Being A Great Independent Director

Becoming an independent director (often referred to as a non-executive director in Europe) is often deemed to be a highly aspirational role by senior executives planning their retirement. Less stress than a full-time corporate role, and a valuable extra source of income it is a way of helping companies with your many years of skills and experience. So what are the elements of the role, how do you excel and what are the keys to finding work in this area? I will be joined by Frank Lewis a serial independent director, executive director and chairman who has a diverse portfolio of independent directorships in the UK and internationally. Also, John Jennings an adjunct senior professor in directorship and business on UK MBA programmes and an associate director of my own business Chris Cooper, Business Elevation. Join us to discover how to be a great independent director.

This episode will be airing live on 24th July 2020 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(GMT). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959

More about Frank Lewis & John Jennings:

Frank Lewis is an internationally experienced Chairman and Non Executive Director with a track record of operational success spanning 25 years as a Finance Director, CEO, Non Exec Director and Chairman. within a wide variety of sectors including natural resources. Frank has substantial international experience including Europe, China, Africa and Middle East, understanding many cultures and working practices. Frank manages a diverse portfolio of Non Executive Directorships including rapidly expanding AIM quoted companies in the UK and internationally He is actively involved in mentoring CEOs and the Boards of small and medium sized enterprizes and working with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and assist their strategies.

John Jennings is an expert in employee engagement, culture change, bespoke customer service skills, and resolution of major operational issues. This is derived from over 34 years of operational and executive board-level experience in both the public and private sectors for organisations, including Prudential, Egg, Experian and Totemic as well as the Curve Theatre in Leicester. He has led global teams and studied employee engagement and retention techniques across different cultures. He regularly lectures and presents on the key competitive advantages that business leaders can gain by placing an employee-centric approach at the heart of business strategy as well as being an exceptional company Director. A former Branch Chairman of The Institute of Directors, he currently also works alongside show host Chris Cooper delivering employee engagement change programmes.

This episode will be airing live on 24th July 2020 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(GMT). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959

More about host Chris Cooper:

Chris has 25 years of multi-functional business experience, working with global brands such as Mars inc to board level as well as supporting and founding entrepreneurial ventures. Chris elevates business performance and engagement by acting as a catalyst to support the transition of businesses, leaders and teams to higher levels of performance. He has hosted the ‘Business Elevation Show’ on Voice America since 2011, building a massive network of global connections and audience in over 50 countries. He speaks on topics such as’Elevating Leadership’ ‘Engagement Starts With You’ and his book ‘The Power To Get Things Done (Whether You Feel Like It Or Not) published by Penguin Random House USA’. Chris is a fellow and former Regional President of the Professional Speaking Association in the UK. To contact Chris : chris@chriscooper.co.uk

This episode will be airing live on 24th July 2020 at 8am(PT)/11am(EST)/4pm(GMT). To listen live or later from the archive please visit http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/1959



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