Books for Directors and Aspiring Directors

Books continue to be the most popular way of learning. Brefi Press specialises in comprehensive and easy access books for directors and boards. When you buy from The Directors Academy you immediately receive a link to a download version and in some cases, also an audio version. Books are then despatched post free (including internationally) by UK Royal Mail

"I finished reading some of your work just now (been reading for quite some time actually), and I love your style of writing. It’s easy, concise, useful, and personable; as if someone is speaking to me directly.

Hamza Aref, Saudi Arabia

Author: Richard Winfield

Paperback 170 pages

Price: £14.99 incl p&p

The New Directors Handbook

"how to become more confident, more effective, more quickly.."

  • Everything you need to do as a director
  • How to run an effective meeting
  • How to understand finance and accounts
  • Strategy planning and decision making techniques
  • The difference between limited liability and director liability
  • How to protect yourself in case things go wrong

Author: Richard Winfield

Paperback 192 pages

Price: £14.99 incl p&p

The NED Directors Handbook

"how to become effective, get noticed and exercise proper due diligence"

  • How to develop a plan to get noticed and attract your first offer
  • ​How to exercise due diligence and decide whether this opportunity is right for you
  • What is involved in the transition to a director role
  • Everything you need to do as a director
  • The roles, responsibilities and risks of being a director

Author: Richard Winfield

Paperback 186 pages

Price: £14.99 incl p&p

The AIM Directors Handbook

"the essential guide for directors before and after an AIM flotation.."

  • Is the AIM right for you?
  • Joining a public market
  • A strong support community
  • Implications for the directors
  • How to protect yourself in case things go wrong

Author: Richard Winfield

Paperback 32 pages

RRP: £9.95

Checklists for Directors and Boards

  • Saving time
  • Avoiding risk
  • Protecting your reputation

These checklists have been compiled as a handy guide to assist you in your performance as a company director. It is a companion to The New Directors Handbook.


Keeping Essential Checklists for Directors and Boards as your constant companion will help you save time, avoid risk and protect your reputation.

Author: Richard Winfield


RRP: £9.95

CPD Guides for Directors and Boards

A series of easy to read guides for directors supplied as part of the CPD for Directors programme


CPD guides to:

  • Becoming a Director
  • Roles & Responsibilities of Directors
  • Corporate Governance
  • Building Your Own Support Network
  • Networking as a Director
  • Running Effective Meetings

CPD Guides for Directors and Boards - e-books
Author: Richard Winfield

Download Price: £4.95

CPD Guide to Becoming a Director

Joining a Board of Directors is a great honour. It enables you to make an enhanced contribution to the success of an organisation but it also involves responsibilities and risks.


This CPD Guide explains what you should consider before joining a board  and what to do when you first join a board and during your first 100 days.

Roles & Responsibilities of Directors

As a director you're expected to have a broad range of skills and experience, and a high level of awareness of current affairs; and where regulation and litigation are concerned ignorance is no excuse.


This CPD Guide introduces the UK Companies Act 2006 and explains the roles and responsibilities of different types of director.

CPD Guide to Corporate Governance

Corporate Governance is the system by which companies are directed and controlled. The boards of directors are responsible for the governance of their companies; the shareholders role is to appoint the directors and auditors.


This CPD Guide explains governance for different types of company and introduces stakeholder engagement, corporate social responsibility and ethics.

Checklists for Directors and Boards

These checklists have been complied as a handy guide to assist you in your

performance as a company director.


They cover all the things you need to know about being a director, how to perform effectively in committees and meetings, reports and accounts, dealing with stakeholder, and developing strategy.

CPD Guide to Running Effective Meetings

Many people complain about the amount of time they waste in  meetings, and yet meetings are essential for making decisions and monitoring progress.


This CPD Guide explains preparation, agendas, chairmanship, the secretary's roles, behaviours, minutes and environments. It concludes with a board meetings checklist.

Building Your Own Support Network

Our connections affect every aspect of our daily lives. How we feel, what we know, whom we marry, whether we fall ill, how  much money we make, and whether we vote all depend on the ties that bind us.


This CPD Guide explains how networks work, how to build your own support network, and what tools and processes are available to you.

CPD Guide to Networking as a Director

As a director of a specific organisation you will have a new context from which to view the world; even if you are a promoted executive director, your responsibility for trawling the information landscape should be different.


This CPD Guide helps you describe who you are, and explains how to network at events, build a personal brand and manage social media.

See what some of our readers say


"This book is an invaluable tool for new directors and for anyone in management or aspiring to be so. It is a concentrated 'one stop shop' of theories, tools and frameworks that will help any individual or organisation. A great aide memoire written in such a way that cuts out unnecessary text and has clear explanations and diagrams." - Paula Fowler, Managing Partner, Fisher Jones Greenwood, solicitors


"This is a practical, no-nonsense guide for both new directors and for those who have been directors for some time. It explains both the responsibilities of directors and how these responsibilities can be approached. The book is well laid out and easy to follow. A particularly useful section is the transition from manager to director - which many people find particularly difficult." - Ann Bentley, Chairman of the Global Board, Rider Levett Bucknall


"We do need to reassure/inspire individuals to become NEDs and this book does just that. reliable read that de-mystifies the role." - Jerry Blackett, Chief Executive, birmingham Chamber of Commerce

Why you should read these books

Clear and easy to read

Content tested in multiple international director development and corporate governance workshops. Easy read with full colour diagrams throughout,

Director roles

Content covers roles, responsibilities, challenges and behaviours based upon practical experience and application of international best practice.

Advanced strategy

Directors need to develop strategy at the highest level. This book covers scenario planning, strategy development, decision making and relations with stakeholders.

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You can apply for a refund at any time.​

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