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Webinar: The evolution of NEDs

We explore how the changing role of NEDs is helping to build resilience and future-focus

The role of NEDs is changing to meet the rapidly evolving landscape. In the first of our new webinar series, our panel of experts discuss the challenges those changes bring, the different ways effective NEDs are adding value at this crucial time and some practical tips on stepping-up to current and future challenges. 

The panel

  • Karen Brice, Director, Governance and Board Advisory
  • Annemarie Durbin, Non-executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair of Santander UK PLC, WHSmith PLC and Persimmon PLC
  • Sola Afuape, Non-Executive Director, NHS
  • Mark Winlow, Chair and Senior Independent Director
  • Simon Lowe, Chair, Grant Thornton Governance Institute

Taken from the discussion, our panellists highlighted the key areas of future focus for NEDs:

Building trust and courage – Sola Afuape

Be confident in how you develop relationships and trust, so that, as a board, we have the courage to have the difficult conversations needed to navigate these uncharted waters.

Maintaining pace – Mark Winlow

How do we keep the 'COVID urgency' in what we do as a positive pace of change without settling back into business-as-usual?

Staying relevant – Annemarie Durbin

We have more time than our executive colleagues to engage in webinars, track industry trends and stay connected to employees across the business. Bringing those outside perspectives back to the boardroom is crucial to staying relevant.

Looking to the future – Simon Lowe

A lot of the current focus is on the here-and-now. NEDs have the distance from the day-to-day to help ensure one eye is kept on the horizon, emerging risks and the steps needed to mitigate them.

For more information on this topic, contact Karen Brice. To learn how the most-effective businesses are tackling these governance issues, download our Corporate Governance Review 2020.

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