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Speaker session

The effective non-executive director

14:30 - 15:45

Murray Steele

Non-Executive Director and Course Leader, FT NED Diploma

About the session

If you are interested in developing a non-executive director career path, in either addition to, or instead of your executive career, join Murray Steele, an experienced NED and course leader for the FT NED Diploma, for this lively workshop which examines:

  • The importance of NEDs and the growing challenges of the role
  • Why NED roles can enhance your career
  • The skills, personal attributes and behaviour required to be effective
  • How to find NED roles and your board CV
  • The importance of due diligence before accepting a role
  • Issues to consider when building an NED portfolio.

About the speaker

Murray Steele has been a leader in the development of non-executive directors in the UK, with over 3,500 participants attending his programmes. Most recently he has worked with the Financial Times Non-Executive Directors’ Club to develop and deliver their six month, Masters level, Diploma and two-day Effective NED programme.

Steele has extensive NED experience, having held over 20 chair and NED positions in listed companies, divisions of listed companies, large privately and venture capital owned businesses, early stage tech businesses, charities, pension funds and the public sector. Currently he is chairman of Octopus Apollo VCT, a FTSE listed company which invests in mid-size unquoted companies and Surface Generation, an early stage high tech engineering company; and an NED at James Walker Group, an international engineering group and E- Energia, a Lithuanian energy company. He has successfully managed three exits and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times’ ‘NED of the Year’ in 2012 in the Private Company/Private Equity category.