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Feb 2015 - monthly update

20 January 2015

Sir Stuart Hampson to deliver keynote - read more

Sir Stuart Hampson is to deliver the keynote speech at ICSA's annual conference in March 2015


Sir Stuart Hampson to deliver keynote

As the head of John Lewis, one of the UK’s most successful retailers, Sir Stuart will speak at ICSA’s inaugural annual conference. He will outline how he engineered several of John Lewis’ modernisation projects, which strengthened the values of the company and delivered record profits.

This all new event will be ICSA’s only major national conference in 2015 and with more breakout sessions, a new venue and a bigger exhibition space, it is set to be our biggest and best yet. ICSA members will also be able to attend for the lower price of £375 – a 25% saving compared to our previous conferences. Other topics covered during the day include:

  • Updates from Europe on shareholder rights and data protection
  • New rules and global trends in remuneration
  • Investor perspectives and case studies on governance issues
  • Latest thinking and developments in audit and risk

To view the full programme and book your place, visit icsa.org.uk/conference2015

Remuneration and avoiding fraud

Owing to recent issues in the governance sector, the themes of remuneration and fraud have come to the fore, and ICSA has responded with a number of events and training courses.

On 4 February, Peter Swabey FCIS, our Policy Director, and Janet Cooper, of Tapestry Compliance, are holding a discussion to explore the impact governance issues are having on executive remuneration and share plans. Join the discussion at icsa.org.uk/governance-and-share-plans

Employee share schemes have demonstrated an increasingly vital role in business finance and remuneration. We offer a one-day training course as well as a certificate in employee share plans to guarantee proficiency in the challenging and complex world of share schemes. Learn more about the options at icsa.org.uk/qualifications-and-careers.

Charities are also not immune to remuneration issues and instances of fraud. The key governance principles in the charity sector are covered in our Essential Charity Governance course, with the next session taking place on Tuesday 14 April. Find out more at icsa.org.uk/essential-charity-governance


Help us shape CSQS

This January we are commencing a project to review our Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme and how it might develop in the future. The research will take place during January and February 2015, consisting of a series of telephone interviews with current and former students, employers and tuition providers from a variety of backgrounds and geographical locations. Pye Tait Consulting will carry out this qualitative work which will be followed up with an e-survey.

We would like as many people as possible to take part in this project which will help to shape our professional qualifying scheme in the years ahead. If you are contacted by a researcher, please let them have your views and suggestions.

All comments will be anonymous, and you really will be helping to influence the way that the profession is developed and supported. Watch this space for more on this initiative next month.

Cass Executive Education Open programmes

ICSA is pleased to announce a new 12-month partnership with Cass Business School and its executive education portfolio of open programmes. The initiative will deliver programmes to ICSA members, blending the expertise and academic rigour of Cass’s highly-respected business, finance and management faculties with the know-how and latest thinking of top industry professionals.

ICSA members have been offered a 5% discount from the Cass open programme fee. By signing into MyICSA, clicking through to Cass Business School Executive Education Programmes and using the code ICSACBS01, members will obtain the discount.

Find out more about your options at icsa.org.uk/executive-education

Launching our new IFA qualifications

Following the launch of our new Level 4 International Finance and Administration (IFA) suite of qualifications, we will be visiting three of our offshore branches to introduce them. We will be holding the following sessions:

  • Guernsey – 20 January
  • Jersey – 29 January
  • Isle of Man – TBC

Representatives from ICSA and our regional registered tuition providers will be available to discuss the qualifications and we invite employees and employers to come along as we:

    • Discuss how IFA qualifications can support you, your colleagues and your business
    • Explain the changes from the outgoing COFA qualification
    • Outline the study options, resources and support available

    Visit icsa.org.uk/ifa to find out more


    ICSA responds to market needs with new training

    The governance, risk and compliance market is constantly evolving, as are the needs of the professionals operating within it. A number of issues have emerged in the current business climate and we are launching a series of brand new training courses for 2015 in response to changing market needs.

    New to our 2015 training schedule:

      • Understanding Cyber Security – recognising the threat posed by cyber risk, this one-day course, in association with Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), allows you to prepare your businesses for cyber security
      • Corporate Finance – A Practical Overview – this practical session provides an essential overview of the rules and regulations surrounding mainstream corporate finance activities, highlighting those areas likely to cause serious problems if overlooked
      • Understanding the Impact of Financial Decisions – honing both your financial and commercial skills, this high-impact course uses business simulation to guarantee you understand the effect on your business of the decisions you make.
      • One Day Masters in Project Management – good project management skills are now essential and there is growing recognition that all professionals need to develop the relevant expertise. This course will take you through all the key skills you’ll need to ensure projects produce maximum business benefit; securing, planning, organising, managing, monitoring and directing resources.

      For the first time, we are also running two of our most popular training programmes in Edinburgh, Scotland:

          • The Role of the Company Secretary
          • Governance in Unlisted and Private Companies

      Discover all of our training options at icsa.org.uk/training


      Annual General Meeting 2015

      This is a reminder that the annual general meeting for ICSA UKRIAT is being held on 9 February 2015 at Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS. The notice and proxy form was sent out on 7 January 2015, either by email or to your usual postal address. Please return your proxy form if you have not yet done so, even if you are planning to attend the annual general meeting. Forms should be received at Saffron House no later than 6:45pm on Saturday, 7 February 2015.

      If you require a replacement proxy form please email proxyforms@icsa.org.uk or contact +44 (0) 20 7612 7006.


      ICSA Awards Nominated for Association of Excellence Awards

      The ICSA Awards were recognised as best in class when selected as a finalist for the Association of Excellence Awards 2015. Judging takes place at the end of the month.

      To see a quick film that highlights Awards Night 2014 and shows why this event is so successful each year visit www.icsa.org.uk/events/excellence-in-governance-awards-2014/award-winners-2014.

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