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June 2015 - monthly update

18 May 2015


Chartered Secretaries Professional Practice Group

The CSPPG, endorsed by ICSA, is a London-based group which holds regular technical discussions (eligible for CPD) and social events throughout the year. Membership is £20 per annum and is open to anyone with an interest in the profession.

For more information or to enquire about joining, please contact Chair Gladys Williams on 07950 633134 or at gwilliams3959@yahoo.com or Sheila Doyle, Honorary Secretary, on 020 7612 7035 or at sdoyle@icsa.org.uk. Alternatively, look up CSPPG on the Groups section of the ICSA website.

ICSA consultation on good academy school governance

The Academies Bill of 2010 has given many schools in England the opportunity to change how they meet the needs of their students and raise achievement through greater independence. These new freedoms have, however, brought new governance challenges and responsibilities. Research commissioned by ICSA into academy governance found that:

  • Academies are still in a transitional phase and are struggling to transform their governance.
  • Governance services used by academies are often ‘pick and mix’, based on pre-existing relationships and with variable results.
  • Emphasis tends to be on compliance without there being a real drive to improve governance standards that add value to the school and their pupils.
  • Larger trusts have more access to governance support.

To help academy schools achieve good governance, ICSA has developed a short maturity matrix for use by governing bodies and professionals. It is a self-assessment tool that describes a spectrum of governance practice. This ranges from an academy having fledgling governance arrangements, to those schools and trusts leading good practice and being sought out as ‘best-in-class’. ICSA’s aim is for the matrix to be an additional tool to complement the practical support available to those involved in the governance of academy trusts.

Feedback from people working in academy governance is an essential part of our development process. To gather these views ICSA is launching a short consultation, which will take place between 1 May and 30 June. To take part, download the document at www.icsa.org.uk/academies.


Guidance on the Code’s revised wording

The ICSA policy department has released a new guidance note which clarifies the requirements for companies affected by the revised wording in the 2014 update of the UK Corporate Governance Code, relating to provision E.2.4. This provision deals with the notice period for General Meetings, other than the Annual General Meeting, for companies covered by the code.  

The guidance note is available to both members and non-members, and can be downloaded from the ICSA website at www.icsa.org.uk.

Corporate Policy Update event

ICSA’s Policy Updates are your chance to hear from ICSA experts on what is coming up on the legal and regulatory horizon, long before it hits the statute books. Running quarterly, and covering a range of different topics, these 60-minute sessions offer a stimulating and concise way to plan ahead, exchange ideas on best practice and network with peers and colleagues.

Date: 3 July     
Registration: 8.15am     
Close: 9.30am

For more information and to book your place visit www.icsa.org.uk/events – places are limited so reserve your seat now.

Software update

BoardPad shortlisted for Best App Award

WICSA Boardroom Apps Limited is proud to announce that BoardPad has been shortlisted for ‘Best IT System or App’ at the 2015 Housing Excellence Awards. Renowned as one of the largest awards dinners in the UK social housing sector, they highlight the organisations, individuals and projects that are leading the way in affordable housing. The entry for BoardPad focused on successful solution implementation and the many benefits directors and company secretaries continue to gain from using the software, specifically at the Regenda Group, WM Housing and Town & Country Housing.

For more information on the awards please visit www.boardpad.com.


Certificate in Charity Law and Governance

At the ICSA Charity Governance Conference on 28 April, the new Level 4 Certificate in Charity Law and Governance was launched. It is ideal for individuals working in charities in England and Wales and, in particular, those working in roles affected by legal regulation and governance issues. The first programme of webinars will start in January 2016. Take a look at Cecile Gillard’s article on pages 34 to 35 for more details or to register your interest visit www.icsa.org.uk/cclg

Member Notice

Membership renewals

Preparations are underway for the new membership year which begins on 1 August. We will be posting membership renewal requests in early June. During this time, we will also be taking the opportunity to tell you how we are improving our services. Here is a quick preview of what is in store:

Better communications

Our new database helps us to communicate more accurately and efficiently. It is a great system, but will only be as good as the information we put into it. Help us to make it successful when you renew by taking a minute to ensure that the records we hold for you are current and complete.

More control

The introduction of a preference centre on our website allows you to control the frequency and nature of the messages that you receive. You can also tell us what really interests you to improve the relevance of the information that we send.

Member register

In August we are publishing, for the first time, a public record of members as part of our mission to raise the profile and value of chartered secretaries. It will include the name of every member on roll but no contact details. The register will demonstrate individual achievement and bring greater openness to the profession.

Improved services

There will be new benefits, services and opportunities for members throughout the coming year. These include more events and briefings, a two-day annual conference, new qualifications and improved content services to ensure that you are kept up-to-date with developments in this fast-moving profession.

We hope these changes will improve your experience of ICSA and we look forward to sharing more details with you soon.

Theresa Minnie,
Head of Client Relations and Members at ICSA

UKRIAT Committee nominations

Every year ICSA needs Fellows to stand for election to the UKRIAT Committee – the governing body responsible for the management of ICSA’s affairs in the UK (including the Crown Dependencies), Republic of Ireland and Associated Territories. ICSA is looking for Fellows with the experience, fresh ideas and outlook that can contribute to the positive future of the Institute.

Nominations are welcome between now and 14 September, with the election period running throughout November. To stand for nomination you need to be a Fellow of ICSA and a member of UKRIAT, and able to allocate sufficient time to meet the expectations of the role. You will be expected to attend five UKRIAT Committee meetings per year in London and may be asked to serve on one of its standing committees and disciplinary bodies. You will also need two sponsors to countersign your nomination form.

For more information or to register your interest please contact Cynthia Mora-Spencer, Deputy Secretary, at elections@icsa.org.uk, on 020 7612 7002 or by writing to the Deputy Secretary, ICSA, Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS.

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