The duties and needs of the board secretary continue to grow. The seriousness of the role makes it essential to keep up-to-date with changes and new developments and to understand their implications across a wide range of business activities. Legislation is increasing to criminalise certain activities in an organization. There are a large number of offences in company law, which can lead to board directors being fined along with the board secretary; in serious cases it can lead to a custodial sentence. Individual peril is only one aspect, organizational survival itself is another.
An organizational reputation is one of its most prized possessions in pursuit of sustained growth, where reputational risk can make or break an organization. It is essential that this asset is not undermined by breaches of the law or failure to follow best practice. The company secretary must ensure that legislation is not infringed, that regulations are adhered to, that compliance is full and up-to-date at all times and that areas of potential risks are identified and dealt with. This is all in addition to running a smoothly operating structure that looks after its directors, staff and shareholders.
Board secretaries including those who hold designate positions
Executives responsible for company secretarial duties, financial directors or controllers, in-house lawyers, professional advisers and commercial lawyers
Accountants, compliance staff and senior administrative managersPROGRAMME OBJECTIVES
This intensive and practical programme will deliver the best professional guidance and advice on how to achieve the right level of compliance and risk management indispensable to an organization aiming to be amongst the top performers in its class. It will provide answers to the following key questions and concerns:
What are the legal responsibilities of a Board Secretary?
Can the Board Secretary ever overrule the directors?
How do you balance short-term and long-term outcomes taking an impartial and ethical stance
What must happen if a board director is found to be acting illegally?
How could an organization fall foul of the Bribery Act and what could be the implications for the directors?
How can a Board Secretary change the Articles and why would they need to?
What is the Board Secretary’s role at a Board Meeting?
What is the legal requirement about keeping minutes in meetings?
How do the new model articles differ from Table A?
What is the law about the execution of documents?
What rights do shareholders have?
It will take you through every aspect of the role and responsibilities from start to finish and ensure that you fully understand the full scope of the duties. This programme stands apart from the competition by dealing with a full range of difficult and potentially damaging issues, as well as the essentials of the board secretary’s responsibilities.