Gerry is a member of the University’s Council and Chair of the Campaign Board

New book states nodding dogs need not apply

What makes a great chairperson or board member? Alumnus Gerry Brown, a member of the University’s Council and Chair of the Campaign Board, explores just that in his new book

In 'The Independent Director: The Non-Executive Director’s Guide to Effective Board Presence', Gerry (Economics / Economic History 1966) says ‘To do the job properly you really do have to be independent and unfortunately in lots of companies that isn’t the case – you see nodding dog syndrome and the board are just passengers.’

He continues: ‘Good independent directors bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience from different sectors and markets which can open up huge possibilities - providing they are clear on their role. If you’ve been an executive or a chief executive it’s easy to fall into the trap of getting too involved in the detail rather than challenging the strategy and the main issues. I have a list of dos and don’ts in the book – the good, the bad and the ugly – as you have to strike a balance between understanding things and letting people get on with their job.’

The book is now available from all good booksellers.

Date: 24 March 2015

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