Latest Chartered Director announced – The Royal Gazette


Updated: June 17, 2022 12:24 PM

Carol Dixon has become the eighth island resident to qualify as a licensed director, the Bermuda branch of the Institute of Directors reported.

The IoD said Ms Dixon had completed all three stages of this internationally recognized director qualification.

She passed the first (certificate) and second (diploma) stages in 2016 and 2018 respectively, and this year achieved the third and final stage, the Chartered Director qualification, after a successful interview and company experience assessment. .

Ms Dixon said: “The reason I seek Chartered Director status is that it is an exclusive qualification held by some of the best directors and business leaders in the world.

“Once I became eligible to apply, it took me around 14 months from application to interview. However, I was delayed by various curveballs including Covid and a death in the family, which left me forced to postpone the final interview. Others should find the process much faster!

Despite the delays, Ms Dixon says the process has been “a very good experience” and describes the level of training provided by IoD Bermuda as “very professional and supportive”.

She added, “I not only learned a lot, but also developed my confidence and my relationships.”

In particular, Ms Dixon noted the support of Neil Glass, IoD Ambassador for Director Development and Member Support in Bermuda, and Tina Hobrough, Head of Chartered Director Assessment at the Institute of Directors of London. She also recognized the value of having an IoD branch in Bermuda.

“I first heard about IoD courses through the local vineyard,” she recalls. “It prompted me to attend an IoD presentation by Rochelle Simons at the Center on Philanthropy’s third sector conference in 2016.

“Rochelle, who has since stepped down (as President of IoD in Bermuda), was a fantastic leader and ambassador for the local IoD branch in its early years.”

With a varied career that began in information technology before turning to philanthropic work, Ms Dixon says she looks forward to using her designation to help win new board positions. and to enhance the work she does on her current boards, which include Bermuda Engineering Company Limited (trading as BE Solar) and the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute, of which she served as President from 2018 to 2020.

She said: “The demand for professional non-executive directors is increasing for a variety of reasons, including to help Bermuda companies demonstrate economic substance.

“Traditionally, companies sourced NEDs from seasoned ex-executives. Chartered Director is a professional and recognized qualification that can enable me to credibly compete for some of these roles.

Ms. Dixon is also a co-founder of the national network of food banks in South Africa.

She said: “From 2000, I played various roles, including co-founder and board member, for the NGO which is now called FoodForward SA.

“In its last financial year, FoodForward SA distributed 48 million meals and reached 875,000 people a day through a network of over 2,200 beneficiary charities across South Africa.

“My career has given me a lifelong fascination with technology and a passion for CSR and ESG. Beyond these areas of direct experience, I would like to work on boards of directors looking for new ‘an innovative, independent, strategic and critical thinker who is diligent and organized and has a solid understanding of governance.

Carol Dixon: earned the Associate Director qualification (photograph provided)


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