• 19 Jun 2024
  • In-person
  • CPD

NED Forum

Join our inaugural event for the new IoD Isle of Man NED forum

Sponsored by Lloyds Bank International

Join our inaugural event for the new IoD Isle of Man NED forum

Non-executive directors (NEDs) play a crucial role in providing independent oversight, strategic guidance, and diverse perspectives to organisations. As the demands on boards become greater, chairs and nomination committees are looking for NEDs with deep expertise that fill specific gaps, coupled with an ability to contribute broadly and provide an enterprise mindset.

Our forum will gather local stakeholders including an expert ‘C’ Suite Recruiter, an experienced NED and an Executive leader working closely with NEDs as part of a mixed board.

Discussion will:

  • Offer an insight into the local NED market
  • Open our understanding to the challenges and varied requirements of NED appointments
  • Focus on key background, experience and 'in demand' attributes.
  • Provide an opportunity to hear from experienced NEDs and those who work with NEDs

Followed by an opportunity to ask your questions.


Sally Fenton, Managing Director, Search and Select Recruitment Agency.

Sean Christian, CEO, Canada Life International

Donna Crellin, Board Chair, Non Executive Director

Lillian Boyle, Chair & Board Member Private, Public & Third Sectors

Moderator - Steve Billinghurst


Doors open from 5:30pm for welcome drinks and nibbles.

Discussion from 6pm, with Q&A.

Close 7:15pm


IoD Isle of Man is kindly sponsored by Lloyds Bank International


Donna Crellin

Donna has a plural board career; Chair of the Board of MFX (INED), part of the Manx Financial Group and INED at Utmost International Isle of Man.
Her background is predominantly in Treasury, firstly in the Banking space but latterly in the Corporate space, including gaming and fintech.
She is an individually chartered member of CISI and an IOM Ambassador for the Institute of Directors, chairing the CPD subcommittee. Donna is passionate about ESG, focusing on diversity & inclusion and climate change particularly, having recently passed a Chartered Body certificate in Climate Risk for Financial Institutions.
Donna is proud to have been a Director/Trustee for Manx Solidarity Group during the Covid pandemic.

Lillian Boyle

During a career spanning more than 30 years Lillian has served in a variety of non-executive chair and director roles within the private, public and third sectors in the Isle of Man and UK.
She has been the CEO, Executive Director and Non-Executive Chair of Isle of Man international life companies and their overseas subsidiaries and branches. Lillian has also held a variety of non-executive roles in the investment and trust sectors in the Island, as well as in UK life assurance. She has been a member of the UK Financial Reporting Council’s Conduct Committee, with a particular focus on the oversight of Audit Quality Review work and has chaired several Audit & Risk Committees in addition to Isle of Man professional and educational bodies. She has also served on the Board of University College Isle of Man.
Lillian is a former UK President of the Chartered Insurance Institute and is currently Chair of the Island’s Financial Services Authority, a Member of the Central Bank of Ireland Regulatory Decisions Panel, Deputy Chair of a UK grant making charity, and a Member of the Isle of Man Estate Agents Tribunal.
Originally an in-house lawyer, Lillian is a Chartered Fellow of the Securities & Investment Institute, a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, as well as a Trust & Estate Practitioner. She has received a number of awards from the Chartered Insurance Institute in recognition of her ongoing contribution to the wider organisations both in the UK and the Isle of Man.

Sally Fenton

Sally Fenton brings over two decades of invaluable experience in Executive Recruitment to her role as Managing Director of Search & Select, a leading Isle of Man Recruitment Agency. With a stellar career spanning local and international arenas, Sally has cultivated a reputation for excellence in identifying top-tier talent for a diverse range of clients, from small local enterprises to global industry leaders.
As a seasoned professional in the Executive Recruitment space, Sally has honed her expertise in facilitating strategic placements at the highest levels of organisations. Her keen insight into the dynamics of board composition and corporate governance has positioned her as a trusted advisor in the recruitment of non-executive directors (NEDs) and senior hires.
Under Sally's leadership, Search & Select boasts an active register specifically tailored for board level placements, catering to the unique requirements of boardrooms across various sectors. Notably, CEOs frequently rely on Search & Select for benchmarking and navigating the complexities of the marketplace, attesting to Sally's unrivalled industry knowledge and dedication to client success.
Sally Fenton epitomises professionalism and proficiency in her field, making her an indispensable asset to both clients and candidates alike.

Sean Christian

Sean Christian has over three decades of experience in financial services, with almost two of those at board level. An accountant and chartered director, Sean began his career with Eagle Star International working in a variety of finance roles during which the business became Zurich International. In 2005 Sean joined Canada Life International as Chief Financial Officer and in 2007 became CEO.
During his time as CEO he has grown the business by setting up a sister company in Ireland and completing the acquisition of Legal & General International. Sean’s wider group responsibilities extend to being the Managing Director for Canada Life UK’s Wealth Management division which sees him regularly engaging with a number of UK regulated boards and their NEDs.
Sean has led the recruitment of several NED roles at Canada Life and recognises the requirements of NEDs have changed considerably over the last couple of decades. Sean is passionate about creating a working environment that is inclusive and diverse and believes this starts in the boardroom. Sean’s leadership in this area was recognised in 2022 when he won the IoD Isle of Man Director of the Year – Diversity and Inclusion award.

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