SYD - So, You Want to be a Director

So, You Want to be a Director
This blended learning programme provides an overview of the directorship landscape in Singapore; the duties, responsibilities, risks and rewards of being a director; and the key considerations for accepting a board appointment. Ideal for aspiring directors, this introductory course seeks to provide an appreciation of what it means to be a director of a commercial company.


The programme will cover essential aspects of:

  • The directorship landscape
  • Duties, responsibilities and liabilities
  • Rewards
  • Due diligence
  • Directorship journeys
  • What’s next

Course Objectives

  1. Provide a macro view of the directorship landscape in Singapore.
  2. Outline the range of duties, responsibilities, risks and rewards of directorship.
  3. Equip participants with knowledge to make informed decisions before joining a board.
  4. Plan the next steps for development as a director.


Part 1: Self-paced e-learning course
(11 August – 24 August)
• Registrants will receive an email with the e-learning course log-in details 2 weeks before the online webcast.

Part 2: In-person session
(24 August)
• A second email notification will be sent to registrants 3 working days before the session.

Part 2 Programme on (24 August)

4.00 pm : Directorship journeys
4.25 pm : Q&A
4.50 pm : What’s next
5.00 pm : Networking

CPD Hours : 2

SID members:  $162.00 (incl. 8% GST)
$280.80 (incl. 8 % GST)


Philip Forrest, AM, FSID
Council Member, SID

Mr Philip Forrest has lived in the ASEAN region since 1982, and in Singapore since 1991. He is a non-executive director of several (mostly Australia-linked) companies in the region, and sits on the advisory boards of James Cook University Singapore Campus and Australian Alumni Singapore. He has also served on the council of the Singapore Business Federation, the boards of the Australian Chamber of Commerce (former president) and the British Chamber of Commerce, and the council of the Association of Banks in Singapore. He was previously Asia Head for ANZ Bank, with responsibility for the bank’s activities in 11 countries from Japan to Indonesia. He also spent 15 years with Citibank in five countries. In June 2022 he was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia within Australia’s honours system.

Poh Mui Hoon, FSID
Council Member, SID

Ms Poh Mui Hoon is a Co-founder and CEO of foodtech startup, Esseplore. A CEO for many years, she has broad execution experience across various businesses. She chairs the Audit and Finance Committee for and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for Singapore Pools. She previously chaired the Technology Advisory Panel of Singapore Pools and the Digital Committee for SATA CommHealth. Ms Poh is board mentor of the London-based Criticaleye, and a member of the NTUitive’s Investment Committee for Strategic Research Innovation. She was conferred the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award by the Institute of Systems Science, NUS, in 2011 and is a Fellow of both the Singapore Institute of Directors and Singapore Computer Society.

Please register online by 10 August 2023.

Course Enquiries
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (65) 6422 1188


Upon successful registration for the course, you are deemed to have read and accepted SID’s Terms and Conditions.

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24/08/2023 16:00 - 17:30
Malay Peninsula Standard Time
E-learning | SBF Centre (Blended) 160 Robinson Road Singapore 068914
Online registration not available.

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