Finance for Non-Financial Leaders

Increase your influence and ability to lead with an improved understanding of finance and the language of business in this focussed, interactive and collaborative three-day programme.

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, and to ensure the safety of staff, students and delegates, face-to-face teaching at Cass Business School has been suspended for the rest of the academic year until the 31st July.

Programmes are currently set to run again from September.

We will be in touch to tell you about alternative dates if you have already registered for a programme or event, once we have them.

We are grateful for your patience at this difficult time. If you have any questions please send us a message at

Professor Andrew Clare
Associate Dean for Corporate Engagement
18th March 2020

Key Information

Dates: 9-11 November 2020
Duration: 3 days
Fee: £2,995 (no VAT is charged) Includes all meals, refreshments and programme materials

The course will be led by Dr Danielle Lyssimachou and Iain McCusker

Programme overview

As a non-financial senior leader, an understanding of finance, financial management, corporate and management metrics and reporting are essential in operating, influencing resourcing decisions and leading the business. This programme will provide you with increased confidence and greater ability to review and assess financial information and decisions, improving your ability to influence resources and articulate business impact with your colleagues, peers and stakeholders.

Who is the programme for?

The Finance for Non-financial Leaders programme is designed for non-financial senior managers and executives who need a practical appreciation and command of basics of finance, financial management, corporate and management metrics and reporting financial impact.

Focus and structure

The Finance for Non-Financial Leaders programme is divided into three parts and covers three days.

Day One
Introduces you to financial statements and how to review them to identify key trends and business drivers. You will learn how key financial and non-financial drivers blend with business strategy.

Day Two
Exposes you to managerial accounting and how to evaluate the financial impact of a business case. You will explore the importance of concepts such as opportunity costs, sunk costs and contribution for articulating your business case.

Day Three
Consolidates and extends the learning from days one and two with an opportunity to apply your knowledge of the financial tools learned in a simulated business case. Extend your knowledge by exploring how businesses are funded and how they manage risk. By the end of the programme you will be able to incorporate and articulate financial impact when developing business cases for your organisation.

The programme is experiential and highly interactive. It employs a combination of teaching methods including class work, role play, group exercises and practical examples along with cases studies, supported learning, peer and tutor review and reflective work.


  • Build your confidence in speaking the financial language of your business
  • Develop the financial competency to review financial dashboards and contribute in leadership meetings
  • Learn how to incorporate a financial impact case
  • Improve your ability to communicate financial priorities, measures and issues to benefit the business
  • Appreciate the ethical issues and responsibilities of the finance function

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