Ethical considerations are fast becoming crucial for NXDs as stakeholder expectations are increasing rapidly. Our speakers will address the challenges and opportunities for NXDs, along with practical examples and case studies for group discussions and plenary debate.

Thursday 17 October 2019
4th Floor Conference Room
£400 per session
Professor Charles Raab; University of Edinburgh; Director of CRISP (Centre for Research into Information)
Norman Murray; Chair; Scottish Ballet


The 'data revolution' and data-driven activities raise important issues for organisations, public policy, and the general public. There is a perceived lack of transparency and accountability in the data-driven systems and practices used in the private and public sectors. Ethical issues have surfaced in the discourses of a wide variety of sectors, including product innovation, health and social care, policing, university research, and many more. Ethics boards, committees and other structures are proliferating, along with the development of norms and principles, which often leave room for scepticism on grounds of principle, practicality, and effectiveness.

This session will consider a number of questions, including:

  • What are the ethical issues of the ‘data revolution’?
  • How should data-driven organisations respond to these issues?
  • What is the regulatory landscape for dealing with these issues?
  • Are ethical principles and codes of practice sufficient?
  • How can public trust be maintained in this environment?
  • What is the role of the NXD in ensuring strong ethical standards are implemented and maintained?

Overview of Further Upcoming Sessions

  • 24 October: Boardroom Dynamics and Crisis Situations
  • 7 November: The Audit Committee
  • 21 November: The Fusion of New Technology with Financial Services – FinTech: An opportunity for NXDs
  • 5 December: The Remuneration and Nominations Committees

For detailed information please see the course outline, or contact Professor John Amis who would be happy to discuss programme content and suitability: or +44 (0)131 651 5545

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