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Professional Development Programme for Aspiring Non-Executive Directors

The Non-Executive Directors’ Programme offers aspiring Non-Executive Directors insight and understanding of their role and how they can maximise their effectiveness at Board level.

The programme consists of five two-hour breakfast sessions and four full-day master classes and covers relevant aspects of the Non-Executive Director’s role in the context of legal and regulatory frameworks and established best practice. Issues such as board composition and roles, board leadership, liability and reporting, shaping strategy and board dynamics serve as examples in this regard.

Who is the programme for?

The programme is designed for senior executives and professionals who have ambitions of becoming Board members, Non-Executive Directors stepping into the role for the first time and senior representatives in NGOs.

How will you learn?

The breakfast sessions are delivered by experienced and leading external speakers sharing their insights and learning. The master classes are practical sessions facilitated by experienced Chairs, Chief Executive Officers and Non-Executive Directors who will help to develop knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in the boardroom.

Key Benefits

  • Effectively prepare and apply for a Non-Executive Director position
  • Confidence in making a contribution to board effectiveness
  • Build your profile through an extended peer network
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and awareness necessary to enact a Non-Executive Director role
  • Fully understand your role and obligations as a Non-Executive Director
  • Develop your potential through networked teaching and monitoring


The programme will launch with the first breakfast session taking place on 14 October 2016. We are offering the option to try the first individual breakfast session as a taster and then decide if you would like to continue to complete the full programme.

The programme is designed in a flexible manner to suit individual needs. For more information on timetable and fees view the programme information guide here, or contact Maureen Cooke on 0191 243 7597 or email maureen.cooke@northumbria.ac.uk.

To book a place visit: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/onlinepayments/BusLawNEDProgramme/.


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