3.5 hours

What you’ll learn

Corporate Governance Architecture: The Essentials

Certificate Fee



Online, self paced

Why is a corporate governance structure important?

Without a solid governance structure in place, an organisation can’t operate effectively. Having the right structure, practices and procedures leads to better performance. Harness your knowledge of successful governance arrangements.


Knowing how the roles and responsibilities of the board of directors interact with one another is critical for a successful board.


Putting a board together requires being aware of the skills and experience needed to populate a board and its committees.


An effective board allows the voice of all company directors to be heard and communicates its voice throughout the organisation.

Become a smarter and more effective leader at board level. Fully understand a company director’s responsibilities and the role of a company board.

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What delegates say about our courses:

“The Diploma in Corporate Governance was excellent. It was an eye opener for me and I learnt an immense amount from the course and tutors.”

Raj Kambo


“Excellent programme, content very relevant to existing and aspiring board members. Excellent support provided by the team in CGI and the online format worked very well.”

Audrey Boyde


“There was plenty of help and support available and patience as I engaged and learned. Very much appreciated the materials, delivery, and support.”

David Moore


“Challenging course but well delivered by an excellent team. Course materials very professional and lectures from a high calibre team with vast practical experience.”

John Hennessy


What you will learn

Take an in-depth look at what’s needed to develop the right governance structures for your organisation and the frameworks needed for success.

Roles and responsibilities

Get a firm understanding of the different roles that exist on a board and the expected responsibilities of each director.


Explore the different types of committees that serve a board, their purpose and what they look like in practice.

Executive team

Learn what needs to be in place to turn heads of function into an effective executive team and get familiar with tools to create an organisation chart.


Gain a solid understanding of the characteristics of each role on the board and how to identify if each role is making an impact.

Looking to deepen your ESG leadership skills and insights?
Discover more about the Diploma in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

How you will apply your learning

Standout as an informed leader who knows how to navigate corporate governance.

Identify the importance of having a governance structure and what it looks like when it’s done well.

Reference the factors that affect quality decision-making in the boardroom.

Fully understand what a board committee is and what’s expected of it.

Confidently speak about the functions and purpose of different types of board committees.

Describe the importance of having an organisation chart and identify the tools to create one.

Recognise if the chair is demonstrating the right leadership skills that are required for the board and the organisation.

Who will be teaching the course?

Diarmaid O’Corrbui

Diarmaid is the CEO of Carmichael, a leading specialist training and support body for nonprofits in Ireland. He is a former executive board director and company secretary and a certified technical corporate governance assessor with the National Standards Authority of Ireland’s Swift 3000 code of practice for corporate governance assessment.

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