Being an Effective Non-Executive Director

"Tony's use of case studies was an excellent way of illustrating theories in a practical way: I learnt more about the importance of risk assurance, of transparency and openness."

Health and Safety Executive

The role of Non-Executive Director may have been viewed in the past as akin to semi-retirement, but these days the significance of the role has changed. It is a demanding position that is built on extensive past experience and thus requires up-to-date skills in strategic positioning, good governance, risk management and financial literacy.

Non-Executive Directors are expected to scrutinise the work of the Executives, be independent in character and judgement, and not allow relationships or circumstances to affect their decisions. In reality, the practical application of the skills required of a Non-Executive Director can often be challenging and it can be easy for NED’s to fall into the trap of adopting the same mind-set as the Executive Directors.

This training course gives those new to the role a thorough introduction to the skills required of a Non-Executive Director, along with how these skills should be applied, challenges that the new NED may face and how certain skills can be developed to enable them to becoming effective in their role.

The course is also suitable for established NEDs who would like to strengthen their skills, deliver greater efficiency, help contribute to an effective board and to achieve their organisation's strategic objectives.

Being an Effective Non-Executive Director is an exceptionally popular training course within our Accountability & Governance series. At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our programmes to each delegate, ensuring that courses are applicable to attendee’s role and organisations so that each delegate can get the most from the training, and our courses and trainers are constantly updated and evaluated to ensure that we are delivering the best service possible.


Key features of the programme include:

  • How to research potential new posts to ensure they fit your skills and motivation
  • Necessary and valued skills in public sector bodies
  • Valued Behaviours
  • Behaviours to avoid
  • Enhancing knowledge and performance as an NED

Designed for:

This training course is designed for both new NEDs and board members who would like an introduction to the duties and responsibilities of their new positions as well as established NEDs who wish to further enhance their skills.


Learning Outcomes:

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn through the use of case studies what experience and skills are needed to make an effective public sector Non-Executive Director. Delegates will aslo gain an understanding of good and bad behaviours when acting as an NED, which skills are necessary and valued in public sector bodies, as well as an understanding of how to enhance their knowledge and performance as an NED.

 

Book

Summary

Duration

10:00 - 13:00

Price

£595 + VAT

Location

St James’s Park, London

Dates

25 January 2018 Book

17 April 2018 Book

3 July 2018 Book

9 October 2018 Book

Course Trainer

Tony Foster

Tony Foster

Tony has extensive experience in numerous top roles, including Director of ICI Chemicals and Polymers Ltd, Chief Executive of ICI Chlorchemicals Business and was the first Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.

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Tony Foster

Tony Foster

Tony Foster was formerly a Director of ICI Chemicals and Polymers Ltd, Chief Executive of ICI Chlorchemicals Business and a full-time member of the Criminal Cases Review Commission for nearly a decade.

He was a member of the Council of the Competition Commission for over five years and was the first Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. Tony was a member of the Financial Protection Committee of the Solicitors Regulation Authority, a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Board of Trustees of Victim Support.

For six years Tony was a lay member of the Discipline Committee of the ICAEW, where he sat with two members of the Institute to decide on allegations of misconduct. He was also the sole lay member of the Financial Protection Committee of the SRA, responsible for ensuring comprehensive professional indemnity insurance was in place for all practicing solicitors and for the rules, operation and funding of a £50m Compensation Fund.

He is currently one of seven Non-Executive Directors of the Legal Ombudsman, a Non-Executive Director of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator. As a non-executive director of Ellis & Everard plc, Tony guided them from a £100m sales, ICI part owned UK distributor, to an independent £800m worldwide leader in chemicals distribution.

Tony is a founding member of Criminal Cases Review Commission, playing a major role in devising and implementing case review processes from its creation in 1997. He has chaired the Audit Committees of the Competition Commission, AHVLA, and Victim Support.


Qualifications:

  • BA in Chemistry, St John’s College, Oxford

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