Corporate Governance in Scotland: Learning From Good Practice

This event will help you gain a better underestanding of accountability and corporate governance after the 2018 Corporate Governance Code. We will bring you practical examples and insights on the role of audits, key governance principles and accountability. 

Check out here the list of confirmed speakers and register for this unique event 

Practising good corporate governance - the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code

The 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code came into place last January. How are you taking forward new regulations? 

Achieving good corporate governance has a significant bearing on how well public bodies perform and in marking sure public money is used wisely. This event will examine how to ensure that your organisation is practicing good governance, issues surrounding fraud and bribery and how to ensure you have a robust corporate environment to deal with this and how to deal with periods of change and challenging conditions. 

Join us on 27 June as we examine the practicalities for achieving good corporate governance and improving performance, processes and practices. We'll bring together expert speakers from different organisations to share their experiences and examples of good practice for you to take back to your organisation. As always, our events will be highly interactive and you will have the opportunity to network with and learn from your colleagues from across various sectors. 

Event in partnership with Institute of Directors Scotland

Confirmed speakers

  • David Watt, Executive Director, Institute of Directors Scotland
  • Liz Sandwith CFIIA, Chief Professional Advisor, The Chartered Institute of Intenal Auditors
  • Stephen Phillips, Partner, Burness Paull
  • Siobhan Mathers,  Senior Consultant in Corporate Governance

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The UK Corporate Governance Code - how are organisations in Scotland implementing the new code?
  • Key principles of good governance - what is the role of directors?
  • Internal audits - promoting good governance

Who should attend?

This event will be of benefit to anyone with strategic responsibilities in an organisation:

  • Board members
  • Chief executives, heads, executives, directors
  • Communication directors
  • Internal communication professionals
  • Internal auditors


09:30     Registration and Refreshments

10:00     Welcome and Introduction from Chair

 Professor Alan Alexander OBE, Emeritus Professor of Public Sector Management, University of Strathclyde

10:05     Session 1: Key Principles of Good Governance

10.05    Corporate Governance – The Hard Edges

  • Overview of the legal requirements regarding governance, including the various layers that need to be taken into account
  • The interplay between different legal regimes regarding governance
  • The practical issues/conflicts that that can create and (c) the approach taken by regulators 

Stephen Phillips, Partner at Burness Paull

10.30   Corporate Governance In Practice

  • Building on practical experience and knowledge of corporate governance in practice

David Watt, Executive Director at the Institute of Directors 


11:00 Q & A 

11:15     Refreshments and Networking

11:30     Session 2: The UK 2018 Corporate Governance Code

11:40     The UK 2018 Corporate Governance Code - An Opportunity for Internal Audit

  • The 2018 Code provides numerous opportunities for audit leaders to engage with the board and audit committee and demonstrate the value that internal audit can bring to an organisation
  • Internal Audit needs to extend its remit to be relevant and add value to our organisation

Liz Sandwith CFIIA, Chief Professional Advisor, The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors

12:10     Interactive Session

12:50     Lunch and Networking

13:50    Session 3: Demonstrating Good Corporate Governance

13.50    Communicating Your Corporate Governance Narrative: From Compliance to Story-telling

  • Effective Corporate Governance as an opportunity rather than a chore
  • Using Corporate Governance issues to tell a wider story e.g. – diversity and inclusion, employee engagement

Siobhan Mathers,  Senior Consultant in Corporate Governance

14:10    Legal Frameworks to support good governance

Gillian Harkness, Burness Paull 

14:40  Q & A 

15:00     Closing Remarks from Chair

15:10     Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Our events are CPD Certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.



Speaker callout

We are committed to bringing the latest policy information with engaging dialogue and practical case studies to make a real impact in the public sector. If you are a knowledge expert in your field or have an inspiring case study which would make an impact to Public Sector organisations, we would love to hear from you. Please email with your name and contact details, linkedin profile and a summary of your project or area or expertise and we will be in touch.


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Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

27 June 2019


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