15 October 2014
“Company secretaries hold leadership positions dealing with complexity, confusion, and ambiguity, all of which need resolutions that satisfy the elected board and appointed executive” – Professor Andrew Kakabadse, Henley Business School
In Dublin on Tuesday 4 November (from 7.45am) Professor Kakabadse of Henley Business School and the author of the Henley report discussed the value of the company secretary to an interested audience of close to 100 delegates.
In a thought provoking presentation, Professor Kakabadse summarised the work completed during the year and concentrated on the focus, approach and methodology for the research, the key findings, the role of the company secretary, typical behaviours of the company secretary and how the company secretary interacts with the wider team. Following a summary of the main conclusions and recommendations , Professor Kakabadse responded to questions from delegates.
Summarising the findings, Professor Kakabadse told his audience that the majority of respondents surveyed , including a number of chairmen, agreed that the role of the company secretary was an important and unique function. However, many company secretaries suggested that their role is largely taken for granted and often improperly utilised.
The key findings illustrated how high-performing company secretaries ultimately help to build trust which results in good governance. Many company secretaries acknowledge that their individual discretion, freedom of choice, personal morals and ethics are important in positively impacting corporate judgement.