We aim to run four events each year. The events are hosted around London by the Network’s partner organisations.

Upcoming events


We are currently working to put together our calendar of events for 2022 and will update here shortly.

If you would like to join our events this year, please contact:

Previous Events


02 December 2021:

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Research and Practice

Hosted by London Business School

03 November 2020:

Next Gen? The views of Millennials & Generation Z

Hosted by Barclays

31 March 2020:

Blow That Whistle! Whistleblowing: a NED’s responsibility

Hosted by Simmons & Simmons

02 June 2020:

Planet Before Profit? Climate change & the NED’s role

Hosted by Brunswick

15 September 2020:

Think! Better boardroom decisions through diversity

Hosted by London Business School


13 March 2019:

Predictable mistakes of Boards (aka ‘why do clever people do stupid things?’)

Hosted by London Business School

15 May 2019:

Culture; can you still measure, grow and bottle it?

Hosted by Brunswick

02 July 2019:

Effective workforce engagement: the NEDs’ role

Hosted by KPMG

12 November 2019:

Unconscious Bias: the NED dimension

Hosted by Simmons & Simmons


07 November 2018: “Changing management behaviours: the NEDs’ role” Hosted by KPMG 

27 June 2018: “Doing well by doing good: the NEDs’ role in corporate social responsibility” Hosted by The Brunswick Group Video link

07 March 2018: “Board Effectiveness” Hosted by London Business School Video link

24 January 2018: “Is it safe to be a financial services non-executive?” Hosted by Simmons & Simmons


01 November 2017: “The military view of Governance, Leadership, Managing with Change, coping with uncertainty and crisis” Hosted by Barclays

06 July 2017: “Conflict is not for the Boardroom” Hosted by Simmons & Simmons Video link

29 March 2017: “Reputation risk management” Hosted by Brunswick Video link

01 February 2017: “The green paper on corporate governance: your views” Hosted by KPMG


22 June 2016: “Be tender: getting the best out of your external and internal auditors” Hosted by KPMG

02 November 2016: “Diversity: Board behaving better?” Hosted by Barclays

03 February 2016: “The view from the top: the Chairman’s view of NEDs” Hosted by Simmons & Simmons Video link

13 April 2016: “Culture: can you measure, bottle or grow it?” Hosted by Simmons & Simmons Video link


14 October 2015 “Cyber risk: management and implementation – the role of NEDs” Keynote speakers: George Quigley, partner at KPMG and Alex Brown, partner at Simmons & Simmons Video link

01 July 2015 “Moving up, moving across: do’s and don’ts for becoming a NED and using one NED role to obtain another” Keynote speakers: Baroness Virginia Bottomley, who chairs the Odgers Berndtson Board & CEO Practice and Kit Bingham, Partner & Head, Chair and Non-Executive Director Practice at Odgers Berndtson Video link

15 April 2015 “Institutional investors: the role of NEDs” Keynote speakers: Andrew Ninian, Director, Corporate Governance and Engagement at the Investment Association and Dr Daniel Summerfield, Head of Responsible Investment at USS Investment Management Video link

28 January 2015: ”Maximising the value of the Company Secretary to NEDs”

Keynote speaker: Andrew P Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership, Henley Business School Slides and Video link


15 October 2014: ”The importance of leadership in a corporate crisis” Keynote speaker: Richard Meredith, Partner at Brunswick Group LLP Slides and Video link


28 October 2013:  “Planning for Growth”  Keynote speakers: Alex Stirling, Director in the European Buyout team at Carlyle Group, Gareth Jones, Director of Debt Finance at Barclays and Tom Boardman, Director of the Corporate Broking team at Barclays. Slides and Video link

25 February 2013: “Remuneration: the NEDs’ role in rewarding long term success Keynote speakers: David Ellis, Head of KPMG’s UK Reward Team & Christopher Rodrigues, Chairman of Ladbrokes’ Remuneration Committee Slides  and Video link


12 September 2012: “Board Effectiveness Evaluation” Keynote speaker: Helen Pitcher, IDDAS Chairman Slides

22 February 2012: “Social media: Reputational risk and business opportunities” Keynote speaker: Andy Rivett-Carnac, Director at Brunswick Slides and Video link


29 November 2011: “Corporate risk and reputation: narrative reporting” Keynote speakers: Charles Mayo, Partner at Simmons & Simmons, Bill Knight, Chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel, Carol Sergeant, Non-Executive Director of Secure Trust Bank PLC Slides and Video link

27 September 2011: “Strategic Treasury Management” Keynote speaker: Michael  Pavia, NED at Thames Water plc Slides and Video link

18 May 2011: “Personal liability: every NED’s worst nightmare and how to avoid it.” Keynote speaker: Jennie Page, former NED at Equitable Life Video link

23 February 2011: “Public Sector NED Appointments: Opportunities in the New World” Keynote speakers: Dame Janet Gaymer DBE QC, Piers White MBE and Jonathan Cohen, IDDAS. This event was not recorded.


16 November 2010: “What the market expects of NEDs.” Keynote speakers: Richard Plackett, Blackrock, and Marc Jobling, ABI Video link

29 September 2010: “Maintaining board performance.” Keynote speakers: David Wilson, Chief Executive of ICSA, Professor Terry McNulty, University of Liverpool’s School of Management and Simon Osborne, ICSA. Video link

24 June 2010: “How to create balance on a board.” Keynote speakers: Baroness Virginia Bottomley, Chair of the Board Practice at Odgers Berndtson, and Sir Peter Gershon, Chairman of Tate & Lyle Video link

17 February 2010: “Risk and fraud awareness” Keynote speaker: Nigel Cooper, Audit Committee Chairman, Metro International SA Video link


26 November 09: “Aspects of financial awareness” Keynote speaker: Sir John Bourn, former Comptroller and Auditor General and former Chairman of the Public Oversight Board of the Financial Reporting Council. This event was not recorded.

01 October 09: “Corporate reputation and the NED” Keynote speaker: Dr. John Buchanan, Chairman of Smith & Nephew plc, Deputy Chairman of Vodafone Group plc and non-executive director at both AstraZeneca plc and BNP Biliton. The video for this event is not available.

14 May 2009: “Becoming a non-executive director” Keynote speaker: Tony Caplin, Chairman, Panmure Gordon plc

To view the sessions for this event, click below:
Session 1 – Keynote speech by Tony Caplin
Session 2 – Jonathan Cohen – IDDAS
Session 3 – Anna Ponton and Stuart Morton, Odgers Berndtson
Session 4 – Simon Osborne, ICSA
Session 5 – Gavin Weir, Simmons & Simmons
Session 6 – Tim Copnell, KPMG

All video footage is © The Next Generation NED Network and the individual speakers. No reproduction of footage, or quotes from the footage, is allowed without the express permission of the individual speakers.