Previous webinars at the Corporate Governance Institute

We deliver, on an ongoing basis, a series of free one-hour Continuous Professional Development (CPD) events. We make all of the slides available to you for your own use. Download the slides from our recent governance webinars below.

Please review these CPD events below and register the ones most appropriate to your learning requirements.

As many of you will have specific questions relating to how you govern in these strange times, we ensure there is plenty of time for your questions and answers at each of our CPD events.

Previous Webinars and Events

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How to deal with underperforming board members

Wednesday 24th February 2021

About this Discussion:

This Webinar will be presented by David Duffy. Directors who do not pull their weight in the boardroom are taking up space for someone who can!

Boards need to address this issue head on. If it is left to fester, it undermines the moral authority of the chair and may put off viable candidates from joining the Board who have done their due diligence.  We will look at the tell tale signs of underperformance, the potential reasons for under performance and how to address it.This webinar will be delivered by David Duffy, Founder & CEO of The Corporate Governance Institute

david duffy

David Duffy is the Founder & CEO of The Corporate Governance Institute and of The Governance Company an advisory company. He has provided governance advisory services to plcs, financial institutions, state organisations, universities, private companies, membership bodies, charities, sporting and healthcare organisations and regulators for over 15 years to over 200 organisations. He is an experience board member and has served on boards in Ireland, UK and France. He is Ireland’s leading author on corporate governance. His last two books are  “A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance” and “A Practical Guide for Company Directors” and were published by Chartered Accountants Ireland.  

Date: Wednesday 24th February 2021
Time: 13:00
Venue: Zoom
Cost : Free

How to deal with underperforming board members

Wednesday 24th February 2021

About this Discussion:

This Webinar will be presented by David Duffy. Directors who do not pull their weight in the boardroom are taking up space for someone who can!

Boards need to address this issue head on. If it is left to fester, it undermines the moral authority of the chair and may put off viable candidates from joining the Board who have done their due diligence.  We will look at the tell tale signs of underperformance, the potential reasons for under performance and how to address it.This webinar will be delivered by David Duffy, Founder & CEO of The Corporate Governance Institute

david duffy

David Duffy is the Founder & CEO of The Corporate Governance Institute and of The Governance Company an advisory company. He has provided governance advisory services to plcs, financial institutions, state organisations, universities, private companies, membership bodies, charities, sporting and healthcare organisations and regulators for over 15 years to over 200 organisations. He is an experience board member and has served on boards in Ireland, UK and France. He is Ireland’s leading author on corporate governance. His last two books are  “A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance” and “A Practical Guide for Company Directors” and were published by Chartered Accountants Ireland.  

Date: Wednesday 24th February 2021
Time: 13:00
Venue: Zoom
Cost : Free

Slides and Recording

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Code of Ethics – useful documents or ethical window dressing?

Wednesday 17th February 2021

About this Discussion:

This Webinar will be presented by Gráinne Madden. Codes of Ethics are a tool used in many organisations to help encourage the right behaviour. But how useful are they? And how can non-executive directors know if they are working well for the business? This webinar will highlight what directors should be looking out for in relation to their organisation’s code and some of the questions they should be asking to make a judgement about how well it’s working. We will also look at good practice in terms of codes of conduct for board directors.

Code of Ethics - useful documents or ethical window dressing

Gráinne Madden is a specialist in Business Ethics, Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility. As well as consulting with organisations and delivering training allied to these areas, she lectures MBA students in responsible business practice. Her research on codes of ethics has been published in The Journal of Business Ethics.

Date: Wednesday 17th February 2021
Time: 13:00
Venue: Zoom
Cost : Free

Slides and Recording

Code of Ethics - useful documents or ethical window dressing

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Developing your Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) portfolio

Wednesday 10th February 2021

About this Discussion:

This Webinar will be presented by Ellen Roche. This session will focus on developing your INED portfolio. With a very practically focused approach, Ellen will share her insights from working with both sides of the equation: Remuneration and Nomination Committees (Rem & Nom) seeking to make INED appointments and with individuals seeking to build an INED portfolio. Ellen will highlight:

  • the priorities that drive appointment decisions for Rem & Nom Committees;
  • the process for making appointments and;
  • the pitfalls to consider for those planning an INED career.

Most importantly, the session will be an opportunity to raise your questions and insights in a collaborative session designed to provide practical support and guidance.

Ellen is a Director with PwC Ireland and leads the firm’s Executive Search team, making senior executive and Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) appointments in organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She joined PwC in 2001, having had a career in education where she also worked on programmes funded by the European Union and The International Fund for Ireland for human resource and capital developments.

Date: Wednesday 10th February 2021
Time: 13:00
Venue: Zoom
Cost : Free

Slides and Recording

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Balance for Better Business

Wednesday 3rd February 2021

About this Discussion:

This Webinar was presented by Anne-Marie Taylor. Since 2018, the number of women on the boards of the largest publicly listed companies in Ireland increased from 18% to 27%, and the gap between Ireland and the rest of the EU narrowed from 8 percentage points to just 1 percentage point.  So, at this rate of progress, gender balance on boards will soon be sorted?  Not quite.

Anne-Marie Taylor is the Programme Director for Balance for Better Business, an initiative set up by the Tánaiste Leo Varadkar TD, to improve gender balance in senior business leadership. The Balance for Better Business Review Group published its third report in December, covering plcs, private companies and multinationals.  In this webinar Anne-Marie will share the findings from the latest analysis of boards and executive teams and will discuss how companies are faring against the targets set by Balance for Better Business.  What are the successes, and where do the issues still linger?

Date: Wednesday 3rd February 2021
Time: 13:00
Venue: Zoom
Cost : Free

Slides and Recording

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Trends for boards impacting corporate culture in 2021

Wednesday 27th January 2021

About this Discussion:

This Webinar was presented by Loretto Callaghan. COVID in 2020 has disrupted the way that organisations engage with employees and made sustaining a corporate culture challenging.

Entering 2021, organisations and boards will be asking many questions including How will the workplace look post COVID? What other key trends will impact employee engagement and corporate culture, and consequently performance and long-term success? What is the role of the board in responding to these trends?

As former CEO and director at Novartis in Ireland, Loretto established a track record of success by building high performing teams and leading in an energising, inclusive and collaborative manner.

Having experience of leading a number of business and culture transformations, including during turbulent market conditions, Loretto understands the importance of employee engagement and culture to driving long-term sustainable growth and value creation.

Loretto is a Chartered Director with board directorship experience in the Biopharmaceutical and Healthcare sector.

Digital Reality vs Real World Reality in the Boardroom

Wednesday 20th January 2021

About this Discussion:

This webinar was presented by Nicola Byrne. Digital Reality has rapidly become become an issue for boards and businesses in recent times, especially as a result of Covid-19. In this webinar Nicola will be focusing on Digital Reality vs Real World Reality.

Nicola founded 11890 directory enquiries in 2006 and created Cloud90 in 2006, followed by RiskEye Online Reputation Protection. Nicola was appointed President of Irish Exporters Assosiation in 2017-2019.

A former board member from 2013-2019 of New Childrens Hospital Group Board which successfully succeed in getting planning permission for the new hospital. A former member of the Evaluation Board on Fingals Local Enterprise Board from 2009-2019. Nicola was also a previous board member of Ireland US Council and British Irish Chamber of Commerce from 2012-2015.

Impact of Brexit in the Boardroom

Wednesday 13th January 2021

About this Discussion:

This webinar was presented by Carol Lynch. Carol is a Partner at BDO Customs and International Trade Services. Carol has more than 25 years experience in customs and international trade.

Brexit has happened and the reverberations are being felt around the globe. How is your company coping? Are you correctly prepared? Are there things that you can still do to mitigate problems before the arise?

Carol is currently heavily involved in advising clients on the impact of Brexit and she is going to share what she has learned on this webinar.

She has been requested to present to the Oireachtas FInance Committee on the impact of Brexit for traders in Ireland and also presents on behalf of Chambers Ireland and Intertrade Ireland. She is part of a number of working groups including that of British Irish Chambers of Commerce and the Revenue Commissioners.

Carol has significant expertise in customs, excise, export controls, anti-dumping, audits and investigations. She also has significant experience working with clients in the aviation and aircraft leasing, food and drink, pharmaceutical companies, consumer electronics and software sectors along with general manufacturing

Black Belt Negotiation in the Boardroom

Wednesday 16th December 2020

About this Discussion:

The Black Belt Negotiator has become the gold-standard, adopted by multi-nationals, including HSBC, The Kier Group, American Express, Parsons and Siemens. It has helped reduce costs, improve project delivery, win new business, increase profit…while at the same time building better relationships with key trading partners.

During this Webinar Tom Flatau discussed The Five-Step Funnel™ – a winning formula for negotiation success creating clarity so your people know exactly where they are at each twist and turn of the negotiation. Examining where negotiations can go wrong and replace bad habits, uncertainty and fear with poise and confidence – never make unnecessary concessions again! 

Speakers

With a Masters in Business Analysis & Systems Design and as a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, Tom Flatau combines business acumen and intimate knowledge of corporate culture with neuroscience research and brain-based coaching to transform the individual and deliver growth and profitability in world-class companies. “You’re good with your hands, but your brother is the intelligent one…” was something Tom was told often as a child. Having failed a major entrance exam, aged 11 and consigned to being ‘average’, he is living proof that anyone can be who they want to be and achieve a destiny beyond their dreams, exceeding the low expectation of others.

Governance & The Government

Date: Friday 4th December 2020

About this Discussion:

This webinar was delivered by David W Duffy Founder and CEO of The Corporate Governance Institute and Michael McGrath TD – Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform.

David and Michael discuss the following topics during the webinar:

  • What are the governance challenges in the Public Sector at the moment?
  • How do you attract really good Board members to State funded organisations?
  • To what extent does the Public Appointments Service look for specific governance qualifications for new board members?
  • Is there a case for a minimum standard of governance expertise for candidates to Government funded organisations to drive up standards?
  • What are the obstacles to achieving this? 

Speakers

Michael McGrath TD, was appointed Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform in the Irish Government in June 2020. Michael secured a first-class honours Commerce degree in UCC and went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Cork City. Before going into politics full time, Michael held senior positions in both the private sector (Financial Controller, RedFM) and public sector (Head of MIS, UCC). He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and has served on that body’s Audit, Risk and Finance Committee. Michael has also undertaken studies with the London School of Economics and Political Science. In his time in the Dáil, Michael has served on a number of Oireachtas committees including the Finance Committee, the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry, the European Affairs Committee and the Public Accounts Committee.

David W Duffy is the Founder & CEO of The Corporate Governance Institute and of The Governance Company an advisory company.He has provided governance advisory services to plcs, financial institutions, state organisations, universities, private companies, membership bodies, charities, sporting and healthcare organisations and regulators for over 15 years to over 200 organisations. He is an experience board member and has served on boards in Ireland, UK and France. He is Ireland’s leading author on corporate governance. His last two books are  “A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance” and “A Practical Guide for Company Directors” and were published by Chartered Accountants Ireland

Impact of Brexit in the Boardroom

Implications and Challenges


Date: Wednesday 25th November 2020

About this Discussion:

The format for this session is “fireside chat”. John McGrane, Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, discusses, with Jenifer Carroll MacNeill, TD and member of the Fine Gael party, how Brexit is impacting businesses across Europe and the associated challenges arising.

Brexit is seismically altering to the EU principles of the free movement which means that we are entering a period of uncertainty for both employers and employees as 40 years of EU legislation is being shaken.

As an example, Brexit will mean that UK nationals working in any other Member State will not be covered by the EU social security regulation.

John focuses on the following key areas:

  • Preparation – you may think that you are prepared but how are you responding?Compliance is the Minimum Interest, Responding is the Best Interest
  • How are you Assuring the Best Interests of your Company?
  • Regulatory Change is the present, Market Change is the Future
  • It’s never too late to do the right thing

Speakers

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill is a TD for the Dún Laoghaire Constituency in Dublin, Ireland, elected in February 2020. She is a former senior government adviser to the departments of Children, Justice and Housing and was legal adviser to Enda Kenny. She is also a qualified barrister, has a PhD in public policy and is an academic author and lecturer. Jennifer is Fine Gael Spokesperson for Equality and a member of the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement Committee, the Justice Committee and the Public Accounts Committee. Since first being elected as a public representative, Jennifer has worked extensively on Domestic Abuse awareness, including Coercive Control.

John McGrane is Director General of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, a private sector organisation which he co-founded in 2011 to represent businesses with interests in the two islands, their communities and their economies. He is also the Executive Director of the Family Business Network, the representative and network organisation for Ireland’s business-owning Families, Co-Founder of Board Ready in support of Diversity and Inclusion and Founder of Kmend.com, the tech start-up that helps local businesses grow beyond borders. Retired from a forty year career in business banking, his interests weave through commerce, culture and community. He retains active roles in Culture (serving on the Boards of Music Network, the Irish Film Institute and Fishamble : The New Play Company) as well as in Tourism and in Trade Development, having served on a number of related Trade Boards and Government Taskforces.

Diversity in the Boardroom

Date: Wednesday 18th November 2020

About this Webinar:

Does your boardroom, which might comprise of a fairly homogenous group of individuals, really produce the most effective decisions and strategy for your company? Does such a boardroom have exposure to a wide enough range of perspectives to facilitate robust discussions of issues
that arise? Is there something missing?

According to Accenture Ireland, 67pc of directors knew up to three or more people on the board before joining and that men are almost three times more likely than women to be appointed to boards through a direct approach. Around 63pc of women say unconscious bias is the main barrier to the boardroom club.

These and other Diversity issues are some of the topics that we addressed in this webinar, hosted by Margot Slattery who is Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Sodexo

As country president for Sodexo, Margot’s role includes corporate governance and directorial responsibility for growing the various business segments – corporate, government, education, healthcare and homecare that operate in the Republic and Northern Ireland.

Margot is a member of Sodexo’s global LGBT network leadership team, which has been influential in promoting and championing LGBT equality across the world. She also chairs the UK and Ireland sexual orientation workstream, part of Sodexo’s diversity approach.

The Role of Boardroom Leadership in Reputation Management

Date: Wednesday 11th November 2020

About this Webinar:

Leadership is an important driver of corporate reputation. Organisations who are perceived as well-organised, managed effectively, with appealing leaders, and a strong vision for the future have stronger corporate reputations.

Some of the world’s most reputable companies have visible and respected leaders, while others have been brought to their knees by leaders who mismanaged communications during a crisis.

The appeal of your senior leadership team and their ability to communicate, not just about financial performance, but to provide a clear and compelling corporate vision is becoming increasingly important.

Niamh will explore the leadership qualities most valued by stakeholders, how to create the most positive impact on your organisation’s reputation and how to avoid reputational risk.

This webinar was delivered by Niamh Boyle, Managing Director of the Reputations Agency.

Niamh is Founder and MD of The Reputations Agency, a strategic reputation and communications consultancy, and part WPP’s Global Wunderman Thompson Network. She is the foremost expert and pioneer of reputation management in Ireland and her firm represents many leading Irish and MNC organisations.  Niamh is on the Board of Dublin Chamber of Commerce, is a Past President of Chambers Ireland, and is Chair of the Board of the Friends of St Luke’s Cancer Care.  Niamh holds a BA and Master of Business Studies from University College Dublin and a HDip Ed from Trinity College Dublin.

Creating a “Customer Centred” Organisation:
Lessons for the Boardroom from Front Line Staff & Customers

Wednesday 4th November 2020

About this Webinar:

Working day in day out with customers is rewarding but it can also be a challenge.  Your staff and your customer-facing teams need to be on top form and deliver their best every day while not going a little crazy!In this fascinating webinar Brian Horgan talks through his four key learnings from over 25 years of being of service to customers, and how directors can pass this learning through their organisation. They are simple, pragmatic ideas that lead your team into practices that support healthy profits, ensure customers are happy and help your staff avoid burnout, HR issues and diminishing returns.

creating a ‘customer centered’ organisation

This webinar was delivered by Brian Horgan. Brian has extensive experience working and leading customer teams across a range of sectors; banking, medical, digital and the arts. Previous roles include Regional Manager for Customer Service in Ulster Bank and Development Director of the Abbey Theatre as well as his own consultancy practice (clients include the RDS, Business in the Community Ireland, Sims IVF Clinic, Dept Agency). He holds a MSc from the Irish Management Institute (UCC) specialising in the Customer and Staff experience.

Risk Management- Not just for a Crisis?

Wednesday 28th October 2020

David Braziel Technical Director, Decision Time

This webinar was delivered by David Braziel. David is the technical director of Decision Time. Decision Time provide integrated Governance, Risk and Goal software that transforms the way your team makes decisions. David will be discussing how to introduce an integrated solution to help you manage risk in this new, complex environment.

About this Webinar:

As the world continues to grapple with COVID-19, and we move into the next phase of the crisis, the importance of Risk Management has never been more apparent. The pandemic has brought new risks to our attention, increased the complexity of our operating environments and thoroughly tested our existing risk management frameworks.

The complexity of delivering organisational objectives is increasing steadily, and in times of crisis, that complexity increases even more sharply, requiring us to think of new ways of working.

The visibility of our organisations has also increased, leading to greater scrutiny, external regulation and more oversight than ever before. All of this is driving a change in how Risks are captured, managed and reported.

Dealing with these requirements and constraints can be a headache for Risk Management teams in all sizes of organisations. The key to meeting these challenges is to have a flexible approach, the right tools in place and expert support on hand to react and respond quickly.

Customers who already use our Decision Time product to manage risk have reported considerable benefits, including the time saved preparing for quarterly meetings, the ease and security around distributing information instantly and the support and advice that our team can provide.

Digital Transformation for Boardroom Directors

Wednesday 21st October 2020

Digital Transformation is the process of exploiting digital technologies and supporting capabilities to create a robust new digital business model (Gartner). It is a top priority among many boards attracting significant attention and organisational budget. According to IDC, 40% of all technology spending will go toward digital transformations, with enterprises spending over $2 trillion in 2019.

According to Microsoft & Amarach, Organisations in Ireland are making great strides as 51% have digital transformation strategies in place. However, 48% worry about competitors digitally transforming before them and 30% don’t know which technology to adopt to help them digitally transform.

In this webinar, the following key issues will be discussed:

  • Digital Disruption & Transformation
  • Current & Emerging Technology
  • Current Trends in the Business Landscape
  • Succeeding with your Digital Transformation

This webinar was delivered by Robert Farrell. Robert is excited by new technology, this led him to become a lecturer, trainer, industry judge and conference speaker with nearly a decades experience in the field. Robert has delivered training with HubspotDigital Marketing InstituteIrish Times Trainingthe Irish Computer SocietyDublin Business SchoolNational College of Ireland and more. For his contribution to industry, Robert was shortlisted for the Net Visionary Awards 2017.

Why Do Nonprofit Boards Fail?

Wednesday 14th October 2020

This webinar was delivered by Diarmuid O’ Corrbui. Diarmuid is CEO of Carmichael, a leading specialist training and support body for nonprofits in Ireland. Carmichael is a training, support and resources business that enables their clients to be more effective and impactful in each of their own individual areas.

Diarmuid is a former Executive Board Director and Company Secretary for three private sector companies. He is a certified Technical Corporate Governance Assessor in the National Standards Authority of Ireland’s Swift 3000 Code of Practice for Corporate Governance Assessment.

Diamuid will be discussing why some nonprofit organisations fail and the influence the board has on that failure.

Specifically Diarmuid will focus on the following areas:

  • Primary roles of board members
  • Common reasons for board failure
  • Looking at some Charity Regulator Inspection Reports into governance failures in charities
  • The importance of having the right people, skills and information to effectively govern

How to Network Your Way to a Paid Non Executive Director (NED) Role

Wednesday 7th October 2020

This webinar was delivered by Kingsley Aikins who is the founder and CEO of The Networking Institute, whose mission is to help individuals and organisations achieve their goals through Networking. He is a recognised expert on the topic and has written and spoken extensively on the benefits of Networking and how to get better at it.

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Corporate Governance in a Crisis

Wednesday 30th September 2020

This webinar was delivered by Alan Tyrrell who is Managing Director at the Irish office of Global CEO Advisory Firm, Teneo as well as being the Vice Chair at Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation

Content Overview

Every Board and every Board member will face a crisis at some point in time. Surviving a crisis is not down to luck, it’s down to preparation and practice. For Boards and Directors crisis management requires them to design and develop appropriate capabilities to predict, prepare for, and respond to crisis events. These capabilities – a combination of processes, knowledge, and experience, cannot be developed overnight. Nor are some people simply born to lead in a crisis.  The Boards and Board Directors who deal best with a crisis have looked at their two primary functions – conformance and performance and built appropriate operating models to help them emerge with businesses and reputations intact.

This webinar on crisis communications and management will cover:

  • How to identify the potential sources of crisis in your organisation
  • Getting yourself, your Board, and your organisation crisis ready
  • The cycle of a crisis and the phases to expect and plan for
  • Strategies to consider when managing a crisis

The Dark Art of Chairing a Board in Surreal and Virtual Times

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Board members, like the rest of us, have had to rapidly innovate as a result of Covid-19. This once-in-a-lifetime economic and societal shock has put vital strategic decisions on the table without the luxury of in-person meetings. Boards members have the dual challenge of dealing with the unfamiliar virtual board meetings as well as the pressures of protecting their organizations from catastrophe.

While most boards are still finding that balance, a number of fast-adapting companies have found that virtual board meetings are better than the real thing. Aside from some of the more immediate advantages such as reduced travel and increased attendance, many boards are embracing the shift to virtual by improving governance and collaboration through shorter agendas, crisper presentations, more inclusive and bolder conversations, and broader exposure to key executives and outside experts.

In this webinar, we will be covering the following topics:

  • Attributes of a good Chair
  • Connecting with the Board members
  • Planning for the meeting
  • Establishing the Ground Rules
  • 5 tips for managing the meeting
  • Essential Follow up

The 5 Building Blocks of Great Corporate Governance

Tuesday 15th September 2020

Directors face relentless challenges in our rapidly changing world, especially as COVID starts to become the norm. They are caught between the varying stakeholder demands of the shareholder, community, customers, and unprecedented regulatory demand. Ensuring a solid corporate governance foundation, can directly impact on the effectiveness of the board.

These same challenges are creating opportunities for directors and boards to create an outstanding framework and suite of building blocks for excellent governance.

In this webinar, we will be highlighting the important of focusing on the basics, namely

  • Culture and Values
  • Structures
  • People
  • Policies
  • Procedures

This webinar was delivered by David Duffy, Founder & CEO of The Corporate Governance Institute.

9th September 2020

6 Steps To Becoming a Paid Non Executive Director

For many aspiring directors, getting paid as a non-executive director will be part of planning as they come to the end of their executive career. So, at this stage in their life they are asking themselves “How to Become a Paid Non-Executive Director (NED)

It’s a fact that in most countries there are more unpaid than paid non-executive director roles.  The unpaid ones tend to be on the boards of charities, sports bodies, community groups or even state funded organisations.  For example, there are over 1m non-executive directors on the boards of charities in the UK.

The Primary 6 Steps to Becoming a Non Executive Director include:

  1. Assess your potential
  2. Position yourself in the market
  3. Build a market profile
  4. Harvest your network
  5. Make a plan
  6. Start today, not tomorrow

This webinar was delivered by David Duffy, Founder & CEO of The Corporate Governance Institute.

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