Self study resources for director development

According to the UK Corporate Governance Code, all directors should regularly update and refresh their skills and knowledge.

For busy executives, keeping up to date can be a chore if it requires setting aside extensive special study times, And it can be counter-productive to try to absorb too much information all at once.

That's why these resources have been designed in chunks of no more than 20 minutes - so that they can be consumed while you take a coffee  break or listen in the car or on the train. And with audio, visual and print elements they appeal to all learning styles. ​

Here you will find a range of resources to support you throughout your career as a director, including due diligence before you accept a seat on a board, induction, foundation training and continuing professional development.

​All products and programmes are covered by our full cancellation/money back guarantee.

CPD for Directors - annual programme

Unfortunately, where regulation and litigation are concerned, ignorance is no excuse.

Regulation, litigation and corporate governance evolve and change.

The Corporate Governance Code, which is a model for best practice for companies of any size, says this:

"All directors should regularly update and refresh their skills and knowledge."​

If you're a member of a professional institution you're already required to commit to a personal programme of continuing professional development (CPD). But, what do you do to update and refresh your skills and knowledge as a director?

CPD for Directors provides content specifically developed to supplement your existing CPD programme. helping you continuously develop your awareness and skills as a director.

Every month you receive a Directors' Briefing newsletter, an easy to read CPD Guide and interviews with leading practitioners and thought leaders.

All information is designed in chunks of no more than 20 minutes so that they can be consumed while you take a coffee break or listen in the car or on the train. And with  audio, video and print elements they appeal to all learning styles.

When you subscribe to CPD for Directors you receive your own A4 wire-bound CPD Record document so you can plan your activities in advance and record your progress.  ​

Here is a section of the CPD Guides you receive month by month - both by post and online.​

  • Building Your Own Support Network
  • Networking as a Director
  • Running Effective Meetings
  • Away Days and Corporate Retreats
  • Finance for Non-financial Managers
  • Vision, Mission and Values
  • Scenario Planning
  • Annual Report and Accounts
  • Executive Coaching
  • Influencing
  • Presentation Skills
  • Strategy

Delivered each month to your door - and online:

the essential Directors' Briefing

CPD Guide to ...

essential Listening for Directors

Includes free Directors Induction Pack

Includes free My Personal CPD Record

Directors Induction Pack

Important research reveals that, regardless of sector, the average board member takes up to two years to feel fully competent in their role and confident in their position.

This is such a terrible waste. 

As a director, you are responsible for obtaining the information you need to become as effective as possible in your new role within the shortest possible time.

You should expect the support of the other members of your board, especially your chairman and company secretary.

Obviously, some key information and training is specific to your organisation. 

However, there is also a core foundation of skills and knowledge that every director needs to know or revise.

That's why we have produced this comprehensive information pack - including a new director's induction checklist so that you can easily ensure you address all relevant issues.

Your personal induction pack contains:

  • My Personal CPD Record - A4 wire bound CPD year planner and record document
  • New Director's Induction Checklist
  • CPD Guide to Becoming a Director
  • CPD  Guide to Roles and Responsibilities of Directors
  • CPD Guide to Corporate Governance
  • essential Checklists for Directors and Boards
  • CD interviews: Lifelong Learning

Total price: £97.50 incl p&p

or: three payments of £39.50​

The New Directors Handbook

The New Directors Handbook introduces you to the roles, responsibilities and risks you should be aware of as a director, as well as providing you with some tools to help you in your career.

It has grown out of many years' experience working directly with new directors and existing boards from around the world.

In this practical guide you find:

  • Everything you need to do as a director
  • How to run an effective meeting
  • How to understand finance and accounts
  • Strategy planning and decision  making techniques
  • The difference between limited liability and director liability
  • How to protect yourself in case things go wrong​

Author: Richard Winfield

Paperback 170 pages

Price: £14.99 incl p&p

The AIM Directors Handbook

Is the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) for you?

The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) exists to enable small and medium-sized companies to raise external finance from capital markets but within a simplified regulatory environment. If you are ready to grow your business, it might be for you.

The AIM Directors Handbook provides an introduction to AIM and the process of application to help you decide whether it is right for you. It also covers directors' roles and responsibilities, board processes, corporate governance and strategy to support you in achieving the enhanced levels of performance and compliance that will be expected of you as a director of a quoted public company.

Whether you are already a director of an AIM listed company, a private company considering an AIM flotation, or even a company with a full listing on the London Stock Exchange, a thorough understanding of effective behaviours and good practice will enable you to achieve the level of performance required, and make a positive contribution to the companies you serve.

The AIM Directors Handbook is an expansion of The New Directors Handbook and includes all the content to enable you to become more confident as a director, more effective, more quickly.​

Author: Richard Winfield

Paperback 186 pages

Price: £14.99 incl p&p

essential Checklists for Directors and Boards

These checklists have been compiled as a handy guide to assist you in your performance as a company director.

Very well received by our clients, essential Checklists for Directors and Boards is a natural companion to The New Directors Handbook. 

A total of fifteen sets of checklists together with quick check reviews of director and board performance.

Part of the Company Directors Masterclass series.

Author: Richard Winfield

Price: £9.95

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