Essential Corporate Governance

An essential overview of the role of boards in delivering good corporate governance, the regulatory landscape and key responsibilities for directors.


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The current profile of UK Corporate Governance

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  • The evolution of corporate governance over the past 20 years
  • The current reputation of UK corporate governance
  • The impact of the UK Code and its derivatives, including other codes from other sectors

The Regulatory Landscape

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  • Which regulators are setting the pace?
  • The role of the professions

How the Board’s Role is evolving

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  • The unitary board principle vs individual accountability
  • The Board’s agenda
  • Matters reserved and delegation
  • Culture and ethics
  • The Company Secretary/Head of Governance role

Directors’ Duties in Practice

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  • Which ones are being tested the most?
  • The importance of an audit trail
  • The relationship of the duties with UK Regulation

Executives and Non-Executives

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  • Are the distinctions clear?
  • Liability and accountability – what do they mean today?
  • Chairmanship – the required skills
  • Committee Chairmanship – the required skills
  • Executive behaviours in the Boardroom

Key Themes in Governance

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  • Conflicts of interest
  • Risk management
  • Diversity
  • Remuneration
  • Succession

Reporting Requirements

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  • UK Listed market
  • Others

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