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The Black Country Chamber of Commerce launched its latest initiative at the end of last year. A bespoke suite of programmes providing Professional Development for Directors, Board Members, Business Owners and Non-Exec Directors across the region. 

It is a well-known fact that Business Leaders face unprecedented challenges with strong Leadership and Governance never being more crucial. 

The Director and Board Development series comprises a suite of courses and bespoke workshops designed to build and reinforce the competencies needed to be an exemplar in the role. 

Designed and led by business professionals with a wealth of experience across a range of sectors, they are able to bring the topics to life with practical examples and case studies from the real world.

Chamber Commercial Director, Calum Nisbet, explained why the timing of these courses is so important.

“No one could have anticipated how hard 2020 would be for business leaders and 2021 looks like it will bring its own challenges.

“Government intervention and the extension of the Furlough Scheme has been very welcome, but we all accept it is delaying some tough decision making that still has to be made.

“This is where good governance comes into its own,” continued Calum, “It ensures that there is a good decision-making process in place, that policies and procedures exist to ensure accuracy, consistency and responsiveness to key stakeholders. It helps Directors to be agile and to make decisions with confidence, ensuring the future of the business.

“With their decision making and behaviour under scrutiny, now is the time for Boards to be clear about the leadership they provide.

“The months ahead are going to be tough, and the Chamber recognises that robust leadership and good governance are key to the recovery of businesses across the Black Country. We are well placed to support business leaders and run regular confidential Peer to Peer learning sessions, allowing Directors to gain insights and perspectives from other senior leaders.”

Calum concluded, “Our development courses are led by inspiring individuals who have all had professional business careers, gaining a wealth of knowledge that helps them empathise with the Directors they work with, ensuring their courses are highly practical, relevant and fresh, with numerous case studies to discuss.”

The Chamber’s Director and Board Development Series will be delivered virtually and in half day sessions with courses also delivered as bespoke ‘in house’ programmes for businesses who have a number of individuals interested in development.



the Brochure


The Role of Finance in Business

Four half-days:

1pm - 5pm on 27th May

9am – 1pm on 16th June, 18th June and 23rd June

Member Price: £1,800 + vat

Non Member Price: £2,000 + vat

How to Get the Most Out of Your Board

One half-day: 9am – 1pm on 16th June

Member Price: £450 + vat

Non Member Price: £750 + vat

Reassessing Business Strategy In a Post Covid World 

Two half-days: 9am – 1pm on 21st & 24th June

Member Price: £900 + vat

Non Member Price: £1,100 + vat

The Effective Non - Executive Director 

Two half-days: 9am – 1pm on 29th & 30th June

Member Price: £750 + vat

Non Member Price: £900 + vat


Leadership for Governance

Two half-days: 9am - 1pm on 15th June & 22nd June

Member Price: £750 + vat

Non Member Price: £900 + vat

Your Leadership Approach

Two half-days: 9am - 1pm on 6th & 13th July

Member Price: £750 + vat

Non Member Price: £900 + vat

Building Better Boards

Two half-days: 9am - 1pm on 22nd & 29th September

Member Price: £750 + vat

Non Member Price: £900 + vat

Leading Strategic Change

Two half-days: 9am - 1pm on 21st & 28th October

Member Price: £750 + vat

Non Member Price: £900 + vat

‘As we lead our organisations towards the future, the time approaches for many directors and Business Leaders to reflect on how they have navigated the last couple of years and what they will need to do individually and collectively to travel safely forward. Many questions pre-occupy us:

  • How far have we come and where next?

  • Who is with us and how do they feel?

  • Who do we need to talk with and listen to?

  • What are we going to do together?


The first board effectiveness workshop launches on 15th June. A chance to pause, reflect and consider how you provide leadership and governance to your organisation. 

Our facilitator, author of Situational Intelligence Anna Bateson, will enable you to think about real situations you're currently facing and the approaches you could consider to address them.

Anna Bateson

Business consultant, coach, strategy facilitator and author. Founder of Cutting Through The Grey.

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