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Certified Bank Director Programme


In association with the Institute of Banking, Cambridge Judge Business School will bring practitioner and research-based perspectives to the issues of risk, governance, strategy and the regulatory environment faced by bank directors in the United Kingdom, Europe and globally. 

We believe that continuous professional development should be a priority throughout your career and especially so at director level where responsibility for achieving business goals, ethical conduct and compliance falls squarely on your shoulders. The Certified Bank Director Programme will provide a forum where practitioners and other specialists can learn from one another and exchange valuable experiences that will open new doors to professional and personal success. 

Recent scandals involving banks manipulating benchmarks (i.e. LIBOR) and sanctions compliance demonstrate the importance of integrity and transparency in bank operations and understanding the international political environment. Therefore the programme will address the major changes in banking regulation and its main purposes and priorities. Particular focus will be on how banking regulation and compliance can be integrated into bank strategy and governance. The programme will also cover developments in risk management and how evolving financial markets are presenting new risks for banks that must be managed and measured effectively. The main elements of bank accounting and financial statement analysis will be covered as well as conduct risk and how it can be managed more effectively in order to preserve and enhance bank reputation.  

The programme will provide a blended learning environment based on face-to-face seminar sessions and a self-paced learning structure involving readings and interactive sessions between seminar participants.  Sessions will be led by experts who have worked with global banks, advised on policy and researched the financial markets, they bring their expertise to the fore and stimulate the valuable debates that enable deeper understanding and critical thinking to take place.


The Certified Bank Director programme is delivered two times per year in Dublin. From 2016, the programme will also be delivered once a year in England and from March 2018 in Cambridge. The programme comprises nine modules delivered over 10 days across two blocks of five days' duration each. A panel of subject area experts drawn from academia and industry lead each of the individual modules. The emphasis in the programme is on the application of key concepts to enhance the skills of participants and to create a learning forum where challenges can be explored and wisdom and insights dissected and shared.

Block 1 (5 days) 

  • Module 1 (0.5 days) Bank Governance I
  • Module 2 (0.5 days) Prudential Regulatory Framework
  • Module 3 (1 day) Bank Capital (including Stress Testing)
  • Module 4 (2 days) Risk (I) Market, Liquidity, IRRBB Risk (II) Operational Risk and ERM (III) Conduct Risk
  • Module 5 (1 day) Credit (Risk and Philosophy)

Block 2 (5 days)

  • Module 6 (1 day) Liquidity Management
  • Module 7 (1 day) Analysis of Bank Financial Statements
  • Module 8 (1 day) Bank Strategy
  • Module 9 (2 days) Bank Governance II


On completion of the Certified Bank Director Programme, candidates will:

  • Understand the essence of a bank, the banking system, the lessons from the banking crisis, and the likely future development of banking post-crisis including the implications  of Basel III
  • Appreciate the implications of recent regulatory changes and the legal, regulatory and governance framework relevant to board directors
  • Understand the components of bank capital and how banks’ business model and related risk taking activities and bank capital interplay
  • Know the components, measurement and control of bank risk, stress testing, funding and credit risk
  • Comprehend the unique risk profile of banking models, including the systematic and systemic implications of risk-related policies in the context of strategy and the relationship between risk appetite, profitability and stakeholder maximisation
  • Appreciate the efficacy of the internal governance processes and the application of best practice
  • Understand the behaviours required from well-functioning boards and the expectations and requirements of individual directors.

Candidates play an important role in the success of the programme. Contextualising the programme material in the day-to-day experiences of participants is an integral ingredient of the Certified Bank Director Programme. Active participation and discussion, where participants can draw on each other's experiences, is encouraged and facilitated by lecturers.

The rewards from completing the programme extend beyond participating in the programme itself. Certified Bank Directors become part of the growing Certified Bank Director network. These rewards, therefore, are derived, not only from an enhancement of your understanding of bank governance but also from: 

  • Development of a strong network of bank director and industry contacts from the programme 
  • Recognition within the banking industry as having embraced the highest standards in your profession 
  • Being part of a community of bank professionals who recognise the value of governance education and share similar values and beliefs in relation to best practice governance standards and 
  • Access to a forum (Certified Bank Director portal) for ensuring your own continuing professional development.

Who should attend

The Certified Bank Director programme is targeted at executive and non-executive directors of the main and subsidiary boards of banks. It will be highly beneficial, not only to individuals new to the roles and responsibilities of being a bank director, but also to experienced bank directors operating in a significantly changed regulatory landscape. This programme is also targeted at senior managers aspiring to be bank executive directors and/ or identified as potential future executive directors within their organisation. All candidates are advised to speak with the Programme Director, Dr Kate Cullen, prior to submitting an application form.

Faculty & speakers

Kern Alexander

Kern Alexander

Risk Fellow, Centre for Risk Studies

PhD (University of London)

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Kate Cullen

Kate Cullen

Dr Kate Cullen is Programme Director and Lecturer for the Certified Bank Director Programme.

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Dr Kate Cullen is a BComm (Banking and Finance), MBS (Financial Services), and PhD graduate from University College Dublin. Kate lectures extensively on business and board ethics, biases, culture and conduct. 

Having completed her doctoral scholar research on decision-making biases with University College Dublin (UCD), Kate’s research interests are behavioural in nature, focusing on the psychology of decision-making and biases, exploring the way that we make decisions and the powerful role played by organisational culture in impacting those decisions. 

Prior to completing her doctoral research, Kate  worked for nearly a decade in wealth management and management consulting, where she held a variety of financial services advisory roles. In 2009, Kate joined the College of Business in UCD a member of the academic faculty. She also became an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants during that time.

Kate joined the Institute of Banking, a recognised college of UCD, in 2016 where she is currently Programme Director of two specialist executive education director programmes, the Certified Bank Director Programme and the Certified Investment Fund Director Programme. Kate remains an associate assistant professor for UCD, lecturing on a variety of their executive education programmes. 

Margaret Cullen

Margaret Cullen

Margaret Cullen is a specialist in the areas of corporate and investment fund governance. 

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Margaret holds a BA in Economics from University College Dublin, an MSc in Investment and Treasury from Dublin City University and a PhD in corporate governance from University College Dublin. Her doctoral research explored the role and effectiveness of boards of directors in investment fund governance.

Prior to completing her doctoral research, Margaret worked for 12 years in the financial services industry. She has held senior positions at ABN AMRO International Financial Services Company, the Central Bank, JP Morgan Bank Ireland plc. and

RBC Dexia Investor Services Ireland Limited where she gained significant experience in the areas of treasury management, investment fund regulation, compliance and risk management.

Dr. Cullen lectures extensively on corporate governance including on the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance for the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance in the areas of executive remuneration and behavioural aspects of boards.

In 2009 she carried out independent research on behalf of the Irish Stock Exchange and the Irish Association of Investment Managers, on compliance by Irish listed companies with the Combined Code (now the UK Corporate Governance Code).

The recommendations contained in the final report led to the publication by the Irish Stock Exchange of the Irish Corporate Governance Annex as an accompaniment to their Listing Rules.

She represented the Centre for Corporate Governance on a Consultative Committee that prepared a Code of Best Practice for Governance Assessment in Ireland (Swift 3000) and was part of the committee’s editorial team. Margaret is a former director of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland and the Qualifications and Quality Authority of Ireland, She is a non- executive director of The Progressive Building Society and chairs its remuneration committee.

Alan Jagolinzer

Alan Jagolinzer

Professor of Financial Accounting

PhD (Pennsylvania State University)

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Nikoletta Kleftouri

Nicoletta Kleftouri

Dr Nikoletta Kleftouri is working as a Bank Expert in the European Banking Authority, developing EU Level 2 legislation on the resolution of EU financial institutions. 

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She was previously a Legal Counsel of the UK Prudential Regulation Authority, advising among others on the design of the Authority’s approach to Pillar 2 capital, liquidity and stress testing of UK banks. Before that, she was a member of the Policy Division of the Resolution Directorate of the Bank of England, where she contributed to the negotiations and implementation of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) and the Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive (DGSD) as well as the development of group resolution plans for UK Global Systemically Important Banks. She has published a number of articles in leading international financial law journals, including the first book to provide a comparative approach covering deposit protection and bank resolution regimes in the UK, EU and the US (publisher: Oxford University Press). She lectures on the Cambridge Judge Business School Barclays Compliance Academy.  She holds a doctorate in Banking Law, an LLM with specialisation in Commercial Law from the University of London and a LLB from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Chris McHugh

Chris McHugh

Chris McHugh has over 20 years' experience in derivative markets across a broad range of asset classes, and has also worked in management consulting.

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He is a Lecturer at The London Institute of Banking & Finance, and his research interests relate to the interaction of public and private sector capital markets and also the restructuring, regulation and change in OTC and exchange-traded derivative markets. 

As a Managing Director at HSBC for 14 years he ran trading and structuring teams responsible for the risk management of: Counterparty (‘XVA'), Funding and Collateral Discounting risk; Energy Derivatives; Emerging Market Credit; and Foreign Exchange derivatives.  He also was at the forefront of the bank’s response to regulatory change and capital optimisation. At Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch he specialized in Foreign Exchange derivatives. Chris graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, with a degree in Engineering and has an MBA from London Business School.

Kevin McConnell

Kevin McConnell

Kevin, a Chartered Financial Analyst, has more than 15 years of experience in the investment industry, specialising in the banking and insurance sectors. 

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For the past five years, he has been an external strategic advisor to a number of banks and to a range of international debt and equity investors in the sector.

He has worked on both the buy and sell side of the capital markets. Kevin is a senior lecturer on the Masters in Finance programme, Trinity College Dublin, and delivers the Institute of Banking’s Professional Certificate in Complex Financial Instruments in International Financial Services.

He also serves as the examiner for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) accreditation for FPSB Ireland. Kevin is a principal with K3 Consulting and Gem Strategic, which specialise in executive-level strategic consulting in the financial services arena.


Paul Pritchard

Paul Pritchard

Dr Paul Pritchard has wide experience in sustainability risk management with a focus on financial services and value chains. 

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Following research on modelling heavy metal contamination he specialised in due diligence support for property investment.  He then led the operational risk function at RSA insurance Group with particular responsibility for capital management and model development. Since leaving RSA he has worked as an independent adviser and investigated integration of sustainability risks and finance as a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Martin Stewart

Martin Stewart

Martin is the Director of Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions at the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority. 

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He joined the regulator in 2010 from the IFG Group where he was Managing Director of their expatriate financial advisory, tax advisory and asset management businesses operating in the UK, Europe and Australia. For PA Consulting Group and in his own business, he has worked as an advisor to banks, building societies and insurance companies in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Across 11 years he held a series of roles for Yorkshire Building Society, including six years as a member of their Group Board. Martin has a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Michael Willis

Michael Willis

Senior Faculty in Management Practice

PhD (Wharton School of Business)

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Dates & fees

Dates Duration Fees *
Block 1: 19-23 March 2018 5 days £12,000 (for the two, five-day blocks)
Block 2: 23-27 April 2018 5 days £12,000 (for the two, five-day blocks)

Some participants may be subject to an additional VAT cost.

* Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 226KB) (updated 27 October 2015)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 243KB) (updated 27 October 2015)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Dr Kate Cullen

Programme Director, Executive Education
Institute of Banking

Tel: +353 (0) 86 334 4436

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