Leadership in Board Governance

Why this course?

Because you want to build a strong track record in leadership and evidence your ambition, commitment and a passion to develop your skill set.

Is that you, or a member of your team?

In an increasingly competitive international marketplace, participants on this course will be able to differentiate themselves as confident, experienced Governance Leaders. Individuals who bring a highly valued skill set to any organisation, and who are ready and qualified to pursue a suitable board-level opportunity with a charity or local community organisation. 

Who is it for?

As an employer, what better way is there to demonstrate your corporate social responsibility than to provide a trained member of your team to serve as a board member on a local charity or community group? 

As an ambitious individual, how better to gain leadership experience than by giving your time and expertise to help develop a local charity or community group? 

And as a charity or community organisation, how much more value can you gain from a new board member if you provide this focused development opportunity to enhance their skills?

This course blends practical application with relevant academic theory and participants should have several years of work experience to draw upon. They will also preferably hold an Honours degree, although other qualifications/experience will be considered on an individual basis.

How participants will learn and develop?

The learning experience consists of four one day workshops and provides access to the e-Governance toolkit and Governance Leaders online learning material. 

You will follow a Study Guide that will lead you through each of the topics; reading of core academic theory and concepts; and a mix of reflective exercises, case-studies and self-reflection exercises (with diagnostic feedback).

The delivery schedule creates an opportunity to reflect on learning activities that can then be completed prior to attending each workshop. 

In the workshops considerable time will be devoted to group discussion and scenario-based role play of a typical board situation.  

You will develop an individual Portfolio of Practice, and will be able to use it to demonstrate your enhanced competencies in terms of the knowledge, skills and mind-set you have developed and can draw upon in order to perform effectively as a board member.

Upon successful completion of this course you will gain a Certificate of Attendance.

What is governance? 

Governance is concerned with how leaders manage their stakeholder relationships to achieve economic goals, as well as social and environmental objectives in a range of boards in the private, public and voluntary sectors. 

Transparent and effective governance is critical to the success of any organisation, especially in light of recent renowned corporate scandals. Effective Governance Leaders must demonstrate responsible and ethical behaviour, which meets the needs of shareholders, other stakeholders and wider society.    

This course will equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and support to ensure you are ‘board ready’ and assist you to pursue and attain a governance leadership role.  

You will gain a critical understanding of the nature and importance of governance, ethics, benefits of a diverse board, finance, the role and contribution of board members and awareness of practices that can be adopted to achieve more effective governance in an international context. 

You will benefit from continual interaction with Governance Leaders from private, public and third sectors for the duration of the course and receive support in sourcing and applying for suitable board level positions. 

Further Information:

Delivery will be at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart campus in Edinburgh.

Cost £1,500 (includes 4 days tuition, course materials and catering). The dates of the workshops are:

Friday 31st January 2020
Friday 14th February 2020
Friday 21st February 2020 
Friday 13th March 2020

Applications are open to those who wish to build a strong track record in leadership and a demonstrable ambition, commitment and passion to pursue a suitable board-level opportunity. You should preferably hold an Honours degree and/or have several years of work experience, although other qualifications/experience will be considered on an individual basis.


The application process is currently open, please register now using the ‘buy the course now’ link above, or address any enquiries to (tbscommercial@napier.ac.uk).

The deadline to apply for the January 2020 start is Friday 13th December 2019. 

Meet some of the team

MIles WeaverCourse Leader: Dr Miles Weaver 

Miles is an Associate Professor in the Business School and Director of the Leadership in Board Governance CPD course. His research focuses on building a meaningful engagement between stakeholders from different sectors, particularly supporting purpose-driven organisations to create value with third sector/charity organisations. He has led the award winning ‘Get on Board’ programme at Edinburgh Napier for 5 years and is a co-author of the ‘Get on Board’ competency framework for trustees.  The framework has been adopted by the ‘Charity Board Initiative’, a partnership between Santander, RSM and the University, making governance training and a staged accreditation process available to students across participating Scottish Universities. Miles has considerable board experience and is an ambassador for ‘Young Trustees’.   He currently sits on the board of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners and is a member of the Operational Research Society General Council, as well as (… and as important) an active engagement in two sports committees in the local community. 

Lynne Cadenhead portraitExpert Advisor: Lynne Cadenhead 

A serial entrepreneur, Lynne has over 20 years’ investment experience, and has served on over 30 boards. Currently Lynne is involved with several early stage technology companies as director and investor, mainly in the fields of cyber security and artificial intelligence, whilst continuing with her pioneering work in leadership in board governance.

She has significant links with Edinburgh Napier University as an alumni, a long-standing member of the Campaign Advisory Board, and on the Business School Advisory Board. She is also Chair of UNICEF Scotland Advisory Board and Chair of Women's Enterprise Scotland, the community investment company which works to unlock the economic potential of women in business.

Karen AndersonDeliverer: Karen Anderson

Karen has served as both Executive and Non-Executive Director in Scotland and overseas for more than twenty-five years.  In her Chief Executive and other senior roles, she has turned around stressed organisations facing serious financial and governance challenges; delivered growth strategies for a range of small, medium and large enterprises; and set up a number of voluntary and private sector companies.  

As co-founder of the Indigo House Group, Karen now specialises in supporting clients to achieve high standards of governance, develop confident leadership and produce robust corporate strategies.  She also works closely with non-executive directors and senior executives on governance assessment and the implementation of improvement programmes.  She is regularly invited to address conferences on governance, leadership and strategy, facilitate Board strategy discussions and develop bespoke Governance Development Programmes.  Karen co-authored the strategy development tool kit, New Climate, New Challenges for the Scottish Government and has launched the Know and Show Good Governance programme to promote practical evidence-based learning for non-executive directors and senior executives.  Karen’s focus on Edinburgh Napier University’s Leadership in Board Governance course is on the practicalities and challenges of Board membership and how participants can achieve a greater impact in their role. 

Richard WhitecrossDeliverer: Dr Richard Whitecross 

Richard is Associate Professor in Law. He holds degrees in History, Law and Social Anthropology and is an alumnus of the Rockefeller Foundation. A former commercial lawyer, Richard has experience of advising a range of boards in Scotland and the UK. As a legal advisor, Richard supported the establishment of the Loden Foundation, an international charity that promotes education and entrepreneurship in the Himalayas, and in particular, access to education for girls. In 2008- 2009, he conducted research that informed the introduction of SCIO in Scotland.

Richard has held various board positions and currently supervises the Edinburgh Napier Law Clinic which provides free legal advice. As well as sitting on a range of Business School and University committees, he is the Professorial Lead for the Professional Doctorate and Private Law Cluster Lead.  He currently holds research award from the Scottish Government. Richard is an elected Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Royal Asiatic Society and the Royal Society of Arts


Brian WindramDeliverer: Dr Brian Windram  

Brian is Head of Accountancy, Finance & Law in the Business School.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Edinburgh and worked with the firm for eight years including a two year secondment to Melbourne, Australia as an Audit Manager.  He joined Napier from the profession in 1991 specialising in financial accounting and auditing, and teaches a range of modules on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Edinburgh and overseas.  
 
Brian has built up considerable international experience over the last 15-20 years involving overseas programme leadership; developing collaborative programmes (in Hong Kong, China & Singapore); establishing articulation links; undertaking local professional body and government accreditations; programme approval events and extensive teaching and recruitment activities, mainly in Asia.