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Being an Effective Board Member in Challenging Circumstances
- 4 August 2020

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04 August 2020


9.30 – 13.30


On-line virtual classroom


UK Finance in partnership with NEDA


See booking form for prices (NEDA Members book with 20% discount on headline rate)


The role of the board director, especially the Non-Executive Director (‘NED’), has come under closer scrutiny, and in the financial services and banking sectors in particular the expectations of key stakeholders of companies, both internal and external, has increased significantly.

Given the current global pandemic crisis board directors need to demonstrate they are working even harder to promote the success of the business, whilst meeting the demands of very dynamic and challenging market conditions. The ability to adapt and re-shape or re-align corporate business models has already disrupted the status quo, both now and for the future, and this is already bringing closer attention of the regulators, both PRA and FCA.


  • Understand what it means to be a professional company director (executive and non-executive director) and consider the role in the context of the challenging demands of the industry sector.
  • Also explore how the role may need to change to meet the requirements of the ‘new normal’ that is currently being profiled.
  • Keep up to date with best in class governance practices that are aligned to stakeholder interests and are mindful of potential changes to corporate culture.
  • Appreciate what an ‘effective board’ looks like now and in the future and understand how you, as a board director should be adding tangible value to the organisation.
  • Receive insight into the tools and techniques used as part of a well-run board performance evaluation.
  • Gain from the knowledge and experience of NEDA the leading board and NED training and support organisation.


The course will benefit:

  • Aspirant executive and non-executive directors
  • New executive and non-executive directors
  • Board support function heads ie. company secretarial, compliance, risk management

The outline programme includes:

  • The role of a Board Director – understanding vs. expectations
  • Corporate Governance – current developments and updates
  • The ‘Effective Board’ – what does a good board look like
  • View from the Boardroom – guest board director’s view of boards
  • Director competencies – experience, skills, attributes and knowledge
  • Board performance – how to determine required performance

Feedback from previous UK Finance courses:

  • “Very good overview of an Effective Board - pitched at the right level”
  • “The course content gave an up to date view with good reference points”
  • “I gained a lot from the exercises and from learning about a range of different practical experiences, especially from the NED guest speaker”
  • “I now better understand my roles and responsibilities as a board director”
  • “A great training session! – the trainer provided expert knowledge of the subject areas covered”
  • “I benefited greatly from the workshop as an aspiring board director”



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