Board Essentials - Now

Virtual Event | Tuesday 20 Oct 2020

£575 (excl. VAT)


  • Patrick Dunne

    Patrick Dunne

    EY Foundation

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What makes a truly effective board?

  • Having a clear sense of purpose and vision for the organisation which is understood by everyone.
  • Having the right people on the board working together in the most effective way
  • Having the right processes in place.

This virtual session will focus on Purpose, People and Process and is rooted in the practical realities of life on a board as well as some of the tough dilemmas that directors face. It takes into account what has changed for boards as a result of the pandemic including what Chairs are now looking for in their board members. It will be highly interactive with the aim of providing a thought provoking, useful and practical stimulus to help board members provide the right blend of oversight and support required to both protect and increase value and impact for their organisations.

Drawing on his extensive range of experience working with and on boards in many sectors, the themes explored reflect those covered in Patrick's recent award-winning book entitled 'Boards'. Every attendee will receive a free FT branded copy of ‘Boards’ after the event. This virtual workshop has been designed to allow Patrick to share his knowledge and experience in his own inimitable, lively and entertaining way.


Gain the opportunity to:

  • Gain a good introduction or refresher on the fundamentals of being an effective board and board member.
  • Explore what's changed for boards already and what is likely to change as a result of the pandemic.
  • Dive deep into the relationship between the board and the executive and look at how the most effective boards manage this key intersection. 
  • Interact with an experienced Chair and practice board room challenging, decision making and influencing skills.


The content for this session is framed by three words ‘Purpose’, ‘People’ and ‘Process’ an is viewed through a series of practical real-life examples supported by useful frameworks and techniques.

  • PURPOSE - insight into the practicalities of running the organisation, who has responsibility for what and how they interact with each other and manage key stakeholder relationships. What is the board meant to deliver and how does it do that?.
  • PEOPLE - this session looks at how to make sure that the individuals on a board come together to form a cohesive, effective and robust board which will help the organisation to flourish in the short- and long-term. It will also focus on the characteristics of successful board members
  • PROCESS - effective board processes provide the ‘plumbing’ that the board needs to function effectively. This session looks how to ensure that the core board processes are effective and how to get the balance right between having the right processes in place and avoiding having either too much or irrelevant board processes.


  • Patrick Dunne

    Patrick Dunne

    EY Foundation

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