How To Become A Non-Exec Director

The NED's Secret Coach
Sharon Baylay

How to Become a Non-Exec Director

The NED’s Secret Coach

Session Overview

Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic and these extraordinary times, we have moved the “How To Become a Non Exec Director Course” to be fully online, still allowing you to engage in real-time peer 2 peer coaching using online resources. Companies and individuals are facing unprecedented challenges and this course, focussing on how to not only become a Non-Exec Director but also how to work effectively in the Boardroom, is now more relevant than ever. The topics and content that we cover transcends industries and the wisdom of a small select group of equally senior peers is not only extremely helpful but insightful, and enables an immediate new support network to be created in these unprecedented times.

How To Become A Non-Exec Director

These short courses (5 x 2 hour in total) are aimed at Senior ‘C Suite’ executives, who are looking to find their first NED role and to start to build their portfolio career. Delivered by Sharon Baylay, a Level 7 CIPD Advanced Coach & Mentor, who also holds the FT/Pearson Level 7 Advanced Professional NED Diploma, Sharon is an experienced Non-Executive Director. Sharon holds several current positions including Acting Chair at Ted Baker plc, Senior Independent Director and Risk Chair at Restore plc and Remuneration Chair at Hyve Group plc. Sharon was also a finalist for the Dame Helen Alexander “NED to Watch” award in 2018 and has a track record of working for iconic brands including Microsoft Corporation & the BBC.

Session Details

This course builds consecutively over 5 sessions. Each session is 2 hours in length via ZOOM. Using real-time-online technology, this engaging peer-to-peer course is both informative and educational.

There are a maximum of 4 attendees per course. Delegates need to be able to attend each date in the series of 5, and due to the peer-2-peer learning environment cannot switch groups or dates if they are unable to attend one of the sessions.

Dates Available

Course 10

  • Tuesday 7th September 9-11am GMT
  • Tuesday 5th October 9-11am GMT
  • Tuesday 2nd November 9-11am GMT
  • Tuesday 30th November 9-11am GMT
  • Monday 13th December 9-11am GMT

Course 11 (Zoom Only)

  • Wednesday 5th January 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Wednesday 9th February 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Wednesday 16th March 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Monday 18th April 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Wednesday 4th May 2022 2-4pm GMT

Course 12 (Face to Face)

  • Thursday 6th January 2022 12-2pm GMT
  • Thursday 10th February 2022 12-2pm GMT
  • Thursday 10th March 2022 12-2pm GMT
  • Thursday 21st April 2022 12-2pm GMT
  • Thursday 5th May 2022 12-2pm GMT

Course 13 (Zoom Only)

  • Monday 25th April 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Monday 16th May 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Monday 13th June 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Monday 11th July 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Monday 25th July 2022 2-4pm GMT

Course 14 (Face to Face)

  • Wednesday 27th April 2022 12-2pm GMT
  • Wednesday 18th May 2022 12-2pm GMT
  • Tuesday 14th June 2022 12-2pm GMT
  • Tuesday 12th July 2022 12-2pm GMT (Zoom Only Session)
  • Thursday 28th July 2022 12-2pm GMT

Course 15 (Zoom Only)

  • Monday 12th September 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Monday 3rd October 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Monday 24th October 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Monday 21st November 2022 2-4pm GMT
  • Monday 5th December 2022 2-4pm GMT

Course 16 (Face to Face)

  • Tuesday 13th September 2022 12-2pm GMT
  • Tuesday 4th October 2022 12-2pm GMT
  • Thursday 27th October 2022 12-2pm GMT
  • Tuesday 22nd November 2022 12-2pm GMT (Zoom Only Session)
  • Monday 12th December 2022 12-2pm GMT
Timings per Date
09:00am – 11:00am GMT (London)


Refund Policy
Refunds up to 30 days before event.
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What The Course Will Deliver

The objective of this short course is to enable an aspiring senior executive to not only think through why they want to become a Non-Executive Director (NED), but to actively plan how they are going to achieve this.  Specifically the course covers the personal activity that they will need to undertake in order to secure such a role, including reviewing/creating their NED CV, and other associated social media related profiles e.g. LinkedIn, and to create a plan of action that they can take forwards to kick-off their personal process and journey to becoming a NED.

Session 1 – Why do you want to be a NED?


How to think about an NED role as part of your Personal & Professional Development and future career


Becoming a NED – pro’s and con’s


Developing your strategy and approach


An introduction to the legal implications of being a NED and the Corporate Governance surrounding this

Session 2 – Find me/brand me


Creating your NED “USP”


Establishing your NED CV, LinkedIn and reviewing your digital media profile


Creating your community of sponsors and making new connections

Session 3 – Finding the needle in a haystack!


Identifying the right NED role for you – by size, by location, by company, by industry, by function, by experiences


The process of discovery – how do you find the NED roles you are looking for?


Planning your approach – how do you become a visible candidate to them?

Session 4 – Making an impression at the interview!

Preparing for a NED role – “doing the knowlege” to plan your application for a current NED role
Turning your NED USP and preparation into action with an opportunity to interview with an experienced NED recruiter
Peer-2-peer feedback and insight – the good, bad and the ugly and how to make a lasting impression!

Session 5 – The Journey to becoming a NED and building your future action plan.


Headhunter and recruitment approach

Networking with purpose – how to get the best out of NED available resources
Action planning – your next steps

Each session is 2 hours in length using ZOOM.