• 13 Jun 2024
  • In-person
  • CPD
  • Networking

Chartered Director Conference

Join us at this year's conference for an inside look to innovation and productivity, taking you on an exclusive tour at Nissan's Sunderland plant.

Hot on the heels of the success of last year’s inaugural Chartered Director Conference, we are delighted to announce that this year’s event will take place in the North East on Thursday 13 June 2024.

The national Chartered Director Conference will be hosted by North East (North) Branch Chair, a fellow chartered director and business leader, SarahWaddington.  Celebrating the theme of innovation, we invite you to a day at Nissan, Sunderland, one of UK's longstanding advanced manufacturing success stories. See first-hand how Nissan’s pioneering investment has helped to build factories of the future, transformed its facilities and upskilled its workforce. 

This exciting and rare opportunity to see inside the Nissan plant will take us to the final assembly area of the production line where the Qashqai & Juke models are built. You will see just under 3,000 parts fitted to the car as it passes on the production line in precise sequence with commentary describing each parts fitment and quality control procedure. The final part of the tour consists of visiting the tester line to see how each vehicle is put through quality control.

The tour will be complemented by networking opportunities and speakers on the themes of innovation, productivity and unlocking workplace potential. Welcome refreshments, lunch and an opportunity to join the group for networking drinks at Malmaison back in Newcastle will close the day.

The IoD’s Chartered Director community is a great example of better directors building a better world and with this in mind we extend the event to the following:

  • All Chartered Directors
  • We encourage CDirs to sponsor a director of tomorrow and bring a guest
  • IoD Members who have been awarded the Certificate in Company Direction and are on the journey to CDir - Aspiring Chartered Director
  • IoD Regional Ambassadors


There will be an evening reception at Malmaison hotel, Newcastle after the days event should you wish to join us. 

Return transport from central Newcastle will be provided, there is also ample parking on site at Nissan should you wish to drive direct. 

Please book this event early as places are restricted. 

For those seeking accommodation for this event, special rates for IoD delegates are available at the following hotels in Newcastle:

Malmaison: Members can book in by calling 0191 389 8627 or emailing  the hotel and quoting the block code 1206CH or Chartered Directors Conference.

8 Hours certified CPD


Dr Geeta Nathan, Deputy Director of Innovation Ecosystems Strategy, Innovate UK

Geeta’s key responsibility is to look across the innovation ecosystem to join up the key players to ensure Innovate UK and its partners are maximising impact on business innovation, with particular focus on how the ecosystems that supports early-stage science and technology start-ups and spin-outs. Her portfolio also includes business design and designing innovation systems. Prior to this role at Innovate UK Geeta was Head of Economics and Insights.

Sarah Waddington CBE

Chair of IoD North East (North), Sarah Waddington CBE, will be hosting the day. Sarah is director of Wadds Inc. where she advises management teams on company direction to deliver sustainable growth. Sarah is the UK’s only Chartered Director and Chartered PR practitioner. She holds over 20 years' experience in helping organisations to articulate their purpose, engage stakeholders, create value and deliver social impact.

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