What CTOs need to know about boards of directors

schedule Nov 29th 03:55 PM - 04:25 PM place State 3

Most companies have a board of directors; once you get into a C-level role (and sometimes before), you are likely to have some interaction with a board. The first time I had to present to a board, I had no idea of what their role was or how I should approach them; it can be quite a daunting experience.

However, having a good relationship between a board and management is critical
for an organisation. So learning a little something about what makes a board tick is useful for any current or potential C-level executive.

This session draws on my experience of presenting to boards and my time spent sitting on a board to give an introduction to the topic.

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Outline/structure of the Session

  • What is a board of directors?
    • What do ASIC and others (including the AICD) say when defining what a board is. How is a board put together. Who is typically on a board.
  • What are the responsibilities of the board?
    • Their role in organisational performance
    • The role in compliance
  • How do boards and management work together?
    • How do board meetings and committees work. In what capacity are management invited to be part of those meetings. What involvement do boards have in day to day work.
  • How to talk to a board
    • Some tips on what to cover if you want to be effective when presenting to a board.
  • Pitfalls to watch out for
    • What are some mistakes that you might make when dealing with a board and how to prevent them or deal with them.
  • Wrap/Q&A

Learning Outcome

At the end of this session, attendees will have an understanding of what a board of directors does, what the care about and how to talk/interact/work with them. They will also have avenues to explore if they wish to consider a board career themselves.

Target Audience

Anyone in a CTO or equivalent role who interacts with boards


No prior knowledge is assumed.

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