BCKR’s On-line Group NED Skills Course

BCKR’s On-line Group NED Skills Course

Course Overview

Designed by BCKR for individual lawyers, law firms and in-house legal departments, this is an interactive online group course of five sessions of 1.5 hours each. It addresses how to develop the skills and attributes you need either to make a successful transition into a portfolio career or simply to take up a non-executive director role during your legal career.

Working with a maximum of 15 participants per group, the course is engaging and fast paced. In-between session work (and ideally also engagement with the other participants) will ensure you gain maximum benefit.

Session Recording

This online course allows you to participate without the need for travel. It uses the latest online technology. Full instructions will be given to facilitate easy access. You will receive PowerPoint slides and a recording of each session. Each session is available to download for one month after the original session. Once downloaded, however, you can keep and review the content, at your leisure, as often as you like.

Who Should Attend?

This course is tailor made to meet the demands of lawyers seeking non-executive roles, whether as a trustee or director, and whether as a single role or to start a career change.

It aims to maximise your chances of success.

Course Objectives

  • Create a career plan to seek non-executive roles in all business sectors
  • Develop an online presence to support your new career direction
  • Review your career successes and translate them into skills and case stories
  • Prepare job applications, present yourself and handle interviews based on role responsibilities and attributes
  • Demonstrate the right mindset to secure roles

Your Facilitator

This BCKR course is led by Niall Foster, a highly experienced professional skills trainer, well versed in the ways of on-line group work. See At each session, Niall will be joined by BCKR directors to add their own perspectives as lawyers.

Course Content

Session 1: Introduction to the Programme

  • Personal introductions
  • How we will work together virtually
  • Explaining the boardroom context – governance and boardroom dynamics
  • Insight into the psychology and behaviours required by non-executive directors

Session 2: The 10 Step Checklist

  • Your personal non-executive director mission and vision statements
  • Define your online presence to reflect your non-executive director career quest
  • Search for roles in target sectors
  • Align your CV and cover letter with non-executive director job descriptions

Session 3: Apply for Jobs

  • Dos and don’ts of applying for roles
  • CV writing and cover letter mistakes to avoid
  • Demonstrate your understanding of non-executive director competencies and attributes
  • Use reference stories to build confidence in your abilities

Session 4: Interview Role Play

  • Demonstrate non-executive director behaviours

Further information can be found at or by contacting

Nicola Rippon at

  • Answer questions concretely and concisely
  • Prepare due diligence questions
  • Secure feedback from fellow participants to identify areas for improvement

Session 5: Constructive Boardroom Relationships

  • What to do when you receive an offer?
  • Non-executive director behaviours and style
  • Influencing stakeholders confidently and with empathy
  • Networking in the role

The course fee is £1,020 (£850 plus VAT)

May 2020


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