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.
• Boost your strategy, leadership and effectiveness skills.
• Meet the newly appointed IoD Director General Jon Geldart
• Enjoy lunch with business leaders at the Principal York hotel.
The day will be led by Damon Clark, a founder of the Brandwidth Group, an international marketing services business with offices in Windsor, London and California. The Group was sold to an AIM listed Company in 2018. Guest speaker will be Jon Geldart, the newly appointed Director General of the IoD, who himself if on the pathway to becoming an IoD Chartered Director.
An experienced dealmaker and NED, Damon specialises in creating new businesses and value through start-ups, merger, joint venture and acquisition. He has then sold many of these businesses.
Attendees will be part of a group of leaders from organisations of all shapes and sizes across the region, providing an opportunity to connect, learn and share. Content will include industry case studies and practical exercises designed to facilitate peer networking.
Course attendees can either register for a morning session, an afternoon session or the full day.
|Date and location
(morning and afternoon sessions)
|8th November 2019
The Principal, York
|Strategic Decision Making
Step to the top - Are you Board-ready
(9am - 12pm)
£140 for members
£240 for non-members
|Practical Tips for Becoming a NED
Evaluating your board
(1pm – 4pm)
£140 for members
£240 for non-members
| Full Day CPD session
(9am – 4pm)
£249 for members
£349 for non-members
CPD Workshop Details
Strategic Decision Making - Morning course 1OverviewBased on cutting-edge research into how senior teams make strategic decisions, this interactive workshop will equip you with an understanding of the ingredients of effective strategic decision making and provide insights into the main challenges. You will then focus on assessing your own organisation’s competence in strategic decision making and consider the areas you will need to focus on to strengthen this ability.
This 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.
Course BenefitsAssess your organisation's capability in making strategic decisions and understand what your organisation needs to do to strengthen its strategic decision making capability.
Learning ObjectivesBy the time you have completed the session, you will be able to: 1. Understand the ingredients of effective strategic decision making – and some of the key challenges. 2. Assess your own organisation’s strategic decision making capability and know where this can be strengthened.
Step to the Top - Morning course 2
OverviewAre you ready and willing to take the step to the board room? People often find themselves presented with the opportunity to become a board director on the basis of either being good at something else (e.g. perhaps at being a senior manager, an accountant or an engineer) or even by accident! Yet understanding what it means to be board-ready is essential to being a capable director.This interactive workshop will help you to understand the duties and obligations that you will face as board directors. We will explore the personal characteristics and traits that you will need to develop in order to be an effective board member – delving into the critical differences between the role of the senior manager and the role of the director.Course BenefitsThe workshop is delivered by experienced board directors who, drawing on their personal experiences, can offer a practical insight into life as a board member of both large and small organisations. It will also signpost areas where you can get further support and training to help you make the leap to the step to the board room and develop the confidence to be a highly effective board member.Learning ObjectivesBy the time you have completed the session, you will be able to: 1. Assess, with a clear understanding of the role, whether you are ready and/or willing to meet the challenge of becoming a board director. 2. Identify the gaps in your knowledge and expertise, and understand how you need to develop in order to become a confident and effective director.
Practical Tips for Becoming a NED - Afternoon course 1
OverviewChoosing 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 an ambition to do something worthy in the third sector or to support enterprising organisations. Or it could be the result of wanting 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.Course BenefitsIdentify what skills you have and need to hone for NED positions and how to distinguish yourself from the competition. Tips and advice provided within this session will enable you to write a compelling CV and construct a well prepared list of questions before you proceed.Learning ObjectivesBy the time you have completed the session, you will be able to: 1. Identify what skills you have and need to hone for NED positions and how to distinguish yourselves from others. Write a compelling CV and have a well prepared list of questions before you proceed. 2. Asses with greater knowledge the risks and responsibilities and as such be better placed to ensure you contract correctly.
Date & time: 08 Nov 2019 09:00 - 16:30
Location: Principal York, York
0.00 GBP + VAT - Advance
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
IoD Course Tutor, Damon Clark
Damon Clark was a founder of the Brandwidth Group an International Marketing Services business with offices in Windsor, London and California. The Group was sold to an AIM listed Company in 2018.
An experienced dealmaker, Damon specialises in creating new businesses and value through start-ups, merger, joint venture and acquisition. He has then sold many of these businesses.
As a marketeer he used his skills to work with the biggest Companies in the World; Apple in Technology, Toyota in Passenger Vehicles, Inter-Continental Hotels in Hospitality, Visa in Finance and Japanese Tobacco in Tobacco & E-Cigarettes.
He holds a portfolio of Non-Executive director positions and has in the past held roles in local Government various Charities and as NED on the Board of the IoD.
He has sat on many Boards and Board committees driving Shareholder value and better Governance using a mix of entrepreneur perspective, director skills, practical experience, risk management, operating knowledge as well as acting as a mentor and using his wide-ranging senior contacts.
Damon is a Chartered Marketer and Chartered Director and regularly speaks about leadership at conferences and events, and guest lectures for a range of organisations and business schools.
IoD Director General, Jonathan Geldart
Jonathan has spent 30 years working in the professional services sector, most recently at Grant Thornton International Ltd, where he served on the global board prior to becoming responsible for the organisation's interests in China. Earlier this year he appeared in front of the House of Commons International Trade Committee to give evidence on the Government’s efforts to increase trade with the country.
Jonathan lives in Yorkshire and combines his international experience with a long-standing connection with the IoD’s Yorkshire and North East region of which he was Chair until his appointment as Director General. As Director General, Jon works closely with the Board and focused on delivering the Institute’s strategy of ‘closer to members’.