The Director Development Programme

University of Salford, Manchester

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  • 5 days
  • online, in person

University of Salford, Manchester


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Who should attend

The Director Development Programme welcomes current Directors, those aspiring to get in and stay in the boardroom, Senior Managers, NEDs and chairpersons.

About the course

Designed and delivered by the University of Salford Business School, the Director Development Programme is a 5-day course that prepares new and experienced Directors to excel in their role. The course features experienced tutors who have theoretical and practical knowledge of what it takes to become successful in and out of the boardroom. The course is a fast track and intense insight to the role of a Director.


Directors provide strong leadership to an organisation and are legally responsible for their organisation success, delivering value to shareholders.

This accelerated five-day Director Development Programme run by Salford Business School and their experienced tutors will allow Directors to become aware of their legal obligations in running an organisation and allows them to understand more about what makes a successful Director.

Delegates will have an option to obtain ILM Level 7 qualification following the course completion. They will be able to implement the knowledge straight away, so that the organisation will see immediate results.



  • What it takes to be a leader and how to become more self-aware
  • How leaders embrace and manage change, and how they can use data to drive their thinking and shape strategy
  • Managing performance and building high performing teams
  • Encouraging diversity in the workplace
  • Driving resilience across the organisation
  • Using key coaching and mentoring skills to drive results


  • Review of the Corporate governance code - what does this mean to you?
  • Digital data responsibilities in respect of GDPR
  • Understand your legal responsibilities as a director according to the law
  • Managing risk in your business
  • Employee rights and Health & Safety responsibilities as a director
  • The different legal requirements for different types of organisations
  • Statutory reporting


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data
  • Social media
  • Current consumer trends and behaviour that can shape your strategy
  • Looking at key business models in helping you shape a strategic marketing plan


  • Operating strategically, mitigating potential risks and overview of the qualities that make a great strategist?
  • Using tools to assess suitable strategic options for your organisation and gaining board consensus


  • Understand what the Director’s role is with finance, and what are the legal responsibilities
  • Review and understand the most common financial reports and statements – what they mean and what they are telling you?
  • Be able to use basic financial ratios to assess the health of an organisation and to be able to make key strategic financial decisions
  • Assess your organisation’s governance and control – what are the risks and opportunities and how effective your finance team are
  • Learn how to raise funding and use / manage debt to the organisation’s advantage

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the basic legal requirements that a Director must fulfil and provide an insight into the steps that can be taken to ensure risks are mitigated for the Director and the organisation;
  • Be confident in reading financial reports that Directors must understand, including P&L, Balance Sheet and cashflow reporting. Ensure you can read the numbers as well as the words!
  • Improve your confidence in Board Meetings by understanding how to play your part in the board room by challenging and influencing others effectively;
  • Take away ideas that you and your peers can use to develop effective organisational strategies that will promote innovation and value;
  • Be aware of your own leadership ability and how to use this to drive change and influence your teams;
  • Understand the role marketing plays in the organisation and how to analyse competition, trends and behaviours that will shape your strategy and exploit new opportunities;
  • Gain an overview of how technology is changing the marketing landscape and what you can do to make sure your organisation stays relevant;
  • Build a network of trusted business leaders through our Alumni Community.


Mirage Islam

Mirage started his marketing career in Financial Services and then FMCG, before joining one of the UK’s largest mobile Internet portals – developing online social communities – creating marketing opportunities for leading brands. He then spent 7 years with Sky, launching and leading its first Dig...

Jackie Njoroge

Jackie joined the University of Salford in 2016 as its first Director of Strategy. Prior to this, she led the Strategic Planning and Management Information team within MMU, with a mandate to help change the strategic planning direction of the University. A qualified management accountant, Jackie...

Phyl Hughes

Phyl is a bright, engaging and enthusiastic coach. She works with a range of mid to top layer leaders in the UK. Her particular focus is on strategic alignment; ensuring leadership behaviours are driving the strategy of the organization forward. Phyl’s background enables her to have one foot in ...

Julie Charge

Julie Charge has been the University's Director of Finance since December 2014, having joined the University earlier that year as the Associate Director. Before joining the University of Salford, Julie held a number of senior management financial roles in the private sector. She was the financia...

Alison Herbert

Alison, a qualified lawyer, practised law for 24 years (1985-2009) as a civil litigator enjoying a reputation for excellence & winning unwinnable cases. As a business entrepreneur Alison founded and, as managing partner, successfully ran for 13 years a boutique legal practice specialising in ...

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