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IoD Advance - Directors' Skills Day

19 Mar 2019
Institute of Directors, London

The Directors’ Skills Day is an exclusive event for IoD Advance members, offering the latest guidance on what it takes to be a great director.

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 full-day of inclusive professional development is designed to develop your understanding of strategy, leadership and governance.

The Directors' Skills Day comprises the following four short courses:

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

    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


  • 09:00 – 09:20 Arrival, registration and opening remarks (tea, coffee and biscuits)
  • 09:20 – 11:00 - Session 1
  • 11:00 – 11:15 – Tea/coffee and rotate delegates
  • 11:15 – 12:45 – Session 2
  • 12:45 – 13:45 – Lunch
  • 13:45 – 15:15 – Session 3
  • 15:15 – 15:30 - Tea/coffee and rotate delegates
  • 15:30 – 17:00 – Session 4
  • 17:00 – 17:15 – Closing remarks

    The courses

    Strategic Decision Making delivered by Andrew Carroll

    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 delivered by Janhavi Dadarkar

    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 delivered by Raj Gandhi

    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 delivered by Gerard Hargreaves

    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.

    How to book

    Please note that this event is for IoD Advance members only. Head to the Advance App to book your place, or email

    Key details

    Date & time: 19 Mar 2019 09:00 - 17:15
    Location: Institute of Directors, London
    CPD Hours:

    Prices from

    No Charge.

    Event manager:
    Miss Emma Underwood
    Contact phone:
    0207 766 8808
    Contact email:




    Prices from

    No Charge.

    • Institute of Directors
    • 116 Pall Mall
    • London
    • SW1Y 5ED

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