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ICM Certificate in Corporate Governance


About the Course

The term ‘corporate governance’ is generally understood to encompass how an organisation is managed, its corporate structure, its culture, its policies and strategies, and the ways that it deals with its various stakeholders. Although fundamental differences arise in the governance of private and public sector entities, the principles underlying good corporate governance are similar. This course will examine corporate governance in a public sector context.

The 2016 edition of the ‘Code of Practice for the Governance of State bodies’ issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform states that

High standards of corporate governance in all State Bodies, whether in the commercial or non-commercial sphere, are critical to ensuring a positive contribution to the State’s overall economic efficiency, competitiveness, social cohesion and regional development’.

A new Annex on Gender Balance, Diversity, and Inclusion, to supplement the existing Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, was published in September 2020    https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/0918ef-code-of-practice-for-the-governance-of-state-bodies/

Good corporate governance in the public sector is seen as important for the perception of Ireland as a good and well regulated economy in which to do business. In addition to many of the corporate governance obligations that apply to the private sector, public bodies are subject to a range of additional compliance obligations. The Civil Service Renewal Plan commits to strengthening Corporate Governance in the Civil Service in line with international best practice. This is being achieved by the implementation of a Corporate Governance Standard for the Civil Service. This Standard was published in 2015 and is used by each Department and Office to guide the development of their individual Governance Framework. For example, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform updated its Framework in May 2021.

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.

Formal training programmes in corporate governance are needed to provide a learning structure within which delegates learn to develop a ‘healthy’ understanding of good corporate governance practice.


Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of the course, delegates will have acquired an understanding of effective corporate governance.

On completion of the course, delegates will have a better understanding of the following:

  • What is meant by corporate governance
  • How corporate governance has developed
  • 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
  • Risk management and how to apply it to an organisation
  • Overview of fraud risk frameworks, including fraud risk assessment and trends
  • A broad overview of future trends in corporate governance


Who Should Attend:

The intended audience is for those involved in the supervision, management, operation or control of public sector bodies.

In particular the course will hold a practical appeal for delegates from the Civil Service, state agencies and bodies, universities and local authorities. It is also of value and interest to specialists, officers, directors and officials at all grades who require knowledge of effective corporate governance and who wish to progress their careers.



This Course is certified  by the Institute of Commercial Management (ICM) and a Certificate of Qualification will be provided upon successful completion of all course components.


Course Tutors

Tom Ferris is an independent consultant economist specialising in Public Sector Governance, Better Regulation and Transport Economics. He was Senior Economist in the Department of Transport until February 2006. Since then, he has undertaken consultancy projects for the World Bank, the OECD and a number of private sector companies. He is an occasional lecturer in public sector economics at University College Galway, University College Cork, and Public Affairs Ireland. He writes regularly for Public Affairs Ireland. He holds a Masters degree in economics from University College Dublin and a Fellowship from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.


Stewart Roche is a qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) with an MBS in Corporate Leadership from Dublin City University. He worked as Management Accountant with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for 20 years up until 2018 and then as a Financial Consultant to the HEA in 2019 and now operates as a self- employed consultant. Stewart introduced a computerised accounting package which controlled, reported and monitored on circa €1.4 billion of Income and Expenditure and authored various financial analyses and reports for the Higher Education sector including annual Financial Trend Analysis Reports on a range of financial activities in the Universities and Institutes of Technology. He is a member of a number of Audit and Risk Committees and has experience with European ERDF and ESF programmes as well as extensive experience auditing submitted claims.


Níall Fitzgerald is head of ethics and governance at Chartered Accountants Ireland. He also serves as an advisory committee member for Accountancy Europe and is co-founder of Chapter Zero Ireland, a non-profit organisation committed to equipping non-executive directors for boardroom based discussion of climate change.


There will also be presentations from Michael Bullock and Maureen Kelly of Mazars, both senior managers in governance, risk, and internal controls and A&L Goodbody will also be delivering on managing Ireland’s Whistleblowing Laws.


Course Details

Day 1: 14th September

Day 2: 15th September

Day 3: 20th September

9:30am to 1:00pm

CPD Hours: 10.5

Price: €1670




Multiple Delegate Discount

3+ Delegates – 5% Discount
5+ Delegates – 10% Discount
10+ Delegates – 15% Discount

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