Executive and Non-Executive Directors Programme

If you are new to the board, an existing board member or being groomed for joining the board of an private organisation or public sector establishment, this programme will provide you with useful insight into how to handle the role and the challenges it may bring you.

With over twenty five years of executive development in Africa, The GCC and the UK, MDCI have designed a three day programme designed to help executive and non-executive directors in their role as a director. Delivered by leading British experts with substantial knowledge of board rooms and the role of good director entails.

Areas discussed

  • Ethical considerations
  • The appropriate evaluation and management of risks associated with decisions
  • Identification of conflicts of interest
  • The board’s dynamics and politics; power, influence and conflict on the board
  • Types of decisions: ongoing day to day, crisis
  • Impacts of decisions: allocation of responsibility for implementation; communications with stakeholders

THE BOARD’S AND DIRECTOR’S ROLES IN HANDLING CRISES

  • Processes and procedures are in place in readiness for crisis situations, which ensure business continuity
  • Board and practices are in place which maximise the possibility of potential crisis situations being identified and reputation/other risks being controlled.
  • Processes ensure clarity of responsibilities in crisis situations
  • Typical ‘crisis situations’, e.g. health and safety, IT infrastructure, security
  • Appropriate stakeholders are consulted, involved and communicated with in responding to crisis situations, e.g. special advisors, staff, customers, suppliers, media, investors.

REVIEWING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE BOARD’S AND DIRECTORS’ PERFORMANCE

  • Awareness of individual attributes of a director
  • Techniques and approaches for evaluating the effectiveness of the board and individual director (including the contribution of non-executive directors and board committees)
  • Communicating effectively with the board and providing feedback to enhance individual and board effectiveness/performance

The Speakers

STEPHEN RICHARD LETZA

PhD MSc FCA CTA FRSA

Professor of Corporate Governance

Steve is a highly respected and award winning author and Professor of Corporate Governance at Bournemouth University, UK. Steve is also a co-founder and director of the European Centre for Corporate Governance Ltd. Previously he held the post of head of department of Accounting, Finance and Economics and Chair in Corporate Governance at Bournemouth University.

Steve has also held senior positions at Liverpool John Moores University where he held the post of Director of Research for the Faculty of Business and Law and Leeds Business School where he lead the Centre for Director Education. He has directed several large research projects on Corporate Governance, Risk Management, Performance Measurement and Corporate Reporting.

He has also held positions as a non-executive director in five companies and Trustee for a Registered Charity. In recent years he has acted as consultant to many for-profit and not-for-profit organisations including several U.K. and overseas institutions.

He was a member of the Department for Trade and Industry and the Economics and Social Science Research Council's jointly sponsored 'think tank' on Corporate Governance. As a widely sought after specialist, he has worked for government departments and multinationals including the large automotive company, Continental, and the British Broadcasting Authority (BBC). He has also been appointed to key global committees, including the Chinese commercialisation think tank Advisory board and served on the International Advisory Committee of leading Business Schools, such as NIMBAS (The Netherlands Institute for MBA studies).

In addition to holding a Master’s degree from the University of Manchester and a Doctorate from the University of Bradford, Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Steve is also a founder member of the Research Forum on Operational Risk, which advises bodies such as the Bank of England on policy. He has also acted as a panel member of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the UK.

DR LESLIE SPIERS

Leslie is the owner-manager of Boardroom Dynamics, an international director and board development company. Leslie is also a joint founder director of the European Centre for Corporate Governance Ltd. He is Non-Executive Chairman of the Boards of M12 Solutions Ltd. Platinum Property Partners Ltd. Nebula Systems (UK) Ltd. As well as advising the board of Field International Ltd. He has completed term assignments as chairman of the board in companies in the agricultural, construction, recruitment, media, medical, leisure and automotive sectors. He is a specialist in governance in SMEs, strategy development and implementation and works with many companies to improve the performance of directors and boards. In 2013, Leslie was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

His career has spanned both public and private sectors and has involved him working in organisations ranging from small companies to multi-national conglomerates.

He was Director of Consultancy with Mecca Leisure Ltd at the time of the management buy out from Grand Metropolitan and the subsequent flotation on the Stock Exchange.

He was Development Director whilst with The Rank Organisation and following his purchase of Rank’s property company he became Managing Director of Garsington Estates, an award-winning residential property development company.

He has been a trainer for the prestigious Institute of Directors where he delivers sessions on best practice in board governance and recently was a keynote speaker at an IOD conference. Leslie has reviewed the World Bank/International Finance Corporation’s handbook for governance in SMEs and is Secretary of the Corporate Governance Special Interest Group in the British Academy of Management.

In conjunction with

COBCOE, LIVERPOOL HOPE UNIVERSITY, CHARLES MASSINGHAM CONSULTANTS, ORIGIN GROUP, PATHWAY LEARNING,

COUNCIL OF BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE IN EUROPE (COBCOE)

COBCOE is the membership organisation for British chambers of commerce and business associations in Europe. With members in most countries across the region, they represent a unique network of around 12,000 businesses – the only pan-European British business network.

LIVERPOOL HOPE UNIVERSITY

Liverpool Hope University is a public university in Liverpool, England. Growing out of its first founding colleges - one of the first UK institutions to provide teacher education for women.

Liverpool Hope University now has three faculties: Arts and Humanities, Education, and Science.

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