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IoD Online - An Introduction to the Virtual Certificate

25 Feb 2021
Online webinar, Online

Bite-sized, informative session on how to kick start your professional development journey with the IoD.

  • Kick start your professional development journey
  • Free - information session
  • Meet a course leader and Chartered Director
Have you been considering how you can enhance your impact and performance as a director? Do you want to gain the latest tools and techniques from expert practitioners who have a wealth of experience in board rooms across the globe?

If you answered “yes” then this may be the most useful session you take this year. We warmly invite you to find out more about our professional development programmes and how they are being delivered in today’s virtual environment.

Whether you’re a newly appointed director, aspiring to a seat on the board, or want to improve performance with fresh insight, the IoD Certificate in Company Direction, Level 9 (SCQF) qualification will equip you with the core knowledge and awareness needed to function effectively as a director.

As the only institute in the world to offer qualifications for directors under Royal Charter, influential figures from business and beyond continue to recommend IoD professional development programmes for executive and non-executive directors.

On this interactive session, you will meet our world class IoD course leader who will introduce the four modules that make up the Certificate programme, talk you through the journey of the Certificate and what programmes maybe most relevant to you. 

Programmes can be taken individually or as part of the full Certificate, forming the first step towards the Chartered Director journey. You will discover also what it means to be a Chartered Director, and will have the opportunity to hear direct experiences from a member of our Chartered Director alumni.

From practical pointers about our examination process, learning outcomes from our four modules and the opportunity to ask questions about our virtual platform, you can expect to finish the session having a comprehensive understanding of our Virtual Certificate Programme. 

Most importantly you will understand its invaluable benefits to your development as a director, and how that reach can extend beyond you to the boardroom, your organisation and its stakeholders.

The session will begin with a teaser on the roles and responsibilities of a director- to get you thinking!

We look forward to welcoming you to this friendly and informative session.

Key details

Date & time: 25 Feb 2021 09:00 - 10:30
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Ms Polly Buckley
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Session Outline


Introduction to Course Leader: Dave Joel CDir

Overview of: The Role of the Director and the Board
          Finance for non - Finance Directors
Leadership for Directors
Strategy for Directors

Alumni Chartered Director: Introduction, thoughts and experience,
Anne-Marie Mountifield CDir

The Practicalities: Schedule 
    Examination Process

Opportunity to ask questions: All


David Joel CDir

David Joel is a qualified physicist with 22 years in the aerospace and defence sector and 10 years in the services and facilities management sector in leadership, finance and business development roles.

David was seconded to the US, leading a multi-disciplinary team to penetrate the US defence marketplace.

Upon return from the US, David took a post as the managing director of a newly acquired SME, dealing with the change and culture issues that characterise a new business acquisition. Whilst in the facilities management sector, David led a bid team for the privatisation of the atomic weapons establishment: Aldermaston, managing a three-way partnership comprised of Lockheed Martin, British Nuclear Fuels and Serco.
In 2002, David founded Lanson Consultants Ltd. David is also a former chairman of the Portsmouth and East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and a former board member of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. Until recently David was also a member of the council of governors for the Queen Alexandra Hospital. David currently chairs the East Hampshire business forum, provides board-level coaching on business strategy to a blue chip organisation in the financial services sector and interviews prospective candidates for the IoD Chartered Director programme.

David qualified with a diploma in Company Direction at the IoD in 2001 and became a Chartered Director in 2003.

In his course leader capacity with the IoD David has worked with organisations such as the MoD, Office Depot, Mainetti, Cassidian, Commerzbank, Skanska, Travis Perkins, First Group and the NHS.

Anne-Marie Mountifield CDir

Anne-Marie Mountifield has been the Chief Executive and Board Director at the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the last 8 years.
A member of the Institute of Directors (IoD), and the National Maritime UK Council she is also a 'Women in Maritime' ambassador.
In September 2020, Anne-Marie was announced as the winner of the prestigious New Chartered Director category at the IoD London and South’s annual Director of the Year Awards.
Before taking up the role as Chief Executive at Solent LEP, Anne-Marie held senior executive leadership posts for more than 20 years in further education, the Civil Service (Department of Business Innovation and Skills) and local government.
An inspirational leader, Anne-Marie clearly conveys the vision for the Solent LEP and leads on the development of the strategy for the area and the roll out of the Solent £1bn Capital & Infrastructure programme.



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