Apr 172015

The Institute of Directors (IoD) has announced it will start running its Chartered Director training and development courses in Birmingham this summer.

17th April 2015

chartered director

The decision by the business organisation follows the move by the IoD’s West Midlands’ regional hub, which represents 2,000 local business executives, into the Library of Birmingham where the training courses will also be held.

The IoD’s director development courses are designed to provide leadership training for senior executives, providing the skills, knowledge and understanding essential for successfully directing an organisation from a strategic perspective and from the director's viewpoint.

They are led by business experts with outstanding training credentials; the first course on the role of the director will be held in June.

Jason Wouhra, West Midlands IoD chairman, and himself a qualified Chartered Director, said: “The IoD is one of the few providers of director level training and qualifications in the country and it will be fantastic for local business leaders to be able to access these so readily.

“The courses are specifically set up to train directors to be stewards of, and effectively direct, their organisations as well as encourage board and director improvement, which qualifications, such as MBAs are less focused on.”

Apr 142015

Richard Hemans, group finance director of Blue Diamond Garden Centre Group, has gained admission as a Chartered Director, the Institute of Director's qualification for company directors and board members, following a process that has taken over two years.

Richard Hemans Chartered Director

This qualification enables candidates to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of the role of a director and the role of the board across four key areas covering strategy, finance, leadership and stakeholder management.

It is tested by two exams before the final stage where applicants are invited to demonstrate their significant experience as a director in five key areas, evidenced through interview by two peer reviewers, and supported by a portfolio that documents their directorial roles.

Hemans said: "I am thrilled to have been admitted as a Chartered Director. I have enjoyed the experience immensely and look forward to applying what I have learnt in my executive role at Blue Diamond and perhaps one or two non-executive positions. This has been a very rewarding and challenging process that I would recommend wholeheartedly to both aspiring and incumbent company directors."

He is a chartered accountant and works as the Group Finance Director and Company Secretary for Blue Diamond, the third-largest garden centre group in the UK with 17 garden centres and restaurants, 1,500 employees and a turnover of £85m.

14 April 2015, by Matthew Appleby, Horticulture Week

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