Non Executive Directors Special Interest Group
Monday 6th October 2014 – 4.30pm-5.45pm
Richard Hunt, Non Executive Chairman of the London Ambulance Service
Not all executive directors make good and effective non-executives. Yet many often assume that this is a natural, straightforward progression or next step. So, what are the differences? What in practice, in both good times and bad, is the role of ‘critical friend’ whilst ensuring that targets are met and strategy delivered? How do you create a unitary and effective board that makes a difference?
Are there differences in the role between the public and private sectors? And what do chairman look for in their non-executive colleagues? This session is an opportunity to discuss such aspects of being a non-executive director; seemingly straightforward but, in reality, more complex and demanding.
Richard J Hunt CBE MBA FCILT
Richard has been Chairman of The London Ambulance Service for over 5 years. He is an experienced Chief Executive, Chairman and Non Executive Director in both the private and public sector. He has run senior leadership programmes through The Leadership Vault launched in 2012 and last year Leaders for the Future with colleagues in New Zealand.
He has an operations and general management background with major Plcs in the oil industry, aviation and logistics and supply chain sectors. He has also been CEO of two venture capital backed start-ups and had commercial sector non-executive roles.
He served as both Chairman and President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and was honoured with the distinction of an Honorary Fellowship in 2010.
He has extensive experience of the public sector. He has been a non-executive with the Highways Agency and is a Colonel in the Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps, a specialist corps of industry advisors to the MOD. He is also a non-executive member of the advisory board of Cranfield University’s supply chain centre.
As well as an MBA from Cass Business School and an economics degree he also qualified as a British Airways Pilot and holds a commercial pilot’s licence. Based in Paris he has worked internationally and set up a new business (still trading) at Brussels Airport.
He was appointed CBE for services to logistics and transport in 2004