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Directors' Skills Day

09 Nov 2018
The Principal York , York

Whether you’re a newly appointed director, aspiring to achieve your first board position, or looking to progress your career to the next level, this exclusive day of workshops is designed to develop your understanding of strategy, leadership, and effectiveness.

The IoD Directors' Skills Day comprises the following 4 short courses:

  • Strategic Decision Making
  • Practical tips for becoming a NED
  • The Top 5 Things Every Director Must Know
  • Improving Board Dynamics

Why attend?

  • Enhance your effectiveness, strategy and leadership skills
  • Networking breakfast, executive lunch and refreshments throughout the day
  • Held at York’s spectacular Principal Hotel, adjacent to the station
  • Worth 6 hours of CPD (certificated)

What can I expect?

  • Expert course leaders, all of whom are practicing directors
  • Live industry case studies and the latest strategic insight
  • Practical exercises designed to facilitate peer networking
  • Interactive, attentive and relaxed learning environment
  • Lunch and breakout sessions to network and meet other business leaders

What are attendees saying?

"A 5-star venue, great presenters and stimulating content with excellent hospitality"

"The faculties were very well informed in their subjects and gave the training in a very informal but professional way"

"We got to know each other better rather than a surface hello."

How to book

If you are an Advance member, access to the day is included with your membership. Please head to the Advance App to book your place, or email Otherwise, please book through our website.

The courses

Strategic Decision Making

Strategic decision making amongst senior teams is no easy feat, this interactive course will equip you with the tools to make this process effective and provide insights into the main challenges to help you overcome them before they arise. You will be given a unique opportunity to assess your own organisation’s competence in strategic decision-making and identify areas of improvement.

Practical Tips for Becoming a NED

NEDs are vital to any organisation due to their independence from the management of the company, which makes them ideal for monitoring and evaluating a company’s executive directors. This workshop will provide you with the insights to make your transition to a NED role smooth.

The Top 5 Things Every Director Must Know

Distinguish the difference between the role of a director from other senior management roles and the link between a director’s duty towards the company and their potential personal liability. Develop a practical understanding of a director's role, authority and conflicts of interest.

Improving Board Dynamics

The people are what make an effective board. A board that represents different personalities and expertise combined with a culture of trust, respect and openness. This interactive session focuses on how to improve board interaction, behaviour and relationships in board meetings. You will gain a better understanding of what board dynamics are, why they matter, how to develop positive dynamics and how board dynamics differ from those at executive and management level.


9:00 - 9:20 - Arrival, registration and opening remarks
9:20 - 11:00 - Session 1
11:00 - 11:15 - Tea/coffee
11:15 - 12:45 - Session 2
12:45 - 14:00 - Lunch with guest speaker Terry Hodgkinson
14:00 - 15:30 - Session 3
15:30 - 15:45 - Tea/coffee
15:45 - 17:15 - Session 4
17:15 - 17:30 - Closing remarks

Key details

Date & time: 09 Nov 2018 09:00 - 17:30
Location: The Principal York , York
CPD Hours:

Prices from

249.00 GBP + VAT - Member
299.00 GBP + VAT - Non member

Event manager:
Emily Martin
Contact phone:
07714 749 415
Contact email:


Jo Haigh is the CEO and founder of fds, which has bases in London, Birmingham and Yorkshire.

An experienced dealmaker, Jo specialises in putting together the right deal at the right time and in the right format for growing businesses throughout the country. She has bought and sold approximately 400 companies in the last 26 years specialising in owner managed companies.

In the '90s Jo created a specialist director training division, which has been highly successful since inception. She has held circa 40+ non-executive roles over that period, in companies across the country and helped circa 400+ businesses through successful transactions. Jo has sold three of her own companies and undertaken two personal MBO’s. Read more here... 

Deborah Benson was the first and youngest female director to be appointed at large Scottish construction company the Miller Group, after starting her career in advertising and marketing in London and gaining an MBA. On moving to Scotland, she first became national marketing director for the Miller homes division and then, still in her thirties, became regional managing director of partnership, and subsequently mainstream housing businesses with turnovers of up to £40m (c. £100m in today's values), negotiating single contracts with values of up to £38m. She was head-hunted to lead Wilcon Homes as MD for Scotland, becoming the first female MD of a large-scale company in the construction sector in Scotland. Read more here...

Terry Hodgkinson

Terry is an advocate of continuous learning, training and personal development.

Terry’s career spans over 42 years in business with executive and non-executive experience in privately owned, not-for profit and government organisations. He led the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward as its Chair for seven years, overseeing the Agency in growing the economy of Yorkshire and Humber with an annual budget of £350 million.

Since leaving Yorkshire Forward Terry has launched his business Terry Hodgkinson Ltd branded “Inspiration for Industry, Education and Regeneration” where he has undertaken various roles including Chair of ‘NCFE’ an awarding body for education in Colleges and Schools throughout the UK. A non-executive director post at ‘RESET Certification Scheme Ltd’ and has chaired the Integrity Foundation CIC. He is a Visiting Professor attached to the Business School at Leeds Metropolitan University. Terry continues to run “The Alchemists Foundation” raising aspirations and creating a platform for young people to acquire new skills. Terry is also renowned for his passion for property and has recently restored the grade ii listed engine shed in Whitby.

Terry was honoured in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday honours list with a CBE for services to ‘business and regeneration’ and has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire; he is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, is a Chartered Director, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield.



Prices from

249.00 GBP + VAT - Member
299.00 GBP + VAT - Non member


Bookings cancelled within 7 days will not be refunded
  • The Principal York
  • Station road
  • York
  • YO24 1AA

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