and potential
15.00 Afternoon break
15.15 Recognising your strengths and potential
15.45 Creating your development plan and support
16.30 Next steps
17.00 Close

Programme Director

Anna Bateson


Anna Bateson FCG is an experienced business facilitator who works extensively with Directors, Boards and Governance Professionals across the private, public and third sectors. Combining pragmatic insights gained over 40 years spent in leadership and consultancy roles with international businesses including Price Waterhouse and British Airways, she enables individuals to focus on the real business challenges they wish to address. Her breadth of experience provides excellent insights into the critical capabilities required to deliver exceptional business performance. Described as a ‘skilled alchemist’ Anna leads these workshops, sharing insights and expertise in an inspiring and challenging programme, tailored to meet participant learning agendas.

Through her business consultancy ‘Cutting Through The Grey’ and jointly with global thought leader, Dr Laurence Lyons, Anna researches, coaches, consults and writes on the development of Situational Intelligence™.

More about Anna Bateson


“The day was very well structured.”Charles Mowat, Head of Company Secretariat
“Anna’s delivery is excellent, interesting and inspiring.”Leigh Smerdon, Company Secretary, Interserve Investments

Upcoming dates

Check back soon for upcoming classroom dates or you can register for our virtual day course here


Saffron House
6-10 Kirby St


£730 +VAT (Non members)
£660 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£585 +VAT (Members: The Chartered Governance Institute)
£380 +VAT (Students: The Chartered Governance Institute)

This course is part of the Governance Leadership Programme, which also includes:

Strategic Skills for Governance Professionals

Leadership Skills for Governance Professionals

Book all three courses and save 25% on the total fee. To take advantage of this offer, contact us.

Get your copy of Company Secretary's Checklists, 11th edition and Company Secretary's Handbook, 12th edition

Delegates to this course get the opportunity to buy the accompanying books. For more info about our books, please visit our book shop.

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.

To find out more, call 020 7580 4741 or contact us

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