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March 2015 - monthly update

16 February 2015

The ICSA Annual Conference 2015 - read more

Places are selling fast for the ICSA Annual Conference on 12 March 2015


The ICSA Annual Conference 2015 – 12 March, London

Places are selling out for the ICSA Annual Conference 2015. This will be the only national ICSA conference in 2015 before we move to a two-day format in 2016. This year’s event includes an extensive programme with more speakers and a bigger exhibition than ever before. ICSA members can save £120 on the conference price.

In addition to our keynote speaker, former Chair of The John Lewis Partnership Sir Stuart Hampson, you can look forward to a packed programme of speakers including Nick Folland, The Co-operative Group; Neil Gibb, SLP Global; Deepa Raval, FRC and ICSA Policy and Research Director, Peter Swabey.

We have gathered governance experts from China, South Africa, America and Australia to discuss international trends in corporate governance, and some of the largest institutional investors to share their views on what companies can do to improve their investor appeal. Practical advice can be found in our breakout sessions from PwC, Deloitte and New Bridge Street and include regulatory updates on data protection, strategic reporting requirements, best practice for audit committees and remuneration. If you are taking an ICSA qualification, you can benefit from two revision sessions covering the Corporate Governance and Company Secretarial Practice modules.

Visit icsa.org.uk/conference2015 for all the details and to book your place.

Global Law Summit

As we mentioned in January’s magazine, ICSA will be supporting the Global Law Summit, a unique one-off high level business forum, being held between 22 and 25 February to mark 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta. Company secretaries are a key constituency for this event, with the intention of the summit to celebrate judicial traditions and the importance of impartiality, integrity and fairness; champion the rule of law as the cornerstone of a fair and just society; offer a platform for thought leadership and cutting edge debate; and facilitate business networks and access to key industry decision makers. We have been able to obtain a discounted rate of £999 for the conference for ICSA members – the normal rate is £1,499. Register at globallawsummit.com and quote reference of PTNRGLS15.


PSC register guidance

Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at ICSA, has been asked by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to chair a working group to develop non-statutory guidance intended to support understanding of the new register of people with significant control (the PSC register). Membership of the group will be drawn from a variety of stakeholders including business representative bodies and civil society groups. Draft terms of reference have been published on the BIS website.  

To support our contribution to the working group, Peter will be seeking the views of ICSA members – if you would like to help with this please let him know at pswabey@icsa.org.uk.


ICSA training returns to Ireland

ICSA is bringing two of our most popular courses to Dublin, with the following confirmed for 2015:

Effective Minute Taking: 28 April 2015
This interactive course provides practical guidance on how to overcome most of the problems faced by minute takers.

Delegates will also develop a toolkit of personal skills to boost their confidence in writing accurate minutes.

Governance in Unlisted and Private Companies: 11 June 2015
This course examines how, through the application of good governance principles, private companies can better direct and manage their operations, lower their running costs and improve the reputation of their business.

Company Secretary Development Programme
The Company Secretary Development Programme comprises of a series of professional skills aimed specifically at company secretaries. Each course takes the form of an interactive workshop in which delegates are encouraged to consider and discuss how the issues covered relate to their own circumstances.

Courses on the 2015 programme include:

  • Strategic Skills for Company Secretaries: 26 May and 8 September
  • Influencing Skills for Company Secretaries: 17 March, 23 June and 1 October
  • Leadership Skills for Company Secretaries: 15 April, 15 July and 10 November

Book on all three courses and receive a 25% discount.

For more information on any of our training courses or to book, visit the website or contact the training team at training@icsa.org.uk or call: +44 (0)20 7612 7034.


UKRIAT committee nominations – register your interest

Do you have the experience and fresh ideas to contribute to the future of ICSA?

Every year we need 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.

Nominations are welcome between now and 14 September 2015, with the election period running throughout November 2015.

To stand for nomination you need to be a Fellow of the institute, a member of UKRIAT and able to allocate sufficient time to meet the expectations of the role. You will be required to attend four UKRIAT committee meetings a year in London and may be asked to serve on one of its standing committees and disciplinary bodies. You will also require two sponsors to countersign your nomination form.

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

ICSA Irish region launches new website

ICSA Irish region unveiled a new website and digital newsletter this month to provide members with better support, raise the profiles of chartered secretaries and promote the principles of good governance in Ireland. The site also introduces an Irish version of Jobswire, ICSA’s recruitment advertising service for chartered secretaries, company secretaries and other governance professionals.

Visit the new website and sign up to Jobswire.

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