Governance for Non-Executive Directors
Governance for Non-Executive Directors


Many senior and experienced professionals are interested in taking up a Non-Executive Director (NED) role and want to understand more about what is involved and what is required. This course focusses on UK organisations and the not-for-profit sector but the principles and legislation also apply to commercial organisations.

This course is appropriate for professionals considering both volunteer and paid NED roles. Many of the principles will also apply to organisations outside of the UK but the legislative requirements of other countries are different.

The course has been specifically designed with regulatory professionals in mind. You can follow the course at your own pace, interact with other delegates, the speaker and TOPRA Board members through the discussion forum. There is also the option to have further 1:1 discussions with the speaker for a small additional fee.

This course is ideal preparation for any members who are considering putting themselves forwards for the TOPRA Board.


By the end of this course you have:

  • The knowledge and understanding required to take on a Non-Executive Director role

  • A range of useful reference guides you can download for future reference

  • A governance framework checklist so you know what information to expect when you join a Board and what questions to ask

  • A Board competency framework against which you can assess your own skills and plan any further development you need


The course will cover:

  • The purpose, definition and characteristics of good governance
  • Different governance models
  • The Companies Act 2006 and other legislation directors need to be aware of
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Board and Board members
  • Risk
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Debunking the myths of not-for-profit governance
  • Accountability
  • Best practice for Board papers
  • Characteristics of good reporting
  • Annual reports
  • The habits of highly effective Board meetings
  • Creating a culture of constructive conflict

Presenter: Andrew Chamberlain

A former Chief Executive, for 15 years Andrew held c-suite positions in professional associations and membership bodies across the UK, working with governing bodies to define and deliver their strategic plans, enhance their governance practices, and develop their leadership styles and cultures. Since 2016, Andrew has worked globally to provide specialist support on non-profit leadership, governance, and strategy. He is the founder of the Cambridge Governance Symposium; author of the NETpositive Governance™ model; and co-host of the weekly podcasts Association Transformation and Good Enough for Jazz. He is a vociferous advocate of governance as leadership and of the role that Boards can play in realising long-term impact and value.

Suitable for

  • Senior professionals who are interested in taking on a Non-Executive Director role, who wish to gain insight into the governance of organisations and the roles and responsibilities of non-executive directors.

  • Anyone considering joining the TOPRA Board who would like to gain an understanding of what will be required and how governance of not-for-profit organisations works.


This course offers 10 CPD hour for successful completion, to learn about why CPD is important visit the Lifelong Learning page.


Members: This course is free for members.

Non-members: £575+VAT


Once you have made the purchase, you will receive an email from with a link to the online learning activity within 24 hours. Once received, simply click on the link in the email to access the learning activity. You will have access to the online learning activity for six months from the day of purchase. Please note, if you select the pay later option, you will not have access until payment has been cleared.

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