The NED Accelerator Programme by NEDonBoard

Fast-track to non-executive director and board roles

Secure NED roles on strong foundations

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
  • ​Avoid some of the common pitfalls and be well prepared to take on NED and board roles
  • ​Make measurable progress with downloadable materials to use beyond the programme
  • ​Protect your reputation as NED and board member

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

The NED Accelerator Programme has everything you need to confidently secure interviews for NED roles and be appointed as a board member

Are you aspiring to the boardroom? The programme gives you the necessary knowledge, skills, tools, and strategies to win interviews and be prepared for the NED and board member role. We have distilled our experience as the UK professional body to create a comprehensive, essential, completely online Accelerator Programme. The result? Secure NED roles more easily and faster. Be board-ready.

Become board-ready and appointable thanks to the programme’s 24 videos and over 5 hours of insightful content delivered by boardroom experts and experienced NEDs and chairs

Win and navigate interviews with our proven strategies and recommendations given to you by non-executive directors that have been through the same journey as you

Download summary sheets and insightful publications to take your journey forward and use beyond the programme. Refer back to the summary sheets as you apply to roles and when you are appointed

Write a high-impact and modern NED CV using our downloadable template . Convert your applications into interviews and learn how to use your LinkedIn profile and your executive biography to effectively complement your NED CV

Validate your understanding of the programme’s fundamental governance knowledge with our quiz and review our detailed answers to all questions

Get an edge over other candidates with a professional qualification awarded by NEDonBoard, the institute of board members, professional body for non-executive directors and board members. Programme eligible for CPD credits

Impress your board level peers, chairs and Nominations Committee members with your understanding of the NED role thanks to the guide “What to Expect of the NED Role”, written in collaboration with NEDs and chairs and other programme materials

Get the best advice with insightful interviews with high-profile non-executive directors about their personal NED journey and the NED role and authoritative professionals such as the Commissioner for Public Appointments

Progress your career, up-skill and position yourself for new, exciting, and inspiring professional opportunities. Set the foundations to be a strong, modern and effective non-exec and board member

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

Comments from programme graduates

H. Shaw on the Director’s duties presentation: “Really clear explanation of a technical aspect of Board roles. Easy to understand and apply to personal experience".

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B. Panchal on insights by S. McKenna: “This was very useful and informative, great tips and examples given by Sarah on what to expect and how to position yourself, especially useful for first-timers”.

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D. Landsman on the D&O insurance module: “Very useful module, clear and informative beyond what you'd easily find elsewhere”.

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I. Merchant on the programme: “As a newcomer to the area of thinking about developing a NED profile, I wanted to use my time wisely to carry out some education and training in the subject area. It seemed a good time to embark on some training”.

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R. Perry on the guide “What to Expect of the NED role”: “Excellent introduction. I feel that business and personal experience plus my time as a Coach and Mentor will enable me to be a candid challenge as well as bring insight and networks to the company”.

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J. Soper on the programme: “I enjoyed the course thoroughly and have learnt so much. I have started applying for roles and will continue my learning from the material. I will also be recommending the programme to any professionals interested in pursuing a board level career”.

A. Beer on signing up to the NED Accelerator Programme: “I joined the programme as it seemed to be a cost-effective way of developing an in-depth understanding of the role of a NED”.

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V. Maltese on the NED CV module: “I enjoyed this module, it gave a specific and detailed outline on the NED CV. I have a good idea what I need to do. I was looking at the NED CV as the executive CV. Understanding the difference really helps”.

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H. Shaw on the NED CV module: “Really useful to have this template rather than starting with a blank sheet. great to have the examples too. I have been struggling with how to use my exe cv to build an aspiring NED one - this will make it much easier”.

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D. Landsman on Destination BOARD presentation: “Really enjoyed this. It’s the “all the questions I didn’t get round to asking...” type. Definitely added value obviously based on extensive experience. I like the way the presentation covers the broad business dynamics as well as what directly goes on in the Boardroom. It’s also very honest and not at all formulaic, with excellent practical insights as to what NEDs can actually do for a business”.

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W. Marmion on the NED Accelerator Programme and his appointment as a NED: "The course gave me a good grounding in the role of the NED and case studies. Secondly it gave me access to experienced people together with access to online resources. Lastly it gave me the confidence then to apply for roles"


"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, former Chief Credit Officer

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, Managing Director, NED and Chair

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews, NED, Chair and CEO

What is included in the Course Curriculum?

What are the course learning objectives?

By completing the NED Accelerator Programme by NEDonBoard, you will gain the knowledge and skills to:

  • Master the difference between the executive and non-executive roles
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the NED role and of what to expect of the NED role
  • Recognise the duties and responsibilities of the NED and board member
  • Identify the key attributes of an effective NED
  • Understand the principles of good corporate governance
  • Identify the type of boards you aim at joining and firm up your decision to become a non-executive director
  • Identify strategies to secure NED roles
  • Communicate your value proposition
  • Convert your application for NED roles to interviews
  • Effectively prepare for NED interviews 
  • Be ready for your first appointment and your first board meeting
  • Protect yourself and your reputation 

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 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 by 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
  • Free access to future course enhancements and improvements
  • Support and advice from your board level peers
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Now for the special discounted price of £699 + VAT
The usual price is £999 + VAT


Want to spread the cost of the investment in your professional development over two months? We offer a payment plan:

2 monthly payments of  £350 + 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 ask us at [email protected]

Who is the course aimed at? 

The NED Accelerator Programme is designed for professionals looking to transition to non-executive directorship successfully and confidently.
If you are aspiring to become a non-executive director or a board member, this course has been designed in collaboration with the NEDonBoard community of non-execs for you to accelerate your transition and ensure success at every step of the process.
The course may also be beneficial to recently appointed NEDs who have not completed board training prior to their appointment and who intend to build a portfolio of roles.
If you are already a portfolio non-executive director, then this is not a relevant development course for you. E-mail us at [email protected] to explore how NEDonBoard can support your professional development needs and help you secure NED roles.


What is included in the price?

You will receive access to all the programme videos, bonus materials, downloadable summary sheets and publications, NED profile examples and NED CV template as well as the widely read NEDonBoard community newsletter. Even after you complete the programme, you will 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, totalling over 5 hours of high quality content. Homework will be completed throughout the programme to ensure you can identify and test your value proposition, 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 and access the downloadable summary sheets. You should allow for 3 to 4 days to complete the programme. This includes lectures as well as work to define your value proposition and write your NED CV.


Why should I choose  NEDonBoard instead of other course providers?

As the UK professional body for non-executive directors and board members and the institute of 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. 

The NED Accelerator Programme is uniquely designed to combine fundamental governance knowledge with practical insights to secure NED and board roles and is delivered online, with ability to post comment and ask questions to your instructors. There are no comparable training courses in the market in terms of content, quality, delivery and user experience.
NEDonBoard is a truly independent organisation, recognised as a professional body and listed on the gov.uk website. Upon successful completion of the course (including completion of the quiz with an 80% success rate), you will receive a certificate issued by the institute of board members and the professional body for NEDs and board members.


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


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!
Once you have completed the NED Accelerator Programme, you will have defined your value proposition, written your NED CV and determined the type of boards you want to join.
We recommend that you then join a NED organisation, such as NEDonBoard to access board roles through the jobs board and NED business introduction events and build your relationships operating at board level. Please visit our website for information (https://www.nedonboard.com/become-a-member/).
We love to hear from you, so please let us know how your journey to becoming a NED is going. Your success stories need to be shared and promoted to inspire professionals to start their transition to non-executive directorship and increase diversity of thinking and experiences at board level.


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 professionals 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 and the institute of board members. An institute carries out research at the highest level. A professional body is an organisation with individual members practicing a profession in which the organisation maintains an oversight of the knowledge, skills, conduct and practice of that. Further information can be found on the gov.uk website or please visit our website (https://www.nedonboard.com/).


How does payment work?

We offer two options: pay the full investment upfront, or pay in instalments over a period of two to four months. We work with Stripe so your payment is handled securely.
If you want to sign up to the NED Accelerator Programme using our two instalment options, register now by clicking on the link below:
Sign me up under the two-instalment payment option.

If you are interested in our instalment payment option, please email us at [email protected] 


Does the course incur any VAT?

Yes, VAT applies to the cost of the course. VAT does not apply to professionals based outside the EU and the UK. 


Can I find all of this information online for free?

In theory, you could locate some (but not all) 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 deceit. Insights from experienced NEDs on their journey to non-executive directorship is also not publicly available.

Most of the recommendations and practical guidance we provide are based on our experience as the UK 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 for free. We invested roughly £300,000 in putting together the NED Accelerator Programme.


Where do I need to start?

Click on the link below to access the NED Accelerator Programme by NEDonBoard.

Join the NED Accelerator Programme by NEDonBoard now for the special launch price of 
£699 + VAT
The usual price is £999 + VAT


Want to spread the cost of the investment in your professional development over two months? We offer a payment plan:

2 monthly payments of  £350 + VAT

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