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Future Directors

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 Future Directors course.

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

As with all of our courses and qualfications, delegates are able access to 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 future 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.

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


Date: 9 – 11 December 2019 Location: Cambridge

The course includes:

  • 3 days of intensive learning
  • Associate IoD membership
  • Pre-course materials
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Access to the IoD Digital Academy
  • Lunch and refreshments

Course Fee: £3,295 

020 7766 2601

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Date: 4 – 6 November 2019
Location: Surrey

The course includes:

  • 3 days of intensive learning
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Associate IoD membership
  • Pre-course materials
  • Certificate of attendance
  • IoD Digital Academy access
  • Food and drink

Course Fee: £3,995 

020 7766 2601

Book now

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

Tailored training