The Chief Executive of the ICSA, the CEO of Deutsche Bank Channel Islands, and the Chair of Board Apprentice are just some of the speakers who are confirmed for BL Events’ forthcoming NEDs conference, Life in the Hot Seat.

The event is aimed at non-executive directors in the Channel Islands. It is produced in partnership with Deloitte and sponsored by JTC Group and Optimus Group.  The event will take place on 23 March 2017 at the Royal Yacht in St Helier, from 9am-1pm, and a host of experienced NEDs and senior executives have already agreed to present sessions or sit on panels.

Those that have confirmed so far are:

• John Clacy, Partner, Deloitte

• Rick Cudworth, UK Lead Partner for Resilience & Crisis Management Services, Deloitte

• Mark Dunster, Partner, Carey Olsen

• Phil Eyre, Owner, LifeThrive

• Norson Harris, Director, Zedra Trust Company

• Sara Johns, Partner, Ogier

• Peter Mills, Director, Optimus Group, and Chair, Guernsey NED Forum

• Adam Moorshead, MD, Guernsey, JTC Group

• Simon Osborne, Chief Executive, ICSA

• Richard Sheath, Founder, Independent Audit

• Andreas Tautscher, CEO, Deutsche Bank Channel Islands

• Charlotte Valeur, Independent NED, and Founder, Board Apprentice

• Paula Williams, Programmes Manager, GTA University Centre

Commenting on the speaker line-up, Helen Gale, Partner at Deloitte, said: “Building on the success of last year’s event, I am delighted we have such excellent speakers for this forum, bringing with them specialist knowledge on a diverse range of topics.

“Expectations of NEDs are changing rapidly and it is crucial that they are equipped with the highest level of skills and knowledge to perform this role. This event, which is unique in the Channel Islands business calendar, will be a valuable opportunity to examine what the future holds for the NED landscape and how we can ready ourselves to remain competitive internationally as a NED community.”

As well as attracting these high-calibre speakers, the event will bring together delegates from the Channel Islands and the UK, and will address some of the key issues facing NEDs right now, and those that are likely to arise in the near future.

The running order for the day is as follows:

• NEDS: A global perspective How Channel Island NEDs need to be globally aware, not least when it comes to dealing with issues of diversity? And how do other jurisdictions compare in the NED space?

• NEDs and the law For NEDs operating in the finance space, adherence to the law and to regulation is of the utmost importance. This session will examine current issues in the law – what are NEDs duties and responsibilities and how do they stay on top of legal/governance requirements.

• Developing your NED skills Whether a relatively new NED building a portfolio or a more seasoned NED, just what skills should you be developing in order to be most effective?

• Are you prepared for a crisis? There is a gap between how ready for a crisis an organisation thinks it is, and how ready it really is. What are the steps that companies need to take in order to handle a crisis, and what hard experience can NEDs bring to the table?

• Managing the board What are the red flags when it comes to board performance, and how can NEDs help keep things on the right track?

• The NED of the future The role of the NED is changing, but in exactly what way? Do NEDs need to be more tech savvy, do they need to develop new skills, work in a different way? Are minimum standards required? Just what is predicted for the future NED?

The final line-up of speakers will be confirmed in due course.

Delegate places are available at £195. Places can be booked at or directly on Eventbrite.  For more information, email Three-and-a-half hours of CPD are available.