The Board Directors' Programme

Key facts

Programme fees:

£2,350 + VAT (including residential costs)

Programme length:

2 days

Upcoming dates

Programme Overview

Board structure, responsibilities, and how to really add value in your role

This 2-day residential programme gives a real view of what it means to be an effective board member. In addition to the necessary technical knowledge, it will engage you with the leadership capabilities needed for your board to create value.

Strategic development for those who work with or on a Board

Delivered by a combination of Henley faculty and industry experts, all who have extensive knowledge and practical experience of governance, regulation and board behaviour, this programme covers topics including:

  • Competitive advantage and how to maximise it for sustainable success
  • Dysfunctional boards: your capability to influence and manage board relations
  • Stakeholder perspectives and engagement
  • Mentoring to deliver tangible impact
  • The importance of corporate, social and community responsibility.

Purposely small participant groups ensure plenty of individual attention and a confidential environment to share your own experiences and questions.

Informed by research with top teams globally

Following extensive research, Programme Director Professor Andrew Kakabadse has collated the biggest database of boards in the world (from 37 countries including China, Russia, Middle East and the USA). His research suggests that the vast majority of boards are not respected by their managers, and only 20% of global corporations operate with a truly ethical approach. And yet ethical organisations are statistically more likely to perform better in the medium - to long term, and appear to suffer no commercial disadvantage even in the short-term.

This research informs the Board Directors’ Programme. Furthermore we do not teach a single solution or approach to being a board member. We believe that each board is unique and the environment they operate within is complex, and therefore board members need to be equipped to understand, diagnose and respond to their own specific challenges. Programme participants will benefit from Professor Kakabadse’s research, considering the additional insight it gives into their own board scenarios.

Who is the Board Directors’ Programme for?

Current board members, individuals about to become board members, those who have ambitions of becoming board members or who work with board members. This includes Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors.

Programme content

This 2-day programme provides a toolbox of vital skills and leadership capabilities, debunking the myths and helping you to understand what it really means to be a board director.

Gain knowledge on specific topics concerning Board structure and responsibilities such as:

  • The composition, role and dynamics of boards: the nature and complexities of board dynamics, director relationships and their effect on the functioning of the board
  • Board diversity
  • The contribution of sub-committees and Non-Executive Directors (NEDs).

Engage in discussion around strategic performance (your own, that of the Board and the organisation):

  • How to engage fully with all stakeholders
  • When boards become dysfunctional: your capability to influence and effectively manage board relations
  • Your organisation’s competitive advantage and how to maximise it
  • Governance and its role in sustainable success
  • The importance of corporate, social and community responsibility and reputation, including avoiding the pitfalls of international trade.

How we work with you

This programme is taught through practitioner-led experiences, guest speakers and group discussion. Professor Andrew Kakabadse leads the programme, utilising his extensive knowledge of board behaviour globally.

  • Guest speakers are industry experts, experienced board directors and non-executive directors
  • The participant group is kept small to ensure individual attention (maximum group size 15-20 people).

Benefits

For participants

This programme delivers both the technical knowledge needed to understand and succeed in the board member role, and individual development around soft skills to address the challenges.
You will:

  • understand how to add value and find competitive advantage
  • gain the confidence to maximise your role on the board
  • develop the knowledge, skills and awareness to inspire and lead others to fulfil their individual and collective potential.

See the Henley Open Programmes brochure for more learning points and outcomes.

For organisations

  • Board members that fully understand their roles and obligations, and appreciate the value of shared goals
  • Engaged, productive board members who will create better organisational performance
  • Greater loyalty, retention and productivity throughout the organisation
  • An approach that considers the reputation of the organisation and the value that can be gained from acting responsibly and ethically.

Location and facilities

Finding us

We pride ourselves on understanding the need to create an environment which is both relaxing and comfortable enabling work and study to be focused and effective. From our unique riverside location to our impressive amenities, we provide an ideal environment for meeting success.

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Sports facilities

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Balancing busy work schedules with relaxation and exercise is an important aspect of our approach at Henley. The fully equipped and professionally staffed Fitness Centre with views overlooking the beautiful grounds and River Thames has everything needed to restore a sense of well being.

Business facilities

Business facilities - rooms

At our Greenlands site we provide a variety of meeting rooms and conference facilities. Our rooms have been designed with an emphasis on practicality with many of our rooms benefiting from the latest presentation equipment to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly.

Conference Rooms

The conference rooms at Greenlands, Henley, all feature air conditioning, natural daylight and excellent acoustics, as well as state-of-the-art AV and presentation technology controlled by bluetooth touch screens, free WiFi access, laptop connections, networked PC and large screens. Our larger rooms also have repeater screens. Each conference room has access to dedicated syndicate and break-out rooms and refreshment areas close by. Stationery, flipcharts, photocopying facilities and whiteboards are included as standard.

Meeting Rooms

All syndicate and meeting rooms at Henley are fitted with a large screen, networked PC, whiteboards and have free WiFi access and laptop connections. River House 1-14 are also fitted with Copycam, allowing users to capture whiteboard notes at the touch of a button. Digital recorders, video and stills cameras are also available on request. All are laid out boardroom style.

Accommodation

Henley Business School Bedroom

We have 100 rooms including some with disabled facilities. All rooms are en-suite & include a safe, trouser press, laptop connection with free Wi-Fi access, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with radio, Molton Brown toiletries, tea & coffee making facilities and a hair dryer. Photograph of Thames Court accommodation.

Full English breakfast is served in our main dining room, which overlooks the River Thames. Our dedicated staff maintain the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All guest rooms receive daily housekeeping services.

Dining

Dining at Henley Business School Greenlands

When it comes to dining, we offer you choice, quality and flexibility. We understand that you also want facilities that are conducive to networking, and dining arrangements that integrate seamlessly with the other aspects of your day. Henley is renowned for both its excellent standards of service and the high quality of cuisine. The chefs and their professional staff are able to offer the sophistication of a memorable evening dinner in the spacious dining room, with its views over the lawns down to the Thames.

Fresh, varied breakfasts are prepared by award-winning chefs and served each morning in the beautiful, riverside restaurant - the Heyworth Room.

Refreshments

Several tea and coffee areas are situated throughout the buildings, the Garden Common Room is situated beside the Heyworth Room and is open throughout the day and evening offering a wide range of Fairtrade drinks and a selection of biscuits. The bar is open each evening serving a full range of drinks.

Henley Conference Centre and Hotel

Set in its own 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, alongside the River Thames, this magnificent Grade II Listed Building offers excellent conference, meeting and event facilities and provides a spectacular setting for any gathering. For more information about booking our beautiful facilities please visit the Henley Conferences website.

History of Greenlands

Records indicate that there has been a house on our Greenlands site for 500 years, although the house would have originally been much closer to the river.

Greenlands has been home to a series of notable families and individuals throughout its lifetime. These include Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer; Robert D'Oyley, Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1573; Bulstrode Whitelock, Oliver Cromwell's Ambassador to Sweden and most recently WH Smith, who bought the existing house in 1871. Queen Elizabeth I is also known to have visited on more than one occasion, most likely when staying at her royal palace in Reading.

The site became the home of a new Administrative Staff College in 1946, first welcoming students in 1948. In 1952, after the unexpected death of Viscount Hambleden from whom the College leased the site, an opportunity to purchase Greenlands' 30 acres arose. The College was renamed Henley Management College in 1991, and following the 2008 merger with the University of Reading became Henley Business School. Today, the world-ranked Henley MBA, The Henley DBA and our executive education programmes are delivered at Greenlands.

Offers & Discounts

NEDA Members receive a 10% discount

Alumni discount

  • 10% reduction on the programme fee for Henley alumni
  • 10% reduction on the programme fee for members of The Henley Partnership

For more information please contact exec@henley.ac.uk

Multiple bookings

When booking multiple open programmes which are paid for upfront, the following discount structure applies:

  • 2-4 people = 10% reduction
  • 5-9 people = 15% reduction
  • 10+ people = 20% reduction

A 50% discount is available to employees of registered charities - please note that the discount is applied at Henley Business School's discretion; to confirm eligibility please contact exec@henley.ac.uk

Please note: Only one discount can apply.

One-day HR Masterclasses do not qualify for this multiple bookings fee reduction.

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The Henley Experience

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Experience is highly practical, collaborative and academically rigorous. We develop confident leaders and professionals who are able to take a fresh perspective and have the energy, capability and resilience to ensure that they and their organisations are successful.

THE HENLEY EXPERIENCE:

  • Engagement
  • Awareness
  • Alignment
  • Rigour & relevance
  • Trust

The Henley Experience is much more than a set of principles. It is ingrained in our spirit and fundamental to our purpose and heritage, characterising the way we can help you to deliver exceptional performance.

ENGAGEMENT

We engage with you at the deepest level, fostering a shared spirit of curiosity, exploration, investigation and learning. We collaborate with you in order to challenge assumptions and mindsets, and get to the heart of the real business issues you face.

AWARENESS

By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, you are able to ask yourself those crucial questions that allow you to learn more about what informs your strategic business decisions and actions.

ALIGNMENT

We work closely with you to diagnose your strategic individual and organisational aims. We then identify programmes that are best aligned to these goals, or we can co-evolve a learning design specifically aimed at achieving these strategic outcomes.

RIGOUR & RELEVANCE

We draw on world-class research and originate leading-edge thinking – but theory remains theory unless it is applied to real-world business. All of our programmes are delivered by experienced faculty who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What you learn translates into business results.

TRUST

Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with you to co-create the very best executive learning experiences and commercial outcomes.

At Henley we know we cannot just be exceptional – we are here to help you become exceptional.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our programme advisors, Hannah, Ruhi & Diana by email at exec@henley.ac.uk or by phone on +44 (0)1491 418767.