Andrew Wall (letters, 21 October) comments on an extremely interesting point regarding the 'training' of chairs.

Non-executive directors are people who by their very nature are senior and experienced, and therefore 'training' - which implies a skillbased function - is not always an appropriate offer.

For many years now we have been working with chairs and chief executives in a joined-up programme which provides them with joint and individual development time.

The executive coaching approach looks at how individuals' existing knowledge might be used to their own, their colleagues' and the organisation's best advantage. This intervention has proved to be one of the most successful ways of ensuring the achievement and sustainability of partnership success.

Ruth Collins Oxford