Becoming a Non-Executive Director Course

Course Overview

This intensive, practical Becoming a Non-Executive Director (NED) - Preparation programme, is designed to differentiate NED delegates from their peer group and help launch you into a portfolio career.

This highly interactive course combines theoretical, legislative and practical activities to build a comprehensive appreciation of the opportunities and risks associated with the exciting NED role. Drawing extensively on real-life case studies, role-play exercises and structured discussions, delegates will build a clear understanding of what’s needed to successfully secure a NED position and add value to an organisation in the role.

The two-day highly interactive Non-Executive Director course will cover the following areas:

  • Success in the NED role, including key differences from being an executive director.
  • The legal framework, formal duties and liabilities of a NED.
  • People skills for ensuring effectiveness in the boardroom and beyond.
  • Securing the first role and managing a portfolio career from opportunity and risks viewpoints.

At a glance

Face-to-face and Virtual
17/10/2024 - 18/10/2024
£1500 + VAT
11 places remaining
**Special Offer**

Use code SPD10 at Checkout to recieve 10% off your online booking.

Benefits of being a Non-Executive Director

  • Boost your career, developing strategic thinking and business acumen
  • Prepare your next move as a portfolio NED or a senior executive
  • Compensation or remuneration
  • Variation of operational and managerial experiences
  • Develop new skills and learn from other similarly successful individuals
  • Broaden your network and provide you with new professional opportunities
  • Increase your professional status
  • Give back to the business community

  • Objectives, structure and work method.
  • Success (and avoiding failure) in the NED role, including key differences from being executive director.
  • Role Play - NED Interviews.
  • Legal framework, NED formal duties and liabilities.
  • Opportunities and risks in the NED role.
  • Case Study 1: Practical networking.
  • Day 1 summary & interim retrospective.
  • Securing the first role and managing a portfolio career from opportunity and risks viewpoints.
  • People skills for ensuring effectiveness in the boardroom and beyond.
  • Role Play - Board Meeting.
  • Case Study 2: Portfolio career management.
  • Module summary & full retrospective

On completion of this programme delegates will have:

  • An understanding of why the Non-Executive director role is important to a board and the specific ‘value add’.
  • Awareness of what success and failure look like in the NED role, and how the role differs from an executive director.
  • Appreciation of the legal framework in which the NED must operate, their duties, liabilities and where to go for further information.
  • Understanding of the soft skills needed to be successful in the role of NED.
  • Built an outline plan to secure a position as NED.
  • An awareness of the dynamics of building and managing a portfolio career.

John Palfreyman

John is Associate Professor of Digital Strategy at the University of Leeds. He also runs his own consultancy, acting as board advisor to a range of organisations.

John’s full-time career with IBM - which concluded mid-2017 – was a mixture of leveraging digital technologies into government and public sector organisations around the world with the commercial exploitation of emerging technologies for business benefit, across all industries and geographies.

Before IBM, John enjoyed a number of business leadership roles in professional information technology services in the UK and Germany. John’s current interests include the application of blockchain technologies for business benefit, strategic agility, digital transformation and the cultural enablers of organisational transformation.

John is passionate about the appropriate application of technology to drive long term competitive advantage in the context of a long-term strategic plan.


All dates and locations

Oct 17 - Oct 18, 2024
£1500 + VAT

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