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

Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of the Board, Its Chair and Directors

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

IoD Essentials Workshop Series

John Smyth CDir

John Smyth CDir, Chartered 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.


This one-day workshop on 'Understanding the Role and Responsibilities of the Board, Its Chair and Directors' will be led by John Smyth, Chartered Director (CDir). 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.

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 People Say About This Workshop

“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 workshop.” 
Deirdre O'Reilly, Independent Non-Executive Director

“Brilliantly managed workshop with real life case studies, and a clear overview of all the 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 recommend.” 
Bill O'Leary, GM Research

“It was informative, invigorating, rewarding and overall a joy to be in attendance.” 
Sean O’Grady, IPB Insurance 

“I thought John Smyth was excellent. He is clearly very experienced, but he doesn’t impose and allows good debate. I also found the interaction with the other participants helpful. It was valuable that there was such a wide cross-section of backgrounds and experience. Overall a very good experience and very useful as a refresher on what is happening in governance. A lot of what I heard I knew already, but there were some valuable new insights and in any case there is comfort in doing the Workshop by way of ensuring that one is keeping up to date.”
Tim O'Connor, Self Employed, Own Advisory Business (Sole Trader)

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 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.

John Smyth CDir

John Smyth CDir

Chartered Director

John Smyth CDir is a Chartered Director, Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, Chartered Banker, and holds postgraduate diplomas in Corporate Governance and Company Direction. 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 challenge at board and committee meetings. From 1992 to 2000, John was Group Chief Executive with First National Building Society/First Active plc. He has extensive boardroom experience with a diverse range of organisations including IPB Insurance, Ostia Software Solutions, Department of Education, Northern Ireland. He is currently an Independent Board Member with the Department of Finance, Northern Ireland, and is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also an Independent Member of the National Transport Authority Audit and  Risk Committee.


To attend this workshop, please book and pay via the ‘Book Now’ button above.

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 Friday, 1st September 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.


IoD workshops may be eligible for CPD, including Chartered Director CPD. Please check with your relevant professional body.

Contact Information

For all queries relating to the IoD Training Programme, please contact training@iodireland.ie or phone +353 1 411 0010.