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IoD East Midlands CPD - Professional Director Series

12 Nov 2019
Crowne Plaza Nottingham, Nottingham

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.

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

Date and locationSession 1
(Morning session)
Session 2
(Afternoon session)
Full Day
(Morning and Afternoon sessions)
12th November 2019

Crowne Plaza, Nottingham

9.00am - 4.30pm

Strategic Decision-Making
Step to the Top - Are you Board Ready?
(9.00am - 12.30pm)

£140 + VAT for members
£240 + VAT for non-members
Getting the Best Out of Your Board
Improving Board Dynamics
(12.30pm - 4.30pm)

£140 + VAT for members
£240 + VAT for non-members

Full day CPD session

£249 + VAT for members
£349 + VAT for non-members


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.

CPD Workshop Details: 12th November 2019

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

'Step to the Top' - Are you Board Ready? - Morning 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.


Improving Board Dynamics - Afternoon Course 1


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


Getting the Best Out of Your Board - Afternoon Course 2

It is essential that the performance of any team is regularly reviewed and the board of directors is no exception. Poor performance by the board can have serious consequences, preventing the organisation from achieving its potential – ultimately, it could result in its failure. An effective board evaluation process is a key driver of improved performance at organisational, board and individual director level.

By the time the delegate has completed the session, they should be able to:

  1. Describe the key benefits of conducting a board evaluation
  2. Outline the main attributes of an effective board evaluation process


Key details

Date & time: 12 Nov 2019 09:00 - 16:30
Location: Crowne Plaza Nottingham, Nottingham
CPD Hours:

Prices from

140.00 GBP + VAT - Morning Session or Afternoon 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:
Ms Cari Grice
Contact phone:
0115 848 6190
Contact email:


IoD Course Leader 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.



Prices from

140.00 GBP + VAT - Morning Session or Afternoon 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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  • Crowne Plaza Nottingham
  • Wollaton Street
  • Nottingham
  • NG1 5RH

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