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The Effective Board

The Effective Board

Building Individual and Board Success

Neville Bain, Roger Barker


The Effective Board offers best practice advice for directors on how to be successful as individuals while also ensuring board success as a whole, covering essential topics such as governance, leadership, values and ethics.

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About the book

The Effective Board is a best practice guide for improving your personal effectiveness and that of the board on which you serve - whether it's for a FTSE company, a small business, a public sector body or a board of trustees. Using case studies and research from the Institute of Directors it provides you with useful insights into the workings of an effective board and the real importance and benefits of good governance.

Dealing with core issues such as the role of the board and the duties of directors, the book moves onto more practical topics such as building effectiveness, leadership and using existing talent to deliver extra competitive value. Special chapters focus on the very latest areas of concern - including NHS Foundation Trusts and the challenges they present for directors; the lessons that directors can learn from the credit crunch of 2008-09; and current issues involving sustainability, risk management and the pensions crisis.

With particular reference to small businesses, the Not-for-Profit sector, and ethics and values, The Effective Board will help you to review and improve your own performance, and respond to the governance challenges in your organization.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 01: The Role of the Board: An overview;
    • Chapter - 02: The Company and Legal Duties and Liabilities of Directors;
    • Chapter - 03: Governance;
    • Chapter - 04: The Role of the Chairman and the Non-executive Directors;
    • Chapter - 05: Key Committees of the Board;
    • Chapter - 06: Building Effectiveness;
    • Chapter - 07: Leadership;
    • Chapter - 08: People Advantage;
    • Chapter - 09: Small and Medium-sized Companies;
    • Chapter - 10: Charities and Not-for-profit Organisations;
    • Chapter - 11: The National Health Service;
    • Chapter - 12: Ethics;
    • Chapter - 13: Corporate Governance in Turbulent Times;
    • Chapter - 14: Practical Issues for Boards and Directors;
    • Chapter - 15: Bringing It All Together

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749462499
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd September 2010
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 304 pages

About the Author

Neville Bain has extensive experience at board level. He was Group Strategy Director and later Deputy Group Chief Executive and Finance Director at Cadbury Schweppes in London. Following this he became CEO of the textile, clothing and fashion business, Coats Viyella. He is also chairman of the Institute of Directors, and the author of Successful Management, Winning Ways through Corporate Governance and The People Advantage.

Roger Barker trained initially as an economist and went on to hold several senior investment banking roles in both the UK and Switzerland. He has a doctorate in corporate governance from Oxford University, and has also acted as an adviser on corporate governance to the EU Economic and Social Committee in Brussels. He isi also a visiting lecturer at the Said Business School (University of Oxford) and the Ministry of Defence.

Neville Bain

Roger Barker