Corporate Governance in Scotland: Learning From Good Practice

This event will allow delegates to develop a deeper practical understanding of the latest thinking, principles and good practice in good corporate governance.

Ensuring good corporate governance is the responsibility of everyone in an organisation

Recent high-profile cases of poor corporate governance have highlighted the real issues that arise in the search for good corporate governance – so how can improving your practices to help achieve your organisation and it’s stakeholders’ goals?

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 16 April 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. 

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • David Watt, Executive Director, Institute of Directors Scotland
  • Liz Sandwith CFIIA, Chief Professional Advisor, The Chartered Institute of Intenal Auditors
  • Siobhan Mathers,  Senior Consultant, Powerscourt

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The key principles of good corporate governance – what does this look like?
  • Relations between trustees and staff – duties, responsibilities, conflict resolution and how to manage these situations
  • Responsibility for issues surrounding fraud and bribery
  • Learning lessons from examples of good corporate governance, both internally and externally
  • Crisis management and relationship building

Who should attend?

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

  • Board members
  • Chief executives, heads, executives, directors, anyone with a strategic responsibility for improving performance and delivering organisation objectives from across the public, third and private sectors


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

  • The key principles of good corporate governance 
  • Focus on ‘board level’ issues, especially the formal and working arrangements between trustees and full-time staff

10:45     Interactive Session

11:30     Refreshments and Networking

11:40     Session 2: The UK 2018 Corporate Governance Code

11:40    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?
  • Could internal audit have a role in assuring the board over their processes such as appointments and succession planning for example? Does this always have to be outsourced to external consultants?
  • Internal audit needs to focus on culture to provide the assurance sought by the board and audit committee, in accordance with the new Code, is an audit of culture on the internal audit plan?
  • Should internal audit provide commentary on cultural alignment in all engagements?

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

12:10     Interactive Session

12:50     Lunch and Networking

13:50     Session 3: Demonstrating Good Corporate Governance

In this final session, we will bring together speakers from across various sectors to relfect on their experiences - they'll discuss what good governance looks like across various sectors, during periods of change and in challenging circumstances, and how they manage this. We'll share examples of good practice to enhance your learning and development. 

15:20     Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30     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.




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

16 April 2019


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