Introducing the Directors Development Programme

Planning time out of the office to focus on your personal development and stay up to date can be difficult. Yet the value and benefits can be immediate and exponential. The training and development of Directors and the Board is an essential investment for any organisation that intends to operate at its greatest effectiveness.

The Directors Development Programme (DDP) equips professionals with practical information and core competencies needed to be an effective Director. The DDP is an intense learning experience, highly applied and participative, designed for senior organisational leaders, business owners and aspiring Directors aiming to fast track their personal development. The programme can be studied both on a non-accredited and accredited basis through the CMI.

This well-structured programme provides an outstanding personal development opportunity for senior leaders. The Programme provides insight in to the role of the Director and the Board, leadership, corporate strategy, finance and crucially organisational governance. It offers the maximum personal and business benefit from a minimum investment.

Key Taught Elements

The programme consists of the following core elements delivered over 5 Modules: 

key elements

Key issues covered throughout the programme include:

  • 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
  • Leadership and creating high performing teams
  • Motivating and driving performance
  • Improving decision making
  • Understand the key differences between direction, management and ownership
  • Financial management, models and decision making
  • Communication skills
  • Driving the organisation through clear and effective performance measures

Benefits of Attendees

By completing the Directors Development Programme you will:

  • Gain detailed and comprehensive understanding of your role, responsibilities and legal obligations as a director in just 5 days.
  • Explore your role as a leader and develop your ability to drive organisational performance
  • Build your knowledge of financial methodologies, terms, concepts and strategies in one sort intense programme
  • Learn how to build and contribute to effective Boards
  • Evaluate and utilise the latest techniques, methods and processes for developing and implementing new business strategy, marketing and business plans.
  • Be well equipped to protect your organisation through good governance principles and a clear understanding of risks, legal requirements and regulations.

What to expect…

Contemporary management ideas and techniques are fused with exemplary best practice from industry. The result is an innovative programme that encourages those in attendance to apply the very best in management thinking and leadership to live and demanding challenges in their organisational context. There is a strong focus on ‘action learning', integrating theory with workplace practice, plus an innovative mix of group and individual learning experiences.

The Directors Development Programme is taught in small groups, not in large lecture theatres, offering a more personal style of teaching, tailored to participant needs. Our approach provides an enhanced and collaborative learning experience, using the real world challenges of participants to put concepts, principles and ideas in to practice.

Your options

We appreciate that your time is precious and costly so development programmes like our Directors Development Programme need to fit around you and your business. The programme has therefore been designed with the busy executive in mind giving participants the support they want and the way they want it.

The full DDP is a comprehensive and detailed development programme. Consisting of 5 modules, it is delivered over a period of 6 to 12 months. This approach gives participants complete flexibility around their busy working and personal lives. Attendees can choose dates from a rolling calendar of modules until they have completed the programme.

Complete the Directors Development Programme Accelerator in just 5 days! This programme is an intense learning experience and benefits those who prefer to complete the course in a condensed and continuous format.

Not interested in all the aspects of the Directors Development Programme? Then simply pick and mix specific modules from the options available! You don’t have to complete the full programme, just register for the modules that interest you the most.

Entry Requirements

  • Work experience: Minimum of 3- 5 years of senior management experience
  • Academic qualifications: Undergraduate degree. Equivalent, relevant work experience also accepted.
  • English language: Confident business English (all teaching and learning materials are provided in English only).


You can attend the Directors Development Programme on an accredited basis and achieve a PGCert Strategic Leadership for Directors in Strategic Leadership and Management

Participants deciding to opt for the non-accredited route still benefit from the CPD points for attending the each module.

Professor Ashford has more than 25 years’ experience in Higher Education management within post-92 Business Schools in the United Kingdom. She has previously served as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University and Executive Dean of Business and Management at the University of Chester. As the former Chief Examiner of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) she was involved with the International launch of the CIM Student Chapter and CIM Professional syllabus. She served on the Quality Assurance Agency review panel for the UK benchmark standards in Business and Management for both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. 

Key areas of expertise include: strategic development for domestic and international programme growth; Business School restructuring; complexity and change management; curriculum development including apprenticeships and international franchises; leading School quinquennial reviews; professional body accreditation; recruitment/selection and mentoring senior academics; developing and designing school identities including visions, missions and communications strategies.

Programme modules

Learn these modules separately, or all in one go with our fast track 5 day DDP Accelerator course.

Module 1: The Role of the Company Director and the Board

You will explore the duties and legal responsibilities of a director, and their application within a Board Director role, with a focus on effective corporate governance and risk management. You will learn through case studies and the real-life experiences and knowledge of your course leader and peers.

Module 2: Finance for non-Finance Directors

You will learn how to interpret key financial statements/ratios and recognise where to focus your effort and ask questions. Effective company monitoring will also be explained as well as reporting to stakeholders, in an interactive day delivered by finance professionals.

Module 3: The Director’s Role in Strategic Marketing

You will get a director-level overview of marketing, reflecting latest best practice and effective theory. Topics will include brand development and stakeholder communications, providing you with invaluable take-away techniques to put into practice. Delegates will work in group workshops and practical sessions.

Module 4: The Director’s Role in Strategy

You will learn the difference between strategic and operational thinking and the director’s role in implementing the former. You will engage in a range of individual and group workshop activities using role-play, scenario setting, thought leadership and didactic learning will take place.

Module 5: The Director’s Role in Leading and Managing an Organisation

You will expand your understanding of how current practice in leadership and management can be developed in today’s digital, global economy. Subjects include influencing a positive workplace culture and developing resilience within your team. Again, role-play, scenario setting, thought leadership and didactic learning will be used.

Directors Programme Accelerator

Complete all 5 modules in one go with our fast track DDP Accelerator Course.

Programme Learning Outcomes

  • Detailed knowledge and an in-depth understanding of the role and responsibilities of a director including legal obligations, personal liabilities and expected duties and how these relate to your role in your business
  • Ability to build crucial commercial, operational and leadership skills and knowledge
  • Improved confidence and effectiveness operating at Board, C or D-level executive-level management
  • Knowledge of the latest boardroom best practice and principles
  • Development of the personal key skills to better influence the Board and deliver more effective outcomes;
  • Improved and more informed decision making, viewing challenges more objectively and delivering better results
  • An ability to lead and plan more strategically, identifying threats and exploiting new opportunities.

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