The Effective Non-Executive Director Programme is an intensive two-day course designed for existing non-executive directors who wish to further develop their skills or for people who have just taken on their first non-executive position and are keen to prepare themselves for a non-executive career.
This is a practical, detailed and highly interactive course with recognised speakers and thought-leaders who will help you with improving board effectiveness and increasing your contribution to the board.
Attendance counts as 14 CPD hours of structured learning.
- Get a deep understanding of the role of a board director
- Understand the legal, regulatory and governance issues facing board members today
- Develop your skills to make you a more effective board member
- Understand the importance of board behaviour in strengthening company performance
- Expand your knowledge of sub-committees and how they can work effectively
- Become more aware of the importance of strategic thinking on boards and how you can add value to the organisation
- Learn and discuss subjects with leading experts and experienced non-executive directors
- Gain greater confidence to prepare for the challenges ahead in your portfolio career
- Hear from experts on how to successfully develop your personal NED career
- Network with like-minded professionals
Delegates of the Effective Non-Executive Director Programme will also be offered exclusive access to our regular networking evenings including speaking sessions with recognised thought-leaders.
- The legal responsibilities of a non-executive director
- Corporate governance
- The role of the remuneration committee
- The role of the audit committee
- Characteristics of effective boards
- Boardroom dynamics
- Personal behaviour in the boardroom
- Characteristics of effective non-executive directors
- Strategic thinking for non-executive directors
Ian is an independent advisor on Technology, Media and telecoms, after retiring from PCCW in 2011. During his 27 years in Hong Kong he has been primarily leading or advising on mobile telecom businesses, and new wireless and internet technology, in which time he held CEO and/or Director positions in CSL Mobile, SmarTone, First Pacific, and PCCW Mobile. Since 2004 he has been an Independent Non-executive Director at Tencent, a Chinese investment holding company whose subsidiaries provide games, messaging, mass media, entertainment, Internet and mobile phone value-added services, and operate online advertising services in China. He is a Fellow member of The Hong Kong Institute of Directors and a Board Mentor at Criticaleye, the peer to peer Board Community.
Talent Consulting Business LeaderSee bio
Talent Consulting Business Leader
Robert has 25 years of financial services corporate and consulting experience, focusing on executive compensation and Board / Committee advisory, as well as expertise in broad-based compensation, M&A and benefits design.
His areas of expertise include senior executive rewards benchmarking, strategic compensation direction setting, tactical program design and implementation, business performance benchmarking, and staffing model/organization structure review.
For the consulting business side, Robert was a co-founder of Pretium Partners, a niche management consulting firm (2012-2015). And he led the McLagan regional consulting business (2004-2012).
Robert also played leadership reward roles in the reputable financial institutions, including JP Morgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citigroup.
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Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Kelly Austin is the Partner-in-Charge of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Hong Kong office and a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. Ms. Austin’s practice focuses on government investigations, regulatory compliance and international disputes. She has extensive expertise in government and corporate internal investigations, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and anti-money laundering, securities, and trade control laws. Ms. Austin also regularly guides companies on creating and implementing effective compliance programs.
From 2001 to 2010, Ms. Austin served as the Compliance and Litigation Counsel for General Electric in Asia. In that role, she coordinated litigation, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, government and internal investigations, and compliance matters for the GE businesses throughout the region.
Before moving to Hong Kong in 2001, Ms. Austin practiced in Washington, DC, representing individuals and entities in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters in federal and state courts around the United States. Her practice focused on government investigations, including a host of Congressional and Independent Counsel investigations. She also served as general counsel to non-profit organizations, providing guidance on a variety of legal, regulatory, and strategic matters, and regularly counseled individuals on government ethics and regulatory issues.
From 1993 to 1994, Ms. Austin served as a law clerk for The Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr., Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 2000, she served as Special Counsel to the Executive Office of the President, representing the White House in federal litigation.
Ms. Austin graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and received her law degree from Georgetown University. She is a member of the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia, and is admitted to practice in a variety of district and appellate courts in the United States. She is also admitted to practice in Hong Kong.
Ms. Austin is ranked as a leading lawyer (top-tier) in the category “Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption: China” by the 2017 editions of Chambers Asia Pacific and Chambers Global; is ranked in Tier 1 for “Regulatory: Anti-Corruption and Compliance: Hong Kong” by Asia Pacific Legal 500 2017; was named by The Asian Lawyer as the Regulatory / Compliance Lawyer of the Year for 2016; was named one of the “World's Leading White Collar Crime Lawyers” by Euromoney's Expert Guide 2016; is ranked as a leading lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Business Crimes Defence 2016; is noted for being “very well regarded by clients and peers across Asia” by Who's Who Legal and Global Investigations Review 2016; was named by Global Investigations Review to its inaugural Women in Investigations list 2015, which highlights 100 high-powered women in the profession from around the world; is ranked as a “Local Disputes Star” in the category “Regulatory Investigations” by Benchmark Asia-Pacific 2014; was named one of the “World's Leading Women in Business Law” in the category “Corporate Governance: Hong Kong” by Expert Guides 2014; was named the “Best Lawyer” for the third year running in the Corporate Governance category of the 2013 Asia Women in Business Law Awards; and was named to Asian Legal Business’ 2010 Hot 100, which recognizes Asia “lawyers who have risen above the rest in the most challenging of years for legal markets across Asia.”
Senior Partner, Financial Services, Asia PacificSee bio
Senior Partner, Financial Services, Asia Pacific
Keith leads EY's Assurance practice for Banking & Capital markets globally (a U$1.6 billion business), as well as being a regular thought leader in the financial services space. He also maintains a very active role in driving the wider EY business in Frontier and Emerging markets. Keith represents EY on the Global Public Practice Committee Bank Working Group.
Keith is the Co-Executive Sponsor of EY's Global Regulatory Network – their leading think tank of predominately former regulators from around the world.
He previously led EY's Financial Service Practice in Asia Pacific, a multi-disciplinary practice of approximately 5,500 professional staff specifically serving the Financial Services Industry. Keith has been in the region for 21 years and has a deep knowledge of the issues faced both by companies entering the region and those from the region looking to expand.
Keith has more than 26 years of exposure to investment and commercial banking, and financial services. He has worked with many regulators and governments in the region on regulatory and market reform initiatives.
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Joshua Cole is a partner in Ashurst's corporate practice.
Based in Hong Kong, Joshua specialises in cross-border mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures throughout Asia.
Joshua has advised on a number of high profile international acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures throughout the region and across a range of industry sectors, including financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, energy and resources and retail.
Joshua regularly advises boards on corporate governance and related issues.
Head of programmeSee bio
Head of programme
Diana has an entrepreneurial DNA with broad experience across start-ups, venture capital and strategy consulting. She spent a decade as part of FT’s Senior Management team reporting to the board, doubled revenue and profits for the content business, then moved in to the role of strategist and intrapreneur. She currently leads the Financial Times Executive Education initiatives in Asia-Pacific, including the flagship Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma, and focuses on angel investing at Sarana Capital. Prior to the FT, she launched and sold her own Chinese luxury brand. At the Pacific Group, she managed venture investments in new media, telecom and retail across Asia. Early in her career, she worked as a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers on strategy for companies including Time Warner, Bertelsmann, Dun & Bradstreet, Korean Telecom & British Telecom.
She began her career as an assistant to Dr. Henry Kissinger at Kissinger Associates in New York.
Diana has an MBA from Columbia University and a Financial Times Non-Executive Directors Diploma. She came to Asia on a prestigious Luce Scholarship and is a recipient of the Asia Society’s Asia 21 Young Leaders award.
Boards value her deep understanding of Asia and media, combined with a passion for good governance. She is an INED at DaVinci Labs, on the advisory board of NEST.vc and on the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong. She is a past elected Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the Society of Publishers Asia.
Brian advises organizations on how to enhance business performance by effectively managing conflict, creating inclusive organisations, and communicating and collaborating across cultures. He has been enabling organizations, teams and individuals to be more effective for more than twenty years in Asia and other regions. Before starting Nexus Consulting Group, he built and headed Microsoft’s group that developed people’s intercultural competence and collaboration capabilities in serving Microsoft’s global customers and partners.
Roles in his career have included in-house or consulting engagements with organisations such as Amazon, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), Wal-Mart and World Learning. He has served companies in financial services, FMCG, manufacturing, technology, science, and hotels and tourism.
At a board level, Brian has worked with boards and those reporting into them to facilitate board effectiveness, including coaching leaders and managers in more effectively communicating about risk management, compliance and investment decisions. He has served as a board adviser to an Indian NGO involved in community development and capacity building, and has chaired a not-for-profit board in the education sector as an elected board member.
He contributes as a thought leader in various capacities, such as having contributed to India’s industry body NASSCOM on their steering committee for diversity and inclusion so the IT services industry could more effectively create equitable, effective culturally diverse workplaces. Within the NGO sector, he also volunteers in various capacities, and currently advises an NGO on child protection and safeguarding best practices.
He holds a BA in English and an MA in Teaching as well as coaching qualifications, and his graduate degree research focused on how to most effectively develop global business leaders for working cross-culturally.
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