Find out more about the ICSA Northern Ireland Branch
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 ICSA 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.
Keep up to date with your local ICSA branch and receive invitations to future networking and professional development events. Log into your MyICSA account and update your communications centre, opting in for ‘Branch events.’
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.
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? ICSA 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 FCIS, Policy and Research Director, ICSA
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.
ICSA 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 ICSA.
Date: Monday 10 December 2018
ICSA Northern Ireland 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.
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.
Date: Monday 8 October 2018
The Annual General Meeting of the ICSA 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: -
Date: Monday 4 June 2018
Simon Osborne FCIS, 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 ICSA.
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.
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:
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.”
Date: Thursday 23 November 2017
To commemorate the success of ICSA Northern Ireland's new graduates, ACIS and FCIS, ICSA 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.
Date: Thursday 16 November 2017
ICSA Northern Ireland branch held their Annual Dinner to celebrate 125 plus years of ICSA 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 ICSA, who provide an address.
Andrew Mackinlay was the guest speaker on the evening.
Date: Monday 9 October 2017
The Annual General Meeting of the ICSA NI Branch was held in the Crowne Plaza, Shaws Bridge, Belfast, on Monday, 9th October 2017, at 6.45pm to transact the following business: -
Date: Monday 18 September 2017
Simon Osborne FCIS, CEO of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories division, and John Heaton FCIS, 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.
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.
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.
Date: Friday 3 February 2017
ICSA Northern Ireland Branch hosted the annual dinner and awards ceremony with guest speaker, former Labour Party MP, Andrew MacKinlay.
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.
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.
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 ICSA, who explained what is involved with board evaluation.
Take a look at the pictures from our Annual Dinner, in February.
Belfast, 7 February 2017 – ICSA: The 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 ICSA: The Governance Institute and Darren Leonard, ICSA’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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