ZEDRA Jersey took centre stage at Channel Island NED Forum 2017 last week

30 Mar 2017

ZEDRA took centre stage last week at The Channel Island Non-Executive Director Forum (‘The NED Forum’), with ZEDRA Company Executive Director Norson B. Harris forming part of the elite panel. In his long and distinguished career, Norson has acted in both executive and non-executive roles for numerous companies and funds and as a Barrister, acted as a Member of the Guernsey Employment and Discrimination Tribunal. During his panel discussion, in which he focused on the Non-Executive Director of the Future, Norson spoke openly about diversity within boards of companies and the skills that will be required by directors in the future in the fast changing business environment.

Organised by BL Global (Jersey), the event – titled ‘Life in the Hot Seat’, brought together NEDs from Guernsey, Jersey and beyond to discuss the issues that are prevalent in the non-executive space. The NED Forum was formed in recognition of the increasing importance of good corporate governance, particularly as it applies to regulated businesses in the Finance sector.

“I was very encouraged to see diversity in all of its forms being considered by business leaders,” says Norson. “It is not merely a consideration of gender; more often than not, boards are homogeneous, being populated by people from the same professional background, similar ages and with common experiences. Diversity within boards is essential to allow differing views and opinions to be considered and it promotes healthy debate and often with better decisions.”

Norson’s most recent non-executive board positions have included TOTEsport Alderney, and FAP Hedge Fund Opportunities Master Fund and he is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Alderney Electricity.

Norson continues, “The panel discussion was extremely illuminating and generated a considerable response from the audience. I am confident that the NED of the future will continue to have an important role to play”.

The event comprised of a variety of informative sessions and animated discussion panels with enough thought-provoking material to digest in to the summer months ahead. It also provides the perfect opportunity for NEDs to network and make new connections that ultimately lead to future opportunities.