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About the course
On this course designed specifically for non-finance directors and senior managers we will demystify the world of finance, helping you to assess the financial health of an organisation in the context of its strategic objectives.
This course will give you an understanding of key financial concepts and terminology, as well as the skills and knowledge required to evaluate business plans with confidence, question financial information and contribute more effectively to boardroom decision-making.
By attending this course you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess the financial health of your business, understand the relationship between financial and corporate strategies, the concept of financial risk, and the importance of risk assessment and management.
By attending this course you will gain the knowledge and skills to:
- Evaluate the director's role and responsibilities in relation to finance, and the relationship between financial and corporate strategies
- Understand common financial statements and, how they relate to each other and are affected by business decisions
- Explain how to use financial ratios, and interpret accounts in order to assess the financial health of an organisation
- Outline ways of ensuring that management reporting is effective in enabling the organisation's strategy to be achieved
- Understand the key factors to consider in relation to funding requirements and possible funding options
This course will be beneficial for all board directors at an early or mid-point in their career (both execs and non-execs), senior leaders or senior managers aspiring to a board role, those based in SMEs or large organisations, in the private, third or public sector, based in the United Kingdom and internationally.
This course includes additional self-directed online resources for learning consolidation and revision available in the IoD Academy.
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Business experience Jean Pousson brings 20 years of management consultancy, training, facilitation and coaching experience to the table and is the lead course leader for Finance for Non-Financial Directors at the IoD. This follows a 15-year banking career with Barclays where he spent many years ...
Business experience Deborah Morton-Dare is a Chartered Accountant who specialises in financial and strategic management training for all levels of financial background, from beginners to advanced, and to audiences ranging from SME’s to FTSE 100 board level. Deborah started her professional caree...
Business experience Charles is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has been a Finance and Systems Director in the US. He was European Head of Strategic Development at Mars Snack Foods, where he worked with the board on a wide range of strategic, marketing and financial issues. Charles set up a...
Business experience Steve Giles is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience of advising directors and managers on business issues concerning governance, risk and compliance. Whilst at Deloitte, he worked on a number of high profile assignments including managing the Polly Peck inves...
Business experience Stuart Warner is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience of working with boards in advisory, training, trustee and non-executive positions. Stuart has worked with a rich diversity of clients from SME’s to large multinationals including manufacturers, retailers,...
Business experience Robert Mowbray is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience of setting up and running successful businesses in addition to advising many of his clients on commercial issues. Having trained at Price Waterhouse he went on to be a partner in a major accounting firm f...
Business experience Brendan Byrne is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland with over 25 years experience in supporting the strategic development of small and medium enterprises. He trained with KPMG where he worked on a wide variety of assignments including a number in viticulture and aircr...