IoD Introductory Certificate in Board Readiness

Course Summary

This foundation programme is an important start to the IoD qualification pathway for aspiring directors and has been designed to support the next wave of talent in Guernsey and prepare them for life in the boardroom.

The Certificate commences with a two-day workshop which will bring to life key issues that boardrooms face today and provide the necessary skills, knowledge and support to be a success, driving forward the future of the business being represented.

This is followed by a one-day director mindset workshop delivered by Executive Coach Chris Atkinson, and designed to support the transition of delegates into the role and mindset of a boardroom director.

If you are an IoD member please use the discount code Member.

  • IoD Members £1,750
  • Non-Members £1,950


Day 1: 14 September 2017 - 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: 15 September 2017 - 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: 27 September 2017 - 09:00-17:00 (includes lunch)

  • 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.

Course Benefits

This programme will support the transition necessary from management into the board director role by giving delegates an understanding of the strategic responsibilities and practical skills required.

Tutor Profile

The IoD’s team of expert consultants hold a wealth of practitioner experience in a range of senior roles – as directors, chairs, company secretaries, non-executives and/or trustees. They have hands-on experience as executive and non-executive directors across a broad range of sectors and organisations, so are well placed to act as role models for the standards and behaviours being explored in the programme. We will hand-pick the team of consultants for this programme based on their global expertise in leadership and governance.

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 coach. Recently, Chris worked with IT software company, Foundation SP, winner of the UK’s Most Trusted Leadership Award in 2016 and the UK’s Best Place to Work Small Business Award 2016 and 2017. These are categories of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ Awards run by the Great Place To Work® Institute which recognises great employers and businesses.

Chris is an Executive Coach for the GTA University Centre.

Course at a Glance

  • Next Start Date: 14 September 2017
  • CPD Points: 21
  • Course Cost: £1950.00
  • Course Length: 3 days (09:00 - 17:00)
  • Location: GTA University Centre, Guernsey
  • Tutor: (IoD) Institute of Directors

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