Good Corporate Governance: Improving Practices, Processes and Performance

This briefing considers the latest thinking, principles and good practice in effective corporate governance.

The context

Good corporate governance is the responsibility of everyone in an organisation, not just the duty of boards.

Recent high-profile examples of poor corporate governance – from across private, public and third sectors – have illustrated the paramount importance of good governance in enabling an organisation to deliver its objectives.

Attend this Holyrood briefing to get an up-to-date brief on how your organisation can improve its governance, structures, processes and performance. Join us to consider the principles of good governance and how they can be applied to enhance your organisation's impact.

Key issues to be addressed

  • The importance of good governance – what does it look like?
  • Principles, policies and procedures for good governance
  • Developing effective corporate structures – defining roles, relationships and responsibilities
  • Maintaining, monitoring and improving your governance frameworks and procedures
  • Delivering on public accountability and transparency
  • How good corporate governance can help your organisation and its stakeholders’ goals
  • Managing risk to improve performance and outcomes 
  • Engaging with stakeholders, bodies and external groups
  • Learning lessons from governance practice and issues faced
  • Developing good corporate cultures, values and behaviours throughout an organisation


09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair​

Professor Alan Alexander OBE. General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Emeritus Professor of Public Sector Management, Strathclyde Business School

10:05 Session 1: The Importance of Good Corporate Governance

10:05 Good governance is central to success 

  • Getting it right has a significant bearing on how well public bodies perform and in making sure public money is used wisely.

Gordon Smail, Associate Director, Audit Scotland

10:25 Getting People on Board. CIPD’s Approach to Governance, Risk and Reward

  • People potential and risk sits at the heart of how organisations create and destroy value. Despite many worthy initiatives we have not nailed the people aspect in either corporate reporting or governance. CIPD is seeking to change that. Hear from our Regional Head of Policy and Insights how.

Dr John McGurk, Head of CIPD Regional Policy and Insights, The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

10:45 Taking It Outside: Key challenges for governance

The focus will be on key challenges for governance arising from delivery models and other ways of working which sit outside the core organisation, particularly:

  • Offshoots
  • Collaboration models
  • Outsourcing

Stephen Phillips, Partner, and Gillian Harkness, Senior Associate, Burness Paull LLP 

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:30 Refreshments and Networking

11:50 Session 2: Developing Effective Frameworks and Procedures

11:50 The Effective Board Development Framework: Helping Boards to learn and work effectively together

  • Peter will provide an overview of Remarkable’s innovative new framework co-designed with a leading employer which supports the effective development and contribution of a Board

Peter Russian, Chief Executive, Re:markable (formerly Investors in People Scotland​)

12:15 Making Whistleblowing Work

Francesca West, Chief Executive, Public Concern at Work 

12:40 Questions and Discussion

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:45 Session 3: Good Practice in Corporate Governance

13:45 Promoting Good Corporate Values and Behaviours Throughout an Organisation

  • Stakeholder trust, Edelman Trust Barometer, is at an all-time low
  • The culture of the organisation, role for internal audit in auditing culture
  • How internal audit might work with the organisation to build stakeholder trust 

Liz Sandwith, Chief Professional Practice Advisor, Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors

14:10 The Importance of Diversity Throughout an Organisation

  • How to enhance diversity and develop a supportive, open culture

Tanya Castell MBE, Founder, Changing the Chemistry

14:35 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Summary by the Chair

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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Who will benefit from attending?

Chief Executives, Directors and Heads of Services, Corporate Services Professionals, Senior and Middle Managers, Board Members, and anyone with a strategic responsibility for improving performance and delivering organisational objectives from across the public, third and private sectors.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

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

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635 

30 January 2018



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