• 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.

We are delighted to have Dr Geeta Nathan joining us from Innovate UK who will be speaking on different types of innovation and the link between innovation and productivity. She will draw on case studies from different sectors and across sizes of businesses, looking at lessons learnt and at the same time sign post where in ecosystem support is available to support businesses on their innovation journey.

We also welcome Alan Hindley and Elise Williams from The Mindset Development Group who will be delivering a workshop on building a thriving organisation by unlocking potential. Organisations are facing a volatile future. Coping with change and uncertainty impacts individual, and team productivity, which ultimately impacts profitability. We will look at how to identify these challenges, discuss the impact, and share an evidence-based toolkit to enhance your business's productivity, engagement and effectiveness.

The tour will be complemented by networking opportunities, 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 are enrolled on the Certificate or Diploma in Company Direction and are on the journey to CDir - Aspiring Chartered Director
  • IoD Regional Ambassadors


Please book this event early as places are restricted. 

Return transport will be provided from Malmaison Hotel, Newcastle. Leaving promptly at 09:30 and returning at approx. 18:00.

There is ample parking on site at Nissan should you wish to drive direct. 

There will be a regional members evening reception back at Malmaison hotel after the days conference, should you wish to join us for this please register here.

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.

The County Hotel: Please book using this link for IoD Directors rates.

8 Hours certified CPD


Alan Hindley C. Dir. C Eng.

Alan is Chartered Director no.152 admitted in March 2003. The Chartered Director award came after serving for 20 years at the C Suite level in companies ranging from Telecommunications to Electronic instrumentation. His early career was spent in engineering roles ranging in nuclear power and aerospace components. The middle section was with Honeywell in a series of marketing and general management roles serving for 10 years in Brussels. Since he left Corporate life, he built a portfolio career including12 years as Chairman of a Board Evaluation company. He now chairs the Mind Set Development group.

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.

Elise Williams

As Director of Impact at The Mindset Development Group, Elise specialises in developing resilient, productive and thriving leaders and teams.
Elise focuses on the critical element determining success, that’s often overlooked in training and development, what we do with what we learn!
Listening to individual circumstances, Elise supports the ongoing integration of the evidence based Thriver toolkit into the structure, culture and robust helpful habits required to sustain long term meaningful change to productivity and effectiveness.

Jenny Herrera

Jenny Herrera is the CEO of the Good Business Charter which recognises, champions and encourages responsible business practices across 10 components covering care for employees, customers, suppliers and the environment whilst also paying tax according to the spirit of the law.   Jenny works with a range of partners, including the Insititute of Directors, to raise the bar on business behaviour in the UK. Jenny is both a chartered accountant and experienced charity CEO.

Sarah Waddington CBE

Chair of IoD North East (North), Sarah Waddington CBE, will be hosting the evening. 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.

Stephen Roper

Stephen Roper is Professor of Enterprise at Warwick Business School, founding Director of the Enterprise Research Centre (www.enterpriseresearch.ac.uk) and Co-Director of the Innovation and Research Caucus (I&RC). He is a co-investigator in the ESRC-funded Productivity Institute. Stephen has spent over 30 years’ researching issues related to innovation and innovation policy in the UK and internationally and has published widely in both areas. His current work focuses on firm level determinants of productivity, workplace mental health, well-being and productivity and the micro-geography of innovation. Stephen is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the RSA and Institue of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)

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