Our annual one day training event for Board members will take place in-person at the IPA. The event is designed to support new Board members and those who might benefit from refresher training on the roles and responsibilities of Boards and Board members of state, public and not-for-profit bodies. It will address, inter alia, the Board's role in the effective direction and control of entities, board-executive relationships, the obligations and duties of individual members, and the key characteristics of the Board as a team and board effectiveness.
The event will be interactive in nature and take account of the most recent Governance Codes, including the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016), and newly emerging themes of importance for boards, including sustainability, diversity and organisational culture. Participants will have the opportunity to raise issues of particular interest for discussion.
The event will address:
The roles and responsibilities of modern Boards and their members, individually and collectively
Key ethical and behaviour expectations
Adhering to corporate governance guidelines and codes
Key relationships: Board, Management, Ministers and Government Departments, and other stakeholders
The Board's role in relation to strategy and performance
The Board's role in relation to internal control, including audit, risk, finance and other areas
Board effectiveness, including processes, behaviours and culture
Newly emerging areas (e.g. sustainability, diversity, org. culture)
The training will be delivered by senior members of the Governance Team at the IPA, Dr Tom Ward, Dr Deirdre Bane and Dr Nicolas Marcoux.
Dr Tom Ward
Tom is a Senior Governance Specialist in the IPA Governance Team, and re-joined the Institute in May 2017 having previously been a member of staff between 2006 and 2011. He co-manages the Governance Forum with Aidan Horan and works on a range of governance assignments for clients, including board effectiveness reviews and governance reviews, strategy development, and delivering training and workshop sessions on governance matters for boards and senior teams. He has worked with a range of organisations, including government departments, state agencies, local authorities, higher education institutions, and sport, community and charitable organisations.
Prior to re-joining the IPA in 2017, Tom was a Senior Manager and Consultant at Crowe, managing and delivering a range of assignments in the areas of governance, organisational design, and strategy. Prior to this, he held senior strategy and governance roles at the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA). Tom started his career as a Parliamentary Assistant in the Houses of the Oireachtas.
Tom is currently a non-executive member of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities, and was previously a non-executive Director and Vice-Chair of Badminton Ireland (2017-2022), the national governing body for the sport.
Dr Deirdre Bane
Deirdre is a Senior Finance Specialist in the IPA Governance Team, delivering Financial Management, Audit and Internal Control Training and assistance programmes together with consultancy services to various public, state and semi-state bodies, charities and not-for-profit organisations. Previous to her position at the IPA, Deirdre worked in education for over thirteen years as a Lecturer in Finance, teaching Financial and Management Accounting (including Financial Statement Analysis), Corporate Finance and Financial Management (Investment Appraisal), and Economic and Statistics.
Prior to her experience in education, Deirdre spent ten years in the United States, working in the financial services sector (including equity research and asset management). In addition, she worked for an independent consulting practice performing economic impact analysis studies, economic development planning, social research and analysis, and providing strategic planning services to government, non-profit and corporate clients in the United States.
Dr Nicolas Marcoux
Nicolas is a Senior Governance Specialist in the IPA Governance Team, providing assistance and consultancy services to various state and semi-state bodies, charities and not-for-profit organisations on issues regarding good governance arrangements, board effectiveness and impact assessment. His work primarily centres around training, board evaluations, gap analysis exercises, governance framework reviews, and the development of policies and procedures.
Nicolas has also provided research assistance to the Charity Regulator Consultative Panel on the governance of charities in Ireland that led to the adoption of the Charities Governance Code by the CRA. He is an experienced trainer and provides training to EU Officials on Public Policy Analysis. He also contributes to the IPA Governance Forum, and the IPA Professional Certificate in Governance where he teaches on the governance of Irish not-for-profit organisations and charities.
Previous to his position at the IPA, Nicolas worked for the EU Commission providing support and capacity-building on governance reform to many public and semi-state bodies overseas. He was also the CEO of a major not-for-profit organisation in South Africa when he ran the operations of the Society for Human Rights. Nicolas also possesses a deep understanding of the operations of the Irish public sector which he acquired as Deputy Director of the Middle East and North Africa Unit of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs.