THE DIRECTORS' ACADEMY

Developing
Confident and
​Effective Directors

Distance learning resources for director development; courses, resources, news and events to achieve more confidence, more effective, more quickly - with less stress.

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Ready to make a positive contribution at board level?

Join the Directors' Academy for instant access to:

  • Free reports to launch you on your development journey
  • More than 20 videos answering questions from directors around the world
  • Timely, topical Webinars on Wednesdays to increase your awareness
  • PLUS, courses, resources, news and events to achieve more confidence, more competence, more quickly

The Directors' Academy

 

The Directors' Academy is a division of the Brefi Group, an international management development consultancy founded in 1983.

 

The Academy was established to leverage the resources developed for face to face director development and corporate governance workshops so that we can support new and aspiring directors and boards worldwide, 24/7.

Here's what we provide

Live Training

Brefi Group specialises in developing and delivering bespoke programmes in-house, combining behavioural psychology, executive coaching and management consultancy processes.

Online Courses

The Directors' Academy courses combine to provide a director development journey of courses and resources aimed at new and aspiring directors, company secretaries, chairs and governance professionals. 

Resources

Members can access a wide range of free resources, including videos, webinars, articles and reports; there are downloadable resources you can purchase to support your personal and professional development.

Who should join

 

Managers who aspire to become directors, as well as established directors who wish to review their competence and improve knowledge and awareness.

 

Directors, consultants and executives who want to become Non-Executive Directors, and Chairs who wish to improve the performance of their board

 

Governance professionals and company secretaries who advise boards and manage new directors' induction. 

Why you should join

 

It takes time to learn on the job and you might not have the time or opportunity to attend formal training in the new skills and attitudes you need as a director.

 

Our resources are designed in chunks of no more than 20 minutes - they can be consumed while you take a coffee break or listen in the car or on the train. And with audio, visual and print components, they appeal to all learning styles.

Features To Make Your Progress Easy

Small Chunks

Our resources for board directors are designed in small chunks so that you can learn over a cup of coffee or when travelling to or from work.

Multi-Media

Our resources for directors are available as multi-media, in print, audio and video formats so they appeal to any learning style.

Timed Delivery

The CPD for Board Directors programmes are delivered on a regular basis, so you are reminded to learn in small chunks.

Learn from anywhere

 

The Directors' Academy provides you with distance learning resources for director development to study in your own time, and at your own pace.

 

With audio, video and print components they appeal to all learning styles - and support those for whom English is not your first language.

Live trainings

 

Live trainings are provided by Richard Winfield, traditionally face-to-face in the UK, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia - more recently from our studio using Zoom and other web-based systems.

 

All programmes are custom designed and we are able to draw on our comprehensive archive of training materials and PowerPoint presentations.

 

We also provide board performance reviews and facilitation for away days and corporate retreats.

FREE Resources When You Join

Instant access to more than 20 free videos,
weekly webinars 
and these FREE reports

Director Due Diligence

essential Due Diligence: The 7 Things You Must Do Before Joining Any Board.

This comprehensive 20-page FREE GUIDE shows you how to avoid joining the wrong board and ensure you only take on responsibilities you are willing to accept.

 

Director Induction Checklist

All directors should receive induction on joining the board.

A well designed and delivered induction programme enables you to maximise your contribution to the leadership of the organisation in the shortest possible time.

10 Habits of Highly Effective Directors

What makes the difference between a mediocre director and an effective directors is your behaviour. And the best way to guarantee effective behaviour is to develop good habits.

Discover 10 habits that will increase your effectiveness.

Professional Development Planner and CPD Record

This year planner and record document contains an introduction to CPD, self analysis and planning exercises and monthly record charts.

Ready to make a positive contribution at board level?

Join the Directors' Academy for instant access to:

  • Free reports to launch you on your development journey
  • More than 20 videos answering questions from directors around the world
  • Timely, topical Webinars on Wednesdays to increase your awareness
  • PLUS, courses, resources, news and events to achieve more confidence, more competence, more quickly

Testimonials

"The Essential Director Masterclass series by Richard Winfield is practical, simple and relevant for different categories of governance practitioners. Richard understands corporate governance and how it should be practised. His delivery is to the point and easy to understand. I recommend the Essential Director Masterclass to all"

Marian Barnor, Lawyer, Ghana

 

“I am on week 26 of Richard’s 27 week Foundation Programme and it has added considerable value to my knowledge and understanding! Highly recommended, thanks Richard.”

George Scott, Operations Manager, Bahrain

 

“The Foundation Programme has added much to my knowledge. I learned so many new things about directors’ role and the organization of the board. I have found it amazing and would like to thank you for your support in this field.”

Tamrat Worku – Company Director, Ethiopia

 

"We approached the exercise with an element of cynicism - after all, we know the business better than others right? How wrong we were. Through careful and thorough pre-meetings and detailed analysis thereafter, Richard brought together the strengths and exposed the weaknesses in the organisation. The resulting clear actions have improved business no end."
Nigel Payne, Chairman, Hangar8

 

"Thanks for the two days if your valuable assistance and expertise. The structure was most successful and in your quiet and diplomatic way you kept us on track. It was a most worthwhile exercise and we really progressed our strategic thinking."

Kevin Foo, Chairman, Victoria Oil and Gas

 

“Thank you for facilitating our meeting last week.

It's amazing how much clarity and harmony can be achieved by an hour or so of quality interaction and reflection. Great feedback from the team and raised levels of enthusiasm for new monthly meetings. Neil has already organised the next one in the Midlands. Thanks again for your expert intervention.”

John Skivington, Director, LHC

 

“Richard was a very capable facilitator who understood the brief that we set. He facilitated from a position of knowledge and experience, but did not impose this on the group; he kept the meeting flowing and managed the time well.”

Ann Bentley, Director and member of global board, Rider Levett Bucknall

 

“Having an external facilitator enabled people to say the things that concern them that possibly they would not raise normally. Everyone felt listened to and that what they had to say mattered. By agreeing processes/the way forward and having individuals take ownership and others supporting that person in their ownership has really helped move the organisation on. 

“It has brought things to the surface, made difficult conversations easier to have and really cleared the air, if not necessarily on the day with all the follow up work that happened after. “Our direction, operationally and strategically is a lot clearer now that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet!

Paula Fowler, Managing Partner, Fisher Jones Greenwood

 

“This project was well organised with the right mixture of internal and external input. All member feedback has been positive and for the first time we have individual and organisational development plans, which are already being implemented.

“Richard Winfield listened to our requirements and delivered a quality process, which he managed professionally from beginning to end.

“The fact that we have positive feedback from all our members and effective outcomes speaks for itself. A very well managed project.”

Chris Almgill, Chairman, Worcester Community Housing

 

“Thanks for a stimulating two days, which has resulted in my senior management team reviewing the way they work, plan and implement. The biggest change has been in how they work together as a team! We are now already using 10 minute brainstorming sessions very productively. We are very pleased that a number of important business issues have been identified and already worked upon with the next steps clearly identified. In summary, excellent.”

Roger Randall, Managing Director, Biomet UK.

 

“Thorough, competent, knowledgeable and an excellent communicator capable of articulating his knowledge in a well paced manner.”

Richard Pearce, Birmingham City Council

 

"The retreat organised by Oando PLC and facilitated by Richard was extremely professional. The team enjoyed the retreat and followed through actions has changed their behavior. The facilitation style was very easy to follow and interesting. The outcome of the retreat was also used to develop the outline of the Quarterly Management retreat."

'Demola Ogunbajo, Manager, Avaizon Consulting, Nigeria

 

"Thank you very much for delivering the training for NF Gold team.
"We enjoyed working with you, and I was personally very happy to see how responsive you were in adjusting the program when required. We went through a lot of material, and I am convinced that the participants will be able to recall and hopefully apply many of the techniques presented in the sessions."

Dejan Popovic, Director, New Frontier Group, Austria

 

"The day exceeded our expectations and a great deal emerged which will be very valuable going forward. You brought a refreshing and innovative approach to the day and the personality profiling which you did in advance and used to illustrate board behaviours was inspirational."

Peter Maskell, BHSF, UK

 

Ready to make a positive contribution at board level?

Join the Directors' Academy for instant access to:

  • Free reports to launch you on your development journey
  • More than 20 videos answering questions from directors around the world
  • Timely, topical Webinars on Wednesdays to increase your awareness
  • PLUS, courses, resources, news and events to achieve more confidence, more competence, more quickly

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