Dennis Kerslake

What are non-execs for?

‘Our research suggests that some CEOs feel that non-execs have a tendency to use compliance as a personal safety net rather than as a means of maintaining best practice. There is a sense that while non-execs’ first duty is to the shareholders, they are sometimes perceived to be concerned principally in their own self-preservation.’

Julie Baddely

Collaborative leadership in the boardroom

‘In the executive group, CEOs need to bring options to a board with a genuine desire for more non-exec input to the decision, not just a fait accompli to be rubber stamped. There is nothing more frustrating or likely to damage relationships within a board as a group of non-execs who think that they are being manipulated or bounced into a decision.’