So You Want to Be a Non-Executive Director?

Are you thinking about becoming a non-executive director? Do you have the skills to join the board as an independent non-executive director? Do you know what the role entails? The following frequently asked questions (and answers) should give you the information to help you understand more about what it takes to become a non-executive director.Continue reading “So You Want to Be a Non-Executive Director?”

What should NEDs do when the CEO leaves the board?

With the average tenure of a FTSE100 CEO at 5 years and two months it is highly likely that most boards will have to face the transition of the top executive position at one time or another. Regardless of the reason for the CEO’s departure, it can be an unsettling time for the organisation andContinue reading “What should NEDs do when the CEO leaves the board?”

Practical advice for NEDs when appointing a ‘leapfrog’ CEO

In their article, Leapfrog Succession: A New Trend in Appointing CEOs by Roselinde Torres, Gerry Hansell, Kaye Foster and David Baron, the authors identified an emerging trend whereby an increasing number of CEOs are ‘leapfrog leaders’ meaning that they have been fast-tracked past the more senior executives in the organisation. The reasons for making theseContinue reading “Practical advice for NEDs when appointing a ‘leapfrog’ CEO”

IoD Buckinghamshire, Directors Briefing, Have you got what it takes to be a Non-Executive Director?

IoD Bucks & Milton Keynes Directors Briefing with David Doughty at Hartwell – “Have you got what it takes to be a Non-Executive Director?” Location: Hartwell House Date: 25 February 2016 Time: 07:30 – 09:30 Email Event Bookings Price shown exclude VAT unless otherwise stated. Member price: £25.00 +VAT Non-member price: £30.00 +VAT Book tickets If you’ve ever wanted to findContinue reading “IoD Buckinghamshire, Directors Briefing, Have you got what it takes to be a Non-Executive Director?”

Non-Executive Directors – ‘Guinea Pigs’ or highly trained professionals?

In terms of Non-Executive directors, we still seem to have a number of “Guinea pigs” – the titled, current or former politicians and the well-connected who occupy a string of boards without seemingly having the qualifications to do so.


Mark Ashcroft had just parked his car and was waiting for the airport shuttle bus when his mobile phone rang. Normally he would let it go to voicemail but when he saw that it was from the new Chairman, Janice Young, he decided that he’d better take it. “Janice. What’s up?” he asked. “Mark, IContinue reading ““A BOARDROOM TALE””

IoD Oxfordshire – Have you got what it takes to be a NED?

If you have ever wanted to find out more about the opportunities offered by taking up a Non-Executive Director position, as well as how to find one and whether you’d be suited to the role – now’s your chance! David Doughty – a Chartered Director and CEO of Excellencia – will give you the highlights in a lively breakfast session at Blenheim Palace.

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 executiveContinue reading “Need a NED? Here’s how to avoid the pitfalls”

I’m a coach – get me in here!

There is a place for coaches and mentors in the boardroom but is it as a non-executive director? Today I saw an advert for a non-executive director which included in its person specification the requirement that the candidate should be able to coach, mentor and develop the Executive Directors. Given that there is a significant overlapContinue reading “I’m a coach – get me in here!”

Can I buy you a coffee? or lunch?

Two or three times a week I get an e-mail or phone call from someone asking just that – can they buy me a cup of coffee (or sometimes lunch) as they have got something they would like to run by me. Now I’m a sociable sort of chap and think it is important toContinue reading “Can I buy you a coffee? or lunch?”