About Us

With more than 17 years of experience and over 3,000 members across the UK and Asia, the Financial Times Board Director Programme runs training courses and workshops as well as networking events in London and Hong Kong for aspiring and existing executive and non-executive directors who are looking to develop their board career. The courses are available in a range of different formats and led by high-profile, experienced and dynamic tutors who are experts in their field and bring unique real-life experience and case studies to the agenda.


Courses Overview

Post-graduate qualification - Blended learning

The FT Non-Executive Director Diploma is the only fully accredited, post-graduate qualification for Non-Executive Directors. A six-month course delivered through a combination of face-to-face and online learning. Available in the UK and Hong Kong.


So You Want to be a Non-Executive Director?
A half-day to one-day workshop aimed at aspiring trustees and non-executives who are keen to find out more about the role and the duties and responsibilities of an independent director. Run in London and Hong Kong.

The Effective Non-Executive Director Programme
An intense two-day workshop designed for newly appointed or current non-executives who wish to further develop their skills. Topics covered in our workshops include board dynamics, governance law, duties and liabilities, behavioural style and how to secure your next board position. Run in London and Hong Kong.

Board Essentials - Now
A half-day virtual workshop exploring the practicalities of being an effective board member, and what’s likely to change as a result of the pandemic.

E-learning courses

Board Director Online
A series of self-paced e-learning courses that have been designed to help organisations and individuals to gain or update specific skills to improve board impact, performance and effectiveness, with a flexible learning environment. 

Bespoke Training

We can also offer bespoke tailored programmes for organisations and networks using our existing faculty, all of whom are experienced Chairmen, Non-Execs and Board Evaluators. To discuss what we can do for your organisation please contact us.


Accreditation - Acclaim digital badge

We are committed to providing you with the tools necessary to achieve your professional goals and we understand that communicating your credentials in an ever-expanding online marketplace can be challenging. That is why we have partnered with Acclaim, a part of Pearson, to provide you with a digital version of your credentials that can be displayed in email signatures, digital resumes, and on social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter.* This digital badge contains verified metadata that describes your qualifications and the process required to earn them. 

Speaking and Networking Events

The FT Board Director Programme has built a very exclusive community of experienced and highly effective non-executive directors and trustees. 

Graduates of the FT Non-Executive Director Diploma and participants to our courses are eligible to be part of the FT Non-Executive Director Club*.

As a member of the Club you will be invited to our regular speaking and networking events with the highest calibre of speakers and also receive our monthly digital newsletter which includes the latest updates in legislation, governance news and job opportunities.


*Does not apply to participants who completed a Board Director Online course.