What is a Non-Executive Director and What Do They Do?
A non-executive director (NED) is a member of the Board of Directors. Under company law, there is no legal distinction between Executive Directors and Non-Executive Directors. Both have the same legal duties, responsibilities and potential liabilities; but NEDs do not take part in the executive management of a business, usually standing back from its day-to-day running.
Input from NEDs will vary. For example, in a new business, they might act as mentors. At the other end of the spectrum, a NED of a listed PLC may only attend board meetings several times a year. In a public sector organisation, such as an NHS Trust, NEDs might require additional skills. Board meetings are sometimes held in public where they will have to communicate well and deal with unscheduled questions effectively.
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Attendance at the Role of the Non-Executive Director will help you become a more effective leader. It will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required for developing, implementing and proactively governing a successful organisation.
On successful completion of this course, delegates will understand how to: