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The Institute of Directors (IoD) has been supporting businesses and the people who run them since 1903. 

As the UK’s longest-running organisation for professional leaders, we are dedicated to supporting our members, encouraging entrepreneurial activity and promoting responsible business practice for the benefit of the business community and society as a whole.

Our philosophy is to support, represent and set standards for directors

We are your representative and voice in business, no matter what your company size. We support our 34,500 members through 48 regional branches across the UK, allowing us to be influential at a local level, as well as nationally. Our members are some of the most skilled and prominent leaders in the UK, from start-up entrepreneurs to FTSE board members, directors in the public sector and CEOs of multinational organisations.

We represent your point of view

As an independent association of business leaders, our objective is to make sure your views are taken into account when the government is reviewing policy, legislation or seeking the opinions of the wider business community.

We promote professionalism in the boardroom

High standards of excellence and professionalism in the boardroom are essential for businesses to succeed. We have been supporting leaders in their professional development for many years and our highly regarded programmes provide creative and flexible training opportunities, including our exclusive and industry-recognised qualification, Chartered Director.

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