Northern Ireland

Find out more about the Northern Ireland Branch

About us

 The Northern Ireland branch was established in 1934 and comprises members who work in the private, public and voluntary and community sectors. The branch promotes the highest standards in Chartered Secretaryship and represents and supports the profession. In furtherance of this objective, the Branch Committee organises a mixture of professional and social events which take place throughout the year.  An annual dinner is held in November; this well established event is extremely popular and is attended by distinguished guests from the professions, business and academia.  

The branch has a close relationship with the University of Ulster. Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Management and Corporate Governance can become graduate members of the Institute and prizes are awarded to outstanding students at the annual dinner.

The committee encourages all members to attend events and assures new members of a warm welcome.

 

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Upcoming events

Northern Ireland Branch Christmas Lunch 2019

Date: Monday 9 December 2019
Time: Arrival at 12.30pm, with Christmas Lunch served at 12.45pm
Venue: Ulster Reform Club, Antrim Room, 4 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1DA
Cost: £17.50 for members and students. £20 for non-members (inc. VAT)
Dress code: A jacket, collar and tie for gentlemen, and smart business attire for ladies.

You are warmly invited to join the Northern Ireland Branch at our annual Christmas lunch at the Ulster Reform Club.

The event is a perfect opportunity to welcome in the festive season, catch up with members and students in the community and stay up to date with Branch activities and planned programme of events for 2020.

We encourage you to reserve your place and look forward to seeing you there.  

Book now

Contact Northern Ireland

For membership and study enquiries please contact the student and membership team:

 

For branch support and event queries please contact the branch support team

Previous events

Northern Ireland Branch Annual Dinner 2019

Date: Friday 1 November 2019

You were warmly invited to join the Northern Ireland branch at the Annual Dinner to celebrate the success of the branch's members and students.

This dinner was the premier social event for company secretaries and governance professionals living and working in Northern Ireland, and a great chance to network.

We were very happy to welcome Eileen Beamish, Director of Well Being In Mind, as our guest speaker this year.

Following senior positions within some of the world’s largest management consultancies, Eileen established the Social Research Centre in 2006 which focuses on evaluating interventions that improve health and well-being. In 2017, Eileen established Well Being in Mind to provide tailored sessions using music, scientific insights and fun exercises to promote the well-being of staff within businesses and services users in hospices, residential homes and other therapeutic locations.

 

Northern Ireland AGM 2019

Date: Monday 7 October 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Northern Ireland Branch was held to transact the following business:

  1. To receive the Annual Report and Accounts
  2. To elect Members to the Branch Council
  3. To appoint an Examiner
  4. To transact any other competent business
 

UK Corporate Governance Code update

Date: Wednesday 17 April 2019 

This session examined the recent changes to the updated UK Corporate Governance Code and its guidance on board effectiveness. It also highlighted the important role that the company secretary plays within the revised code.

Our speaker for this event was Chris Hodge. For ten years until 2014, Chris was Director of Corporate Governance at the UK’s Financial Reporting Council. He was responsible for developing and promoting the UK Corporate Governance Code – one of the earliest and most influential codes for companies. The practices he introduced include board effectiveness reviews and public reporting on the management of significant risks.

 

Is your board getting the right information?

Date: Wednesday 6 March 2019 

The quality of board decisions is directly related to the quality of the information that the board receives; but how to set about changing the nature of the board pack? The Chartered Governance Institute and Board Intelligence have teamed up to undertake research to create a set of interactive tools and new guidance to help you to create better board packs.

Our speaker for this event was Peter Swabey FCG, Policy and Research Director, The Chartered Governance Institute

 

Effective Minute Taking CPD Event

Date: Wednesday 6 February 2019 

Ambiguous agreements, a vague agenda, interruptions and a poor chairperson can make the taking of a precise record a daunting task.

Northern Ireland branch held a CPD event in order to gain a toolkit of skills for the writing and presenting of accurate minutes.

Our speaker for this event was Simon Osborne, Chief Executive and a Fellow of The Chartered Governance Institute.

 

Northern Ireland branch Christmas Lunch

Date: Monday 10 December 2018 

The Northern Ireland branch enjoyed welcoming you to our annual Christmas lunch.

The event offered a perfect opportunity to catch up with members and students in the community and stay up to date with branch’s activities.

Attendees were treated to insights from our guest speaker Steven Mungavin, Former Head of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (N.I), who has over 30 years' experience working in and with public bodies throughout the UK, Ireland and overseas.

 

Annual Dinner

Date: Friday 2 November 2018

This dinner is the premier social event for company secretaries and governance professionals living and working in Northern Ireland and a great chance to network.

 

Northern Ireland AGM

Date: Monday 8 October 2018

The Annual General Meeting of the Northern Ireland Branch was held in the Academy Restaurant, Ulster University, 25-51 York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED on Monday 8 October 2018, at 6.45pm to transact the following business: -

  1. To receive the Annual Report and Accounts
  2. To elect Members to the Branch Council 
  3. To appoint an Examiner
  4. To transact any other competent business 
 

Special meeting on proposed Charter and byelaw changes

Date: Monday 4 June 2018

Simon Osborne FCG, CEO of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories division,  updated you on the introduction of the new qualifying programme syllabus, affiliated membership and the new designation of chartered governance professional. He also sought your views on the International Council proposals to build on these innovations, including a new name for The Institute.

 

Corporate Governance Update

Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018

Special guest speaker Daíthí McKay, former MLA and political commentator, provided an overview on the most recent developments in corporate governance and provide an insight into the workings of the public sector.

Daíthí has been involved in corporate governance for the last thirteen years. His expertise covers the wider workings of the Northern Assembly with particular reference to the workings of the standing committees given his role as Chairperson of the Finance and Personnel Committee from 2012-2016. He also introduced legislation on the carrier bag levy and rates relief for sports clubs.

 

The Criminal Finances Act (2017) – ramifications for governance professionals

Date: Wednesday 7 March 2018

The new law makes it easier for relevant bodies to be held to account for non-compliance without proof of criminal intent or the knowledge of senior managers. HR must be aware of these changes and take adequate steps to protect their organisations from potential liability. 

How is the offence committed? 

The offence requires: 

  • criminal evasion of tax by the taxpayer; and;
  • criminal facilitation of the tax evasion by an employee or other associated person acting on behalf of the relevant body. 
 

Christmas Lunch and General Meeting

Date: Monday 11 December 2017

The General Meeting was held to approve the adoption of the revised branch Constitution. To review the constitution, please click here. Please note, only members can vote at the general meeting.

We also hosted our annual Christmas Lunch at 12.45pm to welcome the festive season.

Special guest speaker Michael Dunlop, an NLP practitioner who runs his own coaching, consulting and leadership development business, joined us for the festivities.  He was winner of the Best Organisational Training Provider and Leadership Coach of the Year at the 2017 NI Enterprise Awards. His tag line is “Helping you make a difference and create the results you want in life.”

 

Northern Ireland Graduation Ceremony

Date: Thursday 23 November 2017

To commemorate the success of Northern Ireland's new graduates, ACG and FCG, The Institute's Irish Region invited the branch to its Graduation and Membership Ceremony on Thursday 23 November 2017. 

We welcomed you and a guest to join us at this special event to celebrate your achievement. 

 

Northern Ireland Annual Dinner

Date: Thursday 16 November 2017

The Northern Ireland branch  held their  Annual Dinner to celebrate 125 plus years of The Institute and the success of the branches members and students. 

This black tie dinner is the premier social event for governance professionals living and working in Northern Ireland and a great chance to network. 

We were joined by The UKRIAT Committee and David Venus, International President of The Institute, who provide an address. 

Andrew Mackinlay was the guest speaker on the evening.

 

Northern Ireland Annual General Meeting

Date: Monday 9 October 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the NI Branch was held in the Crowne Plaza, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, on Monday, 9th October 2017, at 6.45pm to transact the following business: -

  1. To receive the Annual Report and Accounts
  2. To elect Members to the Branch Council
  3. To appoint an Examiner
  4. To transact any other competent business
 


Special briefings on proposed Charter and byelaw changes

Date: Monday 18 September 2017

Simon Osborne FCG, CEO of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories division, and John Heaton FCG, President of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories division, outlined 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.

 

Whistleblowing Update 

Date: Tuesday 30 May 2017 

Company secretary’s often act as the corporate conscience of an organisation and recognise that there must be vehicle for staff to lift the lid on malpractice.

It is vital for those with corporate governance responsibilities are well versed as the law, commonly referred to as ‘whistle-blowing’ changes. 

Hosted by Mark McAllister, Northern Ireland Labour Relations Agency, this CPD session will look at the future reform of the whistle-blowing law in Northern Ireland and the case law developments in Britain that may influence policy, practice and procedures in the future.

 

Corporate Governance Update

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017

Special guest speaker, Terence Coyne, will provided an overview on the developments in corporate governance within the public sector.

Terence has been involved in corporate governance in the Department of the Economy for the last 12 years. His expertise covers board terms of reference, risk management, assurance, audit committees, relations with subsidiary bodies and preparation of the governance statement and annual accounts.

 

Annual Dinner and Awards 2017

Date: Friday 3 February 2017

Northern Ireland Branch hosted the annual dinner and awards ceremony with guest speaker, former Labour Party MP, Andrew MacKinlay. 

ICSA Northern Ireland Branch Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony 2017

 

Annual Christmas Dinner

Date: Monday 12 December 2016

Attendees joined us for our annual branch Christmas Dinner, a chance to celebrate the year's achievements with colleagues.

Special guest speaker John Dallat, previously Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Deputy Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, joined us for the festivities. 

 

Cyber Security

Date: Monday 17 October 2016

Hosted at the University of Ulster, we discussed Cybersecurity - defined as the protection of systems, networks and data in cyberspace.

This critical issue is relevant to all businesses and individuals as we amalgamate our work processes with cyberspace. Together with our guest speaker, we explored how you can take measures to become safer online.

 

Board Effectiveness and Evaluation

Date: 29 September 2016

With an increasing emphasis on the importance of good governance, more boards of charities are dedicating time to examine how effective their boards actually are.

NICVA was delighted to host a training session which that was delivered by Louise Thomson, Head of Policy at The Institute, who explained what is involved with board evaluation.

 

Northern Ireland Dinner 

Take a look at the pictures from our Annual Dinner, in February. 

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News

In the Press 

Belfast, 7 February 2017 – The Chartered Governance Institute recognised the achievements of some exceptional students at its Northern Ireland Annual Branch Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Friday 3 February, with star student Claire de Wet walking off with four out of five of the top prizes. Read the full article

Belfast, 3 February 2017 – The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston, met Frank Curtiss, the President of The Chartered Governance Institute and Darren Leonard, The Institute’s Northern Ireland Branch Vice - Chairperson earlier today to discuss how governance is a key issue for both UK corporates and organisations in the public sector. Read the full article

 

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