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Aspiring Director

Future Directors

Succession planning and developing the next generation of directors can be a daunting task and relies on the alignment of employee ambition, company resources, finances and time. To help you nurture the leaders of your organisation, we've created our Aspiring Director course.

Across two days, delegates will explore, analyse and develop the key attributes of a director.

As with all of our courses and qualfications, delegates are able to access the IoD Digital Academy and app, offering CPD content accessible whenever or wherever convenient for the duration of their time with the IoD promoting not only life-long learning, but also the principles of good corporate governance and director development.

The course is designed by expert IoD course leaders, and is available as a residential or non-residential programme, as well as the option to be tailored to the specific needs of your aspiring directors and delivered in-company.

Delegates will meet and be inspired by a Chartered Director during their time on the course - men and women who are advocates for professional development and have learned valuable lessons to share with those on a pathway to directorship.

Academy Future Directors - path diagram - FOR BOARDS

The programme at a glance

Day 1: Understanding the director’s role

The first day introduces the director’s role within an organisation.

Delegates will:

  • explore their existing strengths, preferences and development needs
  • learn the importance of the core director mind-sets and their significance in the context of a director’s legal responsibilities 
  • gain a clearer understanding of the shift in perspective necessary to progress from manager to director level

Day 2: Directors and the boardroom

Day two examines boardroom dynamics and the contrasting behaviours that support effective boards and create dysfunctional ones.

Delegates will:

  • explore board-level key principles and best practice, alongside organisational cultures 
  • learn how to embody and embed the values of your business
  • work collaboratively to tackle issues related to ethical conduct, communication and decision-making

Day 3: Driving board performance and results

Delegates are appointed to a simulated board to review its current circumstances and make recommendations for proposed changes.

Delegates will: 

  • both advise and observe the board
  • gain experience of - and a framework for - evaluating the performance of their fellow delegates 
  • consolidate their learning
  • gain feedback on their own performance as a member of the board

Delivery and dates


18 - 20 October 2021
06 - 08 December 2021

The course includes:

  • 2 days of intensive learning
  • Pre-course materials
  • Access to the IoD Digital Academy

    Course Fee: £2,895 

020 7766 2601

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Face to Face Delivery

Date: 08 - 10 September 2021
Location: IoD Academy, 116 Pall Mall

The course includes:

  • 2 days of intensive learning
  • Pre-course materials
  • IoD Digital Academy access
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Networking and  drinks session

    Course Fee:

020 7766 2601

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Bespoke in-company training

The Future Directors programme can be tailored specifically for your organisation.

Work with our dedicated account managers and course leaders to build a programme around the specific development needs of your most ambitious senior managers, creating an opportunity for growth, insightful learning and preparation for a role on a board.

020 7766 8845

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