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Empowering Women in the Boardroom: Applied Directorship Programme

It’s time to Balance out the Boardroom.

Did you know that globally only 17% of board members are female?

In Africa, that percentage is slightly higher, at 25%.

Greater strides must be taken to reach true gender balance and unlock the full potential of diverse perspectives. Part of this is by empowering more women to be directors on boards.

As the space where crucial decisions are made, the boardroom holds immense influence over various aspects of corporate governance and societal impact. Women are known to have a positive impact on decision-making here – and on bottom-line figures in turn. The outcomes of boardroom decisions have far-reaching effects on employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers, and the wider community, so let’s work together to balance out the boardroom and make those decisions the best they can be.

Because we are serious about seeing more women on boards, we as Sirdar are putting our money where our mouth is and sponsoring one seat on the Applied Directorship Programme for every two that you purchase.

Our Offer for Women’s Month

We recognise the need for more inclusive leadership which is why we are making an enticing offer to get more women upskilled through our Applied Directorship Programme. 

Our 11-month programme is a comprehensive learning journey, empowering aspirant and experienced directors to become high-performing board members. Through active participation, it ensures that these individuals possess the expertise and tools to make a meaningful impact in the boardroom and create value within their organisations. 

By enabling women to excel in the boardroom through participating in our Applied Directorship Programme, we aim to cause a ripple effect that will strengthen our social and economic future. A single board seat change has the power to impact numerous lives for the better.

We are passionate about seeing more women on boards which is why when you place two women on the Applied Directorship Programme, we will sponsor a third to attend the programme for free.

About the Sirdar Methodology: Our Compasses

Board of Directors

Sirdar Governance Compass

This compass forms the foundation of our work in guiding businesses of all sizes to the summit of business success. Bearing purpose in mind by creating an effective strategy and setting the direction is just the beginning. Being truly high-performing requires focus on all eight dimensions of the compass. 

Executive Members

Sirdar Management Compass

This compass highlights what each dimension of the Sirdar Governance Compass requires from a functional point of view in support of goal achievement. We help you to place sufficient focus on each dimension and by regularly gauging performance, you are able to achieve your objectives as a high-performing board.

Teams and Individuals

Contribution Compass

This powerful profiling methodology aims to have every member of your team in their zone of flow. Understanding everybody’s profiles indicates what skills, knowledge and experience is potentially lacking around the boardroom table thereby determining the ideal profile of a new director, and unlocks true potential.

The Outcomes of your Journey

  • Become a high-performing board member: Understand what an effective and integrated high-performance board and governance methodology requires.
  • Know your duties and obligations: Reinforce and augment your knowledge and understanding of directors’ duties and statutory obligations.
  • Have the tools, documents and papers to support you: Gain working knowledge of the essential tools required for effective board meetings including governance documents, board papers and board calendar.
  • Know how can you create value: Gain practical expertise in applying the methodology with relevance to create value.
  • Apply all the learnings personally: Recognise personal directorship strengths and opportunities to develop further through the Contribution Compass profiler.

Who should attend the Applied Directorship Programme

  • Female CEOs, entrepreneurs and business founders who run a business and are looking to implement a value-adding board.
  • Experienced female directors who want to further develop skills as a non-executive director.
  • Members of family businesses, whether on boards or in management, who are looking to formalise the family business and better govern both the family and the business.
  • Next-generation female directors who are taking over the family business and wish to be recognised as a director with the skills and the knowledge to fulfil this role.
  • Aspiring female directors looking for a first appointment as a non-executive director.
  • Up-and-coming female directors who have an opportunity to become a director and want to make the greatest value-adding contribution in the boardroom.

You will find that the Programme…

  1. Easy to understand
  2. Demystifies jargon
  1. Work alongside other experienced directors
  2. Participate in simulated boardroom meetings where you can put your skills to the test
  1. Provides hands-on experience
  1. Enhance your leadership skills
  2. Improve your strategic thinking
  3. Learn about risk governance and management
  4. Improve on financial monitoring
  5. Better understand corporate governance
  1. SETA Accreditation (in partnership with NPI Shuttleworth Academy)
  2. South African Qualifications Authority
  1. Receive a one-on-one consultation to help you apply what you have learned to your specific situation

Programme Structure

Terms and Conditions Apply:

  • Full payment required upfront
  • Offer valid till 30 September 2023



Your Guide during the Programme:

Roger Hitchcock

Roger is a seasoned speaker and knowledgeable thought leader who regularly facilitates webinars and learning opportunities. Roger has worked together with the Sirdar team since 2014 and joined the business full-time in early 2019 bringing with him 15 years of experience in training directors across Africa and more than 30 years of business experience including family business, corporate, nonprofit and entrepreneurial endeavours.

He has also been involved in providing ongoing team and strategic business training and facilitation, and running multi-day experiential learning events. His speciality is in making complexity understandable and facilitating resilient and agile solutions to some of the biggest challenges that organisations face.

He is passionate about assisting companies and individuals to find their clear strategic direction and purpose, and helping them to take steps to implement this purpose effectively.



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Receive these free bonuses…

Bonus #1: Receive a copy of ‘Traversing the Avalanche’ by Carl Bates.

Bonus #2: Gain insight into the natural energy (area of maximum contribution) that you bring to a board through the Contribution Compass profiling tool.

Bonus #3: Receive a LinkedIn certification for your profile.

Bonus #4: Receive a Certificate of Completion after the successful completion of the Applied Directorship Programme.


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About Our Applied Directorship Programme Alumni

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“I found the course absolutely invaluable and have recommended it to people who have been in business for many years as the course provides the practical side of being a director and not only the theoretical learnings.”
Yvonne Wakefield
CEO & FOUNDER, Caveat Legal Pty Ltd

Download Brochure

Download the brochure and pricing to find out more about the Applied Directorship Programme.


Attend Free Webinar

Attend our free discovery webinar to find out more about the Applied Directorship Programme.