After graduating from university with a social sciences degree, I was unsure what career I wanted to embark on. While I discovered the role of the company secretary by chance, I thought that the role seemed interesting and broad and decided to undertake the Chartered Secretaries Qualifying Scheme. I have not been disappointed!

Undertaking the exams required a lot of commitment and perseverance, but the qualification has not only provided me with opportunities, but has been useful in my day-to day role.

I am currently Assistant Company Secretary at Network Rail and I am involved in a broad range of work from board support, annual reporting and corporate governance related matters. All organisations are different and I enjoy applying the theory into the actual.

ICSA offers personal support to members and you can engage with ICSA as little or much as you choose. I recently participated in the ICSA/Henley Business School Research Project on the future role of the company secretary.

I also find the evening members’ briefings a good opportunity to hear updates on recent developments and network with fellow members. The ICSA 2013 summer party at Penguin Beach in London Zoo was also good fun!


Harriet Huband ACIS

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