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

This one-day workshop on Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of the Board, its Chair and Directors - Galway will be presented by John Smyth, Chartered Director.

What do I gain from this workshop?

  • A better understanding of the role and duties of directors
  • Increased knowledge of current regulatory and governance issues
  • Increased awareness of issues around directors’ liability


What they said:

“John gave us anecdotes and insights to the scenarios and challenges that can arise in a boardroom which were relatable and informative. In addition, the slide deck was concise and extremely useful. I would highly recommend this course.”

- Deirdre O'Reilly, Independent Non-Executive Director, 11th September, 2018


“Brilliantly managed workshop with real life case studies, and a clear overview of all relevant legal frameworks, within a relaxed but formal setting, which facilitated very good engagement. John is a superb presenter and uses his knowledge and wide ranging experience to great effect in answering questions and prompting discussion. Highly recommended.”

-  Bill O’Leary (PhD, MBA), General Manager, Confirm Centre, University of Limerick


“I found this a very informative session that was conducted in an easy to follow and relaxed atmosphere. It was also a great opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds involved in different sectors. Would highly recommend the workshop.”

- David McGeough, QFA, McGeough Financial Consultants Limited, 3rd October, 2018


  • Corporate Governance Overview
  • The Company - Legal Framework                                                                                   
  • Duties & Responsibilities of the Chair and Directors                         
  • Board Structure and Best Practice                                              
  • Directors’ Roles & Definitions                         
  • Risk Identification, Monitoring & Mitigation

Booking and Cancellation Policy

The workshop cost  is €360 ex VAT for IoD members/€405 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,7th May 2019. 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 and the Institute of Banking. Please check with your relevant professional body or call 01 411 0010 or email for further information.

14 May
John Smyth , Chartered Director
09:00 - 16:30
€360 ex VAT for IoD members / €405 ex VAT non-members
Galway Chamber of Commerce, Commerce House, Merchants Road, Galway
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John Smyth

Chartered Director

John Smyth is a corporate governance specialist and a former President of the Institute of Directors, as well as a Chartered Director. He 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 he 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.

John was recently elected inaugural Chairman of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, Independent Non-Executive Director’s Forum for 2019. He is an INED and Audit Committee Chair, an INED and Audit & Risk Committee Chair, at the Department of Finance, Northern Ireland. John is also an independent member of the National Transport Authority Audit & Risk Committee.

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.