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2020 The Role of the Company Secretary

2020 The Role of the Company Secretary

The Role of the Company Secretary - 1 Day Training Course


Although the formally appointed role of the Company Secretary has disappeared in smaller organisations, the duties are still very prominent in the day to day business and with more and more organisation struggling to meet their obligations this is now even more important than before.

There are increasing pressures to implement effective systems, policies and procedures that deliver positive results and excellent services. At its most basic level thought needs to be given to forward planning, team development and staff succession planning. This also includes Finance; all members of the organisation should have key elements of knowledge in order to make the right decisions.

Learning Objectives

This one day workshop explores the typical roles and responsibilities of the company secretary and considers what, how, where and when a more strategic financial policy and forward thinking management style could deliver.

Participants will receive helpful personal feedback from the course trainer on their strengths and development; enabling engagement in a process of continuous and thorough development.

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

  • Appreciate the importance of the legal process to the organisation
  • Understand the role of the Company Secretary and the relationship to the Directors
  • Appreciate the Legal framework within the Company Secretary works
  • Understand how to make timely and correct decisions in the best interests of the organisation
  • Explore the company legal structures and understand which favour which type of organisation
  • Understand how and when disclosures are to be made
  • Appreciate the technological advances and their effect on the companies obligations


The workshop will cover the following topics:

Appointing a Company Secretary

  • The first duties of a Company Secretary immediately on appointment?
  • What are the legal responsibilities of a Company Secretary?

Company Secretary and Directors

  • Can the Company Secretary ever overrule a Director?
  • What are the statutory registers and how are they compiled?
  • Exactly what information and documentation must be reported to Companies House?
  • How does a company limited by guarantee differ from other companies?
  • What actions must a Company Secretary take, if a company director is acting illegally?

Board Room Duties

  • What is the Company Secretary’s role at a Board Meeting?
  • Does the Company Secretary have the right to attend all board meetings?
  • What is the law about keeping minutes?

Companies House

  • What are the time limits for sending the accounts to Companies House?
  • What are the arrangements for filing documents at Companies House?


  • How does a Company Secretary set about changing the Articles?


  • What is the law about companies using e-mail and websites to communicate with their members?
  • What is the law about the execution of documents?
  • What information must by law is shown on e-mails and websites etc..?


  • How do the new model articles differ from Table A?
  • Can Company Secretaries avoid giving their addresses to Companies House?
  • How can a Company Secretary stop the company’s identity being hijacked?
  • What must a Company Secretary do if they believe that the company is insolvent?
  • What is the requirement to report details of share capital to Companies House?
  • What rights do shareholders have?

Action Planning

  • Action planning - the essential next steps
  • Continuous professional development - what next?
  • How to apply the knowledge and skills
  • What has been learned?

Delegate Feedback

"Very informative, would recommend to colleagues, especially as I am new to a secretarial role. Really enjoyable - Thank you."
Academic Planning Administrator, Edge Hill University

"Very open and friendly, fun style."
Company Secretary, Sheffield Futures

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Workshop Style

This training course is delivered in a workshop style. It is highly participative with a blend of presentation, group exercises and debate.  A comprehensive delegate pack is included. .


To ensure effective levels of delegate participation, involvement and interaction, delegate numbers are restricted.  This workshop is suitable for groups of 2 to 20 delegates.


Formal CPD certificates are provided after the event in a form which is acceptable as CPD evidence to many professional bodies and institutions.


The facilitator for this workshop is a highly experienced trainer with in-depth subject knowledge.