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Financial Leadership Masterclass

Upcoming Cohort

Sept - Oct 2022


4 intensive, interactive & practical online modules

Delivery Method


Course Introduction

The Financial Leadership Masterclass is delivered in 4 sessions and targets non-finance senior executives and leaders looking to enhance their financial management and reporting skills. The Masterclass offers a deep-dive on the principles that drive effective financial management at the top, with the goal of transforming the relationship between management and finance and the development of leaders who understand their main responsibilities in relation to finance and can thus drive financial results.

Course Overview

Browse Lesson Plan

1. Foundations of Financial Intelligence

This session will explore the key financial statements and the core principles underpinning their preparation. Some of the topics that will be covered include assets and liabilities, difference between profit and cash, how to read cash flow statements and so much more. This module’s goal is to demystify complex financial jargon to help the delegates make financial decisions more confidently.

2. Key Elements of Financial Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested many company’s financial resilience and shows the need for building firms that can withstand unseen circumstances financially. This module explores how understanding and ensuring free cash flow, clear knowledge of a firm’s value drivers and a proper assessment, mitigation and handling of risk can build a company’s financial resilience.

3. Planning for the Future

During the session, delegates will learn how to leverage finance to achieve strategic goals, the role of the purpose statement and its relevance to budgeting and forecasting and the link between strategic goals and KPIs. The session will also explore the inherent risks and uncertainty of any strategy, when action needs to be taken and so much more.

4. Driving a Healthy and Robust Financial Management Culture

This session will cover the role and responsibilities of a senior executive in the context of financial management, with a focus on essential strategic-level considerations. Delegates will learn the accountability measures that they as leaders should put in place, how their businesses can adapt their model and strategy in the face of changing economic environments in the short to medium term and explore how they can nurture and utilise their key value drivers and assets.

Dedicated programme support team

4 intensive and interactive modules with world-class faculty

Assignments and case studies

Learning platform with mobile access



Women trained


Companies represented


Countries represented

About the Instructor

Deborah Morton-Dare leads the finance programme at the Institute of Directors. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with EY in London and specialises in financial and strategic management training for all levels of financial background, from beginners to advanced, and to audiences ranging from SMEs to boards of major listed companies.

Deborah started her professional career in Corporate Finance gaining extensive experience in a variety of corporations and financial institutions. Deborah is an experienced company director, having set up and run several businesses during her career and held numerous financial advisory roles over many years assisting companies in raising finance and structuring their finance departments. Deborah is currently based in London but has wide ranging international experience.

Deborah Morton Dare

Finance Course Lead IoD, UK

Upcoming Cohort

Sept - Oct 2022


4 intensive, interactive & practical online modules

Delivery Method


Key Takeaways

  • Navigate key financial decisions by understanding the components of a successful relationship with your CFO or finance executive

  • Master the fundamentals of key financial documents such as cash-flow, profit and loss statements and balance sheets and their implications on business

  • Recognise the key elements of financial resilience

  • Enhance your ability to drive business sustainability both in the medium and long term and understand what success looks like

Deborah's training and advisory experience is trusted by organisations like:

Financial Leadership Masterclass Experiences

“The course specifically equipped me to know how to ask the right questions and be more perceptive. The interactive delivery model, easy to use course materials and class dynamic blend together to offer an all-round wonderful experience. Overall, the course was a very good return on investment.”
Mahawa Kaba-Wheeler , Director for the Department of Women, Gender and Development at the African Union Commission
"The course was excellent - well laid out, comprehensive, well organised and very clear. It was useful to me as a Board member and senior executive. I particularly liked the instructor's focus on big picture/strategy alongside the detail of finance. It was not filled with jargon and technicalities but managed to give a good sense of the important technical requirements needed to review and understand financial documents "
Sharmi Surianarain , Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
"What I liked most about the course was the Lecturer. She was engaging, knowledgeable and practical. Her sessions were great and the topics very useful. The class met all my expectations and I would recommend it to anyone considering taking it"
Yewande Zaccheaus , Chief Executive Officer at Eventful Nigeria Limited

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