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Workshop on Culture is Key - Protecting Your Reputation and Managing Cultural Risk Factors

This one-day workshop on Culture is Key – Protecting Your Reputation and Managing Cultural Risk Factors will be presented by Ros O'Shea, Partner, Acorn Governance Solutions

What do I gain?

  • Ten questions for directors to ask to ensure effective risk oversight of corporate culture
  • An understanding of how to embed appropriate board dynamics to underpin the right ‘tone from the top’
  • A deeper understanding of the principal characteristics that drive an effective corporate culture
  • How to ensure that strategy, vision and values inspire the right behaviours throughout the organisation
  • Through case studies, an appreciation of the need for a robust framework to guide ethical decision-making in the boardroom
  • Tools for effective governance of corporate culture
  • And, if it all goes wrong, a plan for rebuilding reputation and recovering trust

Morning Session

  • Introducing culture as a key corporate asset
  • Diagnosing culture in your organisation
  • Understanding how and why it goes wrong: the root causes of cultural failure
  • Prescribing key governance antidotes to cultural challenges
  • “Walking the talk”: tools for embedding culture throughout the C-suite and beyond

Afternoon Session

  • Resolving dilemmas in ethical governance
  • Critical cultural risk oversight: Top 10 questions every director must ask
  • Avoiding board-games: setting the tone in the boardroom
  • Cultural crisis and recovering trust

Booking and Cancellation Policy

The workshop cost  is €425 ex VAT for IoD members/€485 ex VAT for non-members. 

Places can only be confirmed on receipt of full payment. Cancellations will be accepted if received in writing by Tuesday, 19th March 2019. However, there will be a 50% cancellation charge. All fees are forfeited thereafter. Workshop fees are also non-transferrable. 

Please note: This workshop is now fully booked but a waiting list is in operation in the event of any cancellations. If you would like to be added to this waiting list, please email


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 and the Institute of Banking. Please check with your relevant professional body or call 01 411 0010 or email for further information.


26 Mar
Ros O'Shea , Partner, Acorn Governance Solutions
09:00 - 16:30
€425 ex VAT IoD members/€485 ex VAT non-members
Irish Management Institute, 16 Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16
Fully Booked

Ros O'Shea

Partner, Acorn Governance Solutions

Ros is a partner in Acorn Governance Solutions, providing advice and leadership training in the areas of governance, culture, risk and compliance for a range of clients across the public, private and non-profit sectors. She also runs programmes on these topics for the UCD Smurfit Graduate School of Business and the Institute of Directors. Ros currently sits on the board of the Bank of Montreal (Ireland) plc and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. Previously she enjoyed a successful executive career working with the board and executive of two of Ireland’s largest companies: CRH plc, where she was Head of Group Compliance & Ethics, and Smurfit Kappa Group plc.

Ros has first class honours primary and masters business degrees from UCD, a professional diploma in Corporate Governance from the UCD Smurfit School, a diploma in Aviation Finance & Leasing from the Law Society of Ireland and is a graduate of the Effective Boards programme at Harvard Business School. She is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, an associate of the Institute of Tax and recently received the Certified Director designation from the Institute of Banking.

Furthermore, she is also author of the book “Leading with Integrity – a Practical Guide to Business Ethics” and is a regular contributor to news and print media on corporate integrity and values-based leadership. 


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