Date 10 March 2020
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Venue The Grosvenor Hotel, London Victoria  
Cost £445 + VAT  
Lunch Included in the Fee  
Arrival 09.15 Registration and Coffee  
Start 09.30  
Finish 16.45  

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2019 Company Secretary Role and Responsibilities  (WS8389)

Company Secretary Roles and Responsibilities Course 1-Day

Chartered Management Institute Recognised Training Centre for Director Training Courses

Certificates of Professional Development will be issued via email to all participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will be accepted as evidence for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations, including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD.

"Excellent" Actual Delegate Comments from the Company Secretary Course

'Good pace and kept interesting and relevant to all attendees. I would definitely recommend.'
Lizzie Hanna – Finance Director, London North Eastern Railway

'Good course, covered all areas in detail: very diverse attendees made the course interesting to know how other companies and industries work.'
Michelle Lewis – Business and Finance Manager, Solden Hill House Limited

'Great course. Clearly the Course Leader has a deep and in depth knowledge.'
Howard Davies – Chief Executive, National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty

'Excellent pace and understanding. Extremely knowledgeable about the subject. Met all of my pre-course objectives.'
Robert Anderson – Company Secretary and Business Development Director, QE Facilities Limited

'Good and very broad session, with lots of very relevant information.'
David McCullum – General Counsel and Group Company Secretary, Drax Group Plc

'Well presented best practice and good sharing of knowledge. Small class size, so more interaction and attention.'
Jatin Radia – Managing Director, Pramex International Limited

'Very informative and good course' Leah Henderson - Finance Manager, Advanced Engine Research Limited

'Great knowledge around the Companies Act 2006.' Ceri Barnett – In-House Solicitor, Ateb Group Plc

'Very comprehensive and informative course with a good mix of theory and practical insight.'
Toby Rintoul – Director of Finance, TC Biopharm Limited

'Very informative and extremely helpful. Many thanks to Philip'
Andrew Langley – Head of Finance, SOP International Limited

'Very informative, thank you.' Carla Jones – CEO, Allergy UK

'Very informative and useful. Great venue and facilities.'
Anna Doyle – Deputy Company Secretary, Chesterfield Royal Hospital

'Very interesting with good debate as part of the delivery.'
Andrew Langley – Head of Finance, SOP International Limited

'Very informative.' Mark Godfrey – Managing Director, ASM Engineering Limited


Company Secretary Responsibilities and Roles Course Overview

This Company Secretary training course is designed for both experienced and newly appointed or about to be appointed Company Secretaries, who want to ensure that they are able to provide the best possible support to the Board. This course will explain to you the collective board responsibilities, as well as the individual responsibilities of directors.

The Company Secretary is an officer of the company and is at the centre of many decision making processes. He or she will usually also be a Board Director or a Senior Manager. The Company Secretary offers guidance to the Board and protects the interests of the company and its stakeholders. The Company Secretary is a central figure within the Corporate Governance function of the company.

This requires the Company Secretary to know and understand the collective responsibilities of the board, as well as the individual responsibilities of directors. This means you must become and remain familiar with all of the relevant laws and regulations, including the Companies Act 2006, the relevant aspects of the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code and the new legislation in effect from 1 January 2019.

This course will clearly explain the role and responsibilities of the Company Secretary, as well as the recent Corporate Governance and legal changes effective from 1 January 2019.

To ensure that the delegates attending this training course will get the maximum possible benefit from their time and that the discussions will be at their most effective; the delegate numbers will be limited to a maximum of 12 attendees.

The course is delivered by some of the best Corporate Governance tutors in the UK. They are heavily involved with Corporate Governance at the highest levels and have a wealth of practical experience at their fingertips, as well as outstanding theoretical knowledge. The role and responsibilities of the Company Secretary will be comprehensively covered by this course.

Company Secretary Roles and Responsibilities Course Content

The training course will cover:

  • The new 2019 Laws and Regulations, Effective 1 Jan 2019
  • Legal Framework
    • Applicable Laws & Regulatory Framework
    • The role and responsibilities of the Company Secretary
    • When is a Company Secretary required
    • The appointment and removal of a Company Secretary
  • Companies Act 2006 Requirements
    • Director Definitions
    • Executive and Non-executive Directors
    • Differences between the Officers of the Company
    • Appointment and Removal of Directors
    • Seven Statutory Director Duties
    • Director Liabilities, Insurances and Indemnities
    • Declarations of Interest
    • Director Pay
    • Director Contracts
    • Director Loans and Transactions
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Shareholder Communications, Relationships and Dealings
  • Legal Reporting Requirements
  • People with Significant Control
  • Shadow Directors, Defacto Directors and Alternate Directors
  • UK Corporate Governance Code 2018, Effective 1 Jan 2019
    • Overview of the Code
    • Effective Boards
    • Board Evaluations
    • The role of the Chairman
    • Independent Non-Executive Directors
    • Board Committees
    • Director Induction and Development
    • Shareholder Relations and Meetings
    • Shareholder Dissent
  • Wates Voluntary Corporate Governance Code
  • Insolvency Act 1986 and the Director Disqualification Act
    • Director Liabilities
    • Director Actions and Conduct before Insolvency
    • Insolvency Process
    • Creditors, Secured, Preferred and Unsecured
    • "Pre-Packs", Pre-Packaged Administrations
    • What you can and cannot do to try to save the company
    • Common Mistakes and their consequences
  • Board Meetings and Committees

Course Leaders

One is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, an FCA, and a Chartered Director; the Board Director qualification awarded by the Institute of Directors.  He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and a former Town Councillor. He serves on the Thames Valley Board of the Chartered Management Institute and has been the lead Finance for Non Finance Directors tutor for the Chartered Management Institute for many years. He has just completed 12 years on the Chartered Director and Standards Committees of the Institute of Directors. The Chartered Director Committee of the Institute of Directors was the body that advised the Institute of Directors for more than 12 years, as to what UK Board Directors should know in order to properly fulfil the role of a company director.  This committee helped to shape the Institute of Directors examination syllabus in the UK.  He has been closely involved at a senior level, for more than 20 years, in all aspects of the professional development of company directors and managers; he has also served on a Plc audit committee and a remuneration committee.

In addition to professional executive and director development services, he is actively involved in company acquisitions and disposals, as well as providing board level financial consulting services. He has practical experience of funding new start ups and investments, including raising new Equity Share Capital. He has over 30 years of successful UK and International experience, including 7 years as the Finance Director, Company Secretary and then the Chief Executive of a Plc, as well as 14 years with KPMG Management Consulting, IBM and Arthur Andersen.

His delivery style is dynamic, approachable and highly engaging, enabling him to deliver a workshop that you will remember and enjoy. His courses are always assessed as "Excellent" by the delegates.

The other is a Chartered Company Secretary and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and has spent many years as a Corporate Governance Tutor at the Institute of Directors and elsewhere. He has many years of experience as a Company Secretary and as a company director; both as a non-executive director and as an executive director.

The course tutors are very well qualified and highly experienced individuals; one of these will deliver your workshop. They possess a delivery style, which is dynamic, approachable and highly engaging, enabling them to deliver a workshop that you and your company will benefit from and equally importantly one that you will remember.

Who Should Attend This Training Course

This 1-day training courses is designed for both experienced and newly appointed Company Directors, as well as their specialist advisors and consultants, who want to ensure that they are complying with all of their statutory obligations under the Companies Act 2006, the insolvency laws and regulations, as well the UK Corporate Governance Code and the new 2019 Company laws. The Chairman of the Board of Directors, along with all other Company Directors, both Executive and Non-Executive Directors, as well as current and prospective Directors and Company Secretaries, will benefit from this training course.

Training Course Learning Objectives

By the end of this training course participants will be better able to:

  • Know and understand the 2019 legal and regulatory changes for Directors and companies
  • Define, analyse and interpret the main corporate governance issues inherent in any business scenario
  • Understand and quantify the impact of any particular course of action upon the fundamental corporate governance issues and concepts
  • Recognise and comply with the statutory requirements of the Companies Act 2006
  • Become familiar with the key aspects of the range of the insolvency laws and regulations with which Company Directors should comply
  • Understand the key aspects of the UK Corporate Governance Code, effective 2019, and how good corporate governance can maximise company performance
  • Identify and discuss the key ethical and governance issues facing any organisation
  • Become familiar with and understand the implications of Shadow Directors and De Facto Directors
  • Analyse and make sound Board decisions based upon a deeper understanding of the corporate governance issues and the statutory duties of a Company Director
  • Understand the wider corporate governance impact of any business decision and its strategic interaction with all aspects of the organisation
  • Become better able to make a strong corporate advisory contribution to Board discussions
  • Understand the personal and corporate ramifications for directors of any potential insolvency issues
  • Avoid assuming any unnecessary personal liabilities through an imperfect knowledge of the law relating to Company Directors
  • Communicate more effectively and easily with Board Directors and key advisors; through an in depth understanding of corporate governance


Internal Staff Training and Development

This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.

Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.

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Certificates of Professional Development.

This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities

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