Governance in the virtual world – half-day course

Achieving the best in governance and board effectiveness was tough enough before the coronavirus turned the world upside down. Now it’s got that much more difficult.

Governance in the virtual world (half-day course)

Governance in the virtual world The focus on boards and board members has already intensified beyond recognition over the last few years. IDAs, regulatory standards, risk and compliance, downgrades and regrades have all ramped up the intensity of expectation.

On top of this now we are faced with tearing up business plans, rewriting the stress tests and seeing what we thought were certainties disappear before our eyes. And that’s all without Brexit, and we still have the White Paper – and its emphasis on the residents’ voice and greater accountability – to come.

Good governance has never been more challenging. Whether you are board member needing to know where to focus your attention, or an executive team wondering how best to meet the needs – and expectations – of your board, you need to be on top of your brief.

And yet… the crisis has brought many changes and some might even be beneficial. Who’d have thought we’d settle so easily into virtual board meetings, presentations, even away events – and who knew how effective they could be, even perhaps more effective than the real thing

That’s why we’ve designed a new series of virtual workshops for 2020 to help you through the maze of challenges, opportunities, and new ways of working, and to help you avoid the pitfalls and reap the benefits of good governance in our increasingly virtual world.

These lively, interactive, half-day practical sessions will highlight the key points of good governance and prompt your thinking on how your organization can deliver the best in governance, as well as making the most of the virtual world.

Key themes include:

  • What’s the purpose of governance?
  • What should a board do, and what shouldn’t it do?
  • What’s the best governance structure and framework for your organisation?
  • How do you attract and retain high quality board members with the right skills?
  • How to listen to the resident voice in governance – and act on it?
  • What are cutting edge ways of using virtual?
  • What are benefits and risks of the virtual meetings culture?
  • How do you maximise the flexibility of the virtual approach?
  • How can you maximise the effectiveness of the board as a team?
  • Beyond the boardroom – what should happen between meetings?
  • Supporting governance – what’s the role of the company secretary
  • What does the regulator expect, and how might it change in the future?

The sessions will be presented by Peter Walters, former housing association chief executive, chair and non-executive director of housing organisations, an expert on governance and working with boards, and author of HQN’s Governance toolkit, which will be made available to delegates as part of these workshops.

Who should attend?

  • Chairs and non-executive directors
  • Chief executives
  • Executive teams
  • Governance teams
  • Company secretaries.

This course can be tailored for Scotland and Wales.

Peter Walters

Peter Walters Peter Walters

Peter specialises in working with executive teams, boards and residents on strategy, team building, governance, resident engagement and mergers. He's also the author of HQN's recent Governance toolkit.  

Peter has been Chief Executive of two large housing associations and a Director of Housing and Social Services in a London local authority.  He has worked closely with many boards, board members and chairs, and taken on a number of non-executive roles over the years, including chairing an ALMO.  He is currently a non-Executive Director of a local authority regeneration subsidiary and of the charity, Housing Justice.

Peter speaks at conferences and seminars and writes about social housing issues – about which he feels strongly – for a variety of publications and on social media.

training track record

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package, please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk