Corporate Governance And Director Duties Excellence 2017Date: Mar 06, 2017


Facilitated by Former Policy Director at the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), and senior policy adviser for the UK and French Government

Seamus’s major achievements

  • Has helped over 100 boards to improve director, board and corporate performance.
  • Has reviewed the processes and practices for winning business of over 100 companies.
  • Former Policy Director at the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). He authored ICSA’s guidance on ‘Boardroom Behaviors’, led the working group which produced the FRC’s ‘Guidance on Boardroom Effectiveness’, and oversaw the production of ICSA’s technical output, including its best practice Guidance Notes on boards and directors.
  • Originally a senior policy adviser for the UK government, and was Private Secretary to John Gummer MP, Secretary of State for the Environment, and John Prescott MP, Deputy Prime Minister.
  • He oversaw a number of significant policy initiatives including the Kyoto Protocol, and the development of London Docklands and was seconded as an advisor to the French government on private finance and governance issues.
  • Held positions as the Company Secretary and Director of Regulation at Anglian Water (later AWG) plc, and as Head of Public Policy and Regulation at O2 plc, now part of the Telefonica Group.
  • He has spoken at over 300 conferences and congresses in over 40 countries.
  • Has held professorial appointments in Europe, North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, India and China, and a variety of private, professional and voluntary sector board roles, including as chairman and president


  • Case studies presented to illustrate particular principles of ‘new governance’ and ‘new leadership’ during the three days will illustrate a successful response to a generic challenge faced by directors and boards. They will briefly cover the problem addressed, what was done, the results achieved and the subsequent situation, what made the difference and the main learning points.
  • Understand the correlation between good corporate governance and shareholder value creation and wealth maximization.
  • Handle directors dilemmas and adopt approaches that support innovation and business development.
  • Develop key result areas for your board and individual directors.
  • Understand the basis of corporate governance due diligence.
  • Identify the relevant legislation of the Companies Act and the applicable guidelines of corporate governance codes of conduct best practices.
  • The danger of following the herd with general approaches and how governance reflecting an organisation’s situation and circumstances can add value.
  • How to build an effective board of competent directors.
  • Directors’ duties and responsibilities.
  • The challenges and opportunities facing directors and boards, and how they should be addressed.
  • The distinction between direction and management, and how to create more competent directors and more effective boards.
  • How directors are and should be prepared for the boardroom.
  • Typical obstacles to director contribution and board effectiveness and how they can be overcome.
  • The differing conduct of successful and unsuccessful boards and how to develop a winning boardroom team.
  • The implications and advantages of ‘New Leadership’ and ‘New Governance’ for directors and boards.
  • More affordable and effective ways of providing strategic leadership and implementing board strategies and policies.
  • How relevant governance arrangements and the appropriate behavior of directors and boards can deliver more value and greater benefits for multiple stakeholders.

Who Should Attend

  • Chairman
  • CEO / COO
  • Director
  • Chief Internal Auditor
  • Chief Risk Officer
  • Head of Compliance
  • Head of Finance / CFO
  • Head of Fraud & Inspection
  • Head of Vigilance
  • HR Directors
  • Secretary to Boards
  • Executive
  • Company secretaries
  • Audit Committee Chairs & Members
  • Regulators
  • Corporate governance professionals




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