Blue Diamond finance director gains Institute of Director qualification

Richard Hemans, group finance director of Blue Diamond Garden Centre Group, has gained admission as a Chartered Director, the Institute of Director's qualification for company directors and board members, following a process that has taken over two years.

Richard Hemans
Richard Hemans

This qualification enables candidates to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of the role of a director and the role of the board across four key areas covering strategy, finance, leadership and stakeholder management.

It is tested by two exams before the final stage where applicants are invited to demonstrate their significant experience as a director in five key areas, evidenced through interview by two peer reviewers, and supported by a portfolio that documents their directorial roles.

Hemans said: "I am thrilled to have been admitted as a Chartered Director. I have enjoyed the experience immensely and look forward to applying what I have learnt in my executive role at Blue Diamond and perhaps one or two non-executive positions. This has been a very rewarding and challenging process that I would recommend wholeheartedly to both aspiring and incumbent company directors."

He is a chartered accountant and works as the Group Finance Director and Company Secretary for Blue Diamond, the third-largest garden centre group in the UK with 17 garden centres and restaurants, 1,500 employees and a turnover of £85m.

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