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What Next? Act! Gain NED Skills

Pragmatic tips and hands-on help

Course Overview

Designed by BCKR for individual lawyers, law firms and in-house legal departments, this is an interactive online group course of five sessions of 1.5 hours each. It addresses how to develop the skills and attributes you need either to make a successful transition into a portfolio career or simply to take up a non-executive director role during your legal career.

Working with a maximum of 10 participants per group, the course is engaging and fast paced. In-between session work (and ideally also engagement with the other participants) will ensure you gain maximum benefit.

Hear recent attendee, Richard Macklin’s thoughts on the NED skills course.

Session Recording

This online course allows you to participate without the need for travel. It uses the latest online technology. Full instructions will be given to facilitate easy access. You will receive PowerPoint slides and a recording of each session. Each session is available to download for one month after the original session. Once downloaded, however, you can keep and review the content, at your leisure, as often as you like.

Who Should Attend?

This course is tailor-made to meet the demands of lawyers seeking non-executive roles, whether as a trustee or director, and whether as a single role or to start a career change.

It aims to maximise your chances of success – whatever your plans.

Course Objectives

  • Create a plan to seek non-executive roles in the not for profit or corporate sectors
  • Develop an online presence to support this career plan
  • Review your career successes and translate them into skills and case stories
  • Prepare job applications, present yourself and handle interviews based on role responsibilities and attributes
  • Demonstrate the right mindset to secure roles

Your Facilitator

This BCKR course is led by Niall Foster, a highly experienced professional skills trainer, well versed in the ways of on-line group work. See www.linkedin.com/in/niallfoster. At each session, Niall will be joined by BCKR directors to add their own perspectives as former lawyers.

Course Content

Session 1: Who we Are and How we Work Together?

  • Personal introductions
  • How we will work together virtually
  • Explaining the boardroom context – governance and board dynamics
  • Insights into the psychology and behaviours required by non-executive directors

Session 2: The 7 Step Collateral List

  • Your personal non-executive director mission and vision statements
  • Defining your online presence to reflect your non-executive director career quest
  • Searching for roles in target sectors
  • Aligning your CV and cover letter with non-executive director job descriptions

Session 3: Apply for Jobs

  • Dos and don’ts of applying for roles
  • CV writing and cover letter – mistakes to avoid
  • Demonstrating your understanding of non-executive director competencies and attributes
  • Use of reference stories to build confidence in your abilities

Session 4: Interview Role Play

  • Demonstrate non-executive director behaviours
  • Answer questions concretely and concisely
  • Prepare due diligence questions
  • Secure feedback from fellow participants to identify areas for improvement

Session 5: Constructive Boardroom Relationships

  • What to do when you receive an offer?
  • How to behave in the boardroom
  • Influencing stakeholders confidently and with empathy
  • Networking in the role



Your investment is £1,000 (ex VAT).