Finance for Boards
Skill-up on the fundamentals of finance.
Leave the course feeling like a finance insider!
Finance for Boards
Finance for Boards by Syntegra-ESG, is an easy way to skill-up on the fundamentals of corporate financial governance, so you can weigh-in, oversee, and fulfill your due diligence responsibilities related to financial reports, capitalization, valuations etc., with confidence.
Class Size limited to 20 - we are focused on your learning. Secure these four main benefits now!
Finance for Boards by Syntegra-ESG is led by Jean Pousson. Jean is an award-winning finance educator (UK Finance). Dr. Axel Kravatzky, Managing Partner of Syntegra-ESG and the co-convener of ISO37000 Governance of Organizations will one of the guest presenters.
Leave our course feeling like a finance insider. You will be able to confidently articulate key terms as well as read, understand and critique financial statements.
Be conversant at identifying common instances of fraud or financial improprieties. Feel good about your ability to oversee the financial health of the organization that is in your charge.
Become an expert in the dynamics of common finance related governance structures (CFO, Audit Committees, etc.,), so you can understand financial roles and responsibilities and can impart your insights on what good governance should look like.
Confidently, weigh in on conversations about expansion, mergers and acquisitions. Have an organic understanding of financing options and their implications to company health. Know the meaning of capitalization and what proportion of your capital should be in the form of equity, debt, or bonds.
Enrollment is open - 16 march is the first module!
Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up
This is a series of 5 half-day (4h) online live tutorials supplemented with with live guest presentations, practical work, and coaching for those who desire it.
All modules will include practical work to be completed before the tutorial. There are about two weeks in between each module to allow for learning and for some light tasks to be completed before the next one.
A multiple choice test is optional and this will be reflected in the certificate we issue.
Complete this course from the comfort of your home or office. Less travel is good for the environment, more cost effective, and offers greater flexibility.
You can review the recording of every module for 2 months. In this way you can re-enforce your learning and catch up in case you miss any of the live modules.
Receive personal attention and meaningful interaction with our course faculty. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 20.
Work with a cohort of peers. Learning is more effective when it is interactive and you can get answers to your questions along the way.
All participants who take part in the live classes will get to review their light preparatory work assigned for each module in class.
All participants get personal support to help with any technical or course related issues during office hours.
How will you benefit?
What are the learning objectives?
There are five live modules with practical work - individual and group work.
Module 1: Introduction to Finance and Accounting - 16 MARCH, 2021
- Basic accounting principles e.g. accruals, going concern
- Profit v cash
- Depreciation and Amortisation
- The key financial statements
- How cost structures affect profit
- The Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Module 2: Assessing Financial Health - 25 MARCH, 2021
- Assessment framework
- Financial ratios
- How professionals assess financial performance
- Working Capital Management
- Cash flow analysis
- EBITDA and Free Cash Flow
- Cash burn and debt capacity
Module 3: Finance for directors - 8 APRIL 2021
- Choosing a CFO
- Duties and responsibilities of directors on finance matters
- Components of a good finance strategy
- Understanding the links between strategy and shareholder value
- Assessing the performance of the finance function
- Managing external advisers eg external auditors
- The Audit Committee
- The Board’s dashboard and reporting issues
- Budgetary management
Module 4: Finance for directors - part 2 - 20 APRIL 2021
- Cost of capital
- Project Appraisal Techniques
- DCF, NPV, IRR
- Company valuation methodologies
- Acquisition cases
- Creative accounting
Module 5: Financing decisions - 5 MAY 2021
- Types of financing available
- Capital structuring
- Equity Listing or not
- Investor relations issues
- Dividend Policies
- The Private Equity route
- Raising bank loans. How banks assess loans
The following non-academic certificates will be issued by Syntegra-ESG's Tailored Governance Academy:
About The Course Faculty, Jean Pousson
Jean Pousson has twice been voted lecturer of the year for UK Finance, the professional body that oversees the asset finance industry.
Originally from Mauritius and having had a fifteen year career with Barclays Bank in South Africa in Retail and Corporate Banking, Jean emigrated to the UK in 1989 to take up a position as Assistant Corporate Director with D.C Gardner plc (Now part of Euromoney plc) responsible for banking and training consultancy internationally.
In a typical year Jean will interface about 600 directors and about 8 to 10 Boards working on various aspects of strategy and corporate governance.
He is a regular speaker for Vistage, the San Diego based network of Chief Executives (the largest in the world) and has twice been voted lecturer of the year for UK Finance, the professional body that oversees the asset finance industry.
He has also held non-executive directorships and carried out a number of Board reviews and strategic assignments, and from November 2020 will run a cohort for the Financial Times’ (FT) Non-Executive Director programme.
Jean holds a B Comm. Degree from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, is a Chartered member of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa, obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Warwick Business School, and also holds the Institute of Directors’ Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction.
Since then he has conducted training and consultancy assignments in over 32 countries and is one of the lead consultants for the Institute of Directors in the fields of finance strategy and corporate governance.
At Syntegra-ESG we guide and advise you on how to tailor global good practice to your specific circumstances.
Dr Axel Kravatzky - Managing Partner, Syntegra-ESG, Co-Convenor and Editor of ISO 37000 Governance of Organizations
ISO 37000 Governance of Organizations – the first international consensus standard on good governance. Founding Chairman of the Caribbean Corporate Governance Institute, former member of the Board’s Examination and Awards Committee.
Here’s what people are saying about the course lecturer, Jean Pousson
It was excellent
Highly engaging speaker. Thoughtful observations clearly expressed
Amazing speaker. A pleasure to listen to. Excellent delivery
Get the best of both worlds:
online & live
Your career should not suffer because you never had the opportunity to get comfortable with finance. You are an expert in other domains - and that is why you are already on or aspiring to work with boards.
We have all been there and the only way through this is to get a solid foundation because even though finance is not everything, it is certainly a vital part of any organization.
Instead of searching on your own, or attending more general finance courses online, you are able to access and rely on this tried and tested material tailored to the board level.
To be competent in a subject matter you need to have the necessary knowledge, skill, and experience. That is why you will received hand-picked reading materials, presentation slides, as well as opportunities to practice, and discuss with peers and your teacher Jean Pousson.
Shorter and less comprehensive courses than this one often cost more than $4000. However, we have put together special course pricing option.
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What is the course like?
Why invest in training from Syntegra-ESG?
Our faculty is the best. They are truly passionate about sharing their knowledge and ensuring that you learn.
They are trusted guides, advisors, and purpose Sherpas with visible track records, who have years of hand-on experience.
Our faculty brings the subject matter to life, using a friendly, highly dynamic, and experiential approach, using relevant, contemporary examples.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have done an MBA – is this course for me?
If you are not a financial professional and if you are not able to deal with the full range of financial matters that come before a director or senior executive manager competently (without reference to experts, guides, or books), then this course is for you.
Will I receive a certificate even if I do not take the test?
Yes, if you complete the course, but do not take the test, you will receive a certificate of completion.
Are there any pre-requisites?
You should be a director or an aspiring director of a company, or working as a senior executive manager.
Do you offer a money-back guarantee for this course?
This course does NOT include a money-back guarantee because it is taught in a small cohort size and in person, live.
What happens if I cannot attend all modules in person?
You can still attend the course by indicating that you have completed reviewing lessons online. If you submit your preparatory course work, you receive a certificate of completion and otherwise a certificate of attendance.
How does this course compare with the finance module in a Certificate of Corporate Governance course?
This course is twice as a long as the typical module in a certificate-level course and contains a lot more practice opportunities. We also cover a wider range of topics.