Introduction to Corporate Governance

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

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Corporate Governance Unlocked


Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we have converted our classroom training courses into virtual training courses. Due to the regulations around social distancing, we have put all of our classroom training on hold until early 2021. Once these dates are open for booking you will find them listed below.  But for now, please visit our Virtual Classroom Training section and register for the virtual edition of Introduction to Corporate Governance.  

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 handouts and presentation slides
  • A certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription to the Chartered Governance Institute (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. 

Get your copy of Corporate Governance Unlocked and Corporate Governance Handbook, 4th edition

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



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9:00   Registration, tea/coffee

9:15   Welcome and introduction

9:30   Key definitions

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  • Corporate governance
  • The board
  • Director
  • Company secretary

10:00   The legal and regulatory system

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  • The Companies Act
  • The Financial Reporting Council and UK Governance Code
  • FCA and PRA
  • Other sector regulators/ players

10:45   A basic governance structure

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  • The board and committees
  • Matters reserved
  • Types of committee
  • Relationships between board and committee
  • The issue of delegation

11:30   Tea/coffee

11:45  The duties of directors

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  • Why are these important?
  • What are they?
  • Cross-sector implications
  • Relationship of the duties to corporate governance and regulation

12:15   Governance in your sector

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  • What are the main differences?
  • Who sets the tone?
  • How to keep up to date

12:45   Lunch

13:15  Topics closely related to corporate governance

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  • A brief introduction to people, performance, strategy, corporate ethics and culture

14:15  Corporate ownership and influence

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  • Forms of corporate ownership: shareholders, members

14:45  Tea/coffee

15:00  Scenario exercise

16:00  Summary

16:15  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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Excellent speaker, very clear knowledge and understanding of the topic, good real-life examples.



£725 +VAT (Non-members)
£655 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£565 +VAT (ICSA members)
£375 +VAT (ICSA students)

Upcoming dates to be confirmed

Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


There are no upcoming dates at this time.

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

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