The role of the board director, especially the Non-Executive Director (?NED?), has come under closer scrutiny, and in the financial services and banking sectors in particular the expectations of key stakeholders of companies, both internal and external, has increased significantly. 

Executive directors need to provide leadership and direction and drive the culture of the organisation, as well as ensuring corporate reputation is protected and enhanced. NEDs meanwhile are considered the ?guardians of corporate governance?, and are also required to bring a broad range of experience and business insight to make sure the strategy is on the right track. Board directors now need to demonstrate they are working hard to promote the success of the business, whilst meeting the demands of challenging market conditions, new business models that are disrupting the status quo, as well as the closer attention of the regulators, both PRA and FCA.

Aspiring directors and NEDs need basic knowledge and understanding of the role, new NEDs need to have the essential tools and techniques to hit the ground running, whilst experienced directors and NEDs need to keep up to date, both technically and with the further development of some of the softer personal skills and director attributes.

This comprehensive and practical course is designed to provide Board members with the knowledge and skills required for them to carry out their roles effectively. The session combines a balance of technical learning with the personal soft skills needed.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what it means to be a professional executive director/non-executive director and consider the role in the context of the demands of the industry sector.
  • Keep up to date with best in class governance, strategy and risk practices that are aligned to stakeholder interests.
  • Appreciate what an ?effective board? looks like and understand how you should be adding tangible value to the organisation.
  • Receive insight into the tools and techniques used as part of a well-run board performance evaluation.
  • Gain from the knowledge and experience of NEDA the leading board and NED training and support organisation.


"The course covered a broad range of content on the director and NED role and made me understand what to expect, whilst enabling me to conduct my own personal gap analysis."

"There was plenty of very useful content. It felt very comprehensive and has given me the confidence to understand what is expected as a professional director."

"A great overview of the role and responsibilities of a director and NED."


The workshop is interactive and includes a range of group exercises, case studies and voting assessment sessions to check learning and understanding.

The outline programme includes: 

  • The role of a Director/NED - understanding vs. expectations
  • Corporate Governance - current developments and updates
  • The ?Effective Board? - what does a good board look like
  • Board Committees - key roles, responsibilities and activities
  • View from the Boardroom - guest board director's view of boards
  • Director attributes - softer skills self-assessment
  • Board performance - how to determine required performance
  • Business strategy - what boards need to focus on
  • Risk in the boardroom - an overview and best practice
  • Other board-related matters and trends - some final thoughts
  • Case studies and group exercises (where appropriate)

Learning resources:

  • A full copy of the course materials and an 8-page further Reading List
  • An e-version copy of the Non-Executive Director Handbook (5th Edition) published by the Non-Executive Directors? Association (?NEDA?), in association with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (?ICSA?) (retail value £69.95), which includes a number of case studies covering best practices that will serve as a reference guide and support your overall learning outcomes from the session.
  • Discounted membership of your first year's membership of the Non-Executive Director's Association (50% off on introductory membership - normally £195)


As we progress through 2021 we will continue to take account of the ever changing environment, with our workshop programme reflecting the circumstances we are in at the time.  This means our programme may be delivered either virtually or in our offices. When the training is in person we will of course ensure that all of our activity takes place in a Covid-19 secure environment, one that is fully compliant with the relevant government rules and guidance.

Take this training in-house:

If you have five or more delegates who wish to attend this workshop, it may be more cost effective to run it in-company. To find out more about in-company training, please contact the team on 0203 934 1197 or

Louis Cooper

Louis Cooper

Louis Cooper is Chief Executive and one of the founders of NEDA. Having set up the members organisation in 2006 he oversees the technical and training...

Louis Cooper is Chief Executive and one of the founders of NEDA. Having set up the members organisation in 2006 he oversees the technical and training services provided by NEDA and has undertaken a range of board and NED training sessions, both in-house and on public courses. He trained and qualified as a teacher and then qualified as a chartered accountant and has worked in all of the Big 4 accounting firms during his career. Before retiring from public practice he was lead UK and EMEA partner in the Risk & Assurance practice area at Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP for over six years.

He has sat on the boards of fully listed investment trusts and AIM companies as Finance Director and is an experienced boardroom facilitator and a consultant in corporate governance, risk management and board performance evaluation.

A ?Guest Board Director? (NEDA member with FS industry background) will also provide latest boardroom insight as part of an informal Q&A session.

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This is an intensive and challenging programme that enables participants to have a well-rounded understanding of the ?Effective Board?, both from a board and an individual director perspective.

The below roles will benefit from attending this workshop:

?    Aspirant executive and non-executive directors
?    New executive and non-executive directors
?    Board support function heads ie. company secretarial, compliance, risk management