Blog – Corporate governance, Non-executive directors

Good governance: how a non-executive director will help you achieve it

Transparency, accountability and integrity are the hallmarks of good corporate governance. And the key to ensuring that these qualities permeate a company’s culture is to have a strong board with the ability to understand, recognise and nurture them. This ability is key to avoiding corporate governance failures that can have disastrous consequences for a business. Having a non-executive director (NED) on your board can greatly enhance your company’s performance in this important area.

Hand holding a compass, illustrating how NEDs can promote good governance

By offering insights gained during a successful business career, together with an independent perspective, the right NED will help your board to arrive at the decisions that will underpin business growth while ensuring good governance. After all, corporate governance is not just a legal obligation – it’s a strategic imperative. A non-exec can help your company align its governance practices with its broader business strategy, tailoring its governance approach to its specific needs and challenges.

A carefully selected NED will help you build a strong governance framework and offer you expert knowledge that will allow you to:

  • identify and address potential risks and challenges that could otherwise have serious consequences for your company and its stakeholders
  • strike the right balance between risk and reward
  • build a culture of ethical leadership, so that other companies will look to yours as an example of ethical, responsible practices
  • build trust with all stakeholders, including shareholders, employees and customers

I will be posting a series of blogs outlining the significant benefits that a non-executive director can bring to your board. But if you would like more information in the meantime, contact me in confidence to arrange a no‑obligation discussion.