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IoD Professional Director Series Online - Step to the Top

01 Jul 2020 09:00 - 11:00



The IoD takes the health and safety of our attendees and speakers very seriously. As you know we have been monitoring the status of Covid-19 and the government’s advice closely. In light of the current outbreak in the UK, and the developments within the last couple of weeks, we have taken the decision to move this course online.


The IoD is here to help you be the best leader you can be. Whether you’ve been a director for days or decades, there is always something new to discover about the role, your responsibilities, and the business world around you. In an economy that’s changing by the day, it’s never been more important to be on top of your game with professional development. 

To help you understand your role as a director, and future-proof your board and organisation, we’ve developed our Professional Director Series – bringing accessible and digestible CPD to your region on the topics that matter. The whole series – wherever you are in the UK - is mapped to the IoD Director Competency Framework, keeping your learning relevant, up-to-date and in line with your professional development ambitions. Whether you’re embarking on the Certificate in Company Direction or are a qualified Chartered Director, this CPD series is the perfect accompaniment – or refresher – to your existing knowledge.

You’ll also be part of a group of leaders from organisations of all shapes and sizes across the country, giving you the opportunity to connect, learn from each other, share your setbacks and successes, and encourage each other at the most senior level. Although the course is online you will still have the opportunity for peer to peer learning through interactivity on camera during the regular breaks, breakout sessions and group work.

Date and Time


1st July 2020
9:30- 11:00

Step to the top

£75+VAT for members
£100+VAT for non-members
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CPD Workshop Details 

Step to the Top

This workshop will enable the participants to determine whether they are ready (and willing!) to take the step to the boardroom.

Sometimes people find themselves presented with the opportunity to become a board member – perhaps on the basis of either being good at something else (e.g. being a senior manager, an accountant or an engineer) or perhaps by accident! Often, no consideration is given to whether they are board-ready or capable.

This interactive workshop explores what it means to be a director, the duties and obligations that the role brings with it and how it differs from being a manager in an organisation. It also examines the skills, knowledge and mind-set that are required of an effective board member and provide delegates who wish to make the leap to the boardroom with signposting to areas where they can get further support and training in order to develop into confident and effective directors.

The workshop is delivered by experienced board directors who, drawing on their personal experiences, will provide the delegates with a practical insight into life as a board member of both large and small companies.

By the time the delegate has completed the session, they should be able to:

  1. Assess whether they are ready and willing to meet the challenge of becoming a board director.
  2. Identify the gaps in their knowledge and expertise, and understand how they need to develop in order to become a confident and effective director.


Course Benefits

Learning Objectives

Course Leaders

IoD course leader


Business experience

Talita is an experienced C-Suite executive, non-executive director, entrepreneur, consultant, published author and international speaker with more than 22 years of corporate experience with global brands, including KPMG, Investec Bank, and BMW. As an experienced Chief Financial Officer, Talita understands the financial language of business, strategy, and risk, and balances this with her experience as Director of Human Resources. She has been an executive board director for over 10 years and is the former CFO and CHRO of BMW UK Ltd. and BMW Financial Services UK Ltd., has worked in both the Automotive and regulated Financial Services Industries, in four countries South Africa, Germany, England and Ireland and has led and implemented award-winning cultural transformation programmes in multiple industries. Talita is a NED of Ford Credit Europe Bank PLC in the UK and launched an online CPD accredited training programme for finance professionals in December 2018, focussed on leadership and people dynamics.

Professional credentials and training experience

Talita became a Chartered Director in 2013 and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in 2015. She always comments that before her governance training as a chartered director she was unconsciously incompetent and not pursuing her role as collective board director to its fullest extent, but rather thinking as individual finance and people director. Talita found the IOD modules so valuable that they became part of the executive development programme of her fellow directors at BMW UK at that time.

Talita is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). She regularly speaks at conferences and corporate clients in the UK and Europe about leadership, change and culture and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire.

Talita published her first book, ‘The Authenticity Dilemma Resolved®’ in November 2016 and as consultant helps various organisations, locally in the United Kingdom and internationally, to transform their leadership and cultural approaches.


75.00 GBP + VAT - Members' Rate
100.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Members' Rate

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Course Location
  • Online
  • Online
  • Online
  • M3 3AQ