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IoD North West CPD - Professional Director Series

25 Oct 2019
Kuits Solicitors: Manchester, Manchester

IoD Professional Director Series | CPD in your region

The IoD is here to help you be the best leader you can be. Whether you’ve been a director for days or decades, there is always something new to discover about the role, your responsibilities, and the business world around you. In an economy that’s changing by the day, it’s never been more important to be on top of your game with professional development. 

To help you understand your role as a director, and future-proof your board and organisation, we’ve developed our Professional Director Series – bringing accessible and digestible CPD to your region on the topics that matter. The whole series – wherever you are in the UK - is mapped to the IoD Director Competency Framework, keeping your learning relevant, up-to-date and in line with your professional development ambitions. Whether you’re embarking on the Certificate in Company Direction or are a qualified Chartered Director, this CPD series is the perfect accompaniment – or refresher – to your existing knowledge.

You’ll also be part of a group of leaders from organisations of all shapes and sizes across your region, giving you the opportunity to connect, learn from each other, share your setbacks and successes, and encourage each other at the most senior level. 

The morning session will include two carefully designed courses on 'Strategic Decision Making' and 'Improving Board Dynamics'. The afternoon session will explore the popular courses 'Practical Tips for Becoming a NED and 'Step to the Top'.

Course attendees can either register for a morning session, an afternoon session or the full day.

Date and location Session 1
(morning session)
Session 2
(afternoon session)
Full Day
(morning and afternoon sessions)
25th October 2019

Kuits Solicitors,
Strategic Decision Making
Improving Board Dynamics
(9am - 12.30pm)

£140 for members
£240 for non-members
Practical Tips for Becoming a NED
Step to the Top
(1pm – 4.30pm)

£140 for members
£240 for non-members
Full Day CPD session
(9am – 4.30pm)

£249 for members
£349 for non-members


CPD Workshop Details 

Strategic Decision Making - Morning course 1

The aim of this workshop is to equip participants with an understanding of the ingredients of effective strategic decision-making and provide insight into the main challenges. Having done this, the workshop provides participants with a way of assessing their own organisation’s competence in strategic decision-making and identifying the areas to focus on to strengthen this ability.

The workshop looks at all three of what Cliff Bowman called the ‘zones of debate’ and what these mean for directors. It looks at the role of ‘comfortable debate’ and the limits to its value. It looks at the notion of ‘uncomfortable debate’ with guidance on how to facilitate this. It will also explore the impact of ‘assumptions’ that underpin debate about strategic decisions, and how these are promoted by organisational culture and human behaviour as well as strategic deliberation.

This workshop is based on academic research and the book ‘Strategic Decision Making’, which focus on how senior teams make strategic decisions. 
By the time the delegate has completed the session, they should be able to:
1. Identify the ingredients of and challenges around effective strategic decision-making
2. Understand what their organisation needs to do to strengthen its strategic decision-making capability

Improving Board Dynamics - Morning course 2

This workshop is designed to enable attendees to explore the dynamics exhibited at board level, with specific reference to board meetings. It will give delegates the opportunity to reflect on and share their own experiences, refine their approach to board meetings in order to gain confidence, and achieve more productive personal and business outcomes.

By the time the delegate has completed the session, they should be able to:
1. Distinguish board dynamics from the dynamics of other management teams
2. Recognise positive board meeting dynamics and support the development of positive dynamics on your own board

Practical Tips for Becoming a NED - Afternoon course 1

Choosing to become a non-executive director (NED) could be prompted by a lifestyle change or a desire to use skills and knowledge gained in an executive environment. This could be fuelled by a desire to do something worthy in the third sector or to support enterprising organisations. It could be something completely personal, fulfilling a desire to become involved in an organisation without taking on an executive role.

Whatever the rationale, it is essential to know how to access such roles – and how to make yourself the most desirable candidate in a marketplace where multiple applicants may be attempting to secure a prime role.

This workshop will also explore the risks and responsibilities of the NED role, with recommendations on best practice for assessing contracts in an increasingly litigious environment.

By the time the delegate has completed the session, they should be able to:
1. Identify what skills they have, and what skills they need to hone, to meet the needs of NED positions – and how to distinguish themselves from others. They will be able to use this knowledge to write a compelling CV and put together a well-prepared list of questions before they proceed.
2.  Understand the risks and responsibilities of being a NED, and as such be better placed to assess contracts.

Step to the Top 'Are you Board Ready?' - Afternoon course 2


This workshop will enable the participants to determine whether they are ready (and willing!) to take the step to the boardroom.  Sometimes people often find themselves presented with the opportunity to become a board member on the basis of either being good at something else (e.g. perhaps at being a senior manager, an accountant or an engineer perhaps) or often by accident! Often, no consideration is given to whether they are board-ready or capable.

This interactive workshop explores the duties and obligations that delegates will face as board directors. Additionally, this workshop will also discuss the personal characteristics and traits that are required of an effective board member. As part of this workshop, delegates will also delve into the critical differences between being a director in an organisation and a manager in an organisation. 

The workshop is delivered by experienced board directors who, drawing on their personal experiences, will provide the delegates with a practical insight into life as a board member of both large and small companies. The workshop will also provide the delegates who wish to make the leap to the boardroom with signposting to areas where they may get further support and training in order to develop into confident and effective board members.

By the time the delegate has completed the session, they should be able to:
1. Assess whether they are ready and/or willing to meet the challenge of becoming a board director.
2. Identify the gaps in their knowledge and expertise, and understand how they need to develop in order to become a confident and effective director.

Advance members please note that you have access to CPD as part of your membership through the Advance Directors Skills Day – the next one can be found here. Please contact the Advance team if you have any questions regarding Advance Directors CPD Days.

Key details

Date & time: 25 Oct 2019 09:00 - 17:00
Location: Kuits Solicitors: Manchester, Manchester
CPD Hours:

Prices from

140.00 GBP + VAT - Morning or afternoon Session - Member rate
240.00 GBP + VAT - Morning or afternoon Session - Non-member rate
249.00 GBP + VAT - Full Day - Member Rate
349.00 GBP + VAT - Full Day - Non-member Rate

Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 806 0890
Contact email:


Jean PoussonIoD Course Leader
Jean Pousson

Business experience

Jean Pousson brings 20 years of management consultancy, training, facilitation and coaching experience to the table and is the lead course leader for Finance for Non-Financial Directors at the IoD. This follows a 15-year banking career with Barclays where he spent many years assessing risks of small to medium sized businesses and then larger corporations. Jean has also sat on many boards and has directed a number of change initiatives.

Professional credentials and training experience
Jean holds a business degree and a business diploma from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and a few other business diplomas including one from the University of Warwick. Jean’s experience in dealing with numerous businesses, boards and executives over the years (both within the UK and internationally) makes him very well placed to assist directors with their developmental needs.

In his capacity as an IoD course leader, Jean has worked with organisations such as ACAS, Ministry of Defence, Standard Life, Serco, Lloyds Banking Group, Pizza Express, Fujitsu Siemens, Callaway Golf and Greene King plc. He has also worked with numerous small to medium-sized businesses across a wide variety of industries.



Prices from

140.00 GBP + VAT - Morning or afternoon Session - Member rate
240.00 GBP + VAT - Morning or afternoon Session - Non-member rate
249.00 GBP + VAT - Full Day - Member Rate
349.00 GBP + VAT - Full Day - Non-member Rate


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  • Kuits Solicitors: Manchester
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  • Manchester
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