Participation in the Future Directors Initiative


The Future Directors initiative is essentially a matching service. The Institute of Directors (IoD) will continue to undertake activity to encourage boards to take on a Future Director. As each Host Board signs up to participate, they will indicate the criteria they are seeking. These details are confidential to the search agencies and the IoD. The search agencies utilise the database to match an applicant with the Host Board.

The choice of applicant is at the sole discretion of the Host Board; the names of the search agencies will be kept confidential and no dialogue will be entered into in respect of selection other than as initiated and deemed appropriate by the search agency or Host Board.

Once a Host Board selects their Future Director, they will put in place a letter of appointment which will govern the relationship between the parties. The Future Director relationship will run for a period of a year.

By submitting your application to the Future Directors initiative you agree and confirm each of the following:

  • the information provided in this application to the IoD is true and accurate at the time of lodging
  • you understand and accept that you will be notified by the IoD or a nominated search agency if one of the Host Boards wants to consider your suitability for their Future Directors position. You understand that should you not be considered for any position as it becomes available that no further discussion or review of your application will be entered into
  • you understand and accept the aims and limitations of the Future Directors initiative
  • you consent to the IoD or a nominated search agency contacting your nominated referees
  • you consent to the IoD publicly disclosing your full name and location if you are selected as a Future Director
  • you consent to the IoD providing a copy of your application form (or extract from it) and/or CV to a number of search agencies and host organisations participating in the Future Directors initiative
  • you consent to the IoD contacting you from time-to-time via email, telephone or mail in relation to the Future Directors initiative
  • all personal information collected by the IoD for the purpose of the Future Directors initiative is handled and may be disclosed in accordance with the IoD privacy policy
  • information collected by the IoD may also be used for marketing and survey purposes and you consent to the use of your personal information for these purposes. Any photos taken at any events relating to the programme may be used for marketing of the initiative
  • you agree to at all times, conduct yourself in a professional and ethical manner and refrain from any conduct that may harm the Future Directors initiative
  • you agree to respect the confidentiality of the Future Directors relationship by not disclosing details of the agreement or the Host Company’s identity unless specifically agreed
  • you agree to respect the confidentiality of the Future Directors relationship by not disclosing details of the Search agency identity unless specifically agreed
  • you agree not to seek employment with the Host Company, or its subsidiaries, for a period of two years from the date of the appointment letter.

If selected as a Future Director in the Future Directors initiative you will sign a letter of appointment with your Host Board. You must satisfy yourself that the terms outlined in this letter of appointment are acceptable to you.

Although you will not be a director of the Company, the IoD recommends that a Host Board put into effect and maintain insurance for your benefit as an "officer" under the terms of the Company's existing directors' and officers' liability insurance policy.

In addition to your inclusion within the Future Directors initiative, you agree and confirm:

  • your consent to the IoD providing a copy of your application form (or extract from it) and/or CV to government nomination services for the purpose of contacting you in relation to Crown board appointments.