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Endorsed by the Good Governance Academy

Showcase - 13 September 2022

Behind closed doors: The Boardroom

Our most recent endorsed course has a focus on equipping both executive and non-executive directors to face difficult decisions and real dilemmas. Interestingly, it is not about corporate governance nor directors’ responsibilities. It is led by Simon Laffin, a board veteran of over 30 years, with real life knowledge of all boardroom situations. It is aimed at serving new executive and non-executive directors, aspiring directors and those who want to understand more about how boards work. Simon is independent, and not part of any corporate machine, so he tells how things really are. His course builds on his book, providing additional content, and enabling participants to have exchanges of views, experiences and information with peers and Simon himself.


On 13 September 2022, Simon Laffin will be discussing his book and the course with Geoff Rothschild, South African businessman and former Chairman of JSE Limited (Johannesburg Stock Exchange).

Showcase events are free online events to allow attendees to better understand the training which will be provided. If you have a training course or certification which is globally applicable and would like to have it endorsed by the Good Governance Academy and discussed at a Showcase event, please get in touch.

Endorsed training

All these courses have been endorsed by the Good Governance Academy. They are available online and are globally applicable (not country specific). Some courses can be tailored for private audiences. Courses are available for purchase using the links provided. If you would like to recommend a course, whether free or for purchase, please let us know.

Corporate governance and the law

This course is unique as it provides the legal position, linking it to various soft law initiatives to ensure that the law is adhered to.  During the training, various corporate governance topics are dealt with, from a legal perspective and within a regulatory environment, based on hard law as well as soft law approaches. Training  can be tailored for various audiences including senior management, middle management, company secretaries, compliance officers and legal advisors

21st Century Director Mentoring Programme

This individual bespoke mentoring programme will help you becoming a compelling candidate to be invited to serve on Board of Directors. It will equip you to not only survive but flourish in a most demanding and challenging, but highly rewarding, environment. The mentoring programme is designed in such a way that it is of high value and provides personal growth, to both aspiring Directors and Directors who are already experienced but need to update themselves to the latest Good Governance practices.

ISO 37000 Foundations Certification

The International Standard, ISO 37000, provides guidance for the governance of organizations (also known as “corporate governance” and a common language for all sizes and types of organizations across jurisdictions. This internationally accredited course provides a foundational understanding of the ISO 37000 standard. The course was created by experts involved in the standard’s development. 

ISO 37000:2021, Governance of organizations — Guidance. Geneva, Switzerland : ISO.

Characteristics of High Performing Boards
The latest trends

The pandemic, technology, greater focus on ESG, the rise of Nextgen boards and a range of social and other forces are changing Board practice and behavior in a number of ways. Especially in relation to decision making. Some of these changes were covered in a recent stimulating interview with Patrick Dunne, experienced Chair and author of the award-winning book “Boards” by Milton NkosiThe Good Governance Academy has secured Patrick for a limited number of sessions for individual boards to explore how these themes might affect their Boards and organisations.

ESG Competent Boards
Certificate & Designation Program

A professional development opportunity for board members, executives, investors, and their advisors to identify and act upon the most material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of their businesses. Learn with an international network of peers discussing real cases and dilemmas. Receive insight from over 100 globally renowned leaders, recommended readings, tools, emerging best practices, case studies, and questions that will help you create value, resiliency, and enhance good governance that reflects the latest in public discussion.

The Healthy Company

The Healthy Company is a handbook for directors and executives – and those on their way to getting there. Leading a company today means managing the uses of its resources and relationships and how it deals with the resulting effects over time as these effects will come back to impact the company, negatively or positively, in the future. Leigh Roberts, co-author of the 2021 publication, presents an overview of the key messages in the book, providing background context and further in-depth insights.

Climate Competent Boards
Certificate & Designation Program

A unique professional development opportunity for board members, management executives, and their advisors to identify and act upon the most material climate risks and successfully transition businesses models for maximum benefit. Learn with an international network of peers discussing real cases and dilemmas. Receive insight from dozens of globally renowned leaders, recommended readings, tools, emerging best practices, case studies, and questions that
will help you create value, resiliency, and enhance good
governance that reflects the latest in public discussion.

The Integrated Report

Integrated reporting is a process founded on integrated thinking. The process results in a periodic integrated report which is produced by an organization. The integrated report provides to stakeholders information about the organization’s value creation over time and related communications regarding aspects of the organization’s value creation. preservation and erosion. This course is aimed at directors, trustees and all other types of governing body members, executives, corporate report preparers, integrated reporting teams as well as risk, compliance, audit and oter associated assurance providers.

Wits Business School, 2 St Davids Pl,St Andrew Rd, Parktown, 

Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa

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Simon Laffin

Experienced chairman, non-executive director, mentor and author

Simon Laffin is an experienced chairman, non-executive director, mentor and author. He has served on both public and private boards, as well as having worked in private equity and been a FTSE-100 CFO.



Simon is currently a non-executive director at Watkin Jones plc (a listed UK property company). Previously, he has chaired Assura plc, Flybe Group plc and Hozelock Group, and served as a non-executive on Quintain Estates & Development plc, Aegis Group plc, Mitchells & Butlers plc, Dentsu Group Inc and Northern Rock plc (as part of the rescue team). Simon’s early career stretched from being a milkman, working in a post-room, to being a store manager and CFO at Safeway plc.


Simon is passionate about making boards work better, for directors to learn from their own and others’ mistakes, for greater diversity at all layers of management, but especially in the boardroom, and for regulators to participate in helping boards make better decisions (instead of taking pot shots from the sidelines). He is an author and mentor to senior business leaders.

Geoff Rothschild

South African businessman and former Chairman of JSE Limited

Born in Johannesburg in 1947, Geoff was educated at King Edward VII School and matriculated at Queen’s College, Queenstown. He gained a C.T.A. at the University of the Witwatersrand and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1970. Geoff qualified as a Chartered Marketer (South Africa) in 2004.


Between 1964 and 1973, Geoff held various positions and ultimately senior audit manager at Kessel Feinstein, responsible for private and listed companies. From 1974 to 2003, Geoff held various roles at Sidney Isaacs Inc. (and its successors) including: administration director, finance director, joint MD and marketing director. The stockbroker was one of the largest in the country (known at the time as Frankel Pollak). Besides administrative responsibilities (which encompassed preparation of financial accounts and human resources), Geoff also ran investment conferences from 1977 to 1998 which attracted many overseas visitors and clients.


From 1991 to 2008, Geoff was a member of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Committee and Board and was vice chairman and then chairman of the Stock Exchange (JSE, 1998 – 2001). From 2003 to 2015 Geoff worked for the JSE as head of marketing, education and events, and ultimately head of Government and International Affairs.


Geoff served on the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI) for 14 years and is a member of the finance committee for Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). Currently he is involved with the South African CEO initiative and is director and chair of the operations committee of the NEPAD Business Foundation.


Geoff is an Honorary Industrial Fellow at the Da Vinci Institute of Technology and consults to several organizations including Boston Consulting Group and Hill+Knowlton Strategies.  He is a director of the Grootbos Foundation and Chairman of the Imvula Trust and Finance Academy of the Maharishi Institute. He is a trustee of Brand South Africa as well as a patron of Education Africa and the Nelson Mandela Childrens’ Hospital. Geoff is also involved with various other charities and organisations (eg. Partners for Possibility and MEDA – science & technology for students).

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