The Role of the Company Secretary: Part 1

The essential one-day course for secretaries of companies incorporated under UK law. 9am - 5pm. Central London.


Effective company secretaries are more valuable than ever. But that value depends on up-to-date skills, contacts and expertise. This course is an essential primer for newcomers – or the perfect refresher for secretaries seeking to deepen their involvement and value.

Already know the basics?

You may be interested in the second part of this course.

What you get

Confidence comes from knowledge. By the end of the course you will understand:

  • Your legal responsibilities under the Companies Act
  • The statutory records you must keep – and what goes to Companies House
  • Your role in company decision-making and advising the board
  • The tools and resources to ensure that the correct procedures should are followed

You will also receive:

  • A Delegate Pack containing comprehensive course notes and presentation slides
  • An ICSA Certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription of ICSA (see below)
  • 6.5 hours credit towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 

Your complimentary 6-month professional subscription

We support our attendees long after they complete the course. Your professional subscription includes a subscription to G+C Magazine, as well as access to briefings, discounts and our knowledge base. 

Go further – and save 15% on this course

This course is complemented by The Role of the Company Secretary: Part 2. Save 15% when you book both courses. Call 020 7580 4741 or contact us to find out more.

Special Offer: Get 30% off your copy of The ICSA Company Secretary's Checklists, 11th edition and The ICSA Company Secretary's Handbook, 11th edition

Delegates to this course get the chance to buy the accompanying books at a 30% discount. For more info about our books, please visit the shop.


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8:45   Registration & tea/coffee

9:00   Welcome, introductions and overview

9:10   What are the responsibilities of the company secretary?

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  • Responsibilities to the board, the company and shareholders
  • Core duties: statutory registers and records
  • Understanding delegations of authority
  • Additional duties that may come with the role
  • Structure of the secretariat/combining the role with other functions

10:30   Tea/coffee

10:45   What does an effective company secretary do?

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  • UK legal framework; regulation and legal aspects
  • Companies Act 2006
  • Registrar of Companies/Companies House
  • Corporate governance aspects
  • Board support aspects and the provision of information to the board and its committees

12:45   Lunch

13:15   The company secretary and the governance framework

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  • The company secretary and the overall governance architecture of the organisation
  • The company secretary as a ‘gatekeeper’

14:15  The company secretary as a conduit of information to the board

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  • The role of directors
  • The link between the board and the business
  • Being a point of access, services and advice for all directors
  • Responsibility for all board procedures and the compliance of board procedures

15:15  Tea/coffee

15:30  The company secretary and the board

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  • Advising and assisting directors on their duties and responsibilities
  • Promoting and reviewing new corporate governance developments

16:30 Conclusions and round up

16:45 Close

Course leader

Vanessa Jones

Vanessa Jones is a Director of Corporate Legal Solutions Limited a consultancy company working in corporate governance, risk management and internal control, company secretarial practice and compliance.

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Enjoyed the pace being relatively fast throughout the day. Lots of useful references that I can follow up on.
Past delegate

The course has presented a wealth of knowledge in an easy digestible manner, thanks to Andy who had excellent presentation skills to keep it lively. This course has provided me with excellent insight into the role of the company secretary in the UK.
Dayana Satria, Senior Associate, Singapore Exchange Limited



£705 + VAT (Non-members)
£635 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£545 + VAT (ICSA members)
£355 + VAT (ICSA students)

Next course: 22 October 2019
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Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


6 November 2019

Saffron House
6-10 Kirby St

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Saffron House
6-10 Kirby St

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