The Competency Framework for Governance Professionals

Supporting the development of company secretaries and governance professionals.

Introducing the framework

The Competency Framework for Governance Professionals supports the development of company secretaries and governance professionals by identifying the behaviours required for high performance in a company secretarial or governance role.

These behaviours are grouped into three areas in the framework: Understanding, Practice and Values. In each area a collection of the key attributes or core competencies that sit at the heart of good governance are identified.

The framework describes how these core competencies are exemplified through professional behaviours. Together, they define what an effective company secretary or governance professional knows, does and believes. This provides a clear picture of the role for governance professionals and those who work with them.

By describing how each competency can be demonstrated in practice at different levels, the framework helps individuals at all career stages to review and plan their professional development. It  also offers a benchmark for those who are recruiting and developing others, and assessing the  governance capability of their organisation.

The model has been created in consultation with a wide community of practising company secretaries and governance professionals. Those who took part in its development included ICSA members and practitioners from outside the professional body who together represented different roles, sectors and levels of experience.

Experienced recruitment and HR specialists also shared insights into how employers’ expectations of governance professionals are evolving.

The Competency Framework Model

The Competency Framework for Governance Professionals comprises 12 core competencies divided into three areas. These three areas are:

Understanding

What I know. Knowledge of the essential practical and theoretical information required for good governance and how to apply it.

Practice

What I do. The skills and expertise that company secretaries and governance professionals bring to their roles.

Values

What I believe in. The values that inform and sustain an effective governance professional.

The Competency Framework for Governance Professionals

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