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The 2018 Non-Executive Directors Debate Report

Tuesday 26 March 2019

the 2018 non-executive directors' assocation annual debate: debate report



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The 2018 Non-Executive Directors’ Association Debate held at Smith & Williamson’s London office in Moorgate, on Tuesday 16 October 2018, questioned whether question whether NEDs are doing enough in the current climate to positively challenge and engage with the Executive team.

The 2018 Debate motion was: “This House believes that NEDs are failing to hold the Executive to account.” 

It is important to note that there should be no assumption that the debater’s personal views either did or did not coincide with the side of the motion for which they argued.

The audience vote changed during the course of the evening, with a 10% swing against the Motion.

At the start of the Debate:

For the Motion: 73%
Against the Motion: 24%
Abstained: 3%

The concluding vote:

For the Motion: 66%
Against the Motion: 34%
Abstained: 0%

Overall it was recognised that NEDs do a difficult job and expectations are high, however whilst a small number of corporate failures grab the headlines NEDs are still an essential element of good corporate governance. The swing in the vote demonstrated that after review and discussion opinions can change, but there is definitely more that NEDs can do, especially in terms of areas such as training, education and personal development.page2image1172312592

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The 2018 Non-Executive Directors’ Association Debate held at Smith & Williamson’s London office in Moorgate, on Tuesday 16 October 2018, questioned whether question whether NEDs are doing enough in the current climate to positively challenge and engage with the Executive team.