Lawyers Career Transition to Non-Executive Director

Execute Your Non-Executive Director Career with Confidence

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Online - Virtual , 20240828 28 - Aug - 2024 1.75 Hrs X 5 Sessions $2,500 Register
Online - Virtual , 20241031 31 - Oct - 2024 1.75 Hrs X 5 Sessions $2,500 Register


It addresses how to develop the skills and attributes you need either to make a successful transition into a portfolio career or simply to take up a non-executive director role during your legal career.

Designed by lawyers for law firms and in-house legal departments, this is an interactive online group course of five sessions of 1.5 hours each week and one optional 1:1 60-minute coaching session within one month after session 5.


  • Create a career plan to make a successful transition from full-time employment into an independent, freelance, non-executive director or consultant career.
  • Develop an online presence to support your new career direction.
  • Review your career successes and translate them into skills and case stories.
  • Demonstrate the right mindset to secure your first non-executive director or consultancy contract and ensure you have a healthy pipeline of work.


This course is tailor-made for lawyers considering the transition from full-time employment into a non-executive director career.


This online program is highly flexible and will be created to match your own pace and working style. It uses the latest online technology. Full instructions will be given to facilitate easy access. You will receive PowerPoint slides and a recording of each session. Each session is available to download for one month after the original session. Once downloaded, however, you can keep and review the content, at your leisure, as often as you like.


This program is led by Niall Foster, a highly experienced professional skills trainer, well versed in the ways of on-line group work. At each session, Niall will be joined by contributors who will add their perspective and experience.


Session 1: Introduction to the Programme

  • KeyTopics:

    • Explore how we will work together virtually.
    • Governance and boardroom dynamics – know your responsibilities.
    • Insight into the psychology required by non-executive directors.

Session 2: The 10 Step Checklist

  • KeyTopics:

    • Clarify your non-executive director’s mission and vision statements.
    • Create your ‘elevator’ pitch and reference stories
    • Define your online presence to reflect your career quest.

Session 3: Find Roles

  • KeyTopics:

    • Handle ‘gatekeepers’ and search for roles in target sectors.
    • Successful networking.
    • Align your CV and cover letter with the job description.

Session 4: Prepare for Interview

  • KeyTopics:

    • Prepare and answer probing questions concretely and concisely.
    • Use reference stories to build confidence in your abilities.
    • Demonstrate competence – do your due diligence. 

Session 5: Boardroom Relationships

  • KeyTopics:

    • Demonstrate your understanding of critical business issues.
    • Use emotional intelligence.
    • Create active references.

Session 6: 1:1 Application Session

  • KeyTopics:

    • 60-minute 1:1 coaching session with one-course facilitator/contributor at an additional fee of $300.

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