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Sponsors and Partners

NEDA Sponsors and Partners

As a not-for-profit membership association we work closely with a range of Sponsors and Partners who support us in the delivery of services to our members.

Our Sponsors help with running events and provide knowledge and insight, particularly in governance, legal and financial matters.



Smith & Williamson has evolved through exponential growth and has gained an enviable reputation as a leading financial services group. The Firm has around 1,500 people and operates from 12 offices in the UK, Ireland and Jersey, providing a full range of accountancy, investment management, tax and financial advisory services to private clients, entrepreneurs, professional practices, mid-large corporates and not-for-profit organisations.


Hogan Lovells International has over 2,500 lawyers on six continents providing practical legal solutions wherever needed. The Firm offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. The Firm helps its clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities,they understand and work together with clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world.

Whether clients are expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help. While imagination helps at every level, the Firm’s legal solutions are aligned with the corporate business strategy and experience in cross-border and emerging economies provides the market perspective to be a global partner - when knowledge travels, opportunities arise.


Eton Bridge Partners has built a reputation for being trusted experts and allies in the fields of Executive Search and Interim Management. The Firm has four specialist practices of Board, Business Transformation & Technology, Finance, and Human Resources and are recognised for their ability to offer an in-depth understanding of the skills, experience, and personal chemistry needed to source and secure first-class talent solutions.

A huge emphasis is placed on building relationships that will span an individual’s career, not simply the short-term. Through rigorous, long term analysis and sound, assessment based judgement, the Firm has a fantastic understanding of the Talent Pool within its niche markets. Eton Bridge Partners is immensely proud of the tangible results they achieve, with so many of their clients returning to deliver future succession, it demonstrates the value of their personal approach to both organisations and individuals.


Emile Woolf was founded in 1976 to provide training for accountants and now as EWI is well known for offering high quality IFRS Training and other CPD Training Internationally. In recent years (from bases in England, Russia and China) EWI has worked in a wide range of countries.


Our Partners come from a range of sectors and have a wealth of practical experience. We work with them under cooperation arrangements to share resources and to make available complimentary service offerings.


ICSA (the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators) is the chartered membership and qualifying body for people working in governance, risk and compliance, including company secretaries. With over 120 years’ experience, it seeks to develop the skills, knowledge and experience of governance professionals through its qualifications, training, guidance and technical know-how. ICSA works with executive and non-executive directors to enhance the quality of governance in all types of organisations.


Henley Business School was founded in 1945, and was the first business school to be established in the UK and is one of the oldest and most respected schools in Europe. It is consistently ranked among the world’s top 50 business schools and is also among the top 1% in the world.


The Quoted Companies Alliance (‘QCA’) is the independent membership organisation that champions the interests of small to mid-size quoted companies. It identifies the issues that matter to its members and keeps them informed. The QCA campaigns, informs and interacts to build the understanding and connections that help members stay ahead.


The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (‘ICAEW’) is a world leading professional membership organisation that promotes, develops and supports over 147,000 chartered accountants worldwide. The Institute provides qualifications and professional development, shares knowledge, insight and technical expertise, and protects the quality and integrity of the accountancy and finance profession.

As leaders in accountancy, finance and business ICAEW members have the knowledge, skills and commitment to maintain the highest professional standards and integrity; with the support of the Institute members contribute to the success of individuals, organisations, communities and economies around the world and people can do business with confidence.


PS Independent Trustees (PSIT) is a leading professional trustee and pension scheme secretarial services business. It was first formed in 1995 and is part of the Punter Southall Group of companies.

PSIT provides an extensive and valuable range of services including independent trusteeship for occupational pension schemes, healthcare trusts and life assurance trusts, professional trustee secretariat, governance services, pensions management, adviser reviews and benchmarking. Following a merger with HR Trustees in January 2018, PSIT is now the UK’s second largest professional trustee company.


The Association of Corporate Treasurers (‘ACT’) sets the global benchmark for treasury excellence. As the chartered professional body for treasury, it leads the profession through an internationally-recognised suite of treasury qualifications, by defining standards and championing continuous professional development.


The Sport and Recreation Alliance is the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK and represents 320 members, including organisations like The FA, the Rugby Football Union, UK Athletics, the Ramblers, British Rowing and the Exercise, Movement and Dance Partnership.

To support these bodies, the Sport and Recreation Alliance established the Alliance Directors Club in early 2014. The Alliance Directors Club is a unique hub for existing and aspirant board directors in sport and recreation. It gives its members an opportunity to hone their skills, build up their professional networks and progress their careers as non-executive directors, as well as offering a gateway for anyone outside the sector looking to pick up a directorship in Sport and Recreation.


The CQI (Chartered Quality Institute) is the chartered body for quality professionals. We improve the performance of organisations by developing their capability in quality management.

Established in 1919 as the Institute of Quality Assurance, we gained a Royal Charter in 2006 and became the CQI shortly afterwards in January 2007. The CQI is the only organisation in the world that can award chartered status to quality professionals – an unrivalled mark of excellence.

With members all over the world, we are uniquely placed to define and lead the quality profession, setting the standards for its capability and scope through the CQI Competency Framework. We encompass the whole quality community, including quality management professionals (CQI members) and management systems auditors, through our specialist division IRCA (the International Register of Certificated Auditors).

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Independent Audit founded in 2002 is a leading corporate governance consultancy. Publicly recognised as one of the top three board reviewers in the UK (Practical Law), Independent Audit are expert in all aspects of board performance, including what has to happen outside of the boardroom.

Independent Audit has worked with nearly 200 clients across a wide range of business sectors, helping them to review and improve their governance activities. The firm is fully independent and a genuine alternative for reviewing the effectiveness of internal audit, external audit and risk management frameworks. The innovative, online tool Thinking Board® is used extensively by boards to quickly and effectively provide feedback and insight that supports both internal and external board performance evaluations.


Women on Boards (WOB) exists to help women make the right connections and career choices to get to the top within their own company or to take on a board or committee role as a non executive director (NED), trustee or governor. We are breaking down the barriers to entry to the boardroom and building the pipeline of board-ready women. WOB operates from the principle that as talent is equally divided between men and women in the world, organisations in all sectors need to work towards a gender balance of 40:40:20 at board and leadership level in order to reach their full potential. For its subscribers, WOB provides the information, connections and encouragement to ensure more women are appointed to boards across all sectors.


Peel Hunt is an independent corporate broking, advisory and trading house focusing on mid & small-cap companies. They offer an exceptional service to their clients which combines dedicated and ideas-led research from their analysts, in-depth company knowledge through experienced corporate financers, liquidity provision from market making all supported by committed sales and sales trading teams. Peel Hunt brings together the talent and skill of all their teams in an approach we call ‘joined-up broking’.

Peel Hunt founded the Non-Executive Director Awards in 2006 (NEDA being one of the first co-sponsor firms) and the Awards continue to celebrate achievements in the fields of governance, stewardship, best practice, independence and challenge. More information on the NED Awards is set out below.


Boudicca Proxy Consultants (‘Boudicca’), is driven to deliver results by harnessing expertise and wisdom in the specialist fields of proxy solicitation and stewardship. Ultimately, Boudicca’s mission is to engage investors and rally their support.

Boudicca will manage the project from start to finish using a progressive, winning approach to proxy chasing that incorporates contemporary corporate governance solutions and specialising in executing all forms of investor communications for shareholder meetings and corporate transactions, delivering high value solutions which run smoothly and efficiently.

Boudicca is driven to deliver maximised positive voting results through dynamic proxy solicitation and contemporary corporate governance advisory activities which cover all aspects of the proxy voting process, with constant monitoring and management throughout the life of the campaign. Boudicca’s end-to-end service includes:

Campaign preparation and set-up, including proxy and corporate governance analyses and risks assessment;
Execution of proxy solicitation campaigns across all relevant shareholder bases and contacts; and Comprehensive reporting of activities, monitoring of progress and reliable outcome predictions.
A flexible approach begins with listening to client needs, priorities and challenges, and then developing and fine-tuning cost-effective solutions that work best for the client including working closely with the rest of the advisory team (financial advisers, lawyers, PR and registrar) to ensure there is a strong and united approach.


The Non-Executive Director Awards recognise the achievements of Non-Executive Directors within the Business and Not- For-Profit/Public Sector communities. The Awards focus on how the advice and experience of Non-Executive Directors can transform organisations and help deliver long-term success and growth. Every year we receive hundreds of nominations from those who feel a board member has performed exceptionally well. We are living in an era where the importance of Non-Executives is growing, where their influence resonates across media, politics, company boardrooms and all aspects of corporate governance.

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