6 ways NEDs can address Culture, Diversity & Inclusion right now in their workforce and in the boardroom

  Boards and non-executive directors have a key role to play to help organisations build more diverse and inclusive environments and workforces that are representative of society. NEDs, Chairs and Nominations Committees have a role to play to increase the representation of under-represented groups in the boardroom, including professionals from BAME backgrounds. In this blog,…

Non-executive directors can play a crucial role in managing crisis

  In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the role of non-executives came under huge scrutiny. Boards were described as “part of the problem” and non-execs as “poorly trained” and “incapable or unwilling to challenge management”. Things changed. Present non-execs can testify that there’s no shortage of training, particularly as governance standards constantly tighten,…

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Join the board revolution. A letter for the NEDonBoard General Director.

Dear fellow board members,   Your participation in NEDonBoard activities made 2019 our best year ever, that’s completely thanks to you – our community of NEDonBoard members. So whichever cities you’re reading this from, thank you for being the biggest part of the board revolution. NEDonBoard exceeded nearly all of its targets, (except for one,…

Vanda Murray

What does it take to be an effective non-executive director?

In this blog, Vanda Murray OBE describes what it takes to be an effective non-executive director. A must-read for aspiring non-executive directors and those building a portfolio. Also, a useful reminder for more experienced board members!   The role of the Non-Executive Director (NED) has changed significantly over the last twenty years and continues to change…

How to connect with impact to build the portfolio of roles to which you aspire

This blog is an interview of Aileen Wallace, portfolio non-executive director in which she places emphasis on connecting with impact to build a portfolio of roles.   What has been your NED journey since you started your transition? Following an executive career in Financial Services, I have transitioned to a NXD Portfolio and Board/Commercial advisory…

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Future-fit NED: tips and recommendations from NEDonBoard, the Institute of Board Members

Non-executive directors and board members, as company directors, have responsibilities over the financial viability of the company on which they serve. The collapse of Carillion has exposed the failings of certain individuals and it is crucial for non-executive directors and board members to remain current, hear the perspective and views of boardroom experts and be…

The ‘good stuff’ and the ‘nonsense’ on boards

The ‘good stuff’ and the ‘nonsense’ on boards – an interview with Pyarali Jamal Given Pyarali’s non-executive and senior management experience (with his first taste of being on a board dating back to his role as President of a university students’ association; followed by a career in banking and the corporate world at EY where…

Liz McMahon

The Code for Sports Governance – new culture means opportunities for independent directors

Expert interview: Liz McMahon Sport and physical activity boards have historically been perceived as closed to all who were not athletes or sport administrators or those “in the network”.  But thanks to the recently implemented Code for Sports Governance, this is no longer the case. Initiated by DCMS (the Department for Culture, Media  and Sport)…

Appointing a NED? Understand their role for a functional board

At NEDonBoard’s regular dedicated non-executive director events, discussions with members has, on numerous occasions, turned to the issues around boards fully understanding the role of NEDs and how to enable a functional board. Needless to say, it can be highly unproductive to appoint NEDs to a board when some of the executive team, or even…