Role of the Non-Executive Director

Practical skills and advice to prepare you for the role.

This one-day course is designed to arm you with practical strategies to build your network, secure an appointment and add value in the boardroom. Gain practical advice from experienced non-executive directors and understand the critical requirements of the role across multiple sectors, including private companies and third-sector organisations.

6 hours


This course will give you the knowledge and skills to:

  • identify the attributes of an effective non-executive director
  • understand the legal and practical responsibilities of the role
  • define how a non-executive director can help create an effective board
  • develop strategies to deal with a range of boardroom challenges
  • prepare a robust application for a non-executive director position


You will leave this course with an in-depth understanding of the role of a non-executive director. You will feel confident in your ability to raise your profile to secure a position and empowered to add value in the boardroom. 

Please note the face-to-face course includes evening drinks and a networking dinner, with our high-profile portfolio guest speaker and the opportunity to build connections with your peers. This will be from 4.30-8:30pm. For a detailed course schedule click here.

Course leaders

Our course leaders are expert practitioners specialising in governance, strategy, leadership and finance with exceptional real-world experience.

Dates and prices

8 Aug
29 Aug
116 Pall Mall, London
19 Sep
10 Oct
116 Pall Mall, London
25 Oct
The Merchant Hotel, Northern Ireland

The IoD’s approach to director development is practical and rooted in real-world business. We look at case studies and take a ‘real play’ rather than ‘role play’ approach.

Simon Haslam IoD course leader and strategy consultant

Here to help

Please get in touch if you have any questions about our business courses. Our contact hours are 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. If you would like someone from our team to contact you, please email us at [email protected] and we will get in touch within 24 hours on weekdays.

IoD Professional Development

+44 (0)20 3855 4309 [email protected]
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