Fundamentals of Governance in Organisations

25 April 2023
Management, Leadership and Teams

To book your place on this seminar, or for details of discounts for group bookings, please email David Leakey on [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.


Governance is about so much more than compliance with statutory regulations and the presence of effective internal audit trails. Without those, you have no organisational governance framework. But with them, you don’t necessarily have an organisation that has top-notch quality governance or a culture of accountability.

Governance relies on attitudes, responsibility, effective leadership, and achieving full-spectrum staff buy-in. And more than likely, an element of organisational change.

This seminar will examine how you can move your organisation from current levels of compliance to genuine best practice. It will examine a range of issues and approaches to empower you to implement effective governance throughout your organisation.

Who is the seminar designed for?

The seminar is designed to provide useful and important information for people working at all organisational levels, from leaders and senior managers with responsibility for setting the organisational strategies and priorities, through to line managers and team members with responsibility for implementation and compliance.

How will you benefit from attending?

You will benefit from the examination and analysis of what works and what to avoid. You will learn how to improve your planning and preparation processes, and develop a deeper understanding of organisational behaviour. You will also plan how to interact with and tackle resistance and achieve the level of buy-in needed to make governance processes effective

Learning Outcomes

You will:

  • Appreciate why governance matters in organisations
  • Understand best practice approaches to governance across the public, private and voluntary sectors
  • Understand how to strengthen accountability and scrutiny
  • Learn how M&E and benchmarking can help you improve your governance and compliance
  • Understand how the culture needs to support the governance mechanisms.

Times on the Agenda are in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)
Start time in EST (Eastern Standard Time): 08:00. Finish time 12:30

13:00 Session One Overview and Introduction to Governance Best Practice

Overview of the principles and characteristics of robust governance
Commonalities in good governance and transferability across organisations, sectors and continents
Monitoring and evaluating to ensure full compliance and implementation
The role of Boards
Examples of corporate governance codes of practice
Techniques for applying methodologies from M&E to specific statutory and regulatory frameworks
Discussion of delegates’ experiences and sharing of approaches

14:30 Break

14:50 Session Two Improving Accountability

Accountability in practice
Disclosure and transparency
Avoiding the negative effects of bureaucracy
Risk and governance
Effective reporting, scrutiny and learning lessons
The Principal / Agent problem and how to address it
Benchmarking internal compliance with organisational governance frameworks
Discussion of delegate ideas for improving accountability

15:50 Break

16:10 Session Three
Organisational Culture and Governance

Distinguishing between processes and attitudes
Applying best practice above and beyond – ethical decision-making (what is it? how to do it, who to communicate it to, what to avoid)
The values and behaviours that support good governance
What does organisational culture mean? How can an organisational culture hinder or support good governance?
Promoting a compliance culture
Developing a continuous improvement culture
Delegate discussion

17:15 Final Discussion and Questions

17:30 Close

Our training seminars are based on

  • A vast reservoir of knowledge about effective, delivery-focused approaches that are designed to enable you to achieve better results in your place of work
  • Expert practitioner and thought-leader experience, covering a comprehensive range of practical knowledge and people skills, to help you to work more productively
  • International perspectives and experience, enabling transferability and applicability wherever in the world you are from

Our training team

  • Our L&D team have all had successful careers as practitioners in their fields of expertise. They bring their experience, knowledge and skills to support the professional development of other public servants
  • Our team all now work as professional trainers, blending practitioner experience with professionally designed L&D solutions
  • Between them, our team have provided training for more than 100,000 public servants from 120 countries

Our training ethos

  • We deliver people-focused training designed to help you perform better
  • We provide practical insights, based on years of experience about what works, combined with practical methods to help you to make it work effectively in your own organisation
  • We are here to help you to perform better


The price of attending this one-day Virtual Training Seminar is:
CAD 870 per person
EUR 580 per person
GBP 500 per person
USD 690 per person

Please contact us for details of discounts for group bookings, or to arrange a conversation with a member of our training team to discuss in-house delivery options, including tailoring the day’s training to your specific needs.
You can email David Leakey on [email protected] or phone on +44 20 7661 7817.