As part of miacademy, we are thrilled to offer you a range of board and director improvement tools to help you to build your confidence as a Director, strengthen your business and its resilience, and develop your leadership team and their performance.
Why this governance improvement offer is relevant to you
No-one builds or founds a company and thinks ‘now to learn more about governance’!
People start with a vision – something that drives them to do what they do. We seek advice from mentors and friends to help us; ‘governance’ doesn’t appear on our radar.
So why is it important to any organisation, large or small? Governance ‘underpins the direction, effectiveness and accountability of any organisation’. Fundamentally, good governance is the framework that will enable your company to achieve your purpose and measure your progress.
How you manage your governance affects your business positively or negatively; getting it wrong can cause you real problems, so it’s worth investing time and effort in getting it right!
The focus of Governance360 is small to medium sized enterprises and/or small to medium charities and CIOs rather than large corporates or listed companies. That isn’t to say that what we have on offer below won’t ‘work’ for you if you are part of a large corporate, just to highlight that our partnership with Governance360 and their award-winning products is driven by a desire with the miacademy to appeal to as many members as we can.
Learn from an award-winning business and its musical founder
Clive Bawden, founder of Governance360 is an experienced executive and non-executive director as well as a keen amateur musician.
A Chartered Accountant, Clive also holds an MBA with Distinction from Birmingham Business School in addition to his first degree in Greek (Ancient & Modern). He is founder of TechNation Rising Star 2021, Governance360, helping private organisations and charities upskill directors and develop a stronger board process.
Outside of work, having recently won the Institute of Directors West Midlands award for Non-Executive Director of the Year, he is Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee at Birmingham Museums Trust, independent non-executive at SkateboardGB, the new national governing body created to herald the arrival of Skateboarding at the Olympics this summer, and was Trustee for Finance & Risk of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra for 7 years. A keen amateur cellist and double bass player, Clive was, in his youth, part of British Youth Opera, the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.
Here are the range of offers that we have worked with Governance360 to create. All available to MIA members:
Over the next month, we will run a series of articles written in conjunction with Governance360 focusing on key areas of boardroom development, written with MIA members in mind.
Five tips to help build the skills of your Board
Aimed at MIA members, potentially looking at succession planning or starting to prepare the organisation for a funding event, the article will cover how to simply review the skills of your Board, appraise what skills are needed for the different stages of a Company’s development and some tips on how to approach improving it.
Five tips to help build your first board
Aimed at MIA members setting up their first venture, or members embarking on building their first Board of Directors, the article will cover what a Board and its purpose is, tips on setting one up and where to focus and also explain the differences between advisory and statutory boards and their purpose.
Five tips to help run more effective Board meetings
Board meetings can often resemble a slow motion car crash… Too long, unfocused, reading from the papers submitted, a world of endless pain! Or not even having the time to run one or be unclear on its purpose. Sound familiar? This article will focus on the basics of a good board meeting and some tips on what good looks like.
Free product offer one – Free training for Board members
Governance360 includes an award-winning training Academy for Directors. This includes the Director Readiness programme, 5 short digital modules built to CPD accredited guidelines and in use in a number of leading business incubators and support programmes across the country. Perfect for new director induction, management leadership training for those approaching the board or a simple refresher to those looking to improve their skills at the board table.
The 5 modules, which typically take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete, cover:
- Director statutory duties
- Conflicts of interest management
- Shareholder v Director – the differences between ownership and management
- Different types of Director, in particular, what is a non-executive director
- Personal liability as a Director and some tips on how to manage it
Thanks to the MIA partnership with Governance360, we are able to offer all MIA members free access to the first of these modules, Director Statutory Duties, and a discounted offer to the remaining 4 modules – £100 + VAT per user completion.
To sign-up to your free module, and/or enquire about the Academy offer and how you might qualify for your organisation click HERE.
Free product offer two – 3 months free board portal use
Governance360 includes an award-winning board portal, BoardSecure, used by national sporting bodies, venture backed private businesses, charities and SMEs across the country.
A board portal helps you run board meetings more efficiently, distribute board papers at less GDPR and cyber risk and makes administration much easier (fewer emails to send, saves you time on version control and making amends). In short – it helps you be a more professional organisation and saves you time and money. What more is there to like!
Our partnership with Governance360 enables MIA members to ask for a three-month free trial of BoardSecure, including a free 30-minute onboarding call for the board administration to set up their first meeting and papers. After that, MIA members are entitled to a 50% discount on a year’s subscription to the portal, saving them £250 +VAT in year one for this award-winning product.
To set up a demo of the software, or book a short call to find out more, email here and quote MIAOFFER2 and they will be in touch to set up your trial.
If you are not already an MIA member and you are interested in accessing these resources, please reach out to Alice