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IoD Online - An Introduction to the Virtual Certificate

29 Apr 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.

The session will be interactive featuring a Q&A with the course leader and Chartered Director and will also include a teaser activity from one of the Certificate in Company Direction modules. 

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: 29 Apr 2021 09:00 - 10:30
Location: Online webinar, Online
CPD Hours:

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Event manager:
Natasha Ure
Contact phone:
0131 460 7681
Contact email:

Session Outline


Introduction to Course Leader: Dr Simon Haslam 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,

The Practicalities: Schedule 
    Examination Process

Opportunity to ask questions: All


IoD Course Leader: Dr Simon Haslam CDir

Dr Simon Haslam has 20 years’ experience as a strategy consultant and change facilitator, working with senior leaders around the world. Simon is the IoD’s programme lead for strategy work and holds the IoD Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction. He is co-owner and director of FMR Research Ltd, whose work has been cited in Westminster and Scottish Parliaments. He is also a non-executive director with a transport organisation and a non-executive director/trustee of the Social Research Association.

Simon’s clients include leading public, private and third sector organisations in a variety of countries, and he had personally provided over £3m of consulting and development support. His MBA explored ‘learning organisation’ approaches and his doctorate examined behaviour in the professional services sector.

He is a dual finalist in the UK Consultant of the Year awards and a visiting fellow at Durham University Business School where he leads on the strategic management module on the global MBA. He also teaches at a post-graduate level at Nottingham and Strathclyde Business Schools.

Conall McDevitt, CDir

Conall McDevitt became a Chartered Director in 2020 and is Chief Executive and a director of Hume Brophy, a global corporate communications and government relations firm with offices in London, Brussels, Frankfurt, Paris, Dublin, Hong Kong and New York. He is also a NED for Community Calling NI.  Conall has 25 years’ experience of corporate communications, Public relations, politics and public affairs in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Brussels. He served as the SDLP’s Director of Communications during the Good Friday Agreement talks in Northern Ireland, as a special adviser to the Minister for Agriculture and Rural development during the first power-sharing government and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and the SDLP’s leadership team in recent years.

He has also had a successful private sector career, as Senior Account Director for Fleishman-Hillard International Communications and Managing Director (Northern Ireland) of Weber Shandwick from 2006 to 2010. 

Conall McDevitt is a fluent Spanish speaker.



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