Director Duties, Roles and Responsibilities 1 Day

Director Duties, Roles & Responsibilities (Including Non-Executive Directors)

2024 Corporate Governance Code – Effective 2025

The 2024 UK Corporate Governance Code was published on 22 January 2024. There are a few key issues. The main one being Provision 29 , which requires the Board to make a “Declaration of Effectiveness” of the  internal controls in their annual Financial Statements. For more information, please click  2024 Corporate Governance Code

The declaration should cover all material aspects of operational compliance and reporting. Boards will also have to explain in their annual report how they have performed their monitoring of the material controls.

The 2024 Corporate Governance Code is applicable to financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2025.  The 2018 Corporate Governance Code will continue to apply to all earlier financial years. However, the Provision 29 “Declaration of Effectiveness” will only apply to financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2026.

Please Click Here to explore running this as an In-House Course   For in-house or internal courses, a Scottish version of this course is available.

Chartered Management Institute, CMI, Recognised Centre for Director Courses

This course is assessed as “Excellent” by its delegates. 

The course fee includes a free 1 hour, one to one, follow up session, given as 1 hour per course day

This Director Roles and Responsibilities training course will enable you to define, analyse and interpret the corporate governance issues inherent in any business scenario. It will clearly explain the legal requirements of the Companies Act 2006, especially the seven statutory duties of directors, the potential liabilities of Directors and their limitations upon their powers.

The course primarily covers: the director requirements within the latest Companies Act (Companies Act 2006), including the 7 Statutory Duties of Directors and the legal limitations on the powers of Directors; Director Liabilities, the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code; the latest Memorandum and Articles of Association, topical board level issues; Companies House requirements, the avoidance of potential breaches of the Insolvency Act, which could lead to  personal liabilities and possible disqualification under the Director Disqualification Act.

Institute of Leadership and Management Approved Training Centre

This is a very practical course with extensive discussions around case studies that highlight common Boardroom dilemmas. For example, a common potential conflict of Interest is that of Subsidiary Board Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) with executive roles in the Parent Companies. This course will enable you to resolve such matters and to make sound Board decisions, which fully comply with your legal duties as a Director.

Professional Directors Association Approved Courses

The Companies Act 2006 deems all Board Directors to be equal and to share equally in the legal responsibilities of running a company. Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) carry the same Legal responsibilities as Executive Directors. Their responsibilities are not reduced in line with their time commitments.

That is why the 1-day Non-Executive Director Roles and Responsibilities training course content is the same as the first day of the 2-day Director Roles & Responsibilities course. The first day of the 2-day Director course, covers those Director laws and responsibilities that are most likely to be the most important ones for NEDs.

The extra content of the 2 Day Director Responsibilities and Roles course, compared to the 1 Day course, in visible in the 2 Day Course Content section by clicking here. Ideally all Executive  and Non-Executive Directors would attend the full 2 day Director Responsibilities and Roles course to understand all of their core responsibilities. Non-Executive Directors are subject to the same legal duties and responsibilities as the Executive Directors.

The full 2-day Director Training Course is a CMI Recognised Director Training Course.

Legal Binding General Duties of Directors under The Companies Acts 2006

The General Duties under the Companies Acts 2006 are:

  • Duty to act within powers
  • Duty to promote the success of the company
  • Duty to exercise independent judgment
  • Duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence
  • Duty to avoid conflicts of interest
  • Duty not to accept benefits from third parties
  • Duty to declare interest in proposed transaction or arrangement

Please click here for more information about the General Duties of Directors under the Companies Acts.

CPD – Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued to all delegates.
These certificates will be accepted as evidence for CPD purposes by most other professional associations and institutes.

Please click here for more information about the Statement of Directors Responsibilities. These are the Financial Responsibilities under the Companies Acts.

Please click here to see the scheduled finance courses we offer to all Board Directors “Finance for Non-Finance Directors”

2024 Director Duties Roles and Responsibilities, 1 Day Course, Including NEDs, 8 Delegate Maximum

Director Duties, Role and Responsibilities (including Non-Executive Directors) 1 Day Course

Chartered Management Institute Recognised Training Centre for Director Training Courses

This course is assessed as “Excellent by its delegates.

The training course is delivered by some of the best Corporate Governance tutors in the UK. They are heavily involved with Corporate Governance at the highest possible levels and have a wealth of practical experience at their fingertips, as well as outstanding theoretical knowledge. The role and responsibilities of Company Board Directors will be comprehensively covered by this course. The Senior Course Leader has substantial experience as the Chief Executive and Finance Director of a Plc.

Delegate numbers are limited to a maximum of 8.

The Director Roles and Responsibilities Training Course provides comprehensive coverage of the knowledge, roles and responsibilities necessary for directors. It will enable you to define, analyse and interpret the corporate governance issues inherent in any business scenario. It will clearly explain the legal requirements of the Companies Act 2006, the seven statutory duties of directors, the latest version of the UK Corporate Governance Code, the personal and corporate insolvency issues surrounding directors.

Professional Directors Association Approved Courses

The Director Roles and Responsibilities Training Course is for both experienced and newly appointed Company Directors, including Non-Executive Directors. who want to ensure that they know and understand the collective board responsibilities, as well as the individual responsibilities of directors and are complying with all of the relevant laws and regulations.

According to the Companies Act 2006, all Non-Executive Directors, or NEDs, carry legally exactly the same responsibilities as Executive Directors. The Chair of the Board of Directors, along with all other Non-Executive and potential Non-Executive Directors, would benefit from this course.

Topics covered include the Companies Act 2006, Effective Boards, Board Director Roles and Responsibilities, UK Corporate Governance Code, Board Committees, the Memorandum and Articles of Association, Companies House requirements, the Insolvency Act, Liquidations, the Director Disqualification Act, Director Pay, Shadow Directors, De Facto Directors, NEDs, iNEDs, Parent Company Interests versus Subsidiary Board Interests, Director Statutory Duties, Director Voting requirements and much more.

This course will explain the personal and corporate insolvency issues surrounding directors. It will help you to avoid inadvertently assuming any personal liabilities through an imperfect knowledge of the insolvency laws.

Institute of Leadership and Management Approved Training Centre

This is a very practical course, with extensive discussions around case studies that will highlight common Boardroom dilemmas. It will enable you to make sound Board decisions, which comply with your statutory duties as a Director.

Formal Certificates of Professional Development (CPD, will be issued to all participants

Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued to all delegates. These certificates will be accepted as evidence for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations, including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD.

Please Click Here to explore running this as an In-House Course

Please click here to see the scheduled finance courses we offer to all Board Directors “Finance for Non-Finance Directors”

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    ‘Plenty of information, very adaptable to the needs of the group, plenty of pace, lots of case studies, very helpful two days.’
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  • Director Board Roles and Responsibilities Course Overview

    Chartered Management Institute Recognised Training Centre for Director Training Courses.

    This course is assessed as “Excellent” by its delegates. To ensure that the Company Directors attending this training course will continue to get the maximum possible benefit, the delegate numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8.

    This is a very practical course with highly relevant hands-on case studies and group discussions that highlight common Boardroom dilemmas. For example, a common potential conflict of Interest is that of Subsidiary Board Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) with executive roles in the Parent Companies. This course will enable you to resolve such matters and to make sound Board decisions, which fully comply with your legal duties as a Director.

    This training course is designed for both experienced and newly appointed Company Directors who want to ensure that they know and understand the collective board responsibilities, as well as the individual responsibilities of directors and are complying with all of the relevant laws and regulations. You will become more comfortable with all types of Company Board and governance discussions within your organisation, as well as more confident and comfortable when communicating with fellow directors or investors.

    This Director Roles and Responsibilities training course will enable you to define, analyse and interpret the corporate governance issues inherent in any business scenario.

    It will clearly explain the legal requirements of the Companies Act 2006, the seven statutory duties of Directors, Directors Powers and legal limitations; Director Liabilities, the UK Corporate Governance Code; the Memorandum and Articles of Association, Board level issues; Companies House requirements. Insolvency Act, Company Liquidations, Director Disqualifications, Shadow Directors, De Facto Directors, NEDs, iNEDs, Resolutions, Meetings and more.

    It will explain the personal and corporate insolvency issues surrounding directors. It will help you to avoid inadvertently assuming any personal liabilities through an inadequate knowledge of the insolvency laws.

    Institute of Leadership and Management Approved Training Centre

    The course is constantly being updated to always contain the latest issues and legislation. It includes information on proposed likely changes to the codes, the regulations and the legal requirements.

    It will provide a sound theoretical knowledge base upon which to build and acquire new and more advanced corporate governance and strategic management skills. The theoretical knowledge will be reinforced by highly relevant hands-on case studies and group discussions.

    Attendees will become highly skilled at understanding and complying with all corporate governance requirements under the latest UK Corporate Governance Code, as well as satisfying all of their statutory duties under the latest Companies Act and other relevant laws.

    The General Duties under the Companies Acts 2006 are:

    1. Duty to act within powers
    2. Duty to promote the success of the company
    3. Duty to exercise independent judgment
    4. Duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence
    5. Duty to avoid conflicts of interest
    6. Duty not to accept benefits from third parties
    7. Duty to declare interest in proposed transaction or arrangement

    Please click here for more detail on these Director Duties

    The training course is delivered by some of the best Corporate Governance tutors in the UK. They are heavily involved with Corporate Governance at the highest possible levels and have a wealth of practical experience at their fingertips, as well as outstanding theoretical knowledge. The role and responsibilities of Company Board Directors will be comprehensively covered by this course.

    The Chair of the Board of Directors, along with all other Executive and Non-Executive Directors, would benefit from this course, which is limited to a maximum of 8 delegates to ensure the discussions are truly effective and inclusive.

  • Director Board Roles and Responsibilities Course Content

    The Director Board Roles and Responsibilities training course will deal with director duties and director responsibilities as they arise, whilst covering:

    • Legal Framework
      • Trading Business Structures
      • Applicable Laws & Regulatory Framework
      • Constitution and Governance Framework
      • Proposed new company law
    • Statutory Duties of Directors
      • Duty to act within powers
      • Duty to promote the success of the company
      • Duty to exercise independent judgment
      • Duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence
      • Duty to avoid conflicts of interest
      • Duty not to accept benefits from third parties
      • Duty to declare interest in proposed transaction or arrangement
    • Companies Act 2006
      • Scope and Relevance
      • Seven Statutory Director Duties
      • Director Qualifications
      • Shadow Directors and De Facto Directors
      • Director Liabilities
      • Duty of Independent Judgement
      • Non-Executive Directors
      • Promote the Success of the Company
      • Long Term versus Short to Medium Term
      • Director Contracts
      • Declarations of Interest
      • Director Transactions
      • Conflicts of Interest
      • Resolution of Conflicts of Interest
      • Relief for Breaches of Duties
      • Common Mistakes
      • Appointment and Removal of Directors
    • Memorandum and Articles of Association
    • Shareholder Relationships and Dealings
    • Strategic Reporting Requirements
    • People with Significant Control Reporting Requirements
    • Director Insurances and Indemnities
    • UK Corporate Governance Code
      • 5 Main Sections of the Code
      • Leadership and Company Purpose
      • The Role of the Board
      • Board Evaluation
      • Division of Responsibilities
      • The Chairman
      • The Chief Executive
      • Non-Executive Directors
      • Board Composition and Succession Planning
      • Nomination Committees
      • Audit Committees
      • Remuneration Committees
      • Director Pay Principles
      • Shareholder Dissent
      • Stakeholder Engagement
      • Reserved Board Powers
    • Major Corporate Governance Failures
      • Causes
      • Impact upon the brands and their finances
      • Costs of failure versus the costs of prevention
    • International Corporate Governance
      • Relevance to UK companies
      • Context and relationship to the current UK Corporate Governance Code
      • EU Principles of Corporate Governance
      • Non-Executive Directors in the EU
      • Stakeholder Engagement
    • Insolvency Act 1986 and the Director Disqualification Act
      • Director Risks
      • Director Actions and Conduct before Insolvency
      • Insolvency Process
      • Insolvency Results
      • Pre-Packaged Administrations; “Pre-Packs” or Phoenix Administrations
      • What you can and cannot do to try to save the company
      • Common Mistakes and their consequences

    Through presentations, hands-on case studies and group discussions, the course tutor will impart exactly the knowledge and information that Non-Executive Directors need to become Excellent Board Directors, as well as to assess and maximise the effectiveness of their own Company Board. Every appointed Board Director, including both Executive and Non-Executive Directors, would benefit from this training course; from the most recently appointed Company Board Director to the Chair of the Board.

  • Director Roles and Responsibilities Training Course Leaders

    The training course is delivered by some of the best Corporate Governance tutors in the UK. They are heavily involved with Corporate Governance at the highest possible levels and have a wealth of practical experience at their fingertips, as well as outstanding theoretical knowledge. The role and responsibilities of Non-Executive Directors will be comprehensively covered by this course.

    One is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, an FCA, and a Chartered Director; the Board Director qualification awarded by the Institute of Directors.  He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a former Town Councillor. He serves on the Thames Valley Board of the Chartered Management Institute and was the lead Finance for Non-Finance Directors tutor for many years for the Chartered Management Institute. He has completed 12 years on the Chartered Director and Standards Committees of the Institute of Directors. The Chartered Director Committee of the Institute of Directors was the body that advised the Institute of Directors for more than 12 years, as to what UK Board Directors should know in order to properly fulfil the role of a company director.  This committee helped to shape the Institute of Directors examination syllabus in the UK.  He has been closely involved at a senior level, for more than 20 years, in all aspects of the professional development of company directors and managers; he has also served on a Plc audit committee and a remuneration committee.

    In addition to professional executive and director development services, he is actively involved in company acquisitions and disposals, as well as providing board level financial consulting services. He has practical experience of funding new start-ups and investments, including raising new Equity Share Capital. He has over 30 years of successful UK and International experience, including 7 years as the Finance Director, Company Secretary and then the Chief Executive of a Plc, as well as 14 years with KPMG Management Consulting, IBM and Arthur Andersen.

    The other is a Chartered Company Secretary and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and has spent many years as a Corporate Governance Tutor at the Institute of Directors and elsewhere. He has many years of experience as a Company Secretary and as a company director; both as a non-executive director and as an executive director.

    The course tutors are very well qualified and highly experienced individuals; one of these will deliver your workshop. They possess a delivery style, which is dynamic, approachable and highly engaging, enabling them to deliver a workshop that you and your company will benefit from and equally importantly, one that you will remember. Their courses are always assessed as “Excellent” by the delegates.

  • Who Should Attend This Director Roles and Responsibilities Course

    This 1-day Director Board Roles and Responsibilities training course is designed for both experienced and newly appointed Company Directors, as well as their specialist advisors and consultants. For directors who want to ensure that they are complying with all of their statutory obligations under the Companies Act 2006, the insolvency laws and regulations, as well applying the highest standards of Corporate Governance within their companies.

    The Chair of the Board of Directors, the Non-Executive Directors, along with all other Company Directors, both Executive and Non-Executive Directors, as well as prospective Directors, would benefit from this training course.

    To provide the best possible course, delegate numbers will be limited to a maximum of 8 Directors.

  • Director Roles and Responsibilities Course Learning Objectives

    By the end of this training course participants will be better able to:

    • Understand and fulfil the Non-Executive Director Role and Responsibilities
    • Define, analyse and interpret the corporate governance issues inherent in any business scenario
    • Understand and quantify the impact of any particular course of action upon the fundamental corporate governance issues and concepts
    • Recognise and comply with the statutory requirements of the Companies Act 2006
    • Become familiar with the key aspects of the range of the insolvency laws and regulations with which Company Directors should comply
    • Understand the key aspects of the UK Corporate Governance Code and how good corporate governance can maximise company performance
    • Identify and discuss the key ethical and governance issues facing any organisation
    • Analyse and make sound Board decisions based upon a deeper understanding of the corporate governance issues and the statutory duties of a Company Director
    • Understand the wider corporate governance impact of any business decision and its strategic interaction with all aspects of the organisation
    • Become better able to make a strong contribution to Board discussions and decision making
    • Understand and implement a framework for Strategic Risk Management
    • Understand the personal and corporate ramifications of any potential insolvency issues
    • Avoid assuming any unnecessary personal liabilities through an imperfect knowledge of the law relating to Company Directors
    • Communicate more effectively and easily with fellow Board Directors and key advisors; through an in depth understanding of corporate governance and the roles and responsibilities of Board Directors
  • Internal Staff Training and Development

    This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

    Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

    Please Click Here to explore running this as an In-House Course   For in-house or internal courses, a Scottish version of this course is available.

  • Certificates of Professional Development

    This Director Board Duties, Role and Responsibilities course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued to all Director delegates. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records.