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An exclusive community for business leaders where you can share your expertise, connect with leaders at the right level and raise your profile

Connect with leaders at the right level

IoD Advance helps you to build and maintain lasting professional relationships, with facilitated introductions, access to unique event formats and use of our exclusive social platform – the IoD Advance app. The “support not sell” ethos within the Advance community defines everything we do.



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Share your expertise and raise your profile

Advance gives you access to exclusive workshops, webinars, forums and socials*, where you’ll share insights, exchange practical advice and build connections. It's not just leaflets and literature, it's about learning through doing, sharing and inspiring. You decide which topics make the calendar and have the opportunity to raise your profile by pitching to run a session of your own!

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Learn from industry experts

As well as peer-to-peer learning, Advance membership offers inclusive training. You’ll attend a full day of complimentary professional development courses covering the latest in strategy, leadership and best practice**. On top of this, you'll also receive an exclusive discount on all IoD professional development and training courses.

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In addition to the above, Advance members are supported by our full range of membership services – designed to make your working life and running your company just that bit easier!

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Stay productive on the move 

Stay productive on the move with an office in every major city – from Exeter to Edinburgh. Access working spaces in 15 exclusive IoD hubs and book meeting spaces anywhere in the UK. Advance members can also access the IoD’s historic headquarters at 116 Pall Mall.

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Make informed decisions

Our award winning Information & Advisory service offers support and guidance on both the day-to-day running of your business and on taking the next step in your career. As an Advance member, you have access to our top professional researchers. They’ll provide you with valuable information on topics ranging from market forecasts and industry trends, to trading abroad and employee salaries.

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Learn wherever and however you like

Be part of an innovative experience that’s setting the standards for business leaders everywhere. Create your own personal development plan and identify areas for growth with our self-assessment tool. With our brand new IoD Academy app you can assess your skillset against the IoD Director Competency Framework, create a personal development plan and track your progress while you learn on the go.

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Get your voice heard on key business issues

Interact with the IoD policy team – the people who represent your views and lobby your interests to decision makers at the heart of government, media and industry. The UK's prosperity depends on enterprise and it is imperative that the views of directors are heard. We exert our influence in all matters of economic and public policy. As an Advance member, you’ll get exclusive access to high level policy events.

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Enhance your knowledge

Keep up to date on all topics of business, and make valuable long-lasting connections at our prestigious events running all year round. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from some of the world’s greatest and most influential speakers. From the UK-wide Director of the Year Awards series culminating in London, to the Annual Women's Leadership Conference, there are always opportunities to learn from those in the know.

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The Specifics of your membership

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Am I eligible to join IoD Advance?

If you’re responsible for strategic leadership in your organisation, you’re eligible to become an IoD Advance member. Advance is designed for leaders who want to grow. We enable you to make relevant contacts, and we give you access to the training you need to progress and succeed in your career.

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If you would like any more information on IoD membership then feel free to get in touch with one of our membership team on 020 7766 8888, alternatively send us an email at, and we'll be happy to help.

* Advance-exclusive events are currently available in London, Yorkshire, the North West and North East 
** Advance Directors' Skills Day are currently organised in London, Manchester and Yorkshire

Advance members based elsewhere are able to access Advance events/ Directors' Skills Days when travelling to these regions (many do). They also have access to other Advance benefits as usual & full regular membership benefits.

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