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Message from the President - February 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of Agenda.

Strategic Plan

The Irish Council has developed a Strategic Plan, the focus of which is the promotion of the Institute as being at the forefront of Governance, Company Law and Company Secretarial issues in Ireland. This plan has been published on our website and can be accessed here

Submission to the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation re Improvements to CRO IT systems

In November we made a submission proposing improvements to the process for filing documentation with the CRO. This submission also suggested the introduction of protocols which would reduce the administration requirements in respect of filing information to the Central Register of Beneficial Ownership. This submission has now been uploaded to our website and can be accessed here


We held our first CPD event of the year on Senior Executive Regime on Tuesday 22 January 2019 in Deloitte. This event was very well attended and the slides presented are available here

Our next CPD event will cover Cyber breaches: What boards need to know and do. This event will be held in Grant Thornton’s Dublin office on Tuesday 26 February 2019.

We then have two further CPD events before Easter, one in the UCC Business Centre in Cork on Wednesday morning 27 March 2019 on Board Effectiveness and Performance and the other covering Risk Management for the Company Secretary which will be held in BDO’s Dublin office on Tuesday 2 April 2019.

Booking for these events will be available soon – please check the website which has all the details of upcoming events.

Training programmes

Booking is now open for our next minute taking course which is being hosted by Maples FS in their Dublin office, Molesworth Street on Tuesday 9 April 2019. We are expecting this course to fill up so early booking is recommended. You can book here

2019 Annual Conference

Our 2019 Annual Conference will be held on Thursday 16 May 2019 and booking is now open. The early bird offer is open until 28 February 2019 and can be booked here

Becoming a Company Secretary

If you know of any students or colleagues who might be interested in pursuing a career as a Chartered Secretary/Governance Professional, they can contact us on our email address at: president@icsacharteredsecretaries.ie where our Business Development Manager, John Burns will be pleased to follow up with them.


We offer a service for members and students where they can receive weekly emails highlighting the latest vacancies for company secretaries and governance professionals. You can sign up for these alerts here


There have been a number of blogs posted over the last few months on topics relevant to company secretaries. These blog posts can be accessed here

Connect with us

I would urge you to visit our webpage and to connect with us through our LinkedIn page.

Calendar of Events

A calendar of events is available through the Events tab of the website and I would encourage members and students to attend as many events as possible and to become an active member of the ICSA in Ireland. The schedule of events for the first half of 2019 has been sent to members. Please note that these events are also open to non-members so if you have any colleagues or friends who may be interested in attending, please do urge them to come along.

New CEO for ICSA:The Governance Institute

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome the appointment of Sara Drake as a successor to Chief Executive Simon Osborne, who is due to step down at the end of June. Sara will join ICSA in early March as CEO Designate before formally taking over as Chief Executive on 1 July 2019. We in the Irish Region are looking forward to working closely with Sara in the years ahead.

Conclusion to this edition of Agenda

I would like to take this opportunity to thank McCann Fitzgerald, Solicitors, and Ray Hunt for contributing to this edition of Agenda. Should you have any queries in relation to any of the above articles, please do not hesitate to contact me at president@icsacharteredsecretaries.ie.

Salvador Nash
President ICSA: The Governance Institute in Ireland