9 – 13 September 2018 Certified Board Secret...

9 – 13 September 2018 Certified Board Secretary Programme, Workshop 1 “The Board Secretary Role- Governance and Decision Making”

GCC BDI Certified Board Secretary Programme 

Workshop 1 “The Board Secretary Role- Governance and Decision Making”
9 – 13 September 2018 
Manama, Bahrain

This is the first workshop of a four part series. Participants can attend one, two or three workshops or all four workshop, but if they wish to be certified they must attend all four.  For more information on certification  and the other 3 workshops, please contact GCC BDI on or call +0971 4554 7967

Course Outline

  1. The Board Secretary: The Governance Professional
  • The board secretary’s role in the corporate governance framework
  • The key principles and elements of good corporate governance systems
  • The business case for corporate governance
  • The skills needed to manage relationships within a governance system
  1. The Board Secretary: Foundations for the Job
  • The key activities and qualifications of a board secretary
  • The structures of a Secretariat
  • The most frequently asked questions about being a board secretary
  • The value of having an in-house board secretary
  1. Effective Board Meetings
  • The part played by the board secretary in preparing for, during and after a meeting
  • Good practices, processes and procedures for board secretaries for effective board meetings
  • Draft minutes and develop an action log in line with best practice
  1. Board Dynamics at Meetings
  • Styles of behaviour that impact the dynamics of a meeting
  • The challenges and solutions in conducting effective meetings
  • The skills and techniques a board secretary needs to support a productive working climate during a board meeting
  • How a board secretary can help a chairman manage conflict
  1. Leading Change and Influencing
  • The Board Secretary’s role in influencing change
  • The skills a Board Secretary needs to influence change
  • How to influence change

Faculty – Alison Dillon Kibirige

Alison Dillon Kibirige is a global expert on corporate governance (Governance, Ethics, CSR and Risk Management). Alison has worked for the IFC/Global Corporate Governance Forum on projects in Indonesia, Mongolia, Zambia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Malawi. Alison has worked globally for over 25 years as a company secretary, previously as Secretary to the main Boards of Unilever and Barclays in London. She has also set up and worked as a director in several SMEs. Alison has also been involved in numerous consultations with governments, regulators and industry and professional bodies in Africa, Europe and the US. She is a Fellow of ICSA and a UK solicitor. Alison was awarded the 2013 ICSA President’s Medal for Meritorious Service, the inaugural ICSA Company Secretary of the Year award in 2005 and has also won awards globally for her work with shareholders.


Each of the workshops will be followed by a multiple choice exam. This is optional for all the participants but compulsory for those who wish to be certified.


A participant will become certified by GCC BDI once they have completed all four workshops and passed the multiple choice exams.

Who Should Attend?

  • Appointed and aspiring board secretaries, company secretaries and governance professionals.
  • Anyone involved in companies law and regulatory compliance.
  • Anyone seeking a better understanding of the role of the board secretary who has responsibility for corporate governance practices and interaction with the board.

Programme Fees

Price per person for 5-day workshop:

GCC BDI Members USD 5000
Non-Member USD 5500
Prices exclude VAT

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