Non-Executive Directors' Programme

This practical programme covers all aspects of the modern NEDs role. Learn how to maximise your effectiveness whether you are new to the boardroom or looking to increase your value.


Course leaders

Giles Peel

Giles Peel is a specialist in governance and risk, having worked in these areas for many years, across most sectors. He works as an adviser to Boards and Senior Management teams and acts as a mentor and trainer for both individuals as well as teams of directors.

In recent years, his work has focused on the financial services, insurance and health sectors, and he has just completed seven years as the Head of the Governance Advisory Practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP, an international law firm.

His projects frequently deal with supporting organisations at risk of regulatory breach or reputational damage, and he brings to bear his own experience as a Chair and Non-Executive. He also enjoys providing bespoke courses for boards, helping them to bring governance and leadership issues to life using challenging crisis scenarios.

Giles was previously Managing Director of Capita Company Secretarial Services, an executive director of a large NHS hospital, and his first career was in the Royal Navy where he reached the rank of Captain, serving in a variety of appointments at sea and in Whitehall.

He is currently a judge for the Investor Relations Society Awards.

Giles is a Chartered Secretary and sits on the Boards of Hulgrave Ltd, a FinTech start-up, and the charity Combat Stress. He recently founded his own advisory company, DCO Partners Ltd.

Simon Osborne

Simon is the Chief Executive of ICSA and joint head of ICSA Board Evaluation.

He qualified first as a solicitor in 1973, and until April 2003 worked in the railway industry as general counsel, company secretary and main board director. He has worked successfully with major companies, UK regulators and other organisations and brings first hand knowledge and understanding of the practical and personal aspects of the operation of boards and how to identify performance improvements.

Simon is also a non-executive director of Crown Business Communications Limited – an award winning corporate communications agency – and its parent, MNN Holdings Limited. He is also deputy chairman of the principal UK railway industry charity, the Railway Benefit Fund.

17 March 2022 - Virtual
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