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Masterclass: The Effective Board – Integral Components Required for Board Effectiveness

Patrick Dunne, ICDM Faculty, Chair Boardelta, EY Foundation, ESSA, Visiting Professor Cranfield, United Kingdom

RM 1,485.00 (ICDM MEMBER)
RM 1,650.00 (STANDARD)
PER PERSON (exclusive of 6% SST)

A growing number of today’s Boards are becoming inundated with high-priority issues requiring immediate attention and solutioning. For many, the sheer amount of information, data, and interconnectedness of outcomes can create the challenge of ‘governance simultaneity’ directly undermining the required effectiveness and efficiency expected of an engaged and productive Board.
This highly participative programme, which gathers together Senior Directors, from different sectors and types of organisations, will explore the characteristics of high performing boards, how they are adapting and responding to these challenges and how as individual board members we can ensure that we are contributing in the most effective way.

Learning Outcomes

Driven by a “Purpose” “People” and “Process” model for Board effectiveness. Starting with a case study of a dysfunctional board. Participants will explore the following characteristics of high performing boards.

  • Identify the elements of “Purpose” for Board effectiveness,
    • Roles of Board, Executive, Sub-Committees, Chair, Execs, NEDs and Observers.
    • Aligning various groups (Board, Executive, Investors, and Corporate partners).
    • Board’s role in culture, strategy and values.
  • Recognise “People” criteria in ensuring high performing boards,
    • Composition & Selection.
    • Characteristics of effective Chairs, CEOs, CFOs, NEDs.
    • Power and influence.
    • Diversity and Inclusion.
    • Managing Cultural Differences.
    • Managing Conflict.
    • Changing teams, Removing Directors.
  • Analyse ideal “Process” for board effectiveness.
    • Agendas.
    • Papers, Information Flows, Minutes, Technology for the board.
    • Board Meetings and Away days.
    • Decision making.
    • Getting in the zone for Board meetings and interactions.

Who is this Programme For?

Mid-level – Senior Directors

Virtual Classroom Format
clock 01 3.5 hours (20 minutes Virtual Networking Break)
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1. Patrick Dunne


ICDM Faculty, Chair Boardelta, EY Foundation, ESSA,
Visiting Professor Cranfield,
United Kingdom

Patrick is a Faculty Member of ICDM. He is also an experienced Chair with extensive experience of working with boards in Europe, Asia and North America. He has also facilitated a series of programmes for ICDM.

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 | 11 October 2022 (Facilitator: Patrick Dunne)

2.00pm Programme Housekeeping
2.05pm Welcome and Introduction
2.20pm Case Study Convo in groups
3.00pm Case study discussion in plenary
3.20pm Virtual Break
3.35pm Purpose
3.55pm People
4.35pm Process
5.15pm Wrap up, Q&A & sharing of some items from personal action grids
5.30pm End of Programme

The Organiser reserves the right to alter the content and timing of the programme as it deems fit and is not responsible for cancellations due to unforeseen circumstances.