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IoD Professional Director Series - Leading from the Chair - Virtual

15 Sep 2021 10:00 - 12:00
Adobe Connect


IoD Professional Director Series 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 your region, giving you the opportunity to connect, learn from each other, share your setbacks and successes, and encourage each other at the most senior level. 

Leading from the Chair 

The role of the chair in an organisation is often misunderstood and regularly becomes confused with the role of the CEO. A chair’s role is far more than organising and managing the process of board meeting execution. Analysis of successful organisations has revealed that the leadership role of the chair is vital in order to ensure that the board as a team makes decisions and discharges its duties and obligations effectively. This session will clarify the chair’s leadership role in order to unleash the value creating potential of the board. 

Having completed this session, delegates will be able to: 
- Outline the purpose of the chair and their role and responsibilities, in particular how their role differs from the role of the CEO 
- Describe the skills, attributes and characteristics of an effective chair  
- Identify how the chair can help to create an effective board and add value both in and out of the boardroom 

Our Professional Director Series is now available complimentary to all full IoD members including CDir and FIoD.

Course Benefits

Our Course Leaders

28th April 2021 - Talita Ferreira CDir

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.

23rd June 2021 - Damon Clark CDir

Business experience 

Damon Clark was a founder of the Brandwidth Group an International Marketing Services business with offices in Windsor, London and California. The Group was sold to an AIM listed Company in 2018.

An experienced dealmaker, Damon specialises in creating new businesses and value through start-ups, merger, joint venture and acquisition. He has then sold many of these businesses

As a marketeer he used his skills to work with the biggest Companies in the World; Apple in Technology, Toyota in Passenger Vehicles, Inter-Continental Hotels in Hospitality, Visa in Finance and Japanese Tobacco in Tobacco & E-Cigarettes.

He holds a portfolio of Non-Executive director positions and has in the past held roles in local Government and various Charities.

He has sat on many Boards and Board committees driving Shareholder value and better Governance using a mix of entrepreneur perspective, director skills, practical experience, risk management, operating knowledge as well as acting as a mentor and using his wide-ranging senior contacts.

Professional credentials and training experience

Damon is a Chartered Marketer and Chartered Director and regularly speaks about leadership at conferences and events, and guest lectures for a range of organisations and business schools.

15th September 2021 - David Joel CDir


Business experience 

David Joel is a qualified physicist with 22 years in the aerospace and defence sector and 10 years in the services and facilities management sector in leadership, finance and business development roles.
David was seconded to the US, leading a multi-disciplinary team to penetrate the US defence marketplace.
Upon return from the US, David took a post as the managing director of a newly acquired SME, dealing with the change and culture issues that characterise a new business acquisition. Whilst in the facilities management sector, David led a bid team for the privatisation of the atomic weapons establishment: Aldermaston, managing a three-way partnership comprised of Lockheed Martin, British Nuclear Fuels and Serco.
In 2002, David founded Lanson Consultants Ltd. David is also a former chairman of the Portsmouth and East Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and a former board member of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. Until recently David was also a member of the council of governors for the Queen Alexandra Hospital. David currently chairs the East Hampshire business forum, provides board-level coaching on business strategy to a blue chip organisation in the financial services sector and interviews prospective candidates for the IoD Chartered Director programme.

Professional credentials and training experience

David qualified with a diploma in Company Direction at the IoD in 2001 and became a Chartered Director in 2003.
In his course leader capacity with the IoD David has worked with organisations such as the MoD, Office Depot, Mainetti, Cassidian, Commerzbank, Skanska, Travis Perkins, First Group and the NHS.

10th November 2021 - Yanos Michopoulos


Business experience 

Yanos Michopoulos has 25 years international business experience in a variety of roles across the EMEA region in both the private and public sectors, especially in energy, infrastructure and private equity. He has managed large P&Ls, has been a member of regional and global leadership teams of large corporates and has managed large, distributed teams across countries and cultures. He is currently active as a business advisor and management consultant in the areas of strategy development and implementation, value creation, international expansion, M&A and change management.

Professional credentials and training experience

Yanos started his career as an academic. After his PhD (Durham, UK) he worked as research fellow at universities in the UK and Austria. His own executive education training took place at various business schools such as IMD, Ashridge, Cranfield and MCE. He is currently active as a leadership development trainer at the IoD, as well as board member and MBA speaker at various business schools in the UK, Europe and the US.

Learning Objectives

With special thanks to our Leading from the Chair sponsor for 2021 - OnBoard by Passageways. OnBoard is a comprehensive and secure board management software that helps you govern more effectively. To have better, more strategic board and leadership meetings.

Please note, these sessions are for Full IoD members only, including CDir and FIoD. Due to capacity, members can attend a maximum of one session of each Professional Director Series Topics. 

Course Leaders


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