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CANCELLED - Workshop on Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of the Board, its Chair and Directors

As a consequence of the continuing uncertainty surrounding the public health impact of COVID-19, we have reluctantly taken the decision to cancel the workshop entitled ‘Corporate Culture - Practical Implications for Directors, Boards and their Stakeholders' Workshop with CaroI Bolger CDir, and Marie Collins CDir, due to take place on 18th May 2020. 

We will be issuing refunds for all places booked and paid for and will be in contact in due course in relation to this.  IoD Ireland very much regrets any inconvenience caused to our members and wishes to apologise for the short notice.  We will of course keep you updated on new dates for this and any other IoD training events requiring rescheduling.

This workshop covers the following areas: 

  • Corporate governance overview
  • The company – legal framework 
  • Duties and responsibilities of the chair and directors
  • Board structure and best practice
  • Directors’ roles and definitions
  • Risk identification, monitoring and mitigation.

Workshop material is prepared by presenters and produced by the IoD wholly and exclusively for use by workshop participants. Please note that workshop material is provided in hard copy to all participants. We regret that requests for additional or soft copies of material cannot be accommodated. 

Booking and Cancellation Policy

Workshop Fee

  • IoD members - €425 ex VAT
  • Non-members - €485 ex VAT 

Places can only be confirmed on receipt of full payment. Cancellations will be accepted if received in writing by Tuesday, 2nd June 2020.

However, there will be a 50% cancellation charge. All fees are forfeited thereafter. Workshop fees are also non-transferrable.

IoD workshops may be eligible for CPD, including Chartered Director CPD. Please check with your relevant professional body. IoD workshops are admissible as part of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) CPD scheme and would count towards “Active” learning. Workshops may also be eligible for CPD with Chartered Accountants Ireland, the Law Society of Ireland, the Institute of Banking, the Insurance Institute of Ireland, and the Life Insurance Association. Please check with your relevant professional body or call 01 411 0010 or email for further information.

Please note that photos and/or filming may take place at these workshops for media publication and for future marketing purposes. For further information, please contact:

09 Jun
John Smyth CDir, Chartered Director
09:00 - 16:30
€425 ex VAT for IoD members/ €485 ex VAT for non-members
Irish Management Institute, Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16

John Smyth CDir

Chartered Director

John Smyth is a corporate governance specialist and a former President of the Institute of Directors, as well as a Chartered Director (CDir). John has delivered quality director training courses for companies in Ireland and overseas. Using his broad experience, he has added value to companies through constructive critical contributions at board and committee meetings. 

From 1992 to 2000, John was Group Chief Executive with First National Building Society/First Active plc. He is an independent board member of various organisations including IPB Insurance, Ostia Software Solutions and Department of Education, Northern Ireland, where he is Chairman of the Audit Committee. John is also a member of the advisory board of Risk Management International.