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IoD South CPD - Professional Director Series, Maidstone

22 Oct 2019
The Village Hotel, Maidstone

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. 

Learn more about the Professional Director Series, including dates, venues and agendas here.

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

The Village Hotel, Maidstone

Leading from the chair
Board Dynamics

(9am - 12.30pm)

£140 for members
£240 for non-members

Strategic Decision Making
Step to the top - Are you board ready?

(1.30pm – 5pm) 

£140 for members
£240 for non-members

Full Day CPD session
(9am – 4.30pm)

£249 for members
£349 for non-members


CPD Workshop Details 

Leading from the chair - Morning Course 1

The role of the chair in an organisation is often misunderstood and regularly becomes confused with the role of the CEO. A chair’s role is far more than organising and managing the process of board meeting execution. Analysis of successful organisations has revealed that the leadership role of the chair is vital in order to ensure that the board as a team makes decisions and discharges its duties and obligations effectively. This session will clarify the chair’s leadership role in order to unleash the value creating potential of the board. 

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

1. Outline the purpose of the chair and their role and responsibilities, in particular how their role differs from the 
role of the CEO 

Describe the skills, attributes and characteristics of an effective chair

Identify how the chair can help to create an effective board and add value both in and out of the boardroom.

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.

Strategic Decision Making - Afternoon 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?' - 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 aboard 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: 22 Oct 2019 09:00 - 17:00
Location: The Village Hotel, Maidstone
CPD Hours: 6.0000

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 Polly Buckley
Contact phone:
Contact email:


Course Leader

Business experience

Dr. Roger Barker is an experienced educator and business advisor specialising in corporate governance and board effectiveness, with over 20 years experience as a board member, senior executive and academic researcher in both the business and academic worlds. Prior to becoming an IoD Course Leader, Roger spent almost a decade as the IoD’s Director of Corporate Governance and Professional Standards. Earlier in his career, Roger spent almost 15 years in senior executive and director roles in the investment banking sector, working with UBS and Bank Vontobel in London and Switzerland. Nowadays, Roger works with a variety of organisations both as an adviser and board member. He is Senior Advisor to the Board of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa) and serves as a non-executive board member at European Women on Boards ASBL. In 2015, he became a Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, the EU advisory body, after being nominated by the UK government for a five year term. 

Professional credentials and training experience

Roger serves as a visiting lecturer at a number of leading business schools, including Said Business School (Oxford) and ESSEC (Paris), and was formerly a Lecturer at Merton College, Oxford. He is currently an Honorary Associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at UCL (London), and is the author of several books and numerous articles in the field of corporate governance and board effectiveness (including the IoD’s main guide to the role of the board, The Effective Board). Roger obtained his doctorate on corporate governance from Oxford University.  

In recent years Roger has acted as an external consultant to the International Finance Corporation, the OECD, GUBERNA, VisionFund International, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Securities Investors Association Singapore and the Asian Development Bank. He has also conducted board and governance evaluations for leading organisations in Europe, Asia and throughout the world. 



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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  • The Village Hotel
  • Castle View
  • Forstal Rd
  • Maidstone
  • ME14 3AQ

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