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Course An Introduction to Company Secretarial Practice Part 2: The Corporate Governance Role


The second Part of this course considers the relationships crucial to the performance of any company, including those between members of the board, between the board and its committees, between the board and the company’s executive management, and between the board and the company’s shareholders. It explores how the company secretary can assist and add value to these relationships.

Part 2 covers:

  • The roles of the chairman, non-executive directors and the senior independent director (the ‘SID’), as well as the chief executive, the finance director, the risk officer and other senior executives
  • The role of the company secretary

    • as the ‘conscience of the company’
    • as the chairman’s right hand
    • as adviser to the board and individual directors in governance matters
    • as a facilitator of good boardroom practice and the development of good shareholder relations

  • What board members and senior officers can expect of the company secretary
  • Board, board committee and general (shareholder) meetings and the company secretary’s role in assisting and supporting the chair in these, including setting the agenda, preparing minutes and ensuring good information flows

Part 2 of the course will be of particular interest and benefit to company secretaries and those intending to become company secretaries, to board members and their professional advisers, and to corporate lawyers and others seeking a better understanding of how companies and boards can work effectively.

For those seeking a complementary course on the basic role and responsibilities of the company secretary, and covering the principal topics in company law and compliance with which the company secretary may be concerned, see Part 1 of the course here. The two Parts of this course together cover in outline the entire syllabus for ICSA’s CSQS exam in Corporate Secretarial Practice (normally a whole term’s work).


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