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For over a century the Institute of Directors (IoD) has been at the front of director development, championing, training and representing the UK business leaders under Royal Charter. As its foremost qualification and prime professional development programme, the Chartered Director qualification has equipped many successful directors with the all-round skills, knowledge and understanding essential for leading their organisations to growth and prosperity, becoming a benchmark of excellence and gaining the IoD worldwide recognition.

The case studies below provide an in-depth view on the journey to the Chartered Director qualification and how the IoD programme has supported these outstanding individuals in their professional development.


Victoria Muir C Dir

With an academic background in botanical sciences and over 20 years’ experience in financial services, including serving on a number of boards and committees of the UK’s largest mutual insurance society, Victoria has been a Chartered Director since 2014.

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Justin-van Wijngaarden

Justin van Wijngaarden C Dir

As a holder of over 20 years’ experience within financial services at a number of leading organisations, in addition to a MBA in Strategy & Finance from the University of Durham, Justin has been a Chartered Director since 2014.

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Martin Garner

Martin Garner C Dir

With global experience spanning four continents, Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, Martin has successfully helped develop businesses for blue chip organisations such as Xerox, Rexam, Computershare and Capita.

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Milan Shah

Milan Shah C Dir

A holder of various non profit directorships during his career, including chairman of the Board of Governors at the University of Northampton (2011 – 2014), Milan has been a member of the IoD since 1998, gained Chartered Director status in 2000 and became a Felllow in 2003.

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Paul Fox

Paul Fox C Dir

A Chartered Director since 2012, Paul is managing director of Merryhill Envirotec Ltd, a specialist asbestos removal contractor based near Southampton that operates across the defence, health, education, public and major construction sectors.

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Professor Niamh Brennan C Dir

With a first class honours in Science (Microbiology and Biochemistry) degree from University College Dublin (UCD) and a PhD from the University of Warwick, Niamh has been a Chartered Director since 2007.

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Sean kent

Sean Kent C Dir

A member of the IoD since 2008, Sean is the deputy chief executive of Freebridge Community Housing, a housing association employing 210 staff, providing accommodation for 8,500 tenants in West Norfolk.

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Talita Ferreira

Talita Ferreira C Dir

A chartered accountant with both The Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW) and The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, Talita has been a member of the IoD since 2006 and was elected as a Chartered Director in 2013.

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Paul Bennett

Paul Bennett C Dir

A Chartered Director of the Year award winner in 2016, Paul is a founder and executive chairman at BSSEC, a commercial energy efficiency consultancy operating in the business to business (B2B) arena.

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Our Chartered Directors

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Honorary Chartered Directors

The title of honorary chartered director is awarded to the distinguished individuals, who have vigorously supported the chartered director. 

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Our Chartered Ambassadors

Our chartered directors in the regions who have dedicated time to actively supporting the qualification and those who hold it.

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Commendations and endorsements from organisations and companies.

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