Two days, 9.30am to 4.30pm


Tea and Coffee on arrival and at mid-morning break;
light lunch.

About our Certificate in Corporate Governance

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 for those involved in the supervision, management, operation or control of public sector bodies. In particular the course will hold a practical appeal for attendees 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.





The Course is accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management – Public Affairs Ireland is an ICM accredited Professional Development Training Centre and is authorised to deliver ICM approved training and development programmes leading to CPD Awards accredited by the Institute of Commercial Management.

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Andy CullenAndy 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 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. Andy runs our course on Public Sector Corporate Governance.




Kenan Furlong A&LGoodbodyKenan Furlong is a partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of A&L Goodbody. He has advised on some of Ireland’s most high-profile corporate crises in recent years. Kenan heads A&L Goodbody’s Fraud & White Collar Crime Unit with Joe Kelly. He advises clients on internal investigations, whistleblowing issues, dawn raids, and money laundering issues. He also advises clients on managing their relationships with various Irish regulators and the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and on assisting with investigations by foreign regulators such as the SFO, the IRS, and the SEC. Kenan is a regular contributor to the national and international debate on white collar crime. In July 2012, he presented to an Irish Government Committee on Ireland’s whistleblower legislation. In recent years he has chaired international conferences in Dublin, Dubai, and Istanbul. In 2014, “Who’s Who Legal” rated Kenan as “among the world’s leading Business Crime Defence lawyers”.




Corné MoutonCorné Mouton is a partner within the Mazars Governance, Risk and Internal Control division, with particular responsibilities in the areas of corporate governance, risk management, internal audit, IT audit, regulatory compliance and special investigations. In this capacity, he has led assignments for many large corporate and public sector organisations. Corné is a qualified accountant, member of the IIA (UK & Ireland) and a qualified IT auditor. He has over 14 years’ experience within governance, risk and internal control related services.

Garrett FennellGarrett 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 1997. He formerly worked as a public affairs consultant with the ESB.



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