First Flight are partnering with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and speaking at their NED Seminar: Matching the Profile of a Suitable Non-Executive Director on Monday 3rd November.

We are exhibiting at the 'Mello 2014 - Invest in good company' event on 6-8th November in Derby.  It is the UK's premier event for Investors and Companies.

It is probably fair to say that the changes are not substantial and it is unlikely Directors or investors will notice the impact in the short term. It can be seen more as a "polishing exercise" than a major revision.

Following a successful round of fundraising and substantial growth in 2014, EcoHydra Technologies Ltd, one of the UK's leading manufacturers of superior alcohol free hand hygiene formulations, has now established an Advisory Board to support the executive team.

Networking for everybody in business in these modern times is vital and the book 'The Relectant Networker' written by Neil Munz-Jones explains in a simple very readable way the importance of networking and how to become a good networker. 

Non-Executive Directors can make or break companies as we saw with the Banks – where were the Non Execs?

Norrie Johnston Recruitment Ltd, the fast growing agency providing permanent and interim senior managers, has announced the appointment of Graham Oates as   their Non-Executive Director after a search managed by First Flight Non-Executive Directors Ltd

We would welcome your comments on Chris Spencer-Phillips letter featured in The Sunday Times this week.

It’s 4pm on Friday and you are beginning to think about the weekend that you have planned. You are looking forward to a reunion with some old friends.

Origin Housing, the £45m turnover provider of affordable housing and care and support services in London and Hertfordshire, has announced the appointment of Mash Halai as a Non-Executive Director, after a search and selection process managed by First Flight-Non Executive Directors.

Boards look for a range of skills, experience, expertise, business acumen and personal qualities. Although the blend varies with each assignment, the most common categories are:

First Flight Non-Executive Directors is pleased to announce that our next one day Non-Executive Director Workshop will be held on Wednesday October 15th at The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, SW1

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Although a lot of the “ideal” Board” criteria are aimed at larger and listed companies, other organisations should also strive for “best practise” where possible and start out in the way they want to continue.

Boards are spending more time in answering the crucial question of what skills and qualities they need to enable their company to be successful; some analysis such as a Board Evaluation (either internal or external) should be carried out to ascertain the required composition of the Board.

Nowadays, IP rights like patents and trade marks should no longer just be seen as being defensive or offensive tools that businesses can use against competitors to stop copycats in their tracks.

As a Non-Executive Director of a growth company, you’ll know that you have to evaluate the performance of the senior executives (and their cost too), but there are other critical, often legal, HR agenda items

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