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 (NED) 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. A NED is a member of the board of directors of a company or organisation who does not form part of the employed executive management team and are not employees of the company.
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 mindset as the Executive Directors.
This non-executive director training course gives those new to the role a thorough introduction to the top skills required to be an effective 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 become effective in their role.
The Being an Effective Non-Executive Director course is also suitable for established non-executive directors 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 led by Tony Foster, Non-Executive Director of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
At the Civil Service College, we tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.
This training course is designed for both new Non-Executive Directors 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.
Participants 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. Participants will also gain an understanding of good and bad behaviours when acting as a 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 a NED.
Go above and beyond your training with new collaborative resources from our partnership with Kogan Page, an award-winning independent publisher of business books and content. Additional learning resources include print books, ebooks and online learning courses, which will take you through a journey experience of blended learning.
10:00 - 13:00
£595 + VAT
Catharine brings 13 years of NED experience with national regulators in four different government departments. Her particular interests include strategy, governance, risk management and regulatory decision-making.Read Bio
Catharine brings 13 years of NED experience with national regulators in four different government departments. Her particular interests include strategy, governance, risk management and regulatory decision-making.
After twenty years as an award-winning documentary film maker for the BBC and running her own production company, Catharine took up her first NED post with the Human Tissue Authority She subsequently became its Audit and Risk Assurance Chair and its Senior Independent Director (SID). She is currently the SID for the Gambling Commission and, as a Commissioner, sits on the Commission’s Remuneration Committee, its fourth National Lottery Committee and its change programme, RESET. She is a member of the Legal Services Board where she chairs its Audit and Risk Assurance Committee. She is a member and chair-designate of the Audit and Governance Committee of the HFEA and a member of the Determinations Panel of the Pensions Regulator. She sits on tribunals in mental health and employment and as a lay assessor on civil cases in the county courts and she is a presiding magistrate. She has recently been appointed to the Health Service Products Appeal Tribunal. She is also a trustee for CPotential, a special needs charity.
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.Read Bio
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.
Tony has been an NED at eight different public bodies 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.
“I liked the examples; they really helped to illustrate the trainer’s points.”
"Great course, expert presentation on the topic. It has made me reflect on what I can bring to my organisation"
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