Management, strategy, project management, business, people skills, communication, public policy

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Fundamentals of Governance - Masterclass 14th January 2019

  • Your trainer
  • Tony Cash

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Aims & objectives

This day is designed to help people understand the relevance of the concept of governance for their work. There is increasing awareness of the importance of governance across sectors and leaders and managers are increasingly expected to understand the implications of it for their role.

The course will be useful for those in the public, private and voluntary sectors who want greater understanding of good governance principles and how they can promote and support effective governance in their organisations.

The day will demystify the concept of governance and show its practical importance. There will be an emphasis on learning from best practice across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

The course will be very interactive and enable participants to explore governance issues that they are likely to face in their work.

Benefits of attending the course

  • Understand the different types of governance
  • Know what good governance means in different organisational contexts
  • Understand how to improve accountability
  • Be able to evaluate the organisation’s governance arrangements and consider how they might be improved
  • Explore emerging trends in governance and which might be most relevant to their organisation


Tony Cash

Training Consultant

Tony is an expert on management, policy, regulation and strategy issues and has used this expertise working as a training consultant since he left the UK Civil Service in 2010. His government leadership roles included Head of Strategy and Communications for the Joint Trade Policy Unit (a combined Department for International Development / Department for Business team) and Deputy Director of the internal training team at the Department for Business.

Since Tony became a freelance training consultant he has trained people in policy making best practice and better regulation across the UK and overseas (including Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dubai, Guernsey, Ireland, Kenya, Malta and South Africa). His in-depth training has enabled many organisations to improve their policies and strategies. Tony also facilitates training on leadership and management e.g. he delivers training on coaching skills for managers in the UK and has provided it for people in Dubai. Other subjects that Tony covers include confidence and impact, economics, feedback skills, handling difficult people, speechwriting, strategic management, time management and unlocking potential. Tony has a Masters degree in organisation development and holds qualifications in coaching (Certificate in Executive Coaching), training (CIPD Certificate in Training Practice), project management (PRINCE 2 Foundation and Practitioner) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.


09.00 Coffee and Registration

09.30 Introductions, Approach and Structure of the Day

10.00 Different Types of Governance

  • Defining governance
  • Public governance
  • Organisational governance
  • International governance
  • What is good governance?

11.15 Coffee Break

11:30 Improving Accountability and Corporate Governance

  • Accountability in practice
  • Disclosure and transparency
  • Corporate governance codes
  • The role of Boards
  • Public duties
  • Risk and governance – lessons from the Financial Crisis
  • Effecting reporting
  • The Principal/ Agent problem and how to address it

12:15 Public Governance

  • Governance in public bodies – how does this differ from private sector?
  • Challenges of public sector governance
  • How to avoid the negative aspects of bureaucracy
  • Governance issues for regulators

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Governance in Different Sectors

  • Common themes and differences with public and private sectors
  • Leaders and governance in the voluntary sector

15:00 Tea Break

15:15 The Future of Governance

  • Emerging models of governance
  • Multi-level governance
  • Governance, markets and networks

16:00 Review of the Day

  • Summary and concluding points

16:30 Close of Course


Zone 1

Central London