Non-Executive Directors – Why appoint them? What value do they add? How to become one?

In the dynamic world of professional services, the role of Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) has become increasingly pivotal, prompting meaningful conversations.

Please participate in a unique opportunity to gain insights from a panel of four distinguished professionals – Martin Bunch, Sarah David, Nicola Sawford and Shefaly Yogendra – as they explore three key areas:

  • The reasons behind a recent surge in NED appointments.

  • Unveiling the value of NEDs in boardroom discussions.

  • Preparing for a portfolio career.

If your firm is considering appointing a NED or if you are considering a portfolio career that includes NED appointments, this session is tailor-made.

Seize the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge as well as networking with experts.

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Mar 14 2024


08:45 - 10:00




People, Performance & Culture (PPC) Group


  • Martin Bunch
    Martin Bunch
    Managing Partner, Bates Wells

    Martin oversaw Bates Wells’ certification as a B Corp and has spearheaded a number of firmwide initiatives to further advance a responsible and sustainable agenda, including narrowing the firm’s salary gap and achieving net zero across all measurable emissions back in 2019.

  • Nicola Sawford
    Nicola Sawford
    Chair, MKDP

    Nicola is a portfolio non-executive director with over 30 years of business experience. This covers all operational areas with a wide variety of organisations and sectors. Her current roles include Chair at CHP and Chair at Milton Keynes Development Partnership.

  • Sarah David
    Sarah David
    Non Executive Director, Bates Wells

    Sarah helps executive leaders clarify strategy, accelerate leadership impact and nurture positive culture. In addition to her role at Bates Wells, she is the Chair of Voice 21, who work with over 1000 schools in the UK to develop talking skills, and Chair of Dazzle & Fizz, a creative events studio.

  • Shefaly Yogendra
    Shefaly Yogendra
    Non Executive Board Director, Witan Investment Trust plc

    Shefaly is on the boards of several listed companies including two FTSE 250 companies and was earlier an independent governor and interim chair of London Metropolitan University. This follows a career in the technology industry, most recently as the COO of an AI company, and a luxury startup.

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