Posted on October 29, 2019 by staff

Speaker line-up confirmed for non-executive director event


Some of the biggest names in business will be sharing their insights on how to become the ultimate NED.

BusinessCloud has joined forces with Tech Manchester to co-host the event in Manchester, on November 15.

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.

The event – entitled ‘How to become the ultimate NED’ – will discuss everything from what is a NED to offering 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.

The confirmed speakers include Dianne Walker, award-winning NED and Sunday Times ‘Dame Helen Alexander’ 2019 NED to Watch winner.

She’ll be joined by 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; Muhammad Asim, co-founder and CEO of Arro Money and Marq Millions; and Megan Pantelides, market director, private equity and corporate services, Board Intelligence.

The other speakers are: 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; Paul Battye, chief executive, Hoffmann Reed; and Robert Binns, entrepreneur and NED at PFP Energy, Arpeggio Properties and Windrush Initiatives.

The event is free to attend but spaces are limited.