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Past Programmes

4 CPD points HRDF Claimable

Masterclass: Board Behavioural Dynamics

Patrick Dunne, Chair Boardelta, EY Foundation, ESSA, Visiting Professor Cranfield

Strong behavioural dynamics, underpinned by a high degree of self-awareness, power a Board’s effectiveness. They provide an environment where every board member is valued and treated respectfully so that they are aligned, confident, inspired and able to contribute to effective oversight and decision making. This session explores the topic in depth in a highly participative and practical way from building high performing boards to managing conflict and dealing with dysfunction.

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the importance of self-awareness and how to increase individual and collective self-awareness in a board context.
  • Identify the characteristics of a successful Board and healthy Board culture as well as how to develop effective relationship with the executive and other key stakeholders,
  • Enhance their power and influence in and outside the board room by identifying key personal effectiveness
  • Recommend alignment on the major things (e.g., vision, strategy, culture, values and stakeholder strategy)
  • Identify good behaviours in decision making processes including roles in decision making, bias, engagement and making decisions under pressure
  • Recognise the role of diversity and inclusion in optimising performance
  • Describe ways of managing conflict effectively, managing cultural differences, and removing directors

Who is this Programme For?

Mid Directors and Senior Directors

Virtual Classroom Format
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1. Patrick Dunne


Chair Boardelta, EY Foundation, ESSA, Visiting Professor Cranfield

Patrick is an experienced Chair with extensive experience of working with boards in Europe, Asia and North America.

He currently Chairs board consultancy Boardelta, the charities The EY Foundation and ESSA- Education Sub Saharan Africa and the Oversight Board for the Chartered Management Consultant. He is a trustee of the Chartered Management Institute and a Visiting Professor at Cranfield University.

Executive experience with Air Products and FTSE 100 listed private equity group 3i Group plc where he was Communications Director, a member of its Operating committee and Chairman of its Operational Risk forum.

Author of the award winning “Boards” and three other successful books on the subject Patrick has helped to establish many successful courses on board skills over the last twenty years.

He has helped Chairs across a wide range of sectors and countries to transform the effectiveness of their boards through Boardelta. As a member of the Higgs Review also played a role in shaping governance policy for UK listed companies.

Patrick was also a member of the General Council of the University of Warwick from 2006 to 2015.

Programme Outline

Tuesday | 15 June 2021 (Facilitator: Patrick Dunne)

2.00pm – 2.25pm Module One
Introduction and “bring along an issue”
2.25pm – 2.55pm Module Two
Characteristics of high performing boards and Board members Part One
2.55pm – 3.25pm Module Three
Dysfunctional Board
– Issues and Red flags
– Case study the dysfunctional board in breakout groups
3.25pm – 3.40pm Virtual Break
3.40pm – 3.55pm Debrief on case study
3.55pm – 4.40pm Module Four
Personal effectiveness in the Boardroom Part One:
– Power and Influence
– The art and science of constructive challenge
– Decision making
4.40pm – 4.55pm Virtual Break
4.55pm – 5.25pm Module Five
Personal effectiveness in the Boardroom Part Two:
– Managing Difference and conflict
– Removing Directors
5.25pm – 5.45pm Module Six
Wrap up, reflection review of personal action grids
5.45pm – 6.00pm Question & Answer
6.00pm End of Programme