Becoming a Successful NED: Motivations and Challenges

A physicist by background, Ruth Cairnie has strong strategic and commercial experience gained at Royal Dutch Shell Plc where she held a number of senior international roles.  Ruth is currently a non-executive on the boards of Rolls Royce, of Associated British Foods and of Keller Group. It was great meeting and interviewing her following a

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How to find the right non-exec for your business

A Good NED Advances the Future of a Business Every board needs a good, level NED. Whilst non-executive directors are not in charge of day-to-day duties, they are vitally important to the corporation or charity’s future because their role is to create long-range plans and policies that will be embedded for years to come. A

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How to become a Non-Executive Director – An expert view

Recently, Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, offered some invaluable advice for candidates aspiring to become a non-executive director. Mr. Bleakley, non-executive director of the Insolvency Service and also a trustee of the Money Advice Trust, which operates the National Debtline and Business Debtline, said applying for the first non-executive

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What Does a Firm Want from Their NED?

  A non-executive director plays an important part in many organisations. Because they aren’t actually an employee of a company, they have a unique role that’s slightly different than a traditional executive who is part of the management team. Whether you’re looking for your first role as an NED or already have experience in this

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Non Executive Director Career: What does the firm need to include in a non-exec agreement template?

There are many benefits to this position including flexibility, authority and convenience. Here are the necessary elements of a non-exec agreement. Non-Exec Director Offers Wider Perspective Firms hire non-execs to offer an outsider vantage point. At times, internal executives can be too timid to offer contradictory viewpoints on corporate issues. A NED can offer a

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