So you want to be a Non-Executive Director?

Competition for Non-Executive Director roles is fierce so how do you differentiate yourself from the opposition?

non-executive directorThere has never been a better time to become a Non-Executive Director. With a growing emphasis on Corporate Governance in boardrooms around the world there is a growing demand for skilled directors who are qualified to be effective board members in organisations of all sizes in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Yet competition for NED roles is stiff with many more applicants than there are available positions – so how do you stand out from the crowd and get yourself on NED interview short-lists?

Fortunately, there are a number of courses you can attend which will give you the information you need to make successful NED applications. Varying in length from half a day to six months, with costs varying from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand and with venues across the country, there are plenty of courses to choose from.

For what to look for when choosing a course refer to this post here from NEDworks.

The following table lists courses available in the UK – if you are a course provider and your course is not listed here, please contact and she will add it to the list.

 Course Title Provider Venue(s) Duration Cost Discounts
Non-Executive Directors Programme BVCA London 2 days £3,790 (ex VAT) BVCA members £1,895 (ex VAT)
Becoming an effective Non-Executive Director Cass Business School London 1 day £975
Being an Effective Non-Executive Director Civil Service College London ½ day £550 (ex VAT)
The Non-Executive Directors’ Seminar Cranfield University Cranfield 2 days £1,875 (ex VAT)
How to become a Non-Executive Director Excellencia Birmingham
1 day £330 (ex VAT) NEDworks Tier1 members £280 (ex VAT)
Non-Executive Director Diploma Financial Times London 6 months £5,900 (inc VAT)
So You Want To Be a Non-Executive Director? Financial Times London ½ day £474 (inc VAT) FT NED club members £414 (inc VAT)
Effective Non-Executive Director Programme Financial Times London 2 days £1,800 (inc VAT) FT NED Club members £1,500 (inc VAT)
Non-Exec Workshop First Flight London 1 day £500 (ex VAT)
Non-Executive Directors’ Programme ICSA London 1 day £500 (ex VAT) ICSA members£400 (ex VAT)
ICSA students£300 (ex VAT)
Role of the Non-Executive Director Institute of Directors London 1 day £955 (ex VAT) IoD Members £795 (ex VAT)
Essential Training Course for Non-Executive Directors NEDA London 1 day £450 (inc VAT)
NHS trust and foundation trust non-executive directors programme NHS
Cass Business School
London 3 days £2,400 Preferred rate £2,160

non-executive directorHaving invested the time and money in attending one of the above courses you will then need to ensure that you make the most of your background, skills and experience by preparing your Non-Executive Director CV and accompanying letter of application.

You will find advice on how to produce an effective NED CV here

Join NEDworks as a Tier1 member today to get your free NED CV review and other membership benefits

Published by David Doughty

Serial entrepreneur, Software sales and marketing specialist, Chartered Director, Chief Executive, Chair, Non-executive roles in private and public sector, Business consultant and mentor.

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