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IoD Advance - Directors' Skills Day

19 Mar 2020
Institute of Directors, London

The Directors’ Skills Day is an exclusive event for IoD Advance members, offering the latest guidance on what it takes to be a great director.

Whether you’re a newly appointed director, aspiring to achieve your first board position, or looking to progress your career to the next level, this full-day of inclusive professional development is designed to develop your understanding of strategy, leadership and governance.

What can I expect?

  • Expert course leaders, all of whom are practicing directors
  • Live industry case studies and the latest strategic insight
  • Practical exercises designed to facilitate peer networking
  • Interactive, attentive and relaxed learning environment
  • Lunch and breakout sessions to network and meet other business leaders


  • 09:00 – 09:20 Arrival, registration and opening remarks (tea, coffee and biscuits)
  • 09:20 – 11:00 – Session 1
  • 11:00 – 11:15 – Tea/coffee
  • 11:15 – 12:45 – Session 2
  • 12:45 – 13:45 – Lunch
  • 13:45 – 15:15 – Session 3
  • 15:15 – 15:30 – Tea/coffee 
  • 15:30 – 17:00 – Session 4
  • 17:00 – 17:15 – Closing remarks

    The courses

    Cyber in the Boardroom delivered by Raj Gandhi

    This interactive case study session provides an opportunity for delegates to work together as a board to respond to a data security breach. Delegates will consider the measures the board could have taken to prevent the breach and future incidents, and the likely impact upon the organisation.

    Strategic Change - Making It Happen delivered by Damon Clark

    While many boards invest time in formulating strategy, successful implementation relies on considering the most effective approach to leading the planning, implementation and review of strategic change. This session will position the strategic change process and share examples of best practice in the leadership of strategic change.

    Risk Management and Value Creation delivered by Talita Ferreira

    This session provides a board-level introduction to risk management: understanding the true nature of risk, exploring how businesses can prepare for uncertainty, and examining the director’s role in managing risk. Based around interactive discussion and a practical case study, the session will help delegates to understand how risk management improves decision-making, thereby adding value, and will focus their attention on the roles and responsibilities of directors in managing risk across the organisation.

    Finance Business Partnering delivered by Gerard Hargreaves

    This workshop provides a practical perspective on the merits and challenges of investing time and resources in finance business partnering. It crucially covers how to obtain buy-in and support from other board directors. You will learn how business partnering can help drive strategy, its impact on business performance and how to tackle any barriers and skill gaps. The session finishes with how to develop a compelling action plan and measuring success.

    How to book

    Please note that this event is an Advance exclusive event. Head to the Advance App to book your place, or email

    Key details

    Date & time: 19 Mar 2020 09:00 - 17:15
    Location: Institute of Directors, London
    CPD Hours: 6.0000

    Prices from

    No Charge.

    Event manager:
    Emily Martin
    Contact phone:
    020 7766 8808
    Contact email:




    Prices from

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    • Institute of Directors
    • 116 Pall Mall
    • London
    • SW1Y 5ED

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