Non-Executive Directors' Programme

The definitive one-day course for non-executive directors. 9am - 4.30pm. Central London.

Upcoming dates to be confirmed

If you need any further assistance or advice, please call +44 (0)20 7580 4741 or contact us


Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we have converted our classroom training courses into virtual training courses. Due to the regulations around social distancing, we have put all of our classroom training on hold until early 2021. Once these dates are open for booking you will find them listed below.  But for now, please visit our Virtual Classroom Training section and register for the virtual edition of Non-Executive Directors' Programme.  

This practical programme covers all aspects of the modern NEDs role. Responsibilities. Law. Regulation. Board composition. Remuneration. And more. Learn how to maximise your effectiveness whether you are new to the boardroom or looking to increase your value.

What you get

By the end of the day you will understand:

  • Your responsibilities and the legal framework that underpins them
  • How to be effective in the boardroom - delivering scrutiny and challenge
  • Your role in risk management and audit committees
  • Board composition, induction and training
  • Remuneration, and the challenges for NEDs 

The day includes a ‘dilemmas for directors’ session to test your learning against some real-world scenarios. See the full programme below.

You will also receive:

  • A Delegate Pack containing comprehensive course notes and presentation slides
  • A certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription of The Chartered Governance Institute (see below)
  • 6 hours credit towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 

Your complimentary 6-month professional subscription

We support our attendees long after they complete the course. Your professional subscription includes a subscription to G+C Magazine, as well as access to briefings, discounts and our knowledge base.

Get your copy of The Non-Executive Directors' Handbook, 5th edition and Corporate Governance Unlocked

Delegates to this course get the opportunity to buy the accompanying books when signing up. For more info about our books, please visit our book shop.



Please expand the dropdown to see the course programme timetable and highlights.

9:00   Registration & tea/coffee

9:15   Welcome and introduction

9:20   Corporate governance overview

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  • A review of the corporate governance environment
  • The corporate governance role of the NED

10:20   Legal liability and risks

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  • Role and key tasks of the board; what is expected of a NED; liability and insurance; due diligence; Bribery Act

11:20   Tea/coffee

11:35   Risk management, audit committees and the role of NEDs

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  • The NED’s responsibilities regarding risk and internal control.
  • Composition and role of the committee
  • ICSA guidance on terms of reference foe audit and risk committees

12:15   Effective Decision Making

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  • Board as decision making entities
  • What facilitates good decision making
  • Limitations on effective decision making
  • Judgement and how it can be distorted
  • Honest reviews of past decisions
  • The Chairman’s role

13:00  Lunch

13:40  Governance dilemmas for directors

14:45  Tea/coffee

15:00  Board composition

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  • Issues regarding board composition, and the nomination committee, including skill sets, search and selection, succession planning and diversity.

15:50  Remuneration: the challenges for NEDs

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  • Key aspects of formulating a remuneration policy; legal constraints and best practice issues; an examination of the changing features of remuneration; and application of these principles to practical examples.

16:30 Close

Course leader

Giles Peel

Giles Peel is a specialist in governance and risk, having worked in these areas for many years, across most sectors. He works as an adviser to Boards and Senior Management teams and acts as a mentor and trainer for both individuals as well as teams of directors.

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Simon Osborne

Simon is a former Chief Executive of ICSA and joint head of ICSA Board Evaluation. Simon is also a non-executive director of Crown Business Communications Limited – an award winning corporate communications agency – and its parent, MNN Holdings Limited. He is also deputy chairman of the principal UK railway industry charity, the Railway Benefit Fund.

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Very informative and useful. All speakers were very enjoyable! Thank you.



£755 +VAT (Non-members)
£685 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£595 +VAT (The Institute members)
£405 +VAT (The Institute students)

Upcoming dates to be confirmed

Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


There are no upcoming dates at this time.

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