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Director Development, Leadership & Management

IoD Introductory Certificate in Board Readiness

Course details

Start Date

29 November 2021

CPD Points





3 Full Days (09:00-17:00) 29-30 November and 15 December 2021


GTA University Centre

Course Overview

This foundation programme is an important start to the IoD qualification pathway and has been designed to support the next wave of talent in Guernsey. The IoD Introductory Certificate in Board Readiness is suitable for any manager or leader that is responsible for reporting to a Board, or who aspires to be a director in the future.

Course Content

Day 1: 29 November 2021 (09:00-17:00 includes lunch)

The Role of the Board

  • Understanding corporate governance
  • The roles and responsibilities of the director
  • The purpose and structure of the board


  • The board’s financial responsibilities
  • Accounting principles and financial statements
  • Financial reporting

Day 2: 30 November 2021 (09:00-17:00 includes lunch)


  • Defining strategy
  • The strategy making process
  • Strategic analysis
  • Formulating strategy
  • Strategy development and implementation


  • Leaders and followers
  • You as a leader
  • Culture, values and ethics

Day 3: 15 December 2021 (09:00-17:00 includes lunch)

Director Mind-Set Workshop

  • Importance of Values: An exploration of why values are important and a self-discovery values exercise
  • Positive Conflict: A look at how to identify areas in the business that need to be changed, accountability and intelligent questioning
  • A discussion on what effective goals look like, why goals fail and the importance of communication in keeping goals alive
  • A look at value proposition and how to understand the results an organisation is producing

Programme price

IoD Members £1,750

Non-Members £1,950

Course Benefits

This programme is designed to support your transition into the role and mind-set of a boardroom director, deepening your understanding of the strategic responsibilities and practical skills required of board members.

The programme commences with a two-day workshop, taught by experienced IoD tutors, which brings to life key issues that boardrooms face today and provides the necessary skills, knowledge and support to be a success, driving forward the future of your business.

This is followed by a one-day director mind-set workshop delivered by Executive Coach Chris Atkinson, which examines the importance of personal values, positive conflict, effective goals and understanding an organisation’s results.

Next Steps

If you would like to book a place on this course please click on the ‘Book Course’ button to the right of this page and login or register for a user account to complete your booking(s) Any queries please do not hesitate to contact us via [email protected] or call us on 01481 721555.

If no date is scheduled for this course at the present time please click on the ‘Register Interest’ button and login or register for a user account so that we can add you to our course interest register. This register allows us to contact our tutors and finalise dates for a course as soon as we have a few people who have expressed their interest, so the more delegates who register their interest, the sooner we can schedule a particular course.

Course Tutors

  • Chris Atkinson

    Chris Atkinson is passionate about executive team development and coaching business leaders to achieve their full potential. He is a former vice president of Microsoft, where he re-invigorated their Asia Pacific Headquarters. Chris’s biggest contribution to the success of his teams, which spanned more than a decade, was his decision to become a coach to his leaders. Chris helped each team build trust, crystalise growth opportunities, achieve goal clarity and implement the disciplines of great execution required to achieve their success.

    In 2013 Chris moved back to Guernsey and is now an executive team development consultant and business coach. One of Chris’s long-standing clients, the IT software company FSP, is the UK’s #1 Great Place to Work in the Medium Organisation category and over the last 5 years has been the recipient of many of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ Awards run by the Great Place To Work® Institute.

  • (IoD) Institute of Directors

    IoD professional development programmes are designed and delivered for directors by directors. The IoD’s faculty of course leaders and executive coaches are all expert practitioners in the fields of governance, strategy, leadership and finance and have been recruited in recognition of their wide directorial experience, detailed subject matter expertise and excellent facilitation skills.

    Every course leader brings a unique wealth of insights from within the boardroom and wider business community to the programmes they deliver and the IoD gives you exclusive access to their expertise.


    Very professional environment and well organised

    Sarah-Jayne B

Very professional environment and well organised

Sarah-Jayne B

Upcoming Courses

Some courses we run are scheduled based on demand. Please ensure you register your interest to ensure we know which courses you would like to attend.