The Director Development Programme

Optionally Accredited to an ILM Level 7 In Strategic Leadership

Course Overview

The Director Development Programme is a 5-day acceleration course that prepares new and experienced Directors to excel in their roles. The course features experienced tutors who have theoretical and practical knowledge of what it takes to become successful in and out of the boardroom. The course is a fast track and intense insight into the role of a Director.

At a glance

£3500 + VAT
9 places remaining

Directors provide strong leadership to an organisation and are legally responsible for their organisation's success - delivering value to shareholders. This accelerated five-day Director Development Programme will allow Directors to become aware of their legal obligations in running an organisation and allows them to understand more about what makes a successful Director. Delegates will have an option to obtain an ILM Level 7 qualification following the course completion. They will be able to then implement this new knowledge so that the organisation will see immediate results.  

  • Operating strategically, mitigating potential risks and overview of the qualities that make a great strategist.
  • Use tools to assess suitable strategic options for your organisation and gain board consensus.
  • Overview of digital marketing/social media landscape. 
  • Mobile and video.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Chatbots.
  • Data collection, curation and analytics. 
  • Digitising operations and creating a digital-first organisation.
  • Understand what the Director’s role is with finance and what the legal responsibilities are.
  • Review and understand the most common financial reports and statements – what they mean and what they are telling you.
  • Be able to use basic financial ratios to assess the health of an organisation and be able to make key strategic financial decisions.
  • Assess your organisation’s governance and control – what are the risks and opportunities and how effective your finance team is.
  • Learn how to raise funding and use/manage debt to the organisation’s advantage.
  • What it takes to be a leader and how to become more self-aware.
  • How leaders embrace and manage change, and how they use data to drive their thinking and shape strategy.
  • Managing performance and building high performing teams.
  • Encouraging diversity in the workplace.
  • Driving resilience across the organisation.
  • Using key coaching and mentoring skills to drive results.
  • Review of the corporate governance code - what does this mean to you?
  • Digital data responsibilities in respect of GDPR.
  • Understand your legal responsibilities as a director according to the law.
  • Managing risk in your business.
  • Employee rights and Health & Safety responsibilities as a director.
  • The different legal requirements for different types of organisations.
  • Statutory reporting.
  • Understand the basic legal requirements that a Director must fulfil, and provide an insight into the steps that can be taken to ensure risks are mitigated for the Director and the organisation.
  • Be confident in reading financial reports that Directors must understand, including P&L, Balance Sheet and cashflow reporting. Ensure you can read the numbers as well as the words.
  • Improve your confidence in Board Meetings by understanding how to play your part in the board room by challenging and influencing others effectively.
  • Take away ideas that you and your peers can use to develop effective organisational strategies that will promote innovation and value.
  • Be aware of your own leadership ability and how to use this to drive change and influence your teams.
  • Understand the role marketing plays in the organisation and how to analyse competition, trends and behaviours that will shape your strategy and exploit new opportunities.
  • Gain an overview of how technology is changing the marketing landscape and what you can do to make sure your organisation stays relevant.

The Director Development Programme welcomes current Directors, those aspiring to get in and stay in the boardroom, Senior Managers, NEDs and chairpersons.

Jackie Njoroge, Director of Strategy at University of Salford &Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

Jackie joined the University of Salford in 2016 as its first Director of Strategy. Prior to this, she led the Strategic Planning and Management Information team within MMU, with a mandate to help change the strategic planning direction of the University.

A qualified management accountant, Jackie had a career in financial planning and management within the steel industry, before moving into Higher Education in 2003, where she eventually moved into Strategic Planning and Performance, successfully leading the team to an industry award for the implementation of  Northumbria’s business intelligence solution.  Jackie is also Deputy Chair of the Higher Education Strategic Planning Association. 

Julie Charge, Director of Finance, University of Salford & Non-Exec Director of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

Julie Charge has been the University's Director of Finance since December 2014, having joined the University earlier that year as the Associate Director.

Before joining the University of Salford, Julie held a number of senior management financial roles in the private sector. She was the financial lead in the commissioning of two newly built hospitals in Bath and Reading Hospital under Circle Health Ltd, subsequently becoming the Head of Finance for both of them. Prior to this, she was instrumental in the development of a joint venture company before holding Finance Director and Commercial Director roles within that company - Innserve Ltd.

She also worked for Scottish and Newcastle (now Heineken) for 15 years in a number of financial roles across the company.

Dr Ali Hayder, Digital Marketing Expert.

Dr Ali Hayder has a PhD in Digital Marketing and entrepreneurship and has experience working in academic, government and private sectors. He has conducted various workshops on Digital Marketing for small and medium businesses in the UK and abroad. The focus of these training programs is to explore how SMEs can use emerging technologies (machine learning, internet of things and data analytics) to develop effective marketing strategies. He is teaching business-related and more specifically digital entrepreneurship-related courses at several of the universities in the UK. He has also worked in HM Revenue and Customs and Food Standard Agency where he was part of the projects linked to modernising tax revenue collection and developing policies by using evidence-based research via data analytics. Previously, he worked for a B2B IT company as a Digital Marketing executive where he was responsible for developing and implementing their digital marketing strategy via SEO optimisation and social media marketing. Currently, he is running a consultancy helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to remain competitive in the market by harnessing the power of digital media.


Participants typically have at least four or more years of work experience and tend to be mid to upper-level managers (with or without direct reports), coming from every discipline, size and type of organisation, including private companies, not-for-profits and government services. Note that participants will be joined in groups with peers with different expertise to maximise learning exchanges.

The Director Development Programme is open to all levels of experience and will include participants with a diverse range of professional backgrounds including engineering, project management, human resources, operations, sales and many more. A Bachelor or master’s degree is not a prerequisite for enrolment, and some find this programme an excellent refresher course for a degree past 7 years.

As the programme is run over an intensive 5 days, whilst homework may be required during the period it is taking place, there will be no subsequent requirements that will eat into your valuable time.

The emphasis is on helping you reach your peak of excellence and accelerating your career goals. Directors use this programme to develop strategic management skills and network with exceptional peers from a variety of industries.

Programmes often fill up one or more months in advance, so we strongly advise you to register early. Payment must also be completed before you attend, with joining instructions sent about 2 weeks in advance of the start date. Only then is your position secured on the programme.

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All Dates and Locations

Dec 12 - Dec 16, 2022
£3500 + VAT
Apr 17 - Apr 21, 2023
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Course Full
Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2023
£3500 + VAT