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  • In-class Workshop
  • Booked Out
  • €345 ex VAT non-members
  • €295 ex VAT members

Getting Board Information Right to Set Your Board Up For Success

Irish Management Institute (IMI), Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16

IoD Essentials Workshop Series

Dr Margaret Cullen

Dr Margaret Cullen, Non-Executive Director

This Workshop is Now Fully Booked

Please note this workshop is now booked out. However, a cancellation list is now in operation. If you wish to be put on the cancellation list, please contact the IoD Training Team on training@iodireland.ie or phone +353 1 411 0010.


Senior management should use the boardroom and board papers to leverage the expertise and

rviewcollective strength of the board, enabling the board to make quality collective decisions.

Why not join our half-day workshop on this crucial area titled, ‘Getting Board Information Right to Set Your Board Up For Success’ led by Dr Margaret Cullen, a specialist in the areas of corporate governance and an experienced non-executive director. The workshop will take place at the Irish Management Institute (IMI), Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16, and is part of the IoD Essentials Workshop Series.

This workshop will explore the pitfalls that can compromise overall board effectiveness and will challenge the attendees to critically reflect on the quality of board papers and how, within their own company context, they can be improved. The objective of this workshop is to support the executive committee / senior management in setting up their board for success.

Executive directors and executive management (“Senior management”) influence the effectiveness of the board through the provision of board information and the standard of content of board papers requiring discussion and decision by the board. Senior management should use the boardroom and board papers to leverage the expertise and collective strength of the board, enabling the board to make quality collective decisions. 

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What People Say About This Workshop

“Excellent workshop facilitator (Dr Margaret Cullen) with rich experience who listened and responded to the participants needs from the session.”

Workshop Attendee

“Delighted to have attended the Getting Board Information Right workshop. Gained insight into various board structures and how no one style fits all. Importance of being open to review the information shared so it maximises the effectiveness of the board meeting so the Executive Management team share the critical issues and risks, seek ownership of these with the board and gain approval for the roadmap ahead. Plenty to think about!!!”

Matthew Kerrigan, Chief Operating Officer, R&H Hall

“Getting Board information right is critical for all stakeholders and for setting the Board up for success. In my experience not enough thought or time goes into this important area and prompted me to attend. Dr Margaret Cullen provided participants with excellent practical and relevant ways to improve the Boards performance and how to get the information right. Well worth attending.”

Paul Candon, United Hardware

“Excellent Workshop. Invaluable insights shared by Dr Margaret Cullen. Highly recommend to all board directors.”

Workshop Attendee

“An excellent workshop for current or new INED's in understanding the importance of information reported to the Board by the Executive, and the role of the INED in assessing and challenging that information in performing their duties to the company, whatever its strategy may be. Access to Dr Margaret Cullen's deep expertise in this area is invaluable to any current or aspiring INED.”

Siobhan Gormley, Independent Non-executive Director

In this workshop, Margaret will take participants through the following key areas: 

  • Understanding board and the company objectives.
  • Defining corporate governance and understanding the respective responsibilities of the board versus management.
  • The objectives of board information.
  • Challenges and opportunities in providing papers to the board
  • What good looks like in the boardroom.

On completion of the workshop, participants will:

  • Have a strong understanding of the meaning of corporate governance and the responsibilities of the board versus management.
  • Appreciate the relationship between board information and overall board effectiveness.
  • Be able to critically evaluate the quality of the information provided to their boards, in light of the unique characteristics of their own organisation. 

Workshop material is prepared by IoD trainers 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. Requests for additional or soft copies of material may be accommodated upon receipt of written request.

Dr Margaret Cullen

Dr Margaret Cullen

Non-Executive Director

Dr Margaret Cullen is a corporate governance specialist, a Governance Advisor for IoD Ireland, and is a member of the IoD Faculty, where she advises on governance training, research, and advocacy. Margaret holds a PhD in governance from University College Dublin (UCD). She is a specialist in the areas of corporate and investment fund governance. Margaret has been an Assistant Professor at the UCD Smurfit Business School for 16 years, lecturing on the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance in the areas of board roles and responsibilities, behavioural aspects of board and executive remuneration and incentives.

She is currently Co-Academic Director of the Institute of Banking’s (IoB) Certified Bank Director Programme on an associate basis and lectures bank governance on the programme. Margaret was the founding CEO and Academic Director of the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute (CIFDI), a specialist institute of the IoB which focuses on raising professional standards in investment fund governance through its CIFD Programme.

Margaret serves as a non-executive director on the boards of several financial services organisations and has extensive board and board committee experience. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Fund Boards Council in the UK.


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Workshop Costs

  • IoD members - €295 ex VAT
  • Non-members - €345 ex VAT

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Places can only be confirmed on receipt of full payment. Cancellations and a full refund will be accepted if received in writing to training@iodireland.ie by 5pm on Wednesday, 4th October 2023.  After this date, no refund will be possible, and all fees will be forfeited in the event of a cancellation or non-attendance.

Group Bookings

If you would like to make a group booking, please contact the IoD Training Team on training@iodireland.ie or phone +353 1 411 0010.


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