The company secretary as changemaker


“We are on the cusp of a fundamental change, a worldwide change in the skills everyone needs to succeed, in the nature of organisations, and in how businesses must be led”

Bill Drayton, Social Entrepreneur


Rapid change in technology and regulation means that the role of the company secretary continues to evolve in breadth, scope and value.

Join our expert panel for a stimulating explanation of the opportunities that this creates for governance professionals to redefine and develop how they work and in turn to become agents of change in their organisations. 

We will consider the company secretary as changemaker – the one able to identify new ways of working, find innovative solutions to problems and adapt quickly to new situations.

This event will gather a group of governance practitioners and tech thought leaders to discuss what this new world could look like:

  • How is the co sec role evolving?
  • What opportunities will technology bring to those in the profession?
  • What mindset should governance professionals adopt to benefit from what the future holds?

This is event is a great opportunity to discuss important developments shaping your career and gain new ideas on how to progress to the next level.


    • 6.00      Drinks reception
    • 6.30      Seminar starts
      • Chair intro: Chris Hodge, Policy Advisor, ICSA
    • 6.35      Presentation – “The future of governance” 
      • Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership, Henley Business School
    • 6.50      Panel discussion – “Automation, reskilling or coexistence”


      • Chris Hodge, Policy Advisor, ICSA


      • Damian Bell, Business Development Manager, Cygnetise
      • Karina Bye, UK Insurance Company Secretary, Aviva
      • Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and Leadership, Henley Business School
      • Theodore Spyrou, Associate Director, Ashridge Associates
    • 7.35      Q&As
    • 7.45      Networking drinks
    • 9.00      Doors close


Cygnetise solves the pain of managing authorised signatory lists via its decentralised digital platform built on the blockchain.  We help you increase control of your data and reduce the risk of fraud for your organisation whilst providing an immutable audit trail for each and every list you manage.

Cygnetise reduces by 90% the time and money spent administering authorised signatory lists – whether you’re managing a handful or hundreds – and is GDPR compliant. We are currently used across the following jurisdictions: Jersey, Guernsey, UK, Luxembourg, Dublin, Cayman, BVI, Hong Kong, US.

Booking information

Please note that this event is now fully booked. It is the first part of our changemaker series. If you would like to learn more about it and join our waiting list please email

Price: Free

Date: 30 April 2019

Timing: 6.00 - 9.00pm

Location: ICSA: The Governance Institute, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS, UK

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