Purpose of the course:
The Forum will offer training, development and support which will help current and aspiring board members further their knowledge and experience of how to govern effectively in the world of sport.

Who is this course for?
Current and aspiring Board members, senior executives and those with future aspirations of operating at a senior level in the sport industry.

Start Date:                                        
Spring 2023

Course Length:
12 online sessions and 1 day training course

Course Pricing:

The cost of this certificated programme is £600+VAT, free to PBSL+ members as part of their course allocation or £480+VAT to PBSL Full members. If you would like to join PBSL Governance Programme contact us at info@thepbsl.com.

Course Director:
Seamus Gillen BA MBA FCIS FCG

Course details:
The PSBL Certified Board Director course will meet online monthly on the first Tuesday of every month from 5.30pm to 7pm. It will bring together all those who have an interest in the issue of governance and teach what good governance looks like, how good practice in governance can be applied to the world of sport, and how individuals can bring that training to bear to develop the skills needed to become an effective director

Lessons include:

  • The purpose of an organisation and the purpose of a board
  • A short history of the evolution of governance, including sports governance
  • Directors’ duties and liabilities
  • The role of the Chair, the CEO, and other board members, including the Secretary
  • Delivering accountability to stakeholders, and protecting the organisation’s brand and reputation
  • Formulating and delivering strategy, and holding management to account
  • Achieving effective oversight of the entity’s risk management and controls regime
  • Board leadership, ​Board composition and succession planning
  • Achieving difference (diversity) in the boardroom and its effect on decision-making
  • Purpose, vision, mission, values, culture and behaviours
  • Board organisation – meetings, agendas, committees
  • Board dilemmas

At the end of the year, participants will be invited to attend a day of training, at the end of which they will receive a Certificate signifying that they are ‘board-ready’ and equipped to bring behavioural and technical expertise, and qualities of judgement and sound decision-making to board positions for which they wish to apply. PBSL-certificated directors will establish a new standard of governance inside sports bodies.

Registration for this course is now open. Reserve your place now by completing this form.


Course Benefits:

  • Be part of a structured learning and development programme based on good-practice governance thinking
  • Use the learning to improve your performance, and strengthen your knowledge of governance
  • Achieve PBSL Certification as a ‘board-ready’ director
  • ​Build up your CPD record, receiving a Certificate after each session – equivalent to 36 hours (five days) of training
  • ​Develop your professional network
  • ​Exclusive access to guest speakers
  • ​Sessions – hosted on Zoom – last for 90 minutes, and involve a presentation, discussion, Q&A and conclusions
  • All sessions are recorded and made available – video, slides, and chat box content – exclusively to Group members in a Membership Area.
  • ​A private Members-only LinkedIn group offers a platform for support, posting of content, and conversation