This factsheet explains the role of a non-executive director and how NEDs operate within a company. It provides an overview of the ways in which people professionals can support board members, as well as an overview of the qualities sought from prospective NEDs, and highlights why senior people professionals may be suited to a non-executive director role.

This factsheet was last updated by Susannah Haan, Senior Corporate Governance Adviser, CIPD

Susannah leads CIPD’s work on corporate governance and responsible business, including the role of HR in ESG, workforce reporting, leadership development and the role of non-executive directors. 

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