Senior executives who want to maximise business performance will gain both personal development insight and practical business solutions from the Cranfield Directors Programme. Read more Read less

This flagship programme presents an outstanding management development opportunity for senior leaders. It offers the maximum personal and business benefit from a minimum investment of time at a management school renowned for its practical approach.

“The programme gives leaders an external perspective, revealing new possibilities for them and their business.”
Dr. Catherine Bailey, Programme Director

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 05 Nov 2018
  • Duration3 x 5 days, residential + 2 days review module
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£18,250 + VAT

Module dates

The programme modules run on the following dates:

Module November 18 Programme
1 5 - 9 November 2018
2 4 - 8 February 2019
3 13 - 17 May 2019
4 3 - 4 October 2019

Cranfield Directors Programme
Cranfield Directors Programme

What you will learn

You will leave the programme with:

  • Greater strategic perspective on your business
  • Practical solutions to leading strategic change and innovation
  • Insight into your leadership strengths
  • Enhanced leadership effectiveness
  • Understanding of how to create a sustainable business model

Core content

The Cranfield Directors Programme is an integrated senior personal development experience. It ensures wide-ranging and thorough reflection upon your contribution as a strategic leader and the opportunity to develop a new and objective perspective on your business.


There are 4 modules:

  1. Strategic analysis and business leadership
  2. Influencing strategic direction
  3. Building the business for long term value
  4. Progress review – 6-month

Find out more about the programme structure.


  • Greater strategic perspective on your business 
  • Practical solutions to leading strategic change and innovation 
  • Insight into your leadership strengths 
  • Enhanced leadership effectiveness 
  • Understanding of how to create a sustainable business model 

Who should attend

Directors and executives with responsibility for a business or business unit, or who are in corporate positions with responsibility for influencing business unit strategy and performance.

Discover our free Taster Events where you can reflect on your leadership development with the Cranfield General Management Development team.

Read more details on a typical participant profile and the companies who have attended.

Making the case for your development

We want to ensure your application for the programme goes as smoothly as possible and can offer help in various ways.

For further details on how we can support your application, please email Sara Shakespeare or call +44(0)1234 754569.

Case studies

"The skills and motivation that are honed at Cranfield will define how you lead and shape sustainable businesses."
Stephen Rae, Group Editor-in-Chief, Independent News & Media plc

"I didn't realise how much I needed the strategic tools to better focus on key vulnerabilities, to narrow down onto our real strategic assets and to identify what we needed to do."
Ibrahim Canliel, VP Marketing and Sales, Air Astana

“I gained a great deal from sharing issues and concerns with other managers and discovering how very similar these concerns are across a very wide range of industries.” 
Andrew MacKenzie, Managing Director, The VineYard at Stockcross

"The programme helped me realise that only detailed, strategic planning will make big decisions bear fruit."
Casey Bowden, Managing Director, Harvey Water Softeners

Read more about past participants' experience of the Cranfield Directors Programme.

CDP video
Past Participants April 2017

Accommodation options and prices

Fees include tuition, course materials and full board accommodation for the duration of the programme.

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