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.

“A BOARDROOM TALE”

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 (caroline@carolinegourlay.co.uk) 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?”

So you want to be a Non-Executive Director?

There 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.

10 things Non-Executive Directors can do to satisfy their legal responsibilities

Falling foul of the law can have serious consequences for Non-Executive Directors – here are 10 steps you can take to avoid it happening The 2006 UK Companies Act, which sets out the legal duties and responsibilities of Company Directors, is one of the longest pieces of legislation ever written. Falling foul of the lawContinue reading “10 things Non-Executive Directors can do to satisfy their legal responsibilities”

Working with the board in the 21st century

In pursuit of these objectives, with the goal of creating and maintaining sustainable businesses, boards can make use of the guidance and support provided by Non-Executive Directors, Consultants, Coaches and Mentors.

If you have the skills to work with boards in these roles, then it is vital that you have a thorough understanding of the issues facing boards in the 21st Century which are shaping the way in which businesses of all shapes and sizes in the private, public and voluntary sectors need to be run.