The ICSA Essex Branch provides CPD and networking opportunities for ICSA members, students and associates living or working in Essex. Meetings are held quarterly in Chelmsford and are currently free of charge. As well as providing time for informal discussion and a chance to get to know other local ICSA members, presentations are provided on topics of professional interest.

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Upcoming Events

Essex Networking Reception

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017
Venue: The Wine Cellar, No. 4 Dukes Street, Chelmsford CM1 1HL
Time: 7pm - 10pm 
Cost: Free

Join ICSA Essex for our Networking Reception on Tuesday 21 November from 7pm onward.

This is a great opportunity to share knowledge, provide support and network with peers. The reception for Essex members is a chance to meet and socialise with like-minded individuals in an informal setting.

A buffet and drinks will be provided.

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Previous Events

Diversity & Inclusion - Why it matters to boards

Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017

The consumer spending power of disabled people and their families (the Purple Pound) equates to £249 billion per year to the UK economy. There are currently over 1 million disabled people looking to become employed and many more seeking career development with forward thinking businesses. Disability provides organisations with a real commercial opportunity. 

The aim of the presentation is to support members to support their Boards around disability leadership in changing the inclusion and diversity agenda. It will provide information on the latest research findings, best practice and the emerging work of Purple in enabling businesses to see and take active steps in building disability capability. 

Speakers for the evening:

  • Mike Adams, CEO of Purple
  • Mark Russell, Inclusion and Diversity team member from KPMG

View the presentation slides here.

Special briefings on proposed Charter and byelaw changes

Date: Monday 7 August 2017

ICSA members and students in Essex were invited to a special briefing meeting on the proposed Charter and byelaw changes that will be put to a vote by the worldwide membership at the AGM on 4 October 2017.

Peter Swabey FCISPolicy and Research Director, and John Heaton FCIS, President of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories division, will outline the strategic drivers for the proposed changes, and what they would mean for you. They will also answer any questions that you have and look forward to hearing your views on these issues.



Essex Summer Reception

Date: Tuesday 20th June 2017

Our speaker for the evening was David Press of DMJ Recruitment. David is one of the founders of DMJ and leads its team which places company secretaries at all levels on a permanent, interim or temporary basis. DMJ Recruitment has the most extensive network of candidates in the UK. The team works with FTSE 100, FTSE 250, FTSE 500 and AIM companies as well as private companies, professional services, banking, finance and not-for-profit organisations.

The Minuting of Meetings 

Date: Tuesday 14 March 2017
Venue: Michael Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford 

Good minuting is deceptively difficult and time consuming. ICSA's new guidance for minute-takers provides up-to-date expert advice about all aspects of the process.

Attendees joined Peter Swabey FCIS, ICSA Policy and Research Director, to hear more about the principles and practice of successful minute taking, and the consultation that informed the guidance.


Data Governance & Data Protection Seminar

Date: Monday 5 December 2016

Current UK data protection laws are out of date and due a significant refresh. How will your data governance practices meet the future regulatory requirements? Furthermore what implications will Brexit have on your data management? Join us for an expert discussion around best practice in this field.

Our expert speakers for the evening from Grant Thornton UK LLP included:

  • Michael Dimopoulos - Data Governance - Associate Director
  • Martin Hoskins - Data Protection - Associate Director


Maximise your Potential: The Company Secretary Career

Date: Tuesday 20 September 2016

Caroline Evans led the discussion about company sectreterial careers and the wide range of opportunites that such as career can offer. 

Caroline is the founder of MindLeap, a corporate governance boutique. She connects and collaborates with a variety of individuals and companies across the corporate governance community, providing expert advice, practical support and guidance within this complex arena. Caroline has a background encompassing the Civil Service, professional services, management consultancy and company secretarial recruitment. She is a Senior Associate for a niche board information advisory practice, co-hosts workshops for aspiring non-execs and runs events for a retail investor society.


Branch meeting – ICSA Policy update from Peter Swabey

Date: Tuesday 22 March

Peter Swabey, ICSA Policy and Research Director, gave an insight into what’s coming up on the legal and regulatory horizon, providing a stimulating and concise way to plan for what’s ahead, exchange ideas on best practice and network with peers and colleagues.

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For further information or to book a place at an event, please email branch chair David Gracie. 

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