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Wednesday 21 February 2018

About Us

NEDA seeks to support NEDs by providing a range of training, education, mentoring and advisory services to both individuals and organisations, across all sectors - corporate, not-for-profit and public.  The Non-Executive Directors Association ('NEDA') was established in 2007 to "represent Non-Executive Directors and ensure they are properly trained and developed."

The demands of the role have increased. NEDs are seeking a greater understanding of the business and are expected to provide a healthy level of independent challenge to the status quo. Consequently, NEDs need to know the right questions to ask and when to ask them.

Understanding where the non-executive director fits into the corporate governance framework of a company is important on a number of levels, especially for:

  • anyone thinking about becoming a NED
  • the newly appointed NED
  • the established NED with a portfolio of roles
  • the board looking at NED succession planning and
  • individuals, such as company secretaries, whose tasks include assisting NEDs to fulfill their roles effectively.

Download an overview of NEDA: Who we are and what we do here

about us

Why Neda?

We are a dedicated resouce for NEDs and can provide an independent and informed perspective based on the knowledge and experience of our team and our NED stakeholders.

Membership Benefits

We can help to keep you at the top of your game through member access to: our training courses, our networking events. our mentoring support, our NED Handbook.

organisations we work with

We work with a range of organisations providing a number of NED and board-level services.

Our clients include: major corporates such as Tesco ; international financial institutions such as the Bank of China ; food distribution cooperative such as BAKO NW ; and leading member institutes such as the Institute of Company Secretaries and Administrators ('ICSA').

What our members and clients say about us

"Great insights into practical experience, very effective update on current developments, able to network with a new group of NEDs".

"10 out of 10 for format, relevance, content and delivery - an excellent engaging and informative learning experience."

"I really appreciate these short sharp sessions, you covered a number of areas I had not considered before!"

Our Team

Our Team has a diverse and rich blend of experience and can demonstrate a successful track record of working with NEDs and boards leading international plcs, dynamic entrepreneurial companies, major charities and INGOs, public sector organisations and government departments. We have the practical skills and capabilities to help with training and education; placement and recruiting; mentoring and advising. We understand the nature of complex business environments and can help our members focus on the key issues particularly in areas such as: corporate governance, business strategy, risk management.

Graham Durgan


Experience as Chief Executive of a listed plc; leader of several turnarounds; instigator of venture capital backed MBI; creator of three start-ups; specialises in strategy, training and publishing.

Louis cooper

chief executive

Experience as a NED Board member of fully listed and AIM companies; retired partner of UK top 10 professional services firm; works with boards on performance evaluations; consultant in corporate governance, risk management and assurance services.

Guy Rigby

Non-Executive director

Experience as company Finance Director and Executive Chairman of top 20 international network of lawyers and accountants; now leads the Entrepreneurial Services team at Smith & Williamson.

nezley stephenson

director of operations

Experience as Head of Department at a leading recruiter; provides NED placement support services; coordinates and oversees a range of training and education programmes at NEDA and EWI.

Nick Blackwell

International Director

Ian Charles 

Technical Director 

Rob Tully

Publications Director 

Camilla Ritchie

Digital & Project Manager

Jan Goff

Publishing Manager