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Iod Asks Why Have Non-Executive Directors

Tuesday, 02 December 2008

The Institute of Directors (IoD) in South Yorkshire is hosting an event which will examine the issue of board effectiveness, giving an insight into the role of non-executive directors and exploring the benefits that they can bring to a business, particularly in the current economic climate.

Comments Richard Wagstaff, chairman of the IoD in South Yorkshire: "Many of the senior managers who successfully addressed issues such as company performance in the last recession in the 1990s are now available as highly experienced change managers and tapping into their expertise can prove invaluable."

The lunchtime seminar, which takes place at the Holiday Inn Sheffield Royal Victoria on Thursday 4th December, will discuss the pathway to non-executive directorship, the role they play in challenging corporate strategy and scrutinising management performance, and how non-executive directors can be most effectively used.

The event will be hosted by Natalie Sykes, vice-chairman of the IoD's Young Directors Forum and director of sales for the Ashdale Hotels Group, who will also be discussing the IoD's Chartered Director professional qualification.

Natalie comments: "Non-executive directors can play a key role in business transformation and this seminar will allow attendees to make informed decisions on their boardroom makeup.  We will also be discussing the IoD's professional Chartered Director qualification, which deals with how to meet the challenges of a modern and dynamic business environment.

"This seminar will provide essential information on the role and benefits of non-executive directors.  They can be invaluable to a business when appropriately utilised and in the current economic climate, their ability to assess a business from a new perspective is all the more pertinent."

For more information or to book your place visit www.iod.com/yorkshire/events or call Susanne Foxley on 0113 243 0152. Tickets cost £23 for IoD members and £28 for guests.




Notes to editors

Natalie Sykes is vice-chairman of the IoD's Young Directors Forum and director of sales for the Ashdale Hotels Group, which owns five hotels across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

For more information visit http://www.ashdalehotels.com/


The IoD (Institute of Directors) was founded in 1903 and obtained a Royal Charter in 1906. The IoD is a non-party political organisation with upwards of 52,000 members in the United Kingdom and overseas.  Membership includes directors from right across the business spectrum - from media to manufacturing, e-business to the public and voluntary sectors.  Members include CEOs of large corporations as well as entrepreneurial directors of start-up companies. 

The IoD offers a wide range of business services which include business centre facilities (including ten UK regional centres three in London, Reading, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Edinburgh and Belfast) and one each in Paris and Brussels), conferences, networking events, issues-led guides and literature, as well as free access to business information and advisory services and a comprehensive Information Centre.  The IoD places great emphasis on director development and has established a certified qualification for directors - Chartered Director - as well as running specific board-level and director-level training and individual career mentoring programmes.

In addition, the IoD provides an effective voice to represent the interests of its members to government and key opinion-formers at the highest levels.  These include ministers, constituency MPs, Select Committee members and senior civil servants. IoD policies and views are actively promoted to the national, regional and trade media. 

For further information, visit our website: www.iod.com