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Where directors are made

The IoD is run by directors for directors. If you're looking to connect to, develop and influence your network and the wider business community, as well as improving your knowledge, skills and mindset as an aspiring, current or retired director, then join the IoD.

There are over 20,000 of us and we're all in it together - we believe better directors make for better businesses and a better economy.

Full Membership


Associate Membership benefits plus...

  • Join our growing community of directors as a full Member and connect with over 25,000 members across the UK and overseas
  • 52 visits per year to our 18 premises across the UK, including our prestigious headquarters at 116 Pall Mall, all of which are designed for meetings and networking
  • Access to a wide-range of open courses and qualifications including Chartered Director - the only director qualification awarded under Royal Charter
  • 25 enquiries per year to the IoD Business Information Service
  • 4 sessions per year with the Directors' Advisory Service for independent and confidential business advice from a specialist
  • 25 calls per year to our expert legal and tax helplines
  • Access to the physical business library in 116 Pall Mall and our online library of guides, research and reports
  • Access to our Policy Unit and Policy Voice to enable to you make your voice heard on key business issues
  • Access to a range of essential products and services handpicked for you including insurance, car rental, health plans and more.
  • Suitable for new directors, directors, non-executive directors and equivalent office holders in the public, private and third sectors.

Associate Membership

Associate Membership

  • Unlimited 24/7 access to content on and the Digital Academy
  • Full access to our digital business library and guides as well as our archive of research and reports
  • Invitations to webinars and virtual events from your region and nationwide
  • Shape current and future business policy and have your opinion heard by UK government
  • Suitable for aspiring directors, new directors, non-practising directors and alumnus.

Our local membership teams can help

If you're unsure about IoD membership and how it can help you and your business, our local membership teams can answer all your questions. Find all the information and contact details you need for your friendly local branch below.

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Membership grades and criteria

IoD membership is open to anyone with senior-level responsibilities – you do not need to be a registered director or working in a commercial entity to be eligible for Associate status but only practicing directors can obtain Member and Fellow status of the IoD. For more information, please visit here.