Marco Cereste, Managing Director of
Peterborough based Premier Finishing Services Ltd and St Joseph’s
Day Nursery Ltd, is one of only 60 candidates across the country to
have completed the company direction examination, the first stage on
the rigorous route to achieving the Institute of Director’s (IoD)
prestigious status of chartered director.
The chartered director is the world’s
first professional qualification for company directors. It was
introduced by the IoD to establish a recognised benchmark for the
knowledge and experience required by a director, to provide guidelines
for professional conduct and to ensure their commitment to on-going
training and development.
Marco Cereste, who also holds a
non-executive directorship at Standard Life Healthcare, said: “The
chartered director is an excellent programme. It is an ideal mechanism
for increasing personal knowledge and also to help provide evidence to
clients, suppliers, banks and investors of our continued commitment to
attaining the highest professional standards.”
Stephanie Smye, IoD’s Eastern Branch
chairman, said: “The chartered director programme is an extremely
important initiative as it provides our members with the means to
demonstrate their professionalism, ability and integrity. I am very
pleased for Mr Cereste and I hope many more will be looking to follow
in his footsteps”.
The six stages to reaching chartered
status include completing an in-depth professional review on current
directorial experience and passing the company direction examination.
Chartered directors must also agree to adhere to the IoD’s code of
professional conduct which comprises 12 articles providing guidelines
on acting with integrity and probity as a company director.