Finance for Non Financial Directors

As a director are you always confident that you really understand the financial implications of your strategic decisions?
Full day


Do you know how to scrutinise and question your annual accounts with confidence?

When you sign off your accounts, are you completely sure that you've correctly understood how they were put together and the story they tell about your organisation's financial health?

Designed specifically for non-finance directors and senior managers, this course will help demystify the world of finance, giving you sound understanding of a whole range of financial concepts and skills.

It will equip you with the skills needed to assess the financial health of your organisation accurately and with confidence. By the end of the day, you will be able to evaluate business plans with confidence, question key financial information, and conduct robust boardroom discussions about your company's financial reports.

Please note, that for our online course only we will have a break in the middle of the day between noon and 2pm.

What you'll learn

  • How to read financial statements and what they are saying
  • Financial ratios – what's healthy; what's not
  • The financial and commercial responsibilities of a director at this level
  • What information is required by directors at this level
  • Using financial information to make better decisions that drive the business forward
  • The relationship between financial and corporate strategies
  • The importance of liquidity
  • The concept of financial risk; the importance of risk assessment and management.

Who is it for?

This course is for you if:

  • You want to be able take part knowledgeably and constructively in boardroom conversations focusing on finance
  • You need to understand the main accounting concepts that drive behaviour
  • You need to be able to evaluate the health of your business from its financial statements
  • You want to understand the concept of shareholder value more clearly
  • You want to understand the financial impact on the organisation of different strategic decisions

Your facilitator

Sarah Hobbs

Sarah is the co-founder of Vondel Professional Development, and is an engaging and highly qualified business and training consultant who specialises in making finance easily comprehensible for non-financial professionals. She has worked with a variety of clients across both the private and public sector including HMRC, Ince & Co, Wolseley, United Biscuits, PwC, Knight Frank, Mothercare, Nabarro, Norton Rose, BMJ Publishing and Barclays Bank.


I booked our senior team on the Finance for Non-Financial Directors 1 day course. Sarah, the trainer, made the topic easy to understand, light-hearted and great fun. We met all of our learning objectives and feel equipped to make informed business decisions armed with our new skills.
Light-hearted and great fun!
Engaging, informative, and well paced. Sarah is a highly experienced and excellent communicator, who guided us in decoding the mysteries of balance sheets and P&L accounts, and succeeded in making them as interesting as a good cryptic crossword!
Engaging, Informative and well paced!
Excellent, covered all aspects of financial reporting in a clear and concise way. Very worthwhile attending for clear information and easy to understand content. Managing Director, Aptus Utilities
Really enjoyed it. Good pace and interaction. Very knowledgeable and down to earth facilitator and teaching style. All admin and booking etc very efficient. Good venue, easy to find.
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03/09/24 9:30 - 16:45
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