Name: Candice Brett

Company: HMG Paints

Course attended: Directors Development Programme

Course date: 01.07.19

Course Location: Manchester

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Company Background:

HMG Paints is the UK’s largest independent paint manufacturer with mass knowledge, expertise and a strong portfolio. HMG Paint is a family run business and was first established in 1930 by Harold Marcel-Guest and Herbert Falder. Herbert went on to take sole ownership less than 12 months later.

As a business we have grown steadily over the years through acquisitions, market expansions and partnerships, with John Falder as current MD, Stephen Falder as Marketing Director and Brian Falder as chairman.


Learning Objective:

Our primary objective as a company is to build a solid company that is decent, worthwhile and secure.

My personal objective for attending the Directors Development Programme was to give me the skill set to develop the strategic leadership style that will be adopted and embedded by the new generation board. It is my role to support the board and help them to drive the business forward.



The company was going through a period of change with a new generation operation board being implemented as part of our succession plan. Our main challenge was knowing how to best lead, educate and influence the new board so that it can operate effectively and make informed strategic decisions.

The new and expanded board has a varied level of experience in leadership and making director level decisions. It is imperative that we know how to manage and build on this.


The Learning Experience:

The Directors Development Programme was extensive, covering a variety of business areas. We looked at leadership, management, finance, governance, strategy and marketing as well as corporate responsibility. I felt the leadership day resonated the most with my development needs; the most important lesson I took away with me was that leadership is much more than the delegation of tasks.

For anyone in their first directors role, or about to move into a directors role, I would most certainly recommend this programme. It covers the basic elements of leadership, management, finance, governance, strategy and marketing with real world examples and insights to support theories.


The Result:

This programme certainly delivered on my expectations. I learnt a lot, specifically in relation to statutory obligations and developing team cohesion, which is key to developing and sustaining the business going forward.

A psychological profiling session proved particularly insightful and allowed me to understand and assess my teams behaviours more thoroughly.  It has allowed me to develop my skills and provided me with new tools to build highly effective teams. In addition to this I have also had the to opportunity to reflect on my own leadership style, and this has taught me to adapt to different personality types to ensure a more effective team result.

I feel far more adept and qualified to strategically lead and support a team at board level as a result of this course.


Customer Testimonial:

“After attending this programme as someone in their first directors role, I feel like I’m leaving with a new skill set and techniques that can immediately be implemented upon my return to the office. The programme covers the key elements of business and the theory is supported with real world examples and insights. The tutors are highly experienced and delivered the course very well. I would most certainly recommend this programme to anyone currently in a directors role or aspiring to be a director.”


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