Company director

The effective company director – overview

Effective directors understand that directing the organisation is much more than managing it. They aim to maximise their contribution to the work of the board and ensure that they achieve high performance in all aspects of their role as director. This programme has been designed to help newly-appointed directors manage their transition to the board effectively, by explaining both the theory and the practice of corporate governance and by building on their existing competencies.

Full details below or download course outline.

Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop each participant will have:

  • A knowledge of the law relating to directors’ liabilities
  • A better appreciation of how to apply the principles of corporate governance to building an effective organisation
  • An insight into how to balance the different aspects of the role – governance, entrepreneurship and management
  • A clear understanding of the leadership and organisational issues involved in stakeholder management and performance delivery
  • A sharper focus on their own competencies and how they can be further enhanced in order to maximise the effectiveness of their dealings with the rest of the board as well as with the organisation as a whole
Who should attend?

This workshop has been designed specifically for recently-appointed directors (and those shortly to be appointed to the board), although there are clear benefits to having the entire board take part.

Course format

A one-day course, featuring examples and case study work to ensure an appropriate balance between the practical and the theoretical.

Special features

This workshop can be tailored to meet the needs of your particular organisation. The programme as presented here is timed to run from 9.15 to 5.30, but the timetable can be adjusted, the start and finish times can be extended or the amount of time the participants spend on examples or case studies can be reduced in order to accommodate additional or replacement topics, as required: the choice is yours!

Expert trainers

We are blessed with a team of outstanding trainers in this area, who all combine excellent training skills with extensive practical experience of being directors themselves and offering corporate governance consultancy support of one sort or another. They are all very used to delivering training internationally as well as in the UK.

The choice of trainer is entirely yours. You simply need to bear in mind their travel and (if absolutely necessary) accommodation costs, so pick the closest trainer to you or scroll through the list to find a trainer with the specific sector background you’re looking for. If you want some advice on who to choose, just give us a call on 01582 714282.

Please click here to see our list of trainers available to facilitate this course.


See what participants have said about this particular programme:

‘Sam excelled at presenting and discussing the effective directors workshop – allowing full involvement of the participants.’
‘An excellent opportunity to explore directors’ responsibilities and facilitate a discussion of our business values / direction.’
‘Good introduction to being director.’
‘An excellent overview of the role and responsibility of the director and the context of the board’
‘Very informative.’
‘Lots of content, delivered clearly and logically.’
‘It was an excellent grounding in the things that a newly appointed company director needs to know.’
‘Trainer was entertaining and moved the subject on well, keeping the session interesting.’
‘Delivery and style – very good. Turned dry topic into engaging management/strategic issues. Made topic very practical and relevant through good discussion and philosophical debate.’
‘Very clear and concise presentation on what we needed to know.’
‘Good to train within our workplace. Being a small group could make the course relevant to our business.’
‘Well delivered. Outlined and gave direction to the role.’
‘Trainer was very engaging and tweaked the course content to suit our needs as an audience.’
‘Very good, professional and effective.’
‘Excellent insight into the responsibilities of a company director and the legalities which go with this position.’
‘It was a conversation, informal and gave me lots of practical improvements / thoughts for later.’
‘Very knowledgeable trainer and flexible with our endless questions / discussions.’
‘Informal – encourages discussion.’
‘Very engaging! Did well to let us all talk and direct the day.’
‘Very responsive, clear and professional. Excellent trainer. (P.S. I don’t usually give top marks on these things.)’
‘Well informed trainer. Flexible. Able to respond to the concerns and questions raised by the group.’
‘Excellent blend of formal roles and responsibilities of directors with good business knowledge and advice in general.’

The effective company director – course outline

1 Directors’ liabilities and corporate governance

  • Legal basis of directors’ liabilities
    • – Legal basis of the company
    • – Fiduciary duties
    • – Due skill and care
    • – Further duties
    • – Who is a director?
  • Context of directorships
    • – The basis of corporate governance
    • – Directorships in public companies
    • – Listing regulations
    • – Directorships in private companies
    • – Governance of private companies
    • – Other forms of incorporation

2 Corporate accountability

  • Shareholder agreements
    • – Composition of shareholder agreements
    • – Control through the shareholder agreement
  • Ownership and shareholder management
    • – General meetings of shareholders
    • – Business of the general meeting
    • – Communication with shareholders
  • Relationships with venture capital
    • – The VC viewpoint
    • – Managing the VC relationship
  • Other ownership relationships
    • – The holding company board
    • – The trust board
    • – The public sector
  • Stakeholder accountability
    • – Who are the stakeholders?
    • – Governance and strategy
  • Wider governance debate
    • – Accountability to stakeholders
    • – Managing the stakeholder relationship
    • – Corporate social responsibility

3 Governance, entrepreneurialism and management (GEM)

  • Corporate governance in context (1)
    • – Introducing the GEM model
  • Director as governor
    • – Exercising oversight
    • – Being held accountable
    • – Representing the stakeholders
  • Director as entrepreneur
    • – Risk management at the board
    • – Innovation at the board
  • Director as manager
    • – Leading the people – style and context
    • – Achieving results
    • – Controlling the business
    • – Management information
  • Corporate governance in context (2)
    • – The GEM balance at the board

4 Director competencies and personal development

  • Director competencies
    • – Director skills and knowledge
    • – Director attributes
    • – Director motivation
  • Effectiveness at the board
    • – Logic and intuition at the board
    • – Exercising power
    • – Politics at the board
  • Personal development planning
    • – The personal development checklist
    • – Pulling together a personal development plan