The NED Accelerator Programme by NEDonBoard

Fast-track to non-executive director and board roles

Create impact in and from the boardroom

The NED Accelerator Programme by NEDonBoard

Fast-track to non-executive director and board roles

Create impact in and from the boardroom

  • Build the confidence you need to grow your NED and board portfolio
  • Learn at your own pace with varied online modules, saving time and money in the process
  • Access exclusive content, such as the NEDonBoard highly-acclaimed publication “What to Expect of the NED Role”
  • Gain an edge in interviews with insights from experienced NEDs, chairs and boardroom practitioners
  • Know what to expect along the way with video interviews featuring high-profile NEDs and chairs
  • ​Avoid some of the common pitfalls and be well prepared to take on NED and board roles
  • ​Protect your reputation as NED and board member
  • ​Make measurable progress with downloadable materials to use beyond the programme

Companies that have put their trust in NEDonBoard and have worked with us

Everything you need to confidently pursue and excel in non-executive director roles

Are you aspiring to the boardroom? Do you feel confident not just in securing, but fulfilling NED and board-level roles? Our programme gives you the opportunity to fast-track your portfolio in your own time. We’ve distilled our experience as the UK professional body to create a comprehensive, essential, completely online Accelerator Programme that will help you take the next step. The result?
Secure a NED role more easily and faster.

16 videos and 200 mins+ of insightful content delivered by experienced NED specialists

Proven strategies to help you secure and navigate interviews

Downloadable summary sheets and to-dos to take your journey forward

Step-by-step guidance on creating a high-impact NED CV and Board-Ready CV template

Essentials tips to boost your chances of being appointed to a NED role

Industry-recognised NED programme certificate. Delivered by a CPD accredited provider and a professional body. Programme eligible for CPD credits

Highly-acclaimed guide “What to Expect of the NED Role”

Exclusive bonus materials and insightful interviews from high profile NEDs about their personal NED journey

NEDonBoard community newsletter

What our NED

Accelerator Programme graduates say

What our NED

Accelerator Programme graduates say

NEDonBoard has played a key role in helping hundreds of professionals along their journey at board level. Here’s what they think about the programme…

David Landsman

"I really appreciated the grounding in the basics combined with the personal experience of a diverse group of directors, all within one easily accessible programme. I’d say take the programme while you’re still deciding whether to go for NED roles. Take it again as you start applying. And keep referring back to the modules once you’re on a Board."

David Landsman, Chair, NED and Adviser. Previously senior Executive and British Ambassador

"This programme is perfect for aspiring NEDs and a good refresher for the more experienced. There is a good mix of legal, practice and experience based advice. An interesting package of modular learning and insightful videos."

Nicky Heathcote, portfolio NED and former Chief of Staff

"Very useful content covering a wide range of topics which are both useful and thought provoking. This course is really effective for those aspiring to their first NED role."

Graeme Allinson, trustee, former Head of Client Satisfaction

Malcolm Weston

"This programme empowers aspiring NEDs towards their goal of attaining a NED appointment. The programme is well structured and comprehensive, it gives you all the resources required to get to the boardroom. It is uniquely designed to combine fundamental governance knowledge with experience-based tips and strategies, you’ll be able to kick-start your career."

Malcolm Weston, Trustee, Chair of Governors and Experienced Project Manager

"NEDonBoard has targeted that niche of the board industry, which needed most attention - The non executive directorship. NEDonBoard is doing a service by educating and building a knowledge sharing platform for the non executive director."

Hajara Al Amodi, Investor, Advisor, Technologist and International Board Director

"Recruiting non-executive directors is a challenging task for boards – there’s a lot of choice. It's a given that NEDs need to have the right skill set, knowledge and experience, particularly for the more technical board matters such as audit and risk. Beyond that it's about chemistry and perceived fit with the rest of the board, which require a high degree of targeted preparation and emotional intelligence to be utilised through the recruitment process.


This programme prepares already proven business leaders to secure and perform future NED roles with confidence. The combination of technical content - governance codes, legal responsibilities and protections - combined with a wealth of practical advice from a range of experienced NEDs, will make participants stand out from the competition."

Michael Bartholomeusz, portfolio NED, chair and former Chief Risk Officer

"A good CV shows that you’re ready to become a NED – but understanding what it takes to be truly prepared for your first role is difficult.


I can fully recommend the NED Accelerator Programme; it’s a one-stop source to help you transition from an operating exec to an effective non-executive director. It doesn’t just cover the dry textbook responsibilities, but also gives you practical and relevant content, and helps you avoid the pitfalls many fall into as you transition into non exec roles


As a result, you’ll be able to create a high-impact CV, be clear on what’s expected from you, and what your obligations are It will not only help you will win interviews and new roles, it sets you up for success."

Sonia Whiteley-Guest, Chief Marketing Officer, Founder, CEO and aspiring NED

The ROI of taking the NED

Accelerator Programme

Curious as to how our programme translates to tangible results? We surveyed our graduates to establish an accurate ROI…

100% of graduates are confident that the NED Accelerator Programme will move their career forward

4.3 out of 5: the confidence level of graduates in applying to roles and going through the interview process after completing the NED Accelerator Programme

4.5 out 5: our average rating from NED Accelerator Programme graduates

4.8 out 5: the likelihood of graduates recommending the NED Accelerator Programme to other professionals pursuing a career at board level

"It is very important to be part of a network that is looking at best practices and how you do things in the boardroom, to be better at what you do and be more informed."  

Sir James Wates, Chairman of the Wates group, Chair of the coalition group that developed the Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies, non-executive director and NEDonBoard member

A team dedicated to your success

Elise Perraud

Elise Perraud, NEDonBoard COO and Advisory Board member

Ian White

Ian White, Board evaluator and consultant, former chief legal officer and company secretary

Ben Ward

Ben Ward, Senior M&A and corporate finance expert at Herbert Smith Freehills, partner

Francis Kean

Francis Kean, Executive Director at Willis Tower Watson

Gareth Sykes

Gareth Sykes, Counsel at Herbert Smith Freehills and member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Team

Steven Windmill

NED, Chair and interim CEO/COO

Liv Noble

Liv Noble

Liv Noble, NEDonBoard Leadership Development

Sarah McKenna

Sarah McKenna, NED, Chair and mid-size business advocate

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews, NED, Chair and CEO

What is included in the Course Curriculum?

What is included in the programme?

  • Educational and actionable recommendations to help you successfully transition to a NED role
  • Exclusive content such as interviews with seasoned NEDs and chairs, as well as the NEDonBoard highly-acclaimed publication “What to Expect of the NED Role”
  • ​Concise one-page summaries of learnings from each module
  • A step-by-step guide to building a modern, high-impact NED CV
  • NED CV template
  • ​An understanding of UK boards and corporate governance delivered from experienced NEDs, chairs and boardroom practitioners
  • ​An education into the different type of boards and organisations that are aligned with your skills and aspirations
  • ​Industry-recognised programme certificate delivered by NEDonBoard, the UK professional body for non-executive directors and board members
  • Bonus material and videos to help enhance your learning
  • Free access to future course enhancements
  • Support and advice from board level peers
  • CPD accreditation
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​Join the NED Accelerator Programme by NEDonBoard now 
for the special launch price of 
£597 + VAT
The usual price is £999 + VAT

Want to educate and certify a team of professionals and your board of directors?
Group discounts are available for 5+ individuals. Email [email protected] for more information.


Got a question about the programme? We have the answer.

From payments to course details, our FAQs cover everything you need to know. If your question is not answered here, simply get in touch via [email protected]

Who is the course aimed at? 

Our programme is designed for: 

  1. Aspiring NEDs with some, but limited, knowledge of UK boards and governance
  2. Business leaders operating at or near board level
  3. NEDs looking to build their portfolio
  4. Boardroom practitioners.

The course is also beneficial for experienced NEDs needing expert advice or a governance refresher. 

What is included in the price?

You’ll receive access to all the programme videos, bonus materials, cheat sheets and publications, as well as the widely read NEDonBoard community newsletter. Even after you graduate, you’ll be able to access course materials, including future additions and improvements.

How long does the course take?

The online course is self-paced, so you can move through the materials at a speed that’s right for you. The length of our videos varies between 10 to 30 minutes, with the 15 reaching over 200 minutes in total. Homework will be completed throughout the programme to ensure you can identify and test your USP, and create your board-ready CV. To reinforce these learnings, you will also receive a soft copy of the 27-page “What to Expect of the NED role” guide. 

Why should I choose  NEDonBoard instead of other course providers?

As the UK professional body for non-executive directors and board members, we have real-world experience in successfully transitioning professionals to non-executive roles. We undertake a number of activities to ensure a victorious outcome, each time. These include:

  • Working closely with the NED and board member community
  • Providing expert content, products and services -  designed for NEDs, delivered by NEDs
  • Top-level experience and knowledge to take you from the role to which you aspire to an appointment

The path to become a non-executive director is a lot more predictable than you’d think. We have accumulated years of experience allowing us to fast track your NED journey. The NEDonBoard Accelerator Programme by NEDonBoard has the specific building blocks you need to secure your first NED role. 

NEDonBoard is a truly independent organisation, recognised as a professional body and listed on the gov.uk website.

Will I actually be able to interview for NED roles after completing the course?

Yes, the NEDonBoard Accelerator Programme will give you both the credibility and confidence to apply and interview for suitable NED roles. Our goal is to ensure you have all the knowledge and information you need to:

  • Position yourself effectively in the competitive NED talent pool
  • Apply to roles that fit both your skills and aspirations
  • Thrive during the interview process

Will I actually be able to secure a NED role after completing the course?

Yes, the NEDonBoard Accelerator Programme has been specifically designed with this in mind.  

I’m looking to get a seat in the boardroom as an executive director, not a non-executive director. Is the course still suitable?

Yes, the programme is suitable for anyone aspiring to the board. This is because many people take on a non-executive director role after becoming an executive director.

I want to train my company/employees – do you offer a bulk discount?

If you are looking to train and certify multiple senior executives or professionals at your company, then we have special pricing for five professionals or more. Please email [email protected] for more information. 

Can I get my company or employer to pay for the programme?

This will depend on the individual company. Most will have a training budget to support the professional development of employees and staff retention, so it’s worth having a conversation with your manager or HR director. When discussing the possibility of them covering the cost, we recommend you present the following programme information and benefits:

  • Comprehensive course curriculum
  • Esteemed, experienced course leaders 
  • Online and at your own pace to avoid business disruption
  • Skills developed on the course e.g. strategic thinking
  • Long-term value to be gained, for you and your company e.g. new perspectives
  • CPD credits associated with the programme
  • Programme delivered by NEDonBoard, an organisation for non-executive directors and board member recognised as a professional body

Once you’ve received confirmation from your company, you’ll need to work out a payment plan. Consider whether they will pay upfront, or you will purchase the programme and send a receipt for reimbursement.

What is a professional body?

NEDonBoard is an approved professional body and learned society. A Professional Body is an organisation with individual members practicing a profession or occupation in which the organisation maintains an oversight of the knowledge, skills, conduct and practice of that profession or occupation. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website.

How does payment work?

We offer two options: pay the full investment upfront, or pay two instalments over a period of two months. We work with Stripe so your payment is handled securely.

Does the course incur any VAT?

Yes, VAT applies to the cost of the course.

Can I find all of this information online for free?

In theory, you could locate much some of this information online, but it would be incredibly time-consuming and content wouldn’t be delivered in a structured, concise and digestible way. It may also be challenging for you to distinguish great advice from deception. Most of the recommendations and practical guidance we provide are based on our experience as the professional body for non-executive directors and board members, along with the direct experience of our successful members. Quality content in this format cannot be found online!

We invested roughly £200,000 in putting together the NED Accelerator Programme.

What should I do after I complete the course?

By enrolling on the programme, you will have all the information you need to transition confidently to the boardroom - so we would very much encourage you to do so! As a graduate of the programme, you will have access to future improvements too. You will also become part of the NEDonBoard community.

We love to keep in touch with our network, so please let us know how your journey to becoming a NED is going. Success stories need to be shared and promoted.

​Join the NED Accelerator Programme by NEDonBoard now 
for the special launch price of 
£597 + VAT
The usual price is £999 + VAT

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