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Foundation Programme for Directors and Governance Professionals

Directors need to think and act like directors, improve strategic thinking skills and understand their roles and responsibilities as directors.

Start on your director development journey today

Comprehensive training for directors

Join more than 1,368 people who have already completed this course

Becoming a director is a great privilege, but it brings both risk and responsibility. Where regulation and litigation are concerned, ignorance is no excuse.


The ThreeTicks Foundation Programme 26-module e-course is based on the Institute of Directors' report "Standards for the Board". It provides an introduction to the role of director and covers the fundamental knowledge and behaviours of directors and boards.

Learn from anywhere

ThreeTicks 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.

This Foundation Programme is free with Academy membership

Small chunks


Timed delivery

Who is this course for?

Managers who aspire to become directors

Directors, consultants and executives who want to become Non-Executive Directors

Established directors who wish to review their competence and improve their knowledge

Chairs who wish to improve the performance of their board

Company secretaries who manage new directors' induction

Join this e-course to:-

Make sure you understand your roles and responsibilities as a director

Develop and maintain a vision and mission for your organisation and determine its values

Develop strategy at board level

Explore different structures for your organisation

Know how and when to delegate authority to senior management

Exercise accountability to shareholders

Exercise responsibility to relevant stakeholders

How to gain the fundamental knowledge and understanding for s uccessful career as a director

  • Become a confident and effective director, able to challenge and contribute at board level 

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  • Study wherever you are; no need to attend any programmes or workshops

  • George Scott

    Operations Manager, Bahrain

    "I am on day 26 of Richard's 27 day course and it has added considerable value to my knowledge and understanding! Highly recommended, thanks Richard"

    Tamrat Worku

    Tamrat Worku

    Company director, Ethiopia

    "I am a lawyer in Ethiopia. Unfortunately, my country is very poor about corporate governance so the training has added much to my knowledge. I have learned so many new things about directors' role and the organisation of the board. I have found it amazing and would like to thank you for your support in this field."

    Course includes

    26 modules, including review exercises

    Free guide to board governance and director development

    Explanation of Memorandum & Articles of Association

    Introduction to board processes and indicators of best practice

    Personalised certificate on completion


    "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 

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