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.

Upcoming dates to be confirmed

If you need any further assistance or advice, please call +44 (0)20 7580 4741 or contact us


Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we have converted our classroom training courses into virtual training courses. Due to the regulations around social distancing, we have put all of our classroom training on hold until early 2021. Once these dates are open for booking you will find them listed below.  But for now, please visit our Virtual Classroom Training section and register for the virtual edition of The Role of the Company Secretary Part 1.  

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
  • A certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription to the Chartered Governance Institute (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. 

Get your copy of The Company Secretary's Checklists, 11th edition and The Company Secretary's Handbook, 12th edition

Delegates to this course get the opportunity to buy the accompanying books when signing up. For more info about our books, please visit our book shop.

Book both courses and save 30% on Part 2

This course is the first of a two part series and if you book both courses at the same time, you benefit by saving 30% on The Role of the Company Secretary: Part 2.

To take advantage of this offer, please follow the below steps:

  • Book onto your two chosen dates - the first being for Part 1 and the second for Part 2
  • For the second date, please select the option to pay via invoice
  • Call or email a member of the events team on 020 7612 7034 or
  • A member of the team will apply your discount and reissue an invoice back to you


Please expand the dropdown to see the course programme timetable and highlights.

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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Very informative and well delivered by Vanessa. Just enough depth of each subject.
Past delegate

An excellent foundation on which to build.
Past delegate

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



£755 + VAT (Non-members)
£685 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£595 + VAT (ICSA members)
£405 + VAT (ICSA students)

The cost of this course includes a print copy of 'Company Secretary's Checklists, 11th edition', which you will receive on the day.

Upcoming dates to be confirmed

Location: Saffron House, 6-10 Kirby St, London, EC1N 8TS


There are no upcoming dates at this time.

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   Saffron House, 6–10 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS

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