The Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) has launched a new Professional Directorate series aimed at raising boardroom standards at firms across the economy.

The series, delivered in partnership with Arthur Cox and KPMG, provides a range of seminars aimed at executive and non-executive directors.

The workshops will be delivered by experts from the legal and business advisory firms, with subjects to include company law and risk management, among others.

Events include The Effective Board series while there will also be sessions for The Competent Non-Executive, aimed at more experienced directors seeking to share their expertise and knowledge with new and growing businesses.

IoD NI National Director, Kirsty McManus, said:

“More than ever, senior business leaders and directors must invest time in their own professional development.

“Our partnership with Arthur Cox and KPMG provides cutting-edge updates for directors to ensure they are legally compliant and embed best practice into their organisation.

“The series, which is open to members and non-members, grants those in attendance access to the leading experts in their fields across a range of subjects critical to ensuring the effectiveness of company boards.”

Kieran McGarrigle, Finance Partner at Arthur Cox, said:

“Arthur Cox has a long-standing relationship with the IoD and we are delighted to continue that support through the Professional Directorate series.

“We are passionate about the role we play in professional development, and our team is looking forward to delivering sessions that will help directors gain an invaluable insight into strategic business leadership.

“We share the IoD’s commitment to improving corporate governance and initiatives such as the Professional Directorate series benefit the wider economy as well as those businesses taking part.”

John Hansen, Partner in Charge of KPMG in Northern Ireland, added:

“We very much welcome this opportunity to partner with the IoD in delivering this new  Professional Directorate series.

“The programme of events will provide directors with an invaluable set of tools to further the success, not only of their own business, but of the Northern Ireland economy as a whole.

“We look forward to getting our people involved in sharing their expertise at these workshops over the coming months, and to playing our part in equipping local directors with the knowledge and skills needed to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in their business.”

Upcoming events in the series include The Professional Non-Executive Director workshop on 17th October at KPMG’s new offices at The Soloist Building.

Meanwhile, The Effective Board: An essential company law update for directors and SMEs takes place at Arthur Cox, Belfast on 25th October with the session delivered by the firm’s Corporate and Commercial Partners Lynsey Mallon and William Curry.

For more information about the series and how to book a place, visit