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NEDonBoard Board Best Practice: Stakeholder Engagement

November 26, 2019 @ 6:45 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. 

The event will discuss best practices around stakeholder engagement, including but not limited to the identification of stakeholders and how to effectively engage with them. The panel will discuss how to engage effectively with your shareholders and how to deal with activism, when your company is subject to an activist campaign. The engagement with the workforce, suppliers and customers will also be discussed. Stakeholder engagement is a core theme of the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code and of the Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies, which applies to companies in scope and to companies that voluntarily adhere to the Code or the Principles from 1 January 2019.

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.

Learning objectives of the NEDonBoard Board Best Practices® events:

  • Challenge your thinking and hear from experienced NEDs and chair who share their experience

  • Uncover best practices that have achieved results for NEDs / board members / companies

  • Know how to address the next challenge arising in your board meetings

  • Receive practical recommendations on how to deal with complex and challenging situations

  • Improve your effectiveness in the boardroom


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

  • 19:15 – NEDonBoard welcome

  • 19:20 – Panel Discussion

  • 20:00 – Audience Q&A

  • 20:30 – Networking drinks

  • 21:00 – Event close

Panel speakers include

Vanda Murray, OBE – an experienced FTSE 250 Chair and Non-Executive Director. Previously CEO of FTSE quoted support services businesses. 2018 Award Winner – The Sunday Times Non-Executive Director of the year.

Vanda has over 25 years’ experience at a senior level across a range of industry sectors in the UK and Overseas.  She has a BA (Hons) in European Business Administration and a French Business Diploma from the Neoma Business School in Reims. 

From 2001-2004 she was CEO of Blick plc, a FTSE quoted support services Group, where she doubled the market capitalisation prior to its sale to The Stanley Works Inc. From 2004-2006, she led a successful turnaround at Ultraframe plc. 

Vanda now serves as a Non-Executive Director on a number of Boards, including Manchester Airports Group, Redrow plc, Bunzl plc, where she is Senior Independent Director and Marshall’s plc, which she chairs. 

She is also Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Governors at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Vijay Thakrar whose portfolio includes non-executive director, chairman, investor & board advisor roles.

Vijay provides advice, governance and support to a range of publicly owned, private equity-backed and private businesses across various sectors including consumer goods, media, manufacturing, property development/investment, publishing and technology. Areas include governance, international growth, M&A, taxation, management development and shareholder value optimisation.

Non-executive roles currently include NED and Chair of Audit Committee at AIM listed Walker Greenbank PLC;  NED and Chair of Audit Committee at Almasc Group PLC; NED, Audit Committee Chair and Remuneration Committee Chair at Quorn Foods;  NED and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee at MK Dons Sports & Education Trust.

Ben Wardis a senior M&A and corporate finance expert at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Based in London, he has over 20 years experience in advising clients on public and private M&A, joint ventures, complex restructures and equity capital raisings. Ben works with a number of listed company clients on corporate governance and board advisory matters, and heads the Corporate Governance Advisory Team at Herbert Smith Freehills. 

He work with clients from a number of sectors including, transport, TMT, water, real estate, retail and private equity; and helps multinational corporations, including those from the US and Japan, with their strategic investments into Europe.

NEDonBoard brings to its community keynote speakers and experienced non-executive directors, considered best-in-class in their field of expertise. They will enhance your knowledge and value as non-executive directors and board members.

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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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