'non-exec academy' launches in the South West

PUBLISHED: 11:23 01 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:29 20 February 2013

'non-exec academy' launches in the South West

'non-exec academy' launches in the South West

An organisation has been launched to support non-executive directors and mentors in the South West, providing advice, training and networking opportunities for those already working as 'non-execs', and anyone thinking about moving into this field

A dynamic organisation has been launched to support non-executive directors and mentors in the South West, providing advice, training and networking opportunities for those already working as non-execs, as well as anyone thinking about moving into this field.



Established by Somerset-based business growth consultancy Portfolio Directors Ltd, non-exec academy has been created in response to demand from the growing number of non-execs and people who wish to become non-execs but do not benefit from any community or development support, in order to help them maximise their success in this exciting and challenging role.



Emma Warren, Managing Director of Portfolio Directors, explains, non-exec academy is about providing training and support on key issues that affect all non-executive directors but we also want to encourage people to consider becoming a non-executive director or mentor to SMEs. Our aim is to help people make the transition from executive director to non-executive director, or to enhance the skills of someone already holding a non-executive position.



Non execs are generally part-time board members with specialist expertise, bringing added experience and skills to a business, as well as an objective, external viewpoint. They have an increasingly important role to play in modern business and figures suggest that the role is becoming more and more popular.



Reinforcing their worth, in a recent survey conducted by non-exec academy over 70 per cent of local companies that already have non-exec directors said that the input they get from these appointments is invaluable and has made a real difference to how their business performs.



At Portfolio Directors we support the business, says Emma. From our work with SMEs, we know that getting slices of professional advice at key times can make a big difference to how directors are able to cope with the ups and downs of growing a business. In non-exec academy we are collaborating with experts like Richard Wyatt-Haines and James Cashmore between us all we have clocked up a lot of hours as non-executive directors and we want to use that experience to help others develop.



non-exec academy is all about making sure that when businesses take the step of appointing outside objective advisors, the people that are available are professional non-executive directors who see their role as a career, and who are making sure that they keep themselves ahead of the game by developing their knowledge and networks.



For more information about non exec academy, please visit http://www.nonexecacademy.com/, or to find out how Portfolio Directors can help your business, call 01460 477774 or visit http://www.portfoliodirectors.com/.

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