Need a NED? Here’s how to avoid the pitfalls

Caroline Gourlay ( makes some interesting points in her latest blog, Need a NED? Here’s how to avoid the pitfalls, about the need for boards to fully understand the role of the Non-Executive Director before making an appointment.

The NED role is very different from that of an executive director and whilst being an experienced executive is almost a pre-requisite for being an effective NED (there are exceptional people who make very good NEDs without having been executives) the role requires a set of skills which not all good executives possess.

The question that Caroline addresses is how can a board tell that a prospective NED is going to be an effective member of the board?

Key to making the right appointment, in addition to a thorough understanding of the NED role, is a process that is probably not the traditional 50 minute interview but one which fully explores the ability of the candidate to fulfil the role effectively

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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