Attention: New and Aspiring Directors -
and Those Who Advise Them


"Become More Confident, More Competent,
More Quickly - With Less Risk"


Do You Want To Be A Competent Director? 

The Director's Academy was created for you.


We provide you with courses, resources and events so you can be more confident, more effective, more quickly - with less risk.


Join the Directors' Academy today and we'll help you lay the foundation for a successful career as a director, and continually improve you knowledge, awareness and expertise.

Who should join?

  • Managers who aspire to become directors
  • Directors, consultants and executives who want to become Non-Executive Directors
  • Established directors who wish to review their competence and improve their knowledge and awareness
  • Chairs who wish to improve the performance of their board
  • Company secretaries who advise boards and manage new directors' induction
  • Governance professionals who wish to extend their knowledge and maintain awareness.

Why should you join?

As you might already have discovered for yourself, there is a big difference between being a senior  manager or consultant and a member of a board.


And many new directors struggle with this.


It takes time to learn on the job - and you might not have the time or opportunity to attend formal training in the new skills and attitudes you need as a director.


The Directors' Academy provides you with distance learning resources for director development.


You can study them in your own time, and at your own pace.


Easy to access and absorb


Our resources are designed in chunks of no more than 20 minutes - 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 components, they appeal to all learning styles.


You will find what you need for any stage of your journey.

What you get

The Directors' Academy is designed as a Director Development Journey.


When you join:

  • Free reports to down load
  • Free videos to answer common questions
  • Free weekly webinars to keep you abreast of developments


Foundation Programme:

  • 26 modules, including review exercises
  • Free guide to board governance and director development
  • Explanation of Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Introduction to board processes and best practice


New Director's Induction Pack:

  • My Personal CPD Record - A4 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
  • Audio: Lifelong Learning


The Essential Directorship Masterclass:

  • More than 40 videos
  • Comprehensive A4 bound workbook - by post and downloadable

Directors' Discussions:

  • Interviews with thought leaders and business practitioners


Evergreen webinars:

  • A selection of webinars from our training archive


Join The Directors' Academy today and we'll help you to a successful career as a director, and continually improve your knowledge, awareness and expertise.

There is no charge to join and you can cancel at any time

FREE Resources When You Join

Instant access to more than 20 free videos,
weekly webinars 
and these FREE reports

Director Due Diligence

essential Due Diligence: The 7 Things You Must Do Before Joining Any Board.

This comprehensive 20-page FREE GUIDE shows you how to avoid joining the wrong board and ensure you only take on responsibilities you are willing to accept.


Director Induction Checklist

All directors should receive induction on joining the board.

A well designed and delivered induction programme enables you to maximise your contribution to the leadership of the organisation in the shortest possible time.

10 Habits of Highly Effective Directors

What makes the difference between a mediocre director and an effective directors is your behaviour. And the best way to guarantee effective behaviour is to develop good habits.

Discover 10 habits that will increase your effectiveness.

Professional Development Planner and CPD Record

This year planner and record document contains an introduction to CPD, self analysis and planning exercises and monthly record charts.

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"We approached the exercise with an element of cynicism - after all, we know the business better than others right? How wrong we were. Through careful and thorough pre-meetings and detailed analysis thereafter, Richard brought together the strengths and exposed the weaknesses in the organisation. The resulting clear actions have improved business no end."
Nigel Payne, Chairman, Hangar8


"Thanks for the two days if your valuable assistance and expertise. The structure was most successful and in your quiet and diplomatic way you kept us on track. It was a most worthwhile exercise and we really progressed our strategic thinking."

Kevin Foo, Chairman, Victoria Oil and Gas


“Thank you for facilitating our meeting last week.

It's amazing how much clarity and harmony can be achieved by an hour or so of quality interaction and reflection. Great feedback from the team and raised levels of enthusiasm for new monthly meetings. Neil has already organised the next one in the Midlands.

Thanks again for your expert intervention.”

John Skivington, Director, LHC


“Richard was a very capable facilitator who understood the brief that we set. He facilitated from a position of knowledge and experience, but did not impose this on the group; he kept the meeting flowing and managed the time well.”

Ann Bentley, Director and member of global board, Rider Levett Bucknall


“Having an external facilitator enabled people to say the things that concern them that possibly they would not raise normally. Everyone felt listened to and that what they had to say mattered. By agreeing processes/the way forward and having individuals take ownership and others supporting that person in their ownership has really helped move the organisation on. 

“It has brought things to the surface, made difficult conversations easier to have and really cleared the air, if not necessarily on the day with all the follow up work that happened after. “Our direction, operationally and strategically is a lot clearer now that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet!

Paula Fowler, Managing Partner, Fisher Jones Greenwood


“This project was well organised with the right mixture of internal and external input. All member feedback has been positive and for the first time we have individual and organisational development plans, which are already being implemented.

“Richard Winfield listened to our requirements and delivered a quality process, which he managed professionally from beginning to end.

“The fact that we have positive feedback from all our members and effective outcomes speaks for itself. A very well managed project.”

Chris Almgill, Chairman, Worcester Community Housing


“Thanks for a stimulating two days, which has resulted in my senior management team reviewing the way they work, plan and implement. The biggest change has been in how they work together as a team! We are now already using 10 minute brainstorming sessions very productively. We are very pleased that a number of important business issues have been identified and already worked upon with the next steps clearly identified. In summary, excellent.”

Roger Randall, Managing Director, Biomet UK.


“Thorough, competent, knowledgeable and an excellent communicator capable of articulating his knowledge in a well paced manner.”

Richard Pearce, Birmingham City Council


"The retreat organised by Oando PLC and facilitated by Richard was extremely professional. The team enjoyed the retreat and followed through actions has changed their behavior. The facilitation style was very easy to follow and interesting. The outcome of the retreat was also used to develop the outline of the Quarterly Management retreat."

'Demola Ogunbajo, Manager, Avaizon Consulting, Nigeria


"Thank you very much for delivering the training for NF Gold team.
"We enjoyed working with you, and I was personally very happy to see how responsive you were in adjusting the program when required. We went through a lot of material, and I am convinced that the participants will be able to recall and hopefully apply many of the techniques presented in the sessions."

Dejan Popovic, Director, New Frontier Group, Austria


"The day exceeded our expectations and a great deal emerged which will be very valuable going forward. You brought a refreshing and innovative approach to the day and the personality profiling which you did in advance and used to illustrate board behaviours was inspirational."

Peter Maskell, BHSF, UK


Join now to start your director
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