Competition for Non-Executive Director roles is fierce so how do you differentiate yourself from the opposition?
There has never been a better time to become a Non-Executive Director. With a growing emphasis on Corporate Governance in boardrooms around the world there is a growing demand for skilled directors who are qualified to be effective board members in organisations of all sizes in the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Yet competition for NED roles is stiff with many more applicants than there are available positions - so how do you stand out from the crowd and get yourself on NED interview short-lists?
Fortunately, there are a number of courses you can attend which will give you the information you need to make successful NED applications. Varying in length from half a day to six months, with costs varying from a few hundred pounds to a few thousand and with venues across the country, there are plenty of courses to choose from.
For what to look for when choosing a course refer to our previous post here
The following table lists courses available in the UK - if you are a course provider and your course is not listed here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add it to the list.
|Non-Executive Directors Programme||BVCA||London||2 days||£3,790 (ex VAT)||BVCA members £1,895 (ex VAT)|
|Becoming an effective Non-Executive Director||Cass Business School||London||1 day||£975|
|Being an Effective Non-Executive Director||Civil Service College||London||½ day||£550 (ex VAT)|
|The Non-Executive Directors' Seminar||Cranfield University||Cranfield||2 days||£1,875 (ex VAT)|
|How to become a Non-Executive Director||Excellencia||Birmingham
|1 day||£330 (ex VAT)||NEDworks Tier1 members £280 (ex VAT)|
|Non-Executive Director Diploma||Financial Times||London||6 months||£5,900 (inc VAT)|
|So You Want To Be a Non-Executive Director?||Financial Times||London||½ day||£474 (inc VAT)||FT NED club members £414 (inc VAT)|
|Effective Non-Executive Director Programme||Financial Times||London||2 days||£1,800 (inc VAT)||FT NED Club members £1,500 (inc VAT)|
|Non-Exec Workshop||First Flight||London||1 day||£500 (ex VAT)|
|Non-Executive Directors' Programme||ICSA||London||1 day||£500 (ex VAT)||ICSA members£400 (ex VAT)
ICSA students£300 (ex VAT)
|Role of the Non-Executive Director||Institute of Directors||London||1 day||£955 (ex VAT)||IoD Members £795 (ex VAT)|
|Essential Training Course for Non-Executive Directors||NEDA||London||1 day||£450 (inc VAT)|
|NHS trust and foundation trust non-executive directors programme||NHS
Cass Business School
|London||3 days||£2,400||Preferred rate £2,160|
Having invested the time and money in attending one of the above courses you will then need to ensure that you make the most of your background, skills and experience by preparing your Non-Executive Director CV and accompanying letter of application.
You will find advice on how to produce an effective NED CV here