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Certificate in Corporate Governance 5 & 6 Februrary1,250.00

Dates and Times; 

Tuesday 5  & Wednesday 6 February

9.30am to 4.00pm


About the Course 

The aim of this course is to provide grounding on the principles of good public sector corporate governance. These relate to transparency, accountability, responsibility, leadership, integrity and commitment. Given the commitment in Transforming Public Services to a more integrated and cohesive public service and a new Senior Public Service (SPS), the programme will elaborate on these principles, assess their importance in public sector organisations, and examine how the proposed changes are likely to affect governance arrangements.

Formal training programmes in Corporate Governance are needed to provide a learning structure within which attendees learn to develop a “healthy” understanding of good corporate governance practice.

The aim of this course is to equip those involved in public sector bodies with a clear understanding of corporate governance in a public sector context. This includes the management of the relationships between central departments and other public bodies as well as central tenets of good corporate governance that apply regardless of whether an organisation is publicly or privately owned.


Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of the course, attendees will have acquired an understanding of effective corporate governance. On completion of the course, graduates will understand:

  • What is meant by corporate governance
  • How corporate governance has developed in the public sector and in the private sector
  • The 2016 Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies and developments since then
  • How the principles of corporate governance can be applied to public sector organisations generally
  • The impact of good corporate governance on the culture of organisations
  • The practical operational benefits that ought to result from the application of the principles
  • Consequences of bad corporate governance for the public sector
  • The accountability process for public sector organisations
  • Understanding and implementing the legislative and regulatory framework
  • Risk assessment and mitigation of risks
  • Understand risk management and be able to apply it to an organisation
  • How to carry out an internal audit
  • Overview of future trends in corporate governance


Intended Audience

The intended audience is public sector employees who have or expect to be given responsibility for Governance within their organisation.



This course is accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM). Attendees will receive an ICM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Training Award on successful completion of the course including attendance and coursework assessments .




Andy Cullen is a former Assistant Secretary in the Civil Service where his career focused mainly on corporate governance and regulation in the transport, energy and telecommunications sectors of the economy and strategy and investment in the public transport sector. He has extensive experience in dealing with State bodies and with the EU and international bodies, including serving for a period in Brussels with the Department of Foreign Affairs.




Garrett Fennell is a solicitor and a specialist consultant in regulatory and public affairs. Garrett has advised a large number of public bodies on compliance issues and practices. Garrett is a founding Director of Public Affairs Ireland and established a specialist regulatory and public policy consultancy in Public Affairs.  He formerly worked as a public affairs consultant with the ESB.


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Tailored Training 

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.