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NEDonBoard: Adopting Best Corporate Governance in Large Private Companies. Keynote Speaker, James Wates CBE

May 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As a non-executive director, board member and chair, it is important to strive for best practice and share with your peers in a safe environment. 

To whom this event is intended:

Our events are designed for, and will most benefit, non-executive directors, board members, business leaders and executives operating at or near board level. Your board level peers are often the first to know of upcoming roles within the organisations they work for – come and meet them as making the most of engaging at our events is an important aspect of developing your board level career.


  • 18:45 – Doors open, welcome drinks and light nibbles provided

  • 19:15 – NEDonBoard welcome

  • 19:20 – Keynote speech, James Wates CBE

  • 19:40 – Audience Q&A

  • 20:20 – Networking drinks

  • 21:00 – Event close

Speaker Bios:

James Wates CBE Chairman

James feels passionately that business, well done, is a force for good in society. Through his 30-year career, he has seen that responsible business creates jobs, supports individuals’ career development, invests in the community, generates tax revenue, and adds social value. This commitment to the alignment of business and social benefit is integrated into the operations of the Wates Group, of which James is Chairman, and has led him to take on a number of other roles, such as Chairman of the think tank Tomorrow’s Company and Chairman of the Princes Trust Corporate Advisory Group. In January 2018 he was appointed by the Government to be Chairman of the coalition group developing corporate governance principles for large private companies (the so-called ‘Wates Principles’).

He has worked in construction all his life and seeks to drive change in the sector to ensure that it meets the UK’s needs for a high quality infrastructure and buildings in which people live, learn, work and enjoy life. Within the sector, he holds numerous positions through which he has championed change, including Chairman of the CBI Construction Council and Chairman of the BRE Trust. To help ensure that the UK punches its weight internationally, he has taken on the role of Co-chair of the government-sponsored Infrastructure Exports: UK.

In 2012 he was awarded the CBE for services to construction and the charitable sector.

Clare Chalmers

Clare runs Clare Chalmers Ltd, an independent provider of board effectiveness reviews. She is also an Associate Partner of the Board Review Practice at Independent Audit Limited having joined in 2015. As well as assisting companies from the financial services sector, Clare has provided board evaluation services to the broader private sector, public sector, government and not-for-profit. Before joining Independent Audit, Clare was Chief Executive of IDDAS, a highlyregarded board evaluation practice. Prior to this in 2007 Clare established Rathmullan Associates to provide independent, bespoke and confidential services including client audits, compensation and appraisal systems and board reviews. Clare developed her understanding of corporate governance and performance evaluation during a 20- year career in investment banking, culminating in COO roles at CSFB and Lehman Brothers. During that time, she devised new management and client audit systems, as well as metrics for measuring progress against global strategic goals, with a focus on profitability and cost efficiency. She has devised and run 360 degree evaluation processes and managed in-house coaching, mentoring and training programmes.

Ben Ward

Ben is a senior M&A and corporate finance expert at Herbert Smith Freehills. He heads the firm’s Corporate Governance Advisory Team.

Based in London, Ben has over 20 years’ experience in advising listed and large private companies on M&A, joint ventures and equity capital raisings. In addition to transactional advice, he works with listed and large private company clients and their investors on corporate governance and board advisory matters. Ben works with clients from a number of sectors including, transport, TMT, water, retail and private equity. He helps multinational corporations, including those from the US and Japan, with their strategic investments into Europe.

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About NEDonBoard:

NEDonBoard is the Professional Body for non-executive directors – should you have any valuable knowledge to share with your fellow NEDs you can highlight this to Liv Noble ([email protected]) in advance of the event.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

[email protected] is the easiest way as we love to keep a record. Liv Noble is our event manager, [email protected].

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, as long as you update the details before the event. There is a security check at the entrance of the building. We need all names before the event.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, just send us an email: [email protected]

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes or your ID.

How many attendees?

Our events are designed for 40 to 60 attendees.

What will be the format of the evening?

Welcome drinks will be provided at 6:45pm, with the discussion commencing at 19:15.  Following this there will be opportunity for Q&A and networking with your board level peers.

Can I participate if I am not a NEDonBoard member?

Yes, you can attend events as a non-member. Our events are designed for, and will most benefit experienced non-executive directors, and board members. If you are serious about your non-exec career then we recommend you join NEDonBoard. You need to apply here.

How do I become a NEDonBoard member?

You need to apply here: NEDonBoard. We review each profile individually, the process can take up to 24h.


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