The Government has picked up a development programme to foster the next generation of directors. The Institute of Directors’ Future Directors programme will be extended to state sector boards, Minister for Women Louise Upston announced today. Future Directors was founded by Sir Stephen Tindall, Michael Stiassny and Des Hunt in 2012. It aims to give young people the opportunity to observe and participate on a company board for a year, while giving the company exposure to their talent and the benefits a young mind can bring. So far 20 Future Directors have been placed on boards in 17 private sector companies and a further four are progressing.