Oxford Bank Governance Programme

Said Business School

Said Business School


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Who should attend

The Oxford Bank Governance Programme is designed to equip those in the roles below with the skills, confidence and capability to effectively lead at board level within banking institutions.

  • Existing non-executive directors in banking
  • Aspiring non-executive directors in financial services seeking NED roles in banking
  • Senior professionals in financial services seeking board leadership positions in banking now or in the future
  • Senior auditors and legal professionals advising bank boards

About the course

Developing purposeful and effective bank board leaders.

Develop your ability to lead at board level to build banking institutions that deliver results for today and prepare for sustainable future success.

As banks worldwide seek to re-establish trust whilst competing in an increasingly competitive environment, they must also grapple with new and complex challenges which demand more of leadership. Advances in technology are significantly disrupting the industry, regulators have increased their expectations and demands, and socio-political issues like climate change and social mobility have become increasingly prominent on bank board agendas.

Board members must increasingly demonstrate to regulators and other stakeholders that they have the requisite expertise, and strategic and operational knowledge, to lead banks through turbulent and changing times.

This programme develops purposeful and effective bank directors by drawing together University of Oxford research in areas including leadership, ethics and conduct, reputation, governance, digital transformation, and sustainable finance.

It is designed in partnership with senior banking professionals from commercial and regulatory environments operating in countries all over the world. This enables us to effectively address the challenges of bank leadership today, and those that exist on the horizon. To bring this to life over the course of the week we will consider how existing operating models, across all elements of the business, could be challenged and changed by the impacts of technology, sustainability and regulation.


Day 1 - Governance, Leadership and Culture

  • Global theories and standards for effective corporate governance in banking
  • Creating resilient banking organisations
  • Understanding the view of regulators and navigating the changing business and regulatory environment
  • What is the board’s role in practice - and what are our legal, social and environmental responsibilities?
  • Developing board culture, and influencing organisational culture
  • Managing brand reputation and franchise at board level

Day 2 - Regulation, Capital & Liquidity Management

  • Global regulatory architecture and developments
  • Bank capital regulation (Basel II/III and CRD IV) and understanding the view of the regulators
  • How do banks effectively respond to crises, and develop robust recovery and resolution plans?
  • Best practice capital and liquidity management

Day 3 – Risk Management and Financial Statements

  • Measuring and managing credit, market and operational risks
  • Understanding the role of internal and external risk factors and managing them effectively
  • What can boards do to scrutinise and question risk management? And what is the regulators perspective on effective risk management?
  • Board awareness of financial statements and understanding issues in financial reporting
  • International developments in financial reporting for banks

Day 4 - Strategy, Growth and Responsible Business

  • Strategic decision making in responding to competitive pressures and the changing market environment
  • Building a responsible and ethical business to drive growth and mitigate risk
  • Understanding market structure and dynamics in search of growth
  • The boards’ role in developing organisational strategy
  • Addressing new challenges and opportunities like climate change through sustainable banking and lending

Day 5 - The Future of Banking

  • What will the bank of the future look like, and what will it’s role in society be?
  • Digital disruption and its implications for banking – Big Data, FinTech, RegTech, Blockchain, and AI
  • The changing risk landscape – cyber-risk, disintermediation risk, sustainability risks
  • The future of regulation in banking
  • Geo and socio-political developments and their impact on bank strategy and governance


To you

  • Build on your understanding of current best-practice governance frameworks and their application
  • Enhance your ability to lead the organisation and be an effective member of the board
  • Gain a detailed appreciation of the key areas of financial responsibility within banking, and the regulatory environment in which it operates
  • Develop tangible strategies for leading growth and securing the long-term future of the institution
  • Gain a greater understanding of future challenges and opportunities in banking

To your organisation

  • Implement a robust and relevant governance structure at the board level of the organisation
  • Prepare the institution for the challenges and opportunities for banking
  • Develop a strategy to deliver sustainable success and growth
  • Develop an effective and responsible organisational culture that supports the future of the institution
  • Ensure that the institution maintains an effective and responsible approach to managing capital, risk and regulation


Timothy Galpin

Tim's areas of expertise include mergers and acquisitions, strategy formulation and execution, entrepreneurship, organisational culture change, and leading sustainable organisations. Tim possesses academic experience combined with extensive international professional experience as a management c...

Pinar Ozcan

Pinar Ozcan is Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School. She specializes in strategy, entrepreneurship, and the emergence of new technology markets.. Professor Ozcan completed her Ph.D. at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) at the Stanford University Management ...

Amir Amel-Zadeh

Amirs research examines the economic effects of financial and non-financial reporting. He is also interested in the consequences (and interaction) of accounting and capital regulation of financial institutions. Prior to joining Oxford Saïd, Amir held a position as University Lecturer at Judge Bu...

Alexander Kern

Professor Kern Alexander holds the Professorial Chair in Law and Finance and is Professor of Banking Regulation at the University of Zurich. Professor Alexander is an internationally recognised expert who has authored books and articles on international financial regulation and European Union an...

Rachel Botsman

Named one of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and one of Fast Company’s most Creative People in Business, Rachel Botsman is a leading expert and author on trust in the digital world. Rachel is the author of two ground breaking...

Anette Mikes

Anette is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Oxford Saïd and a Fellow at Hertford College. Anette was the 2017 laureate of the prestigious ACA Prize of the University of St.-Gallen for her contributions to the field of risk management and financial governance. Between 2014-2019, she was a...

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