The practical implications of the Carlyle case, cybersecurity and the skills that NEDs need to navigate Brexit will be just some of the topics under discussion at this year’s Channel Islands NED Forum.

Produced once again in partnership with Deloitte, the event will take place on 21 March 2018 from 9am to 1pm at the Royal Yacht Hotel in St Helier. The morning will bring together delegates and speakers from the Channel Islands and the UK to address some of the key issues facing NEDs now and in the near future.

Helen Gale, Partner at Deloitte, said: 'If NEDs are to retain their quality and competitive edge, it is key that they are able to access top-quality insights and look ahead to how their role will develop over the coming years. ‘This event promises to be a thought-provoking and inspirational few hours addressing two of the most significant challenges currently facing boards – leading in an era of economic uncertainty and cybersecurity.’

The topic of cybersecurity will be tackled by Adam McElroy, Deloitte UK Director for Identity & Access in Financial Services. Adam is an information security veteran – with 25 years in IT across security software vendors, consultancies, integrators, outsourcers and advisory firms. His session will provide background to the cyber landscape, highlight best practice and arm attendees with critical information for the boardroom.  

‘Cybersecurity is a boardroom priority for industry leaders,’ said Deloitte’s Adam McElroy. ‘It is not simply the impact of a data loss or impact on productivity, the potential reputational damage is immense. I look forward to helping Channel Islands NEDs avoid the very real threats that businesses face today.’

The keynote address will ask, What are the required skills for exceptional NEDs in today’s and tomorrow’s increasingly uncertain environment of regulation and Brexit?

Gareth Bell, Partner at Collas Crill, and Ian Swan, Partner at Babbé, who represented the NEDs and Directors in the Carlyle case, will look at the role of the NED in the post-Carlyle era. The session will examine current legal issues, including the practical implications of the Carlyle case and other leading cases.

A panel session will explore what topics should be on the NED’s agenda in 2018. The panel will be comprised of  Lisa Springate, Head of Technical, Jersey Finance (Moderator); Heather Bestwick, independent NED; Sarah Garrood, Partner, Maven Partners; and Peter Mills, Director, Optimus Group.

Delegate places are available at £195. Places can be booked at or directly on Eventbrite.