Chairing Board Committees

Date: On a date of your choice
Location: Delivered as an interactive briefing
Event Code: CBC

Course Details

Board Committees are a key part of the Corporate Governance and regulatory structure of a firm. They are essential to the Board’s functioning and are where all the ‘heavy lifting’ is undertaken. Good Board Committees, well-chaired make all the difference to an effective Board. Examine what makes a good committee and chairman.

Non-Executive Directors will gain best practice ideas for chairing these key Committees. You will explore the common problem areas and solutions, consider the accountability and special responsibilities that you have to the Board and regulators and how to satisfy yourself that you have met these requirements.

To make your committees efficient, your meetings purposeful and your messages to the Board and others clear there are some tried and tested approaches. This interactive event will explore the options and provide useful actions to improve your Committee’s performance and your performance as a Chairman.

“The role of a board sub-committee is to support the board. The committees are accountable to the board, but should not relieve the board of any of its responsibilities." PRA SS5/16 Corporate governance: Board responsibilities

Who should attend:

Non-executive Directors who Chair Board Committees, and those who attend them, including Company Secretaries. Other Directors will gain value from the best practice ideas for improving the performance in this key governance area.


1. Committee Governance

  • What good governance and regulatory practice requires
  • Matters generally reserved for the Board
  • Delegation by the Board to its Committees
  • The role of the Chairman

2. Common problem areas

  • Board Committee v Executive Committee
  • Audit v Risk Committee role
  • Nomco and Remco roles
  • Attestations

3. The key role of Terms of Reference

  • The “bible” of the Committee
  • Clarity of reporting up and down
  • Constituency – are the right people there
  • Power to make decisions or refer
  • Individual versus committee responsibility

4. Board Committee Effectiveness

  • Chairing the meeting
  • Organisation and planning
  • Papers presented – structure and timeliness
  • Running the meeting
  • Vital role of minutes


Key Benefits

  • Gain best practice ideas for chairing these key Committees.
  • Learn the accountability and special responsibilities that you have to the Board and regulators and understand how to satisfy yourself that you have met these requirements
  • Recognise the importance of the Terms of Reference (TOR)
  • Use the TOR to guide and focus your Committee
  • Make your reporting more effective

Your Consultant: Judy Delaforce

Judy is Chief Executive of BP&E Global and leads on many of the board evaluations undertaken for a wide range of financial services organisations. She specialises in effective Boards, development of Leadership and individual potential which she combines with an excellent insight into business and regulation.

An international Programme Leader, Judy has worked at Board and Senior Manager level across many financial sectors and regulatory bodies over the last 20 years.

She is a Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute and the European Mentoring & Coaching Council. Judy is trained in a variety of disciplines including executive coaching. She is a regular writer on Board matters for the various specialist sites and magazines including Thomson Reuters and The Institute of Turnaround.




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