Leading business advisory firm Deloitte and the IoD in Northern Ireland have today announced the launch of a new forum aimed at Non-Executive Directors (NEDs).
The NED Forum is a partnership between Deloitte and the IoD which aims to build on the work both organisations are already doing with Non-Executive Directors from some of Northern Ireland’s leading organisations.
The new initiative will provide updates on stay awake issues for NEDs, access to influential speakers and an informal networking environment for the senior business leaders to build and extend relationships.
Jackie Henry, Office Senior Partner at Deloitte in Northern Ireland said:
“We have been running our own Non-Executive Director programme in NI since 2010, supporting some of the most influential business leaders in the UK by sharing knowledge and bringing in high level speakers to discuss topical issues. Our exciting new partnership with the IoD will broaden our reach and the positive contribution we can make.
“We have seen first hand in that time just how important the objectivity and experience NEDs bring to organisations can be. But while the NEDs in Northern Ireland are of the highest calibre, we need more senior figures from the local business, voluntary and the public sectors to consider becoming a NED.
“An increasing number of SMEs and family owned businesses are recognising the benefit of having non-executives on their boards and we hope this new partnership will also bolster the rank the NED in Northern Ireland.”
The network and events programme is pitched at NEDs of Northern Ireland’s leading organisations and seeks to both support and challenge those with Board and Committee responsibilities.
Kirsty McManus, National Director at IoD NI, said:
“We are very pleased to launch a new series of networking events for Non-Executive Directors with Deloitte. These will provide new opportunities for NEDs at companies from across Northern Ireland to meet together and learn best practice from one another in a social setting.
“Non-Executive Directors provide invaluable support to businesses of all sizes, bringing new levels of expertise, independent oversight and constructive challenges to company boards.
“NEDs can make a real difference to the future prosperity of any business, its employees and the economy as a whole.”