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How to become the ultimate NED

Friday 15th November 2019 at UKFast Campus, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M15 5QJ - #ultimatened

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Tech Manchester will be running an event focused on non-executive directors with BusinessCloud on Friday 15th November.

Non-executive directors – or NEDs at they’re often referred to – are a key part of a successful board.

They may lack the profile of the chairman, but a good NED will bring their skills, experience and considerable contacts book to help businesses grow.

What you’ll learn

Starting by asking: ‘What is a NED?’ the event will offer practical tips on becoming a non-executive director and the tangible difference they can make to a business.

It will hear first-hand from NEDs and companies who have witnessed the difference they’ve made – both good and bad.

It will answer the questions:

  • What is a non-executive director?
  • How can NEDs improve a company’s performance?
  • How can I become a better NED?
  • How much time does the role involve?
  • What is the age of the perfect NED?
  • Why is gender and diversity so important?


8.30–8.55am – Registration and refreshments

8.55–9.00 – Introduction from hosts Patricia Keating and Chris Maguire

9.00–9.35 – Panel 1 followed by audience Q&A

9.35–10.10 – Panel 2 followed by audience Q&A

10.10–10.45 – Panel 3 followed by audience Q&A

10.45–11.00 – Conclusions

11.00-11.30 – Networking and refreshments

Confirmed speakers

  • Dianne Walker, award-winning NED and Sunday Times ‘Dame Helen Alexander’ 2019 NED to Watch winner
  • Martin Keelagher, entrepreneur and NED of PR Cavalry and KeyGeni
  • Sarah Perris, North West ambassador and presenter for Women on Boards
  • Stuart Thompson, Reorient Consulting director, chairman of the Institute of Directors for Lancashire and NED of, and
  • Jo Cherrett, COO, Trafford Leisure
  • Muhammad Asim, co-founder and CEO of Arro Money and Marq Millions
  • Megan Pantelides, market director, private equity and corporate services, Board Intelligence
  • Richard Gregory, serial NED and former director of Tech North
  • Catherine Barber-Brown, consultant, NED, interim executive
  • Stuart Clarke, NED at Synap and festival director of Leeds Digital Festival
  • Sarah McKenna, NED, chair and presenter for NEDonBoard
  • Paul Battye, chief executive, Hoffmann Reed
  • Robert Binns, entrepreneur and NED at PFP Energy, Arpeggio Properties and Windrush Initiatives
  • Michael Mateer, chief marketing officer and director, VirtualNonExecs
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