Introduction to Corporate Governance

A one-day introduction to the fundamental principles of UK corporate governance. 9am - 4.45pm. Central London.


What exactly is corporate governance? Why is it important? Who is responsible and what do they do?

This course introduces corporate governance in the UK. Designed for those with no prior knowledge, it covers the law, regulation, the boardroom, shareholders and more. (See the full programme below.)

Already know the basics?

You may prefer our Essential Corporate Governance course.

What you get

By the end of the day you will understand how to:

  • The key concepts and principles of UK corporate governance
  • Who is responsible for governance within a company
  • What's happening in the boardroom: who they are, what they do
  • The relationship between governance, corporate values and ethics
  • The role of shareholders and other stakeholders
  • How to apply this knowledge to your organisation

You will also receive:

  • 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.


Please expand the dropdown to see the course programme timetable and highlights.

9:00   Registration, tea/coffee

9:15   Welcome and introduction

9:30   What is corporate governance?

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  • Definitions
  • What is the purpose of governance?
  • Why is it important?
  • Who is responsible for it in a company?

10:10   How governance works in the UK

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  • The UK Corporate Governance Code
  • ‘Comply or explain’: what does it mean?
  • Other codes, guidance and regulation
  • The international scene

11:00   Tea/Coffee

11:20   The role of the board in governance (i)

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  • What is a board and what does it do?
  • Roles on the board: who they are, what they do
  • The board's role in governance
  • Supporting the board

12:00  Why do boards have committees – and what do they do?

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  • Who sits on board committees and what do they do?
  • Why are committees important to good governance?
  • What are the key committees and what is their role?

12:30   Lunch

13:15   Case study: management, governance and leadership

14:15   The role of the board in governance (ii)

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  • Developing strategy
  • Board dynamics and decision-making
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest
  • Processes and controls
  • Risk management

15:00   Tea/coffee

15:20  Governance and values

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  • Corporate ethics and values
  • Corporate social responsibility

16:00  Shareholders and stakeholders

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  • Shareholders and governance
  • Engaging with shareholders
  • Who else is a stakeholder?
  • Corporate reporting and governance

16:45  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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Julia is an extremely knowledgeable trainer who kept all candidates engaged throughout the course.
Kim Graves, Corporate Governance Implementation Manager, North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust



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

Next course: 20 March 2019
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Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


27 June 2019

Saffron House
6-10 Kirby St

10 October 2019

Saffron House
6-10 Kirby St

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