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IoD Wales Professional Director Series

22 Oct 2019
Cardiff Business School, Cardiff

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

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)
22nd October 2019

Executive Education Suite
Cardiff Business School CF10 3EU
Step to the Top
Strategic Decision Making

(9am - 12.30pm)

£140 for members
£240 for non-members
Improving Board Dynamics
Practical Tips for Becoming a NED

(1pm – 4.30pm)

£140 for members
£240 for non-members
Full Day CPD session

(9am – 4.30pm)

£249 for members
£349 for non-members

Step to the Top - Morning course 1


Are 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 Benefits

The 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 Objectives

By 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.

CPD Workshop Details

Strategic Decision Making - Morning course 2


Based 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 Benefits

Assess your organisation's capability in making strategic decisions and understand what your organisation needs to do to strengthen its strategic decision making capability.

Learning Objectives

By 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.

Improving Board Dynamics - Afternoon course 1


This interactive taster session considers the important interplay and balance of board dynamics exhibited at board level, focusing on how to improve interaction, behaviour and relationships in board meetings. In this focused introduction to the topic, you will have the opportunity to explore:

What board dynamics are – and why they matter.
Why (and how) board dynamics differ from those at executive and management level.
Some of the typical features of a well-functioning board with good board dynamics.
How to recognise and help develop positive dynamics.

Course Benefits

By engaging with a practical case study, based around a realistic board meeting scenario, you will learn how to identify both positive and potentially damaging board dynamics.

As a group, you will also have the opportunity to reflect on and share your own experiences, assess your own approach to board meetings, and consider how you could refine your approach in order to achieve more productive personal and business outcomes.

Learning Objectives

By the time you have completed the session, you will be able to:

1. Distinguish board dynamics from the dynamics of other management teams.
2. Recognise positive board meeting dynamics and employ an approach that supports positive dynamics in your own board.

Practical Tips for Becoming a NED - Afternoon course 2


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 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 Benefits

Identify 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 Objectives

By 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.
Advance members please note that you have access to CPD as part of your membership through the Advance Directors Skills Day. Please contact the Advance team if you have any questions regarding Advance Directors CPD Days.

Key details

Date & time: 22 Oct 2019 09:00 - 16:30
Location: Cardiff Business School, Cardiff
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:
Ms Kerri-Anne Mruk
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a carrollAndrew Carroll is a Chartered Director and has worked as an independent director and consultant since 1998, with extensive experience as a non-executive with SMEs and public companies, from start-up to exit.

Following an early career as an economist for a European consultancy, Andrew worked as an HR director for a FTSE 100 company. Andrew’s specific expertise is working with boards and other leadership teams to translate strategy into action by increasing strategic thinking, enhancing management alignment and generating high levels of engagement.

His work has principally been in financial and professional services with his current projects including a FTSE-250 company, a niche London market insurance business and a manufacturing start-up.

Professional credentials and training experience Andrew has been an IoD Course Leader since 2004, delivering the Director’s Role in Leading the Organisation at Pall Mall and regional centres in Salford, Liverpool, Leeds, Loughborough and the Isle of Man. He studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, completing a BA and MA with Post-Graduate studies in Economics at London. In addition to being a Chartered Director, he has the IPM Professional Management Qualification and Certifications from the British Psychological Society.



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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  • Cardiff Business School
  • Postgraduate Teaching School
  • Colum Drive
  • Cardiff
  • CF10 3EU

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