Aspiring Engineering Director PROGRAMME

An intensive programme enabling leaders to develop the key attributes of a high-performing director through a series of masterclasses.

Senior management and company directors are exposed to a multitude of demands and challenges, including the realities of the current business climate, governance and risk management. Succession planning and developing the next generation of directors relies on the alignment of employee ambition, company resources, finances and time.

We’ve partnered with Bayes Business School to deliver a programme that will nurture high-potential individuals within organisations to successfully lead in senior management. Over the course of three and a half days, participants will develop the key attributes of a director through a series of masterclasses, taught by subject specialists, in order to increase their leadership effectiveness and their contribution at senior management level.

There will be an opportunity to meet inspirational leaders at the Institution who are advocates of professional development and have learned valuable lessons to share with those on a pathway to directorship.

Limited places

There are limited places available each year. Places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Date: 1-4 July 2024

£4,995 for non-members
£4,695 for members

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Who should attend?

Designed for engineering managers, technical leads and senior engineers with a minimum of three years of experience in leadership. The programme will enable participants to respond effectively to challenging business environments and achieve tangible outcomes in your organisation, and also confidently progress to senior leadership.

Programme structure

The programme includes five leadership master classes, as well as a pre-programme dinner, roundtable event, post-course coaching and presentation.

  • Masterclass 1

    Masterclass 1:

    Developing and managing high-performance teams

  • Masterclass 2:

    Effective leadership – leading self and others

  • Masterclass 3

    Masterclass 3:

    Leading strategic change in challenging times

  • Masterclass 4

    Masterclass 4:

    Leading digital transformations

  • Masterclass 5

    Masterclass 5:

    Leadership in sustainability

Programme extras

  • Post-programme coaching

    Post-programme coaching


  • Roundtable event with guest speaker


  • Networking



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Learning outcomes

  • Examine your own leadership style and identify your strengths and development needs in the context of the director’s role
  • Make more informed decisions and lead more strategically
  • Apply current thinking on human motivation, objective setting and ongoing performance management
  • Understand the sources of competitive advantage in the digital world and the role that digital should have in your strategy
  • Reflect about the key sustainability challenges and how they are transforming the different industries
  • Analyse the different organizational challenges including decarbonization business transformation, managing and accountability supply chains and green investment strategies.

A winning partnership

The programme will run as a partnership between the Institution and Bayes Business School (formerly Cass). Participants will benefit from ISO9001-certified training and engineering expertise from the Institution, as well as world-leading leadership expertise from Bayes Business School, which is ranked 29th in Europe according to the Financial Times.

  • Why IMechE Learning & Development?

    1. Industry knowledge
      We have over 30 years of experience delivering high-quality learning and development services to an average of over 20,000 individuals from over 300 organisations each year.
    2. Expert trainers
      Our trainers are specialists or consultants with proven industry experience. They know what it takes to succeed in your field, and how to best convey this information to your people.
    3. Wide range of topics and services
      Our broad range of topics and services means that it is likely that you won’t need to speak to several suppliers to fulfil your organisations' learning and development requirements.
  • Why Bayes Business School?

      Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) is a research-led school that is ranked 5th as the best in the UK for business research; it is part of a small elite of Business Schools in the world that is Triple-crown accredited (AMBA, AACSB, EQUIS) and is also ranked 29th in Europe according to the Financial Times.

      They work closely with faculty and clients to design the best, interactive learning experience by combining theory and practice in their distinctive learning experiences.

Some of the companies we've worked with

  • Alten
  • AMH Material Handling
  • Avara Foods
  • bmt
  • Bombardier
  • Bombardier
  • Frazer Nash
  • Gas Networks Ireland
  • International Nuclear Services
  • JCB
  • Martin Baker
  • National Composited Centre
  • Network Rail
  • Smurfit Kappa
  • sse

Our training acumen

  • Over 30 years of experience delivering training
  • More than 200 courses designed for engineers
  • Over 10,000 engineers trained each year
  • Trusted by over 800 companies
  • Business solutions delivered in 48 countries

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