University of Bath School of Management University of Bath School of Management

Non-Executive Director Programme


This interactive programme will provide participants with a practical understanding of the role of a Non-Executive Director (NED). Focusing on the responsibilities, challenges and the behaviours needed, those who take part will enhance their skills and learn how to be a successful NED.

The programme will also provide support on how to find and secure a NED position.

With input from existing CEOs, NEDs and Chairs from a variety of organisations, the approach is interactive and practical. Hosted in our Pall Mall facility in central London, our programme provides the opportunity to learn in an interactive and stimulating environment.

Who should attend?

Aspiring and existing NEDs:

  • Anyone wanting to understand what the role involves and prepare for the practicalities of taking on an Non-Executive Director appointment
  • Newly appointed or inexperienced Non-Executive Director's or those wishing to update and refresh their skills
  • Those looking to further develop as they seek further, potentially more complex, appointments


What does the programme cover?

Running over three days, participants will have the opportunity to meet and share knowledge with people from other sectors and industries, whilst benefiting from input not only from our world class academics but also leading practitioners and consultants.

Day One

  • The roles and responsibilities of Non-Executive Director
  • The challenges of Board membership
  • The key elements of an effective Board
  • Interactive case study with actors
  • Evening dinner with an existing Chair as speaker

Day Two

  • Building influence and being successful
  • Making the transition from Executive to Non-Executive
  • Insights from an experienced CEO talking about what makes a good Non-Executive Director
  • Crisis management and the Non-Executive Director role

Day Three

  • Planning and targeting a campaign to find a Non-Executive Director role
  • Creating a good CV and covering letter
  • Preparing for a Non-Executive Director interview


How will I benefit?

As a participant on this programme you will:

  • Understand the role and the responsibilities of a Non-Executive Director
  • Appreciate what makes a successful and effective Board,
  • Understand the role of the Non-Executive Director in a crisis,
  • Understand how to make the transition from Executive to Non-Executive Director
  • Practical advice on acquiring a Non-Executive Director position, including adapting your CV, interview technique and key questions

How will my organisation benefit?

Your organisation will benefit from:

  • Improved performance of Non-Executive Directors
  • Non-Executive Director with good understanding of their role
  • Better and more effective contributions from Non-Executive Directors to support the organisation
  • Non-Executive Directors able to provide assurance and oversight

This programme is led by

Dr Jan Stiles

Dr Jan Stiles

Jan is Director of Bath, London, and Director of Executive Education at the University of Bath. She first worked in industry in Sales and as a Managing Director before moving to work the academic sector where she has worked in Executive Education for the last twenty years. Her most recent appointment prior to joining the School of Management was as Chief Executive Officer for Executive Education at Cambridge Judge Business School. Jan teaches strategy and leadership, is qualified in MBTI 1 and 2, Firo-B and Emotional Intelligence psychometrics. She is co-author of Finance for the General Manager published by McGraw Hill and also sits on the Board of ICH, a social housing organisation based in London.

Judy Greevy

Judy Greevy

Judy, (Associate) BA, MCIPD, ACIB, FRSA, is an award-winning HR Director with deep expertise in recruitment, diversity and inclusion, culture and organizational change, leadership and talent development. She is also an experienced and respected facilitator, coach and speaker. She has held senior roles in a number of large organizations both in the private sector (NatWest, Centrica and AMP) and also the UK Civil Service (Women and Equality Unit in the Cabinet Office and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs). Recently she returned to running her own consultancy and has undertaken work for a wide range of clients including the House of Commons, Care Quality Commission, Lloyd's of London, KPMG, Standard Chartered Bank and NHS Scotland.

Judy has NED experience having been on the Board of the Bedford and Shires NHS Trust for eight years and whilst at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs had responsibility for NED recruitment. She was also a Board member of the Employers' Network for Equality and Inclusion for 11 years.

Caroline Waters

Caroline Waters

Caroline, (Associate) OBE FRSA CIPD (Hons), is currently Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Vice President of Carers UK and Founder and CEO of CW Consulting Box. She was also Director of People and Policy at BT and has a distinguished record on equality, inclusion, and human resources.

Seen as one of the most influential senior leaders and practitioners in the original movement to create new ways of working and a leader of the nascent flexible working agenda in the 1990s Caroline works with a wide range of stakeholders and clients to build new ever more inclusive approaches to people, space and productivity.

Caroline was awarded HR Director of the Year in the 2009 HR Excellence Awards and was awarded the OBE for services to progressive HR practice, diversity and equal opportunities in the New Year's list in 2010. An experienced NED she is a Director of Roffey Park, Project Fortis and a member of the Whole Education Board. Caroline was voted one of the most influential HR practitioners of the last decade by HR Magazine Excellence Awards 2015.


Three day programme - £2,400


28 - 30 November 2017.


University of Bath
83 Pall Mall,
St. James's

Our venue at 83 Pall Mall, Piccadilly provides a perfect central London location for access to tubes and transport from any of the main train stations.