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The Institute of Directors (IoD) is an association of members that forms a network reaching into every corner of the business community. IoD membership spans the whole spectrum of business leadership, from the largest private and public sector organisations to the smallest private firm and including third sector bodies.  Members come from every business sector from farming to high tech.  Membership of the IoD is individual - each new member joins the IoD in his or her capacity as a director or senior decision maker.


New Premises 

The IoD Northern Ireland office moved in November 2011 to the Queen’s University Executive Education Centre at Riddel Hall, Stranmillis, providing modern meeting and working facilities, free wifi and parking for members. Members continue to have access to the Ulster Reform Club in Belfast city centre where the facilities at 4 Royal Avenue include the business room, dining room and various meetings rooms.

IoD Northern Ireland Strategy
IoD Northern Ireland has agreed its three year Strategy, which sets out a Vision for Northern Ireland to the most enterprising, outward looking and fastest growing economy in Europe by 2014. Recognising that such a Vision must be achieved through the success of the private, public and third sectors, led by IoD members and other business leaders, the Strategy’s Mission is for the IoD NI Division to show leadership in creating an economic environment that supports an enterprising, outward looking and fast growing economy by:
• supporting leaders in their professional development
• lobbying on issues that will achieve the Vision, and
• providing benefits, services and networking opportunities that help and inspire members to grow their organisations

The Objectives of the Strategy are to position IoD as the leading organisation for individual business leaders in Northern Ireland and to grow the IoD Northern Ireland membership by providing the professional development opportunities, lobbying focus, benefits, services and inspiration that will help members grow the Northern Ireland economy. Progress towards the objectives will be actioned by the Division’s sub-committees and reported on quarterly to the Northern Ireland Committee.

IoD training courses

The IoD's portfolio of courses is run in Northern Ireland by Director Development Ireland.

The flagship Chartered Director Programme comprises 12 and a half days of face-to-face tuition including five two-day residentials on the themes of:

• Role of the Director and the Board

• Director’s Role in Strategy & Marketing

• Finance for Non-Financial Directors

• Director’s Role in Leading the Organisation

• Developing Board Performance

The programme is presented by the top speakers used by the IoD in London and internationally. Participation provides great networking opportunities, comprehensive reference materials, and sophisticated online support with assessment through two 3 hour exams – much better than weekends lost on assignments or dissertations! The Programme leads to the IoD Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction as well as Chartered Director. For information on this and other training opportunities, contact Peter Martin on 028 9064 1131 or email

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