The Non-Executive Directors' Seminar

Cranfield School of Management

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  • 2 days
  • in person

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Cranfield School of Management


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    Who should attend

    Current or aspiring non-executive directors in companies, not-for-profits and the public sector.

    About the course

    Cranfield's Non-Executive Directors' Seminar is designed to equip you with the understanding of the multifaceted and challenging nature of the non-executive director's role.

    This highly-specialised seminar will help you add value to the board, build your network and raise your profile to secure an appointment. It addresses key topics critical to the effectiveness of a non-executive director as well as covering how to secure non-executive positions. On the evening of day 1 there is a dinner with a guest speaker who will share their experiences and offer expert guidance.

    Delivered by leading Cranfield and expert practitioner speakers for over 20 years, the seminar is a must for aspiring non-executive directors.

    What you will learn

    You will leave with a comprehensive understanding of the role of a non-executive director, a structured knowledge of current governance responsibilities, and the practical understanding of how to secure a non-executive position. Increasingly senior individuals are choosing 'portfolio careers'; this seminar will support your personal development in this regard.

    • Clarity about the key attributes of a successful NED and how you can develop these skills
    • Greater understanding of your role as an effective NED
    • Deeper appreciation of the NED's legal, regulatory and personal responsibilities
    • Increased personal contribution in adding value to the board
    • Greater confidence in pursuing NEDS placements
    • Contextual awareness of how to apply your knowledge and skills to board room challenges in different types of organisations
    • Increased profile through peer networking

    Core content

    • The critical components of corporate governance and responsibility
    • Your legal responsibilities
    • Effective board processes
    • Dealing with top team dynamics
    • How to find non-executive positions
    • Comparing non-executive roles in different types of organisations

    Day One

    • Welcome, course objectives and personal introductions
    • Legal responsibilities of a non-executive director
    • Due diligence on your company
    • Good governance - what is it and how do we get there?
    • Board evaluation
    • Case study preparation
    • Dinner with a guest speaker

    Day Two

    • Role of the chair, succession and transition of board members
    • How to work effectively with executive search firms
    • Case study discussions
    • The nature of global, high performing boards - what the research says
    • Your conclusions from the programme


    Ruth Bender

    Ruth joined the Cranfield faculty in 1994, having completed her MBA there. Prior to this she was a partner in Grant Thornton, where latterly she specialised in corporate finance. During this period she undertook various secondments, including a year working as a private equity investment manager ...

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