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The Non-Executive Directors' Handbook, 5th edition

Author: Brian Coyle

ISBN: 9781860727597 | Published March 2019

The Non-Executive Directors’ Handbook has been refreshed and fully updated for this 5th edition and, given the increasingly significant role played by Non-Executive Directors in the independent oversight of organisations, it acts as an essential source of reference and route map for the role.

The Handbook is published by ICSA Publishing for the Non-Executive Directors’ Association (NEDA), and represents an accessible and practical guide for Non-Executive Directors at each stage of their NED career, from aspiring NEDs to retiring NEDs, as well as for their advisers – particularly company secretaries.

This revised edition reflects the most recent legislation and regulation, including the UK Corporate Governance Code, guidance on board effectiveness, as well as the broader developments in strategy, risk management and financial reporting requirements. 

The Handbook guides the reader through the lifecycle of being a Non-Executive Director, starting with pre-appointment, developing a portfolio career and succession planning, addressing along the way topics such as legal duties and liabilities, boardroom behaviour and dynamics and the role NEDs play on board committees. 

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1. The role of the non-executive director
2. Directors' duties and liabilities
3. Becoming a NED
4. NEDs and the board of directors
5. Effective boards and board meetings
6. The audit committee
7. The remuneration committee
8. The nomination committee
9. Strategy
10. Internal control and risk management
11. Financial reporting and auditing
13. Relationships with stakeholders


'The Non-Executive Directors’ Handbook by Brian Coyle and published by the ICSA: The Governance Institute provides a solid corporate governance foundation to those looking at entering the boardroom and securing their first NED role. It is a great guide to prepare for NED interviews. It is also a useful reference and a valuable tool for NEDs as they look to add value to a board and an organisation.

NEDonBoard happily recommends this corporate governance handbook!'

- NEDonBoard, UK professional body for non-executive directors and board members.

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