Good Corporate Governance in 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 the key principles, how to build effective working arrangements, who is responsible for financial matters, how to deal with financial problems and learn from examples of good governance.

Join us on 18 September as we examine the practicalities for achieving good corporate governance and improving performance, processes and practices.

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 financial matters – what is the financial probity, fiduciary duty and audit issues?
  • Learning lessons from examples of good corporate governance, both internally and externally.
  • How to deal with a crisis

Confirmed speakers

  • Andrew Pepper-Parsons, Head of Policy, Public Concern at Work 
  • Gordon Smail, Audit Director, Audit Scotland 
  • Marlene Wood, Member of Public Sector Panel, ICAS

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


10:00     Registration and Refreshments

10:25     Welcome and Introduction from Chair

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

10:30     Session 1: Key Principles of Good Governance

10:30   Opening Keynote  

  • Good governance is central to success.
  • Getting it right has a significant bearing on how well public organisations perform and how well they use public money and resources.
  • Getting it wrong can affect performance and can lead to poor decisions on the use of resources.
  • The consequences of poor governance can also run deep, damaging public trust and reputations.

            Gordon Smail, Audit Director, Audit Scotland 

11:00     Interactive Session

Delegates will be given a case study involving possible conflict between trustees and staff and asked to draw out the key governance issues, examine how they might be resolved, and report back to the plenary group.

11:30     Refreshments and Networking

12:00     Session 2: Understanding the Finance of Good Corporate Governance

              An in-depth look at the distribution of responsibility for financial matters, focusing particularly on the duties and responsibilities of trustees and the importance of challenging the full-time staff.

12:00   ICAS Plenary

  • Audit Quality 
  • Tendering

            Marlene Wood, Member of Public Sector Panel, ICAS

12:30   Questions and Discussion

12:50   Lunch and Networking

13:35     Session 3: Demonstrating Good Corporate Governance

A close look at why it is important to demonstrate good governance externally as well as internally and the role of Trustees and staff in doing so.  This would include the significance of whistleblowing, the need for internal processes for identifying possible breaches, and the importance of ongoing training for staff.

13:35   Whistleblowing and Benchmarking 

  • An overview of the legal framework
  • How to establish a supportive whistleblowing culture and how to test your arrangements are working in practice
  • An interactive case study from Protect’s Advice Line

            Andrew Pepper-Parsons, Head of Policy, Protect (Formerly Public Concern At Work)

14:05   Interactive Session

The basis for the exercise is that the real test and demonstration of the quality of governance is how an organisation deals with a crisis.  In this session, delegates will be presented with a whistleblowing scenario with key questions asked to the audience.

15:00   Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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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 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)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635
18 September 2018

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