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IoD Online - An Introduction to the Virtual Certificate

09 Sep 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: 09 Sep 2021 09:00 - 10:30
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Session Outline


Introduction to Course Leader: Daman Clark

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: Damon Clark, CDir

Damon Clark was a founder of the Brandwidth Group an International Marketing Services business with offices in Windsor, London and California. The Group was sold to an AIM listed Company in 2018.

An experienced dealmaker, Damon specialises in creating new businesses and value through start-ups, merger, joint venture and acquisition. He has then sold many of these businesses

As a marketeer he used his skills to work with the biggest Companies in the World; Apple in Technology, Toyota in Passenger Vehicles, Inter-Continental Hotels in Hospitality, Visa in Finance and Japanese Tobacco in Tobacco & E-Cigarettes.

He holds a portfolio of Non-Executive director positions and has in the past held roles in local Government and various Charities.

He has sat on many Boards and Board committees driving Shareholder value and better Governance using a mix of entrepreneur perspective, director skills, practical experience, risk management, operating knowledge as well as acting as a mentor and using his wide-ranging senior contacts.

Damon is a Chartered Marketer and Chartered Director and regularly speaks about leadership at conferences and events, and guest lectures for a range of organisations and business schools.

Robert A Varley DSc CDir CMet

Robert is a strategic consultant specialising in weather and climate risk, working with the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund and government weather services across Europe and beyond. This work builds upon his 35 years with the Met Office, working in a variety of roles culminating in four years as Chief Executive, 2014–2018.

Robert is a Chartered Director and Ambassador for Chartered Directors in South West England. He is also a Chartered Meteorologist and Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society. He has wide-ranging non-executive board experience, having served as Vice President of the United Nations' World Meteorological Organisation, as President of Eumetnet (the collective body of European national weather services), as Vice President of the Royal Meteorological Society and as non-executive director of Ordnance Survey. He is currently a Board Trustee of the Youth Hostels Association of England and Wales and of the international development charity All We Can.

Throughout his career Robert has been deeply committed to individual and team development to optimise individual potential and organisational performance. He is also an enthusiastic supporter of STEM, inspiring the next generation of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.



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