Dec 112020
 
The Independent Director

The Non-Executive Director's Guide to Effective Board Presence

by Gerry Brown

Independent Chairmen and Directors play a crucial role in business today. This comprehensive, global guide provides a unique insight into what it's like to be an Independent Chairman and Director, the contributions made to companies, and the challenges faced in these roles. It features a large range of international case studies from different sectors, which are used to explore eight central themes critical to business today. Supported by academic research and interviews with business leaders, the book provides a rare emphasis on 'soft skills', the importance of cultural flexibility, relationship building, and the value to boards of an independent perspective. It is essential reading both for current and aspiring Independent Chairmen or Directors, as well as for companies seeking to improve their boards.

 

 

 

Dec 112020
 
Board Appointments

The Definitive Guide to Gaining a Non-Executive Directorship

by David Schwarz

There are many things in life that you cannot prepare for but the board appointment process is not one of them. Non-executive board directors often describe finding their first directorship as an arduous and time-consuming process. More experienced board members suggest finding subsequent board roles equally challenging. For these reasons, the biggest mistake most people make when considering their board career is not starting the process early enough and not understanding how board appointments are made. Regardless of your approach, the process of finding and being appointed to a board takes a certain amount of skill and practice. This book provides practical advice, clearly written, to help get you on a board and 'dare them not to appoint you'.

 

 

Dec 102020
 
Non-Executive Director (Best Kept Secret Revealed)

The whole can of Non-Executive worms has been subject to investigation, reappraisal and some rigorous new rulings

by Ade Asefeso Mcips Mba

Non Executive Directors used to be caricatured as cronies of the Chairman (who is also a Non Executive Director) or Ceo. Fat cats, freeloading members of the "old boy network", retirees who wanted to have somewhere to go other than the golf club for a decent lunch and a chat. Not an attractive scenario and for various reasons, but not least because of numerous serious corporate scandals where shareholders were left unprotected, the whole can of Non Executive worms has been subject to investigation, reappraisal and some rigorous new rulings. Most people have heard the term Non Executive Director without actually knowing what they are, much less what they can potentially do for a start-ups or growing business. A well chosen Non Executive director can be key to good governance but getting that first Non Executive Director appointment can be tricky.

 

 

Dec 052020
 
The Non-Executive Directors’ Handbook, 5th edition

An accessible and practical guide for Non-Executive Directors

by Brian Coyle

The Non-Executive Directors’ Handbook has been refreshed and fully updated for this 5th edition and, given the increasingly significant role played by Non-Executive Directors in the independent oversight of organisations, it acts as an essential source of reference and route map for the role.

The Handbook is published by ICSA Publishing for the Non-Executive Directors’ Association (NEDA), and represents an accessible and practical guide for Non-Executive Directors at each stage of their NED career, from aspiring NEDs to retiring NEDs, as well as for their advisers – particularly company secretaries.

This revised edition reflects the most recent legislation and regulation, including the UK Corporate Governance Code, guidance on board effectiveness, as well as the broader developments in strategy, risk management and financial reporting requirements.

The Handbook guides the reader through the lifecycle of being a Non-Executive Director, starting with pre-appointment, developing a portfolio career and succession planning, addressing along the way topics such as legal duties and liabilities, boardroom behaviour and dynamics and the role NEDs play on board committees.

 

 

Dec 052020
 
Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors: The BDO Stoy Hayward Guide for Growing Businesses

by Rupert Merson

The essential guide for anyone running a small business who wants to make it grow, avoiding the pitfalls which bring so many companies down. There are hundreds - no thousands - of books for managers in large corporations or multi-nationals. And there are a handful of guides to running small businesses. Amazingly, there are no books on medium sized enterprises - despite the fact that they are the most vibrant and successful part of the economy. This is the one of the first in a series of four on the key functions in running any growing business (chairmen, financial directors, managing directors and non-executive directors) written specifically to help medium sized enterprises grow successfully and avoid the mistakes that ruin so many. The problems vary from personality clashes (horribly common), to running out of cash, ill-thought out expansion plans and misconceived acquisitions. Short, concisely written, and with clear, helpful advice, this is the essential guide - born from great experience - to help businesses grow successfully.

 

Dec 022020
 
Role of the Non-Executive Director

Role of the Non-Executive Director in the Small to Medium Sized Businesses

by John Smithson

The contribution of a good non-Executive Director can make a huge difference to a small to medium sized business. But who should fulfil the role? Someone steeped in the culture and methods of a large corporation may not be able to make a valuable contribution to the governance of a small company. If someone already has a job, will they have time to do the role justice? This book addresses the question of what the input of the non-Executive Director should be and how their strengths can best be accessed and applied. The result is a well-researched yet personal discussion of what is entailed, in theory and in practice, in the role of the non-Executive Director.

Dec 012020
 
Non-Executive Directors

The Role and Contribution of Non-Executive Directors (A Director's Guide)

by Institute of Directors

Independent non-executive directors have a vital role to perform on the board and an important contribution to make to the proper running of companies. The growing expectations placed on them have created a need to address several areas of concern in order to maximise their effectiveness.

The Independent Director offers advice and guidance to directors of all types and sizes of companies in understanding the role and contribution of the non-executive director. The different perspectives of small and medium-sized companies, PLCs and institutional investors are highlighted and particular attention paid to the definition and maintenance of the independence of non-executive directors.

This book marks the beginning of the wider Independent Director initiative by Ernst and Young and the institute of Directors, which focuses on the role, interests and needs of non-executive directors.

Dec 012020
 
Director’s Duties, Roles and Responsibilities – Interactive Video Course Monday 18 January 2021

directors duties roles responsibilitiesThe Director’s duties, roles and responsibilities course provides an essential overview of what is required of a company director together with practical steps that can be taken to ensure that the demands are complied with.

This half-day course is aimed at aspiring or newly appointed directors and covers key knowledge about legal duties, roles, responsibilities, strategy and corporate governance that are key foundations for an effective board appointment. It also considers up to date thinking on corporate governance and the responsibilities of owners, the board and employees.

Who should attend?

Aspiring, newly appointed or current directors of companies including owner-managed companies or family businesses in the private, public and voluntary sector.

What to expect?

  • An in-depth view of the key duties, roles and legal responsibilities of directors, corporate governance and the role of the board
  • An appreciation of the crucial differences between management, direction and ownership
  • Practical guidance on avoiding or dealing with conflicts of interest

Course objectives

Participation on this course will provide you with the knowledge to:

  • Clarify the board’s role, purpose and key tasks
  • Understand the legal status of a company
  • Understand the roles directors play and key director relationships in different types of company and context
  • Examine the board's corporate governance role
  • Define the legal duties and liabilities of individual directors and the board

Course Leader:
David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here:

Key Details

Duration: 1/2 day
10:00am to 3:00pm
Location:
Zoom Video Conference

Price
£250.00 (ex VAT)
Payment with Booking Price £220.00 (ex
VAT)
Partner Discount Price £195.00 (ex VAT)*

Book Now

To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration

The fee includes refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 3 verifiable CPD hours of structured learning

*Discounts on Excellencia course fees are available for:

Nov 272020
 
Non-Executive Directors

What they are and how to become one

by Ray Fox

Have you seen appointments about Non-Executive Directors and ever wondered how they got there? What does it involve? and what could the possible remuneration be?

You may have heard it said “what’s the difference between a Non-Executive Director and a supermarket trolley?”

The answer – “you can usually get more booze into a Non-Executive Director than a supermarket trolley.”

So much for this perception – but what is the reality? This book looks at the duties and responsibilities of what being an NED involves. It looks at the personality traits of a Non-Exec Director and where one might find possible opportunities. We look at the tax implication and also a cautionary word of warning. Template business documents are also included in the appendix.

 

Nov 032020
 

As a director how comfortable are you with company finance?

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Are you confident in your ability to understand the three core elements of Management Accounts:

  • Cash Flow?
  • Profit and Loss (or Income and Expenditure)?
  • Balance Sheet?

Do you understand Forecast/Budget, Actuals and Variance reports?

Do you know how to use Key Ratios to evaluate your company's performance?

Do you know if you are trading whilst insolvent?

This half-day course will provide the essential knowledge of those key financial issues and concepts that are needed by successful Executive and Non-Executive Directors in order to discharge their duties and responsibilities as a company director. The completion of this course will provide a good grasp of the key elements of Management Accounts and Statutory Financial Accounts. It will also provide a sound theoretical financial knowledge base upon which to build and acquire new and more advanced financial skills.

Who should attend?

Executive and Non-Executive Directors, senior executives or aspiring directors looking to understand more about company finance.

Course Content

  • The Three Key Financial Statements
    • Cash Flow Statements: Importance of cash flow and Impact of credit and credit control, Problems affecting cash flow, Dealing with Debtors and Creditors
    • Profit & Loss Account, Types of profit, and Layout & use of the profit & loss account
    • Balance Sheets: Assets; Liabilities; Net current assets, capital employed and how to interpret the information;
  • Revenue and Capital Expenditure
    • What are Capital and Revenue Expenditure
    • Phasing of capital spend and its Implications for budget holders
  • Depreciation; Assets and liabilities
    • What is Depreciation?
    • The Different types and uses
  • Forecasts and Budgets
    • The purpose of forecasts for the business
    • Budget objectives
    • Budgetary Control as a management tool
    • Variance analysis
  • Using Ratios to Support Investment Decisions
    • Return on Capital Employed (ROCE); Payback; Internal Rate of Return (IRR); Net Present Value of assets (NPV)
    • Investment decisions and Return on Investment (ROI); Cost of capital
    • Gearing, is the level of borrowing too risky?
    • Liquidity, could the company hit cash flow problems?
    • Profitability, how well is the company doing?

Learning Objectives

This half-day course enables participants to understand better, the key attributes and approaches that underpin a strategic and tactical financial approach to management and help to develop the key skills and styles that will allow participants to be more effective when adopting and applying a decision making approach to management.

By the end of this training course participants will be better able to:

  • Read, analyse and interpret any set of Financial Statements, including the Balance Sheet, the Profit & Loss Account and the Cash Flow statements
  • Understand and quantify the impact of the fundamental accounting concepts and the chosen policies upon any set of accounts
  • Recognise and understand the underlying impact of the generally accepted accounting principles and policies on any Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Account
  • Understand the key differences between statutory published accounts and the internal monthly management accounts
  • Identify and discuss the key financial issues facing an organisation
  • Understand the wider commercial impact of any business decision and its interaction with non-financial aspects of the organisation, enabling you to make a better contribution to key discussions and decision making amongst managers and within the organisation
  • Understand the basics of budgets and the implementation of budgeting processes
  • Value any business using commonly used and widely accepted valuation techniques such as Net Asset Value, Enterprise Value and EBITDA
  • Communicate more effectively and easily with Finance Directors, and other Finance professionals; through an in depth understanding of financial terminology, management and evaluation techniques.

Course Leader:
David Doughty CDir FIoD

David Doughty - Chartered DirectorThe course is delivered by David Doughty, a Chartered Director and highly experienced Non-Executive, Chief Executive, Chair, Entrepreneur and Business Mentor. David has extensive executive and non-executive experience in small and medium enterprises in private and public sectors. He is also a board level consultant to multi-national organisations and a Chartered Director Ambassador for the Institute of Directors. See his LinkedIn profile here:

Key Details

Duration: 1/2 day
10:00 - 15:00
Location:
Zoom Video Conference

Price
£250.00 (ex VAT)
Payment with Booking Price £220.00 (ex
VAT)
Partner Discount Price £195.00 (ex VAT)*

Book Now

To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration

The fee includes refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 4 verifiable CPD hours of structured learning which count towards the requirements of most business focussed institutes, including the Institute of Directors, the Institute of Consulting, the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and many others.  After successful completion of the course, you will receive an electronic Certificate confirming that you have successfully completed the course, detailing the outcomes and results.

*Discounts on Excellencia course fees are available for:

 

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