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Our Finance for the Boardroom Programme will provide you with the skills and tools you need to successfully address financial performance, evaluate business plans and use financial strategy to create long-term value.

This programme is not about turning you into an accountant, but will help you have a greater understanding of the financial information you are provided as a member of an executive team or board. A better understanding of techniques will enhance your ability to interpret financial data and confidence to demand-relevant information. Our finance faculty use their own practical business experience to bring the subject to life, enabling you to apply the concepts in your own organisation.

Key outcomes include:

  • Using financial strategy to generate value in your business.
  • A greater understanding of the practical implications of investment decisions and acquisitions.
  • A deeper insight into how your business model translates into the accounting numbers.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 07 - 09 Oct 2020
    • 05 - 07 May 2021
    • 27 - 29 Sep 2021
  • Duration3 days, residential
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£4,750 + VAT
    Concessions available

What you will learn

You will gain:

  • Advanced insights into how financial strategy can help drive value in your organisation.
  • An increased understanding of how your business model translates into the financial numbers.
  • A greater ability to make knowledgeable and appreciated contributions to the board with a firm understanding of financial reports.
  • Appreciation of the practical implications of investment decisions and acquisitions.
  • Confidence with the language of finance, bringing with it an ability to challenge financial presentations and successfully recognise opportunities.

Your organisation will gain:

  • Enhanced financial literacy contribution at board level, encouraging better strategic decisions.
  • A more knowledgeable and effective executive with a clear understanding of your organisation's financial performance, and the implications that come with it.

Core content

Finance for the Boardroom is a three-day residential programme taking place at Cranfield School of Management.

You will benefit from the creative practices, diverse ideas, and successful methods used to overcome challenges that your peers and faculty have faced through working in a range of sectors.

The practical and adaptable design of the programme content ensures that you are fully equipped with state-of-the-art tools and frameworks to successfully improve financial performance and shareholder value in your organisation.

This programme address the challenges you face when interpreting corporate financial data and discussing strategic decision making at board level. You gain best practice models to:

  • support your role
  • understand long-term value and how to best achieve it
  • effectively recognise the cost of capital and determine appropriate capital structure
  • implement investment appraisal techniques
  • understand your organisation's valuation methods
  • gain advanced insights into what your organisation's accounts really tell you and what they don't disclose.


Day one

  • What is shareholder value and why does it matter.
  • Balancing risk and return.
  • Cost of capital.
  • Seven drivers of value.
  • Linking financial and business strategy.
  • What the accounts tell us.
  • Interpreting the balance sheet and income statement.
  • Ratio analysis.

Day two

  • Commonly-used methods of investment appraisal.
  • Making  the business case.
  • Common errors in preparing forecasts.

Day three

  • Acquisitions.
  • Additional content dependent on participants' aims, for example: Initial Public Offerings (floating a company) or Private Equity.

Who should attend

Senior executives from non-financial backgrounds operating with financial data who are looking to build confidence and skills in order to make strategically sound financial decisions.

  • Directors
  • Senior Managers
  • Partner and Senior Consultants
  • Senior technical Experts

Programme Director

Professor Ruth Bender


25% discount (Tuition fee only) for Cranfield School of Management Alumni.

Accommodation options and prices

Tuition, course materials, full board accommodation and lifelong access to Alumni Membership benefits are included in the price of this course.

Location and travel

Cranfield School of Management is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire.

The School is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1. 

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield Management Development Centre 
Wharley End
MK43 0HG

This course is provided by Cranfield Management Development Ltd a wholly owned subsidiary of Cranfield University