Leading business organisation the Institute of Directors Northern Ireland (IoD NI) has unveiled the latest group of local leaders to have achieved the prestigious Chartered Director Award (CDir).

Among those to have recently secured the qualification are Noyona Chundur, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council, Glenn Speer, Business Development Director at Fane Valley Group, Roger Henderson, Network Assets Director at NIE Networks and Mark Huddleston, Director at jheSolutions.

Achieving CDir status is the final stage in IoD’s director training programme which includes, the Certificate in Company Direction, followed by the Diploma in Company Direction.

The programmes provide training across a wide variety of corporate disciplines with the aim of encouraging best practice and raising standards of excellence amongst Northern Ireland’s business community.

IoD NI Nations Manager Heather White said:

“Huge congratulations go to the latest group of exceptionally talented leaders that have achieved Chartered Director status.

“Being a director is both demanding and challenging, requiring a wide skillset. The IoD is dedicated to educating and developing senior leaders and is well-placed to help business leaders rise to the challenge.

“IoD courses, led by industry experts, are designed to help leaders advance their career and maximise impact within their organisation by providing fresh insights into the areas of strategy, leadership, governance and finance.

“Our range of courses provide a platform for leaders to network and share with one another the knowledge and experience they have gained throughout their careers.”

All programmes are underpinned by the Director Competency Framework, which identifies the knowledge, skills and mind-set required to be an effective director.

Individuals and boards are given the opportunity to complete the Certificate in Company Direction and achieve the Diploma in Company Direction before progressing to Chartered Director status under the guidance of local and visiting course leaders.

Upcoming programmes include the five-day Accelerated Certificate in Company Direction which will take place from 15th – 20th May at the Culloden Estate and Spa, Belfast.

A number of modules are also scheduled for later in the year to take place in the Merchant Hotel, Belfast, such as Award in Role of the Director and the Board (12th -13th September), Award in Finance for Non-Finance Directors (19th – 21st October), Award in Strategy for Directors (9th – 11th November) and Award in Leadership for Directors (28th – 29th November).

These represent the first step towards achieving Chartered Director status which acting as an endorsement of leaders’ skills, professionalism, and knowledge of corporate governance best-practice.

A significant number of business leaders in Northern Ireland have achieved the Certificate, Diploma and Chartered qualifications with current alumni boasting some of the region’s most reputable business figures from across the private, public and third sectors.

For more information about all courses and qualifications visit www.iod.com/events-community/regions/northern-ireland/courses.