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Director Development Programme - The Role of the Director and the Board

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Director Development Programme - The Role of the Director and the Board

This interactive and engaging course will give participants an essential understanding of the key roles, duties and legal obligations of the director and the board. Underpinned by cutting-edge research, models and best practice, the course will explore good governance principles, provide up-to-date legal requirements and give directors a renewed confidence to strategically tackle the increasing challenges facing the boardroom.

The course will also cover specific roles in the boardroom such as chairperson, Non-Executive Director and company secretary. With this, participants will be encouraged to consider their own role within the board and the broader organisation. This will provide the opportunity to share, discuss and develop solutions to contemporary issues and challenges.  

Through a mix of case studies, practical examples and real-life experience and knowledge from both the course leader and peers, participants will gain a thorough understanding of corporate governance and risk management.

This is one of five modules, which together make up the full Directors Development Programme. The module can be taken on its own or as part of the full programme. By attending this course, you will gain invaluable insights from industry experts into new ways of working, innovative concepts and the latest theories that can be applied instantly on returning to your own organisation.

The programme will give you the essential knowledge, skills and confidence to improve your performance as a director and, in turn, the performance of the board.

*Limited discounted places available for public and third sector organisations. Please enquire for more information.*

Course Summary


Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership for Directors - Optional


2 Day


Virtual Central Manchester Central London

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About Us

About the Programme

Whether you are an experienced, long-serving director, newly appointed or an aspiring director, this course will give you a fresh and unique insight into an ever-growing role and responsibilities accompanying the position.



This course is for you if you want to:

  • Learn more about the role of the duties and legal obligations of the director and the board
  • Gain insight into corporate governance
  • Understand the Company Act 2016 and its implications for businesses
  • Understand the difference between thinking strategically and operationally
  • Increase confidence to challenge and influence board level decisions and company direction

Learn strategies for shaping and influencing change and transformation


*Please note that some of the materials and objectives may be subject to change depending on discussions, activities and needs of the cohort upon reflection of delegate responses to the pre-programme questionnaires.*

On completion of this programme, you will gain:

  • An understanding of the duties, roles and legal obligations of the director and the board
  • An in-depth understanding of the Company Act 2006 and its implications for businesses, along with the legal and regulatory environment businesses must operate in
  • Deep insight in to corporate governance and how it influences the responsibilities, accountabilities and activities of the board
  • A recognition of the approach to take as a director, both in and out of the boardroom and how to improve personal effectiveness
  • The ability to identify and understand the crucial differences between direction, management and ownership
  • An understanding of how to identify good governance and interpret, assess, and manage corporate risk
  • The ability to develop strategies and approaches for the effective management of stakeholders at board level
  • Recognition of the importance and influence that corporate values have in the development of a successful, responsible and ethical business
  • Increased confidence to challenge and influence board-level decisions and company direction

Session 1

Corporate Governance and the Role of the Company Director and the Board

Key themes include:

  • The role of the company director and board in corporate governance
  • Best practice: a look at the corporate governance codes
  • Delivering good corporate governance and meeting the legal and regulatory challenges: the need for robust internal processes and systems
  • Establishing, communicating and monitoring controls
  • Managing risk
  • Managing compliance through effective auditing

Session 2

Review Powers, Liabilities and Statutory Responsibilities of Directors and the Board

Key themes include:

  • What is a director? Understanding the different types
  • The purpose and use of director service agreements
  • Understanding board structure and committees
  • Role and duties of the board: best practice principles
  • Delegate powers and matters reserved for the board
  • Establishing an effective board: purpose, policies and evaluation
  • Introduction to the 2006 Companies Act and a review of its implications for company directors
  • Liabilities and accountabilities of company directors
  • Knowing the consequences of a breach of duty

Session 3

Focus on the Role of the Director in Relation to Other Corporate Stakeholders

Key themes include:

  • Who are corporate stakeholders?
  • Identifying and mapping stakeholders
  • Strategic stakeholder management
  • Developing and implementing the action plan
  • Communicating with stakeholders: strategy and progress
  • Managing stakeholder conflict

Session 4

Review Key Legislation and its Implications for Both Individual Directors and Corporate Liability

Key themes include:

  • Overview of the regulatory and legal framework – insight in to the breadth of legislation impacting businesses including competition, health and safety, employment, corporate solvency, wrongful trading and contract law
  • Review of the 2006 Companies Act and its implications on the board and the business
  • International framework and EU directives
  • Liabilities and accountabilities of company stakeholders
  • Legal reporting requirements and the disclosure of information

Session 5

Corporate Risk Management

Key themes include:

  • Understanding risk: what is risk?
  • Identifying corporate risk
  • Assessment, management, monitoring and risk reporting
  • The risk culture: risk averse or risk taker
  • Audit and risk committee
  • Business continuity planning and crisis management

You can attend the Directors Development Programme Role of the Director and the Board Module Accelerator on an accredited and non-accredited basis

Participants opting for the accredited route will complete this Module as part of the full Directors Development Programme. On completion of all five Modules, delegates can work towards achieving the PGCert in Strategic Leadership for Directors (60 credits).

You can find out more about our accreditations on our Qualifications page. 

Jed Hassid

Jed Hassid


Jed is a business growth expert, experienced in working with board level decision makers to define and implement key business strategies and so drive shareholder value. His main areas of expertise include strategic and business planning, strategic marketing and business performance improvement. 

After completing his MBA, he worked as strategic marketing manager within a national professional services firm. He then worked as a strategic marketing consultant for a B2B market research business that involved working across the UK, Europe, the US and Asia-Pacific for a range of multi-national and UK based corporations. For the last 14 years, he has been working with high growth SMEs as they strive to achieve their true potential. 

In support of his consulting and coaching work, Jed regularly designs and delivers practical workshops aimed at helping business leaders and managers learn and implement new skills and techniques as well as challenge existing ways of doing business.  

He holds a BA (Econ) Hons in Economics and Econometrics and MBA from the University of Manchester and a Diploma in Company Director from the Institute of Directors. He is also an Emergenetics ® certified associate. 


David Clouston

David Clouston


David’s experience stems from 33 years in the British Army where he reached a senior level. He led and managed soldiers throughout his career and was particularly involved in the interface between operational and strategic decision making. He has also been responsible for a number of change programmes and has been a Deputy Chief of Staff to a number of large organisations over that time. 

He has held several Board positions and is currently a Non Executive Director for Believe Housing as well as a trustee for his regimental charity. He has enjoyed the overlap between the public and private sectors and is a keen advocate on through life professional development. He is a member of the Institute of Directors and currently holds their Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction.  

He has coached several individuals over the years and is a qualified executive coach with a Post Graduate Certificate from the Henley Business School. In addition he is a keen advocate for mentoring and has mentored for 2 years on the National 30% club which aims to get greater representation on boards by women. 

He became a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and gained Chartered Manager status in 2020 and amongst other formal qualifications also holds a MBA and MSc in National Security Strategy.  

He is passionate about helping others and would cite Integrity and Respect for others as core values. 

Jeremy Earnshaw

Jeremy Earnshaw


Jeremy Earnshaw is a current portfolio Chief Financial Officer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Jeremy has been operating at main board C-Suite Chief Financial Officer level for over 25 years to date, having been one of the youngest PLC CFO’s at age 29, leading a full IPO listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Working across multiple sectors including housing, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, printing, retail marketing, and online E-commerce, Jeremy is highly experienced on all main board and CFO matters, with specialisms in funding, M & A, stakeholder communication and value creation. With international experience in Europe, North America and Asia, Jeremy’s roles have always encompassed a wide range of responsibilities, including legal, governance, risk, financial PR and procurement.

Using the vast experience gained in both growth markets and challenging downturns, Jeremy is also now a​n Institute of Leadership & Management-qualified and trained Executive ​Coach & Mentor with his own practice, and currently undertaking a part-time Postgraduate Masters Degree in Coaching & Mentoring at Newcastle University.

Jeremy is also helping other companies with his experience by adding NED roles to his portfolio. He currently serves as Chair of Audit & Risk on the Boards of Optoma, a €245m Revenue global leader in the production and distribution of Visual Display Products & Solutions, and One Heritage Group PLC, a fully-listed Property Development business. Additionally, he is a NED at Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association, plus an early-stage technology-led business.

Stewart McCombe

Stewart McCombe


Stewart has a career background in corporate banking, and is a highly experienced commercial individual, who commenced a transition into the not for profit sector at the end of 2009. He now has a portfolio of Chair, Board and consultancy roles across not for profits and SMEs.

Throughout his career, Stewart has developed a proven track record in the North West corporate market. In roles covering both relationship management and business development, his key skills of brokering and relationship building ensured the management of multiple stakeholders, at all times undertaken with outstanding levels of integrity. Core to his roles at Bank of Scotland were the management of key entrepreneur relationships for the bank.

In recent years, he has rapidly developed a profile in the not for profit sector, maintaining key board roles across a range of areas, including leisure and social care

Stewart has a range of financial, operational and strategic experience in the private, public and not for profit sectors, including charities, local authorities, banking and venture capital. This has captured a range of areas, including direct roles in leisure, adult care, the arts, environment and recruitment, coupled with a wide range of sectors including manufacturing, service, retail, building products and housebuilding during his corporate banking career. Stewart is at ease in any environment, from start-up to PLC boardroom.

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  • Learn more about the role of the duties and legal obligations of the director and the board
  • Gain insight into corporate governance
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate key financial data, models and reports
  • Understand the Company Act 2016 and its implications for businesses
  • Think strategically versus operationally


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