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Fintech for Directors

At a glance

  • Identify and compare key fintech industry technologies and highlight opportunities within organisations.
  • Explore the latest trends in Artificial Intelligence and its internal and external impact on organisations.
  • Evaluate how the future looks for the fintech industry and its impact on director decision-making, business and society.
Subject area(s)
Leadership, Board Directorship, Strategy
Short course
£2,805 + VAT
Course length
Two days
Suitable for
Current and future board members and senior executives. (Chair, Senior Independent Director, Non-executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary, Chief Executive Officer)

Start dates

21 Oct 2024

Delivery: In-person
Location: Greenlands campus,

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24 Mar 2025

Delivery: In-person
Location: Greenlands campus,

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20 Oct 2025

Delivery: In-person
Location: Greenlands campus,

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All programmes are subject to limited availability. We recommend booking a minimum of 6 weeks before the programme start date, to guarantee sufficient time for your enrolment and on-boarding.


Fintech for Directors is suitable for current and future board members and senior executives. ​

Fintech has grown dramatically in recent ​years and now impacts on nearly all organisations ​and individuals. ​

Being able to understand and evaluate fintech solutions such as artificial intelligence and cryptocurrencies is an important skill for directors, boards and senior leaders. ​

Organisations are seeking to deploy such technologies to operate more effectively, reach wider and gain competitive advantage. ​

Fintech is a fast-growing global industry. This programme includes real-world examples from around the world, in order to give participants an overview of current and likely future fintech-related developments and trends.​

Key benefits

  • Develop senior executives' and board members' understanding of fintech, giving a competitive advantage to your organisation.

  • Give senior executives within your organisation the skills to evaluate solutions and operate more effectively.

£2,805 (in-person, including residential costs) + VAT


Standard rate VAT is applicable for UK businesses; overseas businesses based in the EU without a VAT number; and individuals based in the UK, EU, or rest of the world.

The programme is delivered as a workshop over two days, with interaction very much encouraged. Each session contains a core taught element, consisting of presentations and videos.

Led by Dr John Chessher, the programme is based on practitioner-led experiences and research. All topics are linked to real-life examples. Each session contains a group activity, where participants work in teams to answer questions based on real-life case studies.

Programme Content

The module is delivered in eight sessions:

Session Name


Enabling technologies

​​​​​​The technologies that have enabled the rise of ’Fintech 3.0’ since the Great Financial Crisis are identified and discussed. These technologies are in three main groups: access; data generation and storage; and ​
data analysis.

Key Fintech solutions

Building on the earlier session, the programme moves on to evaluate several of the most impactful fintech solutions. The focus is on understanding the real-life impacts of each one, at different levels – commercial, social and environmental.


This session begins by covering the basics of cryptocurrencies, including identifying different types of crypto assets and the key parts of the crypto environment. The focus then moves to discussing the most important crypto coins, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, including analysing the key factors that will influence their future.

Future of money

The advent of cryptocurrencies has led to a re-evaluation of what money is and its role in economies and society as a whole. After evaluating the history and concept of money, this session analyses stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies and the likely impacts that digital money will have on organisations and economies.

Artificial intelligence

AI-enabled solutions will have an ever-increasing impact on organisations and individuals. This session identifies the key areas where AI is changing the way that organisations operate, the key questions that surround AI and likely developments.

Fintech environment

The growth of fintech solutions has affected the nature of many industries and this has led to a reaction from incumbents, governments and regulators. In this session we assess the current operating environment for businesses deploying fintech solutions.

Fintech and society

Fintech solutions, such as mobile money, have boosted financial inclusion while other solutions threaten to exclude certain groups. In the meantime, mined cryptocurrencies are consuming significant amounts of power and in this session we examine fintech’s role in society and the environment.​

Future of fintech

This session looks ahead to likely developments that will impact on ​
fintech’s future growth and the implications for organisations.​

Lead tutor:

Dr John Chessher

Lecturer in Finance

Programme Directors:

Dr. Nadeem Khan

Programme Director, MA Board Practice and Directorship

Professor Andrew Kakabadse

Programme Director, The Board Directors' Programme

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“Very thought provoking….I feel confident to work with the board to further strengthen it.”

Warren Turner, Financial Director, Moneyhub Financial Technology Ltd

“Practitioners talking about their challenges and issues meant it wasn’t just theory, but was a balanced learning experience.”

Read full case study - Michael Spiers, Chief People Officer, London City Airport

“Offers a rich menu for these with board aspirations and those who have been there for a while.”

Read full case study - Mike Harwood, The Military Mutual

Individual bookings
The following reductions are available on programmes fees

Multiple bookings
The following discount is available on programme fees when multiple open programmes are booked. Payment is required in advance and this offer is subject to eligibility**.

  • 10% 2-4 people
  • 15% 5-9 people
  • 20% 10+ people

A 50% discount is available to registered charities.

It is subject to eligibility and available at Henley Business School's discretion**

Please note:
* Alumni discount is available to Henley Business School alumni (as part of University of Reading) not to graduates of Henley Management College.

** Please contact us for eligibility criteria, availability and terms.

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Set in sweeping parkland on the banks of the River Thames, Henley Business School's Greenlands campus provides an inspiring and reflective environment for focused work and study.

Find out more about our facilities and how to find us

Why choose Henley?

No.3 in the UK
of Executive Education providers for open programmes - Financial Times 2024
(Financial Times Executive Education open enrolment programmes rankings 2024)
No. 20 in the world
for Executive Education (combined open and custom programmes) - Financial Times 2023
(Executive Education 2023: Top 50 combined ranking and school profiles)

For 75 years, Henley Business School has developed confident and resilient business leaders. Executive Education at Henley is:

  • Practical: we combine academic rigour with a strong practical focus, so you can immediately apply what you have learned back in your organisation.
  • Relevant: Henley faculty are experienced practitioners who can support you in exploring solutions to your organisation’s challenges.
  • Collaborative: Open programmes enable you to expand your network, gain new perspectives and share ideas with peers from a range of backgrounds and sectors.
  • Personal: deliberately small learning groups allow you to benefit from individual attention and a confidential environment. We encourage you to understand your unique strengths, leadership style, and areas for development.

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