The Effective Non-Executive Director Asia Programme

Virtual Event [GMT +08:00] | Starting 25 Feb 2021



  • Frank  Bi

    Frank Bi

    Ashurst Hong Kong

  • Alice Au

    Alice Au

    Spencer Stuart

  • Joshua Cole

    Joshua Cole

    Ashurst Hong Kong

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In light of COVID-19 we have adapted our programme to limit face-to-face interactions and will be delivering this workshop virtually. For more information please email and a member of our team will be in touch.

The Effective Non-Executive Director Asia Programme is an intensive two-day course designed for existing non-executive directors who wish to further develop their skills or for people who have just taken on their first non-executive position and are keen to prepare themselves for a non-executive career.

This is a practical, detailed and highly interactive course with recognised speakers and thought-leaders who will help you with improving board effectiveness and increasing your contribution to the board.

Attendance can be considered as 13 CPD hours of structured learning.

The CPD hours are generally qualified to obtain accreditation from Law Society of Hong Kong*, ACCA and HKICS. Final decision is subject to approval from individual organisation and institute.

*Applying accreditation from The Law Society of Hong Kong.


  • Get a deep understanding of the role of a board director
  • Understand the legal, regulatory and governance issues facing board members today
  • Develop your skills to make you a more effective board member
  • Understand the importance of board behaviour in strengthening company performance
  • Expand your knowledge of sub-committees and how they can work effectively
  • Become more aware of the importance of strategic thinking on boards and how you can add value to the organisation
  • Learn and discuss subjects with leading experts and experienced non-executive directors
  • Gain greater confidence to prepare for the challenges ahead in your portfolio career
  • Hear from experts on how to successfully develop your personal NED career
  • Network with like-minded professionals

Delegates of the Effective Non-Executive Director Programme will also be offered exclusive access to our regular networking evenings including speaking sessions with recognised thought-leaders.


  • The legal responsibilities of a non-executive director
  • Corporate governance
  • The role of the remuneration committee
  • The role of the audit committee
  • Characteristics of effective boards
  • Boardroom dynamics
  • Personal behaviour in the boardroom
  • Characteristics of effective non-executive directors
  • Strategic thinking for non-executive directors


Andy Cooper, Advisor to the Board of Bayani Brew 

"I have served on boards for all the Companies I’ve worked for, including publicly listed, privately owned and joint venture entities. Over the years I have been trained on regulatory requirements and encountered many challenging situations, which helped me become an effective company director today. However, I am acutely aware that the role of a non-executive director has distinct differences and I need to learn them to stand a better chance of landing INED roles.

I chose the FT program because of the comprehensive range of topics covered, which included increasingly important subjects such as ESG trends, cyber security and diversity. Due to COVID-19, the program was redesigned for virtual delivery and I was extremely impressed with the results. The combination of impactful learning content, high profile speakers, virtual breakouts, pulse surveys, and so much more made the sessions incredibly effective. In addition, the calibre of fellow delegates enabled great knowledge sharing and thought partnering throughout the 2 days.

I was so pleased with my experience of this program that I have signed up for the FT Director Diploma in 2021 and look forward with confidence to landing that first INED role."

Michael AuManaging Director of District Capital

"The FT Effective Non-Executive Director programme was valuable to the formalisation of my practice as a board director. The carefully curated speakers and peer group offered in-depth insights into best practices as well as highly relevant, contemporary issues around board responsibilities. The proven content is flexible and is applicable to both corporate and not for profit contexts. The team did an exceptional job in adapting the course to a virtual setting. Employing carefully executed breakout discussions, they were able to facilitate productive and judicious dialogue amongst participants. I was sceptical about online learning at first, but the experience with FT has positively changed my view on its potential."


  • Frank  Bi

    Frank Bi

    Ashurst Hong Kong

    See bio
  • Alice Au

    Alice Au

    Spencer Stuart

    See bio
  • Joshua Cole

    Joshua Cole

    Office Managing Partner
    Ashurst Hong Kong

    See bio
  • Shai  Ganu

    Shai Ganu

    Managing Director, Global Practice Leader – Executive Compensation and Talent & Rewards Business Leader, ASEAN & South Asia
    Willis Towers Watson

    See bio
  • Nicholas Allen

    Nicholas Allen

    INED & Chairman
    Link Asset Management Limited

    See bio
  • Jay Shaw

    Jay Shaw

    Founder and Chairman

    See bio
  • Bob Partridge

    Bob Partridge


    See bio
  • Gulnar  Vaswani

    Gulnar Vaswani

    Chief Culture Officer
    Gulnar Vaswani

    See bio
  • Diana David

    Diana David

    Future Proof Lab

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Contact us

Chris Moon
Asia Director
FT Board Director Programme