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University of Bath

Non-Executive Director

Learn what it takes to be a successful and sought-after non-executive director (NED). Based on research with outstanding NEDs around the world.

Participants in discussion in a management training workshop
You'll gain the skills and knowledge to be a successful non-exec and identify ways to secure the non-exec position you want

Equip yourself for life as a non-exec

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, this programme provides the opportunity to learn in a stimulating environment.

Who should attend

  • Anyone wanting to understand what the NED role involves and prepare for the practicalities of taking on a NED appointment
  • Newly appointed or inexperienced NEDs or those wishing to update and refresh their skills
  • Those looking to develop as they seek further, potentially more complex, appointments

What the programme covers

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 1:

  • The roles and responsibilities of the NED
  • 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 2:

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

Day 3:

  • Planning and targeting a campaign to find a NED role
  • Creating a good CV and covering letter
  • Preparing for a NED interview

How you will benefit

  • Understand the role and the responsibilities of a NED
  • Appreciate what makes a successful and effective board
  • Understand the role of the NED in a crisis
  • Understand how to make the transition from executive to NED
  • Understand how to acquire a NED position, including adapting your CV, interview technique and key questions

How your organisation will benefit

  • Improved performance of NEDs
  • NEDs with a good understanding of their role
  • More effective contributions from NEDs to the organisation
  • NEDs better able to provide assurance and oversight

Fees, dates and location


Three-day programme: £2,400.


2020 dates to be confirmed.


The programme is run at University of Bath in London, 83 Pall Mall.

Register your interest in this programme


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, (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 in the HR Magazine Excellence Awards 2015.