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IoD Advance is our newest membership offering – an exclusive community where business leaders can grow their network, acquire new skills, expand their knowledge and gain professional recognition. 

Connect with leaders at the right level

Having a network is incredibly valuable, but it’s no secret that meeting the right people can be tough. Advance makes it easier to build and maintain lasting professional relationships, through facilitated introductions, access to the Advance app and our unique event formats.

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Share your expertise

With access to an array of exclusive extra workshops, webinars, collaborative sessions and socials*, Advance members can share insight, exchange practical advice and connect with each other. They decide which topics make the calendar and have the opportunity to raise their profile by pitching to run a session of their own. 

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Learn from industry experts

As well as peer-to-peer learning, Advance enables members to grow their knowledge and stay up to date through inclusive professional development. Membership includes 4 short courses which cover the latest in strategy, leadership and best practice**.

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In addition to the above, Advance members are supported by our full membership services – designed to make your working life and running your company just that bit easier!

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Feel at home

Stay productive on the move with an office in every major city from Exeter to Edinburgh. Access working spaces in 15 exclusive IoD hubs across the country and book meeting spaces from anywhere in the UK when you become a member.

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Make informed decisions

Our award winning Information & Advisory service offers support and guidance on both the day-to-day running of your business and on taking the next step in your career.

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Learn wherever and however you like

Be part of an innovative experience that’s setting the standards for business leaders everywhere. Create your own personal development plan and identify areas for growth with our self-assessment tool. 

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Get your voice heard

Interact with the IoD policy team – the people who represent your views and lobby your interests to decision makers at the heart of government, media and industry.

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The Specifics of your membership

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Am I eligible to join IoD Advance?

If you are responsible for strategic leadership in your organisation, you will be eligible to become an Advance member. IoD Advance is designed for leaders who want to grow – we enable you to make relevant contacts, and we give you access to the training you need to progress and succeed in your career

How is Advance different to full IoD membership?

Advance membership gives you all of the benefits of full IoD membership, plus a whole lot more! Our innovative IoD Advance App, facilitated professional introductions and inclusive professional development are designed to supercharge your directorship. In addition, we have an exclusive events schedule – lots of opportunities to connect and collaborate with other IoD Advance members!

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Meet some of our members 


Ges Ray - Advance

“Advance is a trusted peer group, willing to share expertise, experiences, and opportunities for business."

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Darren Wray - Advance

“Being an Advance member has helped me meet lots of people from organisations of all different shapes and sizes.”

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“The Advance network understands the needs of different types of Directors and supports the way they work and operate differently.”

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Become part of something bigger

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“As an Advance member I’ve been able to overcome the old challenges I used to face.”

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* Advance-exclusive events are currently available in London, Yorkshire, the North West and North East 
** Advance CPD days are currently organised in London and Manchester

Advance members based elsewhere are able to access Advance events/CPD days when travelling to these regions (many do). They also have access to other Advance benefits as usual & full regular membership benefits.