Board Development Support

Having the right individuals in the boardroom is critical to achieving your strategic objectives. Corporate directors need to have the skills and experience that align with the company’s long-term strategy. The balance and composition of the board plays a significant role in shaping the business. A diverse, skilled and engaged board brings fresh perspectives that are critically important in today’s fast moving, competitive environment.

Here at In Professional Development, we share the same entrepreneurial spirit of the businesses we work with. It is our job to provide the support you, your Board and your fellow Directors need to perform at the very highest level. We offer a range of Board Development Support designed to enhance corporate governance, performance and efficiency.

If you want to improve your own skills or better prepare your board and directors for the challenges and opportunities ahead, then get in touch.


High Performing and Effective Boards Programme
  • Understanding of 10 not so obvious Board tips that most businesses simply overlook/don’t do.
  • Appreciating the need for diversity of thought and how you can easily and effectively achieve this.
  • Understanding of good corporate governance and how these requirements have changed in recent times.
  • Understanding of the Managing Director’s position alongside the aims and objectives of the Board.
Excellence In Board Leadership Programme
  • Evaluating and defining a strategic direction
  • Enhancing your leadership and strategic decision-making skills
  • Establishing and achieving corporate goals
  • Assess, evaluate and get the best from your board
  • Ethics and integrity: learning about the importance of setting the tone at the top
  • The difference between an effective board and a high performing board
Non-Executive Directors’ Development Programme
  • Understanding and applying the principles of good governance
  • Boardroom characteristic, structure and behaviours
  • Tools to increase personal and boardroom effectiveness
  • The role and responsibilities of the Board, Directors and non-executive directors (NEDs)
  • Developing the strategy and setting the vision, mission and values
  • Corporate social responsibility
The Role of the Managing Director
  • Development and implementation of the company’s strategy.
  • Leading and motivating a successful organisation.
  • Effectively managing change at any given time.
  • Understanding the Managing Director’s position alongside and compared to the aims and objectives of the Board.
  • Successfully implementing company policy
Directors Development Programme Accelerator
  • Understanding and applying the principles of good governance
  • Boardroom characteristic, structure and behaviours
  • Tools to increase personal and boardroom effectiveness
  • The role and responsibilities of the Board, Directors and non-executive directors (NEDs)
  • Developing the strategy and setting the vision, mission and values
  • Corporate social responsibility
The Role of the Director and the Board
  • 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,
  • A deep insight in to corporate governance and how it influences the responsibilities, accountabilities and activities of the Board,
CMI Level 7 Digital Leadership Programme
  • Understand digital disruption and its impact, opportunities and threats, plus emerging themes and current trends
  • Develop a digital action plan to implement into your organisation
  • Conduct a digital disruption landscape audit for your organisation
  • Learn the tools and strategies needed to help you implement digital transformation projects within your organisation
Trustee Development in Multi Academy Trusts Programme
  • Develop a framework for conducting robust Due Diligence and an increased understanding of how to drive and deliver robust Trust growth.
  • Think and perform strategically versus operationally and develop coherent strategies for shaping and influencing change and transformation
  • Build crucial commercial, operational and leadership skills and knowledge as a cohesive team

Bespoke Board Development Programme

Our Board Development Programme has been designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your Directors, board and wider organization.

Select from the agenda items in the courses above, to create a tailored course bespoke to your business, which enables you to maximise the learning, development and insight you seek.

Importantly, we work with you to assess your business objectives, challenges and opportunities, enabling us to align the learning and development of your board to your strategic goals.

Our approach will ensure your board and Directors share your business goals and deliver increased productivity across your organization.

Key areas of focus include:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the board and leadership team
  • Developing effective systems – aligning company goals and objectives
  • Managing in an evolving environment
  • Finance and investment
  • Advanced strategic planning
  • Board impact and effectiveness

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NED Support Service

Expand your board impact and effectiveness with NEDplus

The challenge

In Professional Development are proud to be working alongside our operating partners Gunnercooke, to deliver their newest NEDplus offering. NEDplus offers an innovative challenger product to the NED market that allows business owners to take advantage of Gunnercooke’s unique lawyer, advisor, consultant offering by providing organisations with a cost effective solution combining an experienced NED/advisor to support the Board; supplemented by a team of specialist advisors from their 350+ team of Solicitors, Barristers, Operating Partners and Consultants.

This unique service provides businesses with an affordable route to securing the proven benefits of an experienced NED whilst also providing agile access to an experienced team of specialist legal and professional advisors to support the specific needs of the business as and when they arise.

Gunnercooke will also do a formal appraisal of the Board every 12 months, in line with the requirements of the governance code, including ensuring the lead NED is the appropriate person for taking the business through it’s next 12 month cycle.

This advice has been thought through from a practical, commercial and legal perspective, helping you to;

  • Gain certainty around the direction being taken
  • Provide the platform for growth across the organisation by
  • accessing specialist knowledge when you need it across a range of
  • functional areas
  • Gain control of any conflict across your management team/ board/investors

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Frequently asked questions about our virtual classroom…


Q: What platform is used for delivery?

A: Zoom is used to facilitate the delivery of all our open courses and it’s strongly suggested that delegates download the Zoom app for a more immersive experience! If you are unable to download the app, you can still access the meeting via a web browser link.


Q: Does the virtual session cover the same outcomes as face to face?

A: The virtual programmes cover the same learning outcomes and course agenda as the face to face programmes. Training is adaptable; the tutor has the ability to respond to the delegate group needs in a more instant way.


Q: How do we make our sessions interactive?

A: The programme is highly engaging and includes participative learning. To ensure that delegates are getting the most out of their learning experience, tutors build in interactive breakout sessions to facilitate delegates working through real world tasks and challenges. Tutors will also make learning interactive by including polls, the whiteboard/annotate function and videos.


Q: How long are the training sessions?

A: The course running times are roughly 9am-4:30/5:00pm each day including 2 breaks and a lunch. Please ensure that you are available and avoid booking meetings/ work commitments during the training.


Q: Will I receive materials/certificate?

A: Following on from course attendance, delegates can expect to receive the full course content and supporting materials. The slides and documents will be emailed out at the end of each day, this content will compliment your new found wealth of new knowledge and skills. On the final day of the programme you will be emailed your digital badge and certificate from Credly or the associated next steps to complete your accreditation.


Q: Will I receive post course support?

A: You will have continued contact and support from your tutors, peers and accreditation once the programme has finished. you will have access to a dedicated WhatsApp group and the contact details of your tutor.