The Non-Executive Directors Seminar

Cranfield School of Management

The Non-Executive Directors' Seminar

Roles and responsibilities of an effective non-executive director

This highly-specialised seminar will help you to understand the demands, constraints and opportunities of the NED role. It helps you consider how to approach the three main stages: seeking and accepting NED roles, being an effective NED, and being an effective chair.

Delivered by leading Cranfield and external speakers for the past 13 years, it will enable you to become more effective as an NED. By the end of the programme you will have enhanced your understanding, and acquired the necessary knowledge to increase your personal contribution to the board.

The course is relevant for existing and aspiring non-executives, in listed and unlisted companies, charitable and social enterprises and the public sector.

Tuition, course materials, full board accommodation and lifelong access to Alumni Membership benefits are included in the price of this course.


  • An appreciation of what the NED role entails
  • A deeper understanding of legal, regulatory and behavioural issues 
  • Recognition of how you can add value as an NED 
  • Greater confidence and awareness in pursuing NED placements. 
  • Increased personal contribution to the board.


  • The legal responsibilities of NEDs 
  • Corporate governance and the NED role 
  • Finding and evaluating NED positions 
  • Board committees: the roles of audit and remuneration committees 
  • Running a board in practice: dealing with problems 
  • Performance evaluation for the board 
  • Dynamics of effective top teams 
  • Characteristics of effective boards and NEDs.


  • Current and aspiring non-executive directors from all types of organisations.


Ruth Bender

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2 days, residential


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Fees include tuition, course materials, accommodation (where applicable) and lifelong access to Alumni Membership Benefits (on courses of 2 days or more duration).

For further information contact:-

Louise Gardener
+44 (0) 1234 754412

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What Participants think...

"The programme far exceeded my (already high)expectations. All speakers were first class and the opportunity to interact both with course tutors and fellow attendees was invaluable. A thoroughly professional and hugely worthwhile experience that I have unreservedly recommended to my fellow Board Members."

Nigel Wright,Mirland Development Corporation Plc

"The Non-Executive Directors` Seminar gave much clearer knowledge and ideas on issues of being a NED, as well as the number of NED positions one person can undertake. Very good practical tips on how to be an effective NED."

David Lewis,Axis International Plc

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