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IoD East Midlands CPD - Professional Director Series

28 Nov 2019
King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester

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

Session 2

Session 3 
12th November 2019

Crowne Plaza, Nottingham

9.00am - 16.30pm

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
(12.30 - 16.30pm)

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

28th November 2019

Kind Richard III Visitor Centre

9.00am - 12.30pm

   Strategic Decision-Making
Top 5 Things Every Director Must Know
(9.00am - 12.30pm)

£140 + VAT for members
£240 + 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: 28th November 2019

Strategic Decision Making  

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

Top Five Things Every Director Must Know 


This interactive workshop will enable you to distinguish the role of a director from the roles of other actors involved in the management and oversight of a business, and explore the link between a director’s duty towards the company and their potential personal liability.

This practical session will explore the top five things every director must know, looking at the following questions:

  1. Who is a director?
  2. What do directors do?
  3. What authority does a board have?
  4. What personal liabilities do directors have?
  5. What is a conflict of interest?

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

  1. Distinguish the role of a director from those of the other actors involved in the management and oversight of an organisation.
  2. Understand the link between a director’s duty towards the company and their potential personal liability as directors.

Key details

Date & time: 28 Nov 2019 09:00 - 12:30
Location: King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester
CPD Hours:

Prices from

140.00 GBP + VAT - Morning Session Member Rate
240.00 GBP + VAT - Morning Session Non-Member Rate

Event manager:
Ms Cari Grice
Contact phone:
0115 848 6190
Contact email:


IoD Course Leader, Charles Kingsmill


Business experience

Charles is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has been a Finance and Systems Director in the US. He was European Head of Strategic Development at Mars Snack Foods, where he worked with the board on a wide range of strategic, marketing and financial issues.

Charles set up a training, consulting and coaching service in 2001. His clients typically engage him to take a group of leaders or managers to the next level of performance. He supports his clients on a wide range of issues including leadership, strategy setting, cultural development, new business models, KPI setting and dashboards, branding, marketing and business development, new value propositions, networking and management development. He also offers competitor war-games, which are a powerful way of developing a strategy to outsmart and outperform competitors in highly competitive markets.

Professional credentials and training experience

Charles is in demand because of his ability to make complex topics clear, and dry subjects interesting. He has trained at businesses of all sizes and in many sectors, including food, pharmaceuticals, retail, sportswear, telecoms, IT, sovereign wealth funds and magic circle law firms. His training clients are from all over the UK and Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia.

He has an MA from Christ Church, Oxford. While at Mars, he also trained as a coach and facilitator. He is qualified to administer MBTI and FIRO-B. He has been a Guest Lecturer at the University of Brighton. He is a Non-Executive Director of a successful events business, and he volunteers as a trained listener, mentor, trustee, knowledge manager and data protection officer at a suicide prevention helpline.



Prices from

140.00 GBP + VAT - Morning Session Member Rate
240.00 GBP + VAT - Morning Session Non-Member Rate


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  • King Richard III Visitor Centre
  • 4A St Martins,
  • Leicester
  • LE1 5DB

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