Applied Directorship Programme

Mountaineers do not learn to climb by solely completing a mountaineering degree. Directors are no different. Practical time in the boardroom is critical to your success as a high-performance director. The Sirdar Applied Directorship Programme is a practical, hands-on 10-month learning experience designed to enable you to successfully climb the mountain of being a director. Central to the process are the principles of gamification, simulated boardroom discussions and practical feedback. Being a director is not about theoretical knowledge, it is about understanding your role and effectively applying it. That is what this process is designed to support you to do.

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Roger Hitchcock - Business Unit Manager: Senior Delivery Associate

BSocSc, BTh, DipSBM, CFP, MInstD

Roger Hitchcock has worked for over 20 years in both large corporate environments and small business environments. His speciality is in making complexity understandable and facilitating robust solutions. He is passionate about assisting companies and individuals to find their clear strategic direction and purpose and helping them to take steps in implementing this purpose in an effective way. Roger has held a number of directorships ranging from executive director in Honeylane Consulting to non-executive positions in the mining sector, retail and non-profit sectors. Roger leads Sirdar education programmes and supports Sirdar clients with his strategic and facilitation expertise. He is also an accredited Sirdar independent director.


Belinda Doveston - Sirdar Global Operations Managing Director

BComm Hons

Belinda Doveston has over 17 years of experience in business architecture, project management, facilitation, systems design, education and training, technical writing and information technology. She has lectured business students on corporate governance, international business and customer management. Belinda also understands the practical realities of business growth through her role as a managing director of a business she co-founded and has since successfully sold. Belinda has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with majors in Information Systems and Accounting as well as an Honours Degree in Information Systems. She has also achieved a diversity of certifications in innovation, strategy and design thinking. Belinda is the managing editor of Sirdar Press publications.


Carl Bates - Sirdar Global Chief Executive

BBS Hons, GradDipBS, CA, CMInstD (NZ), MInstD (RSA)

Carl Bates is a global entrepreneur, speaker, author, mentor, director and dynamic thought leader. He is considered to be an international expert on business growth and the education and implementation of governance for SMEs and privately-held companies. Carl is an experienced chairman and independent director with great insight into the operation of companies and how they can create long-term value for shareholders and other stakeholders, inspire their teams and deliver effectively for clients. As founder and chief executive of Sirdar Global Group, he is world renowned for his practical understanding of governance and is constantly invited to share his knowledge and insight on the subject. Carl also has a Bachelor of Business Studies Honours (Accountancy) and a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Finance). He is a chartered accountant and is a member of the Institute of Directors of both New Zealand and South Africa.


Tim Holmes - Sirdar South Africa Managing Director and Business Unit Manager: Governance

BEng Hons (Engineering), MBA, CMInstD

Tim Holmes has over 25 years of specialist experience in the IT sector, culminating in a successful tenure for ten years as the managing director of the Collective Investments Industry’s data switch. Through this collective experience, Tim has maximised his expertise in: the relationship between business functions and systems; IT systems for leading investment management companies; business and process re-engineering; effective project management within team environments; and specialised knowledge of applications and systems, and using these to problem-solve. Tim has led the South Africa team as managing director since April 2014, and he is also active as a business mentor, independent director and speaker.

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