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IoD Advance is an exclusive community for business leaders where you can grow your network, acquire new skills, raise your profile and supercharge your career

Connect with leaders at the right level

Advance enables you to maintain and build lasting professional relationships, through facilitated introductions, access to the Advance app and unique event formats. Our community and its benefits take the work out of networking, by introducing you to the leaders who matter to you. Save your time and resources by letting us do the hard part.

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Share your expertise and raise your profile     

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. 

Learn from industry experts

As well as peer-to-peer learning, Advance enables you to grow your knowledge and accelerate your career path 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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Stay productive on the move 

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. Advance members can also access executive airport lounges and the IoD’s historic headquarters at 116 Pall Mall.

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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. As an Advance member, you have access to our top professional researchers. They can provide you with valuable information on topics ranging from market forecasts and industry trends to trading abroad and employee salaries.

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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. With our brand new IoD Academy app you can assess your skillset against the IoD Director Competency Framework, create a personal development plan and track your progress while you learn on the go.

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Get your voice heard on key business issues

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. The UK's prosperity depends on enterprise and it is imperative that the views of directors are heard. We exert our influence in all matters of economic and public policy.

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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

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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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Start your journey to an Advanced career

* 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.