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Directors' Circles:Company Secretary Circle_24 March 2015
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Directors' Circles:Company Secretary Circle_24 March 2015

Directors' Circles Mentoring Programme Company Secretary Circle

2015/03/24
When: 24 March 2015
Registration from 15h30 - 16h00 Session Starts promptly at 16:00 - 19:00
Where: IODSA Boardroom
144 Katherine Street, Grayston Ridge Ofiice Park, Block B, First Floor
Sandton
Johannesburg, Gauteng  2196
South Africa
Contact: Octavia Lengoati
011 0353000


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Directors' Circles - Company Secretary Circle 

 

Overview

Company Secretaries play an integral role in governance and the legal compliance of companies. Recently, the role of the Company Secretary has been elevated to one of strategic importance.

Challenges faced by those in the Company Secretary role include:

  • Other’s perceptions of the role, as primarily a ‘minute-taker’.
  • Issues of confidentiality and potential conflicts of interest, arising from the unique perspective that CompanySecretaries gain through participation on Board committees.
  • The role can be dominated by operational issues, or relegated to management of perceived legal liability.
  • Company Secretaries are at times expected to carry out duties including catering and personal assistant tasks.


King Code of Governance principles (King III)

  • Principle 1.1: the board should provide effective leadership based on an ethical foundation.


Key Focus Areas

The actual individual problems to be mentored will be raised during the Circle. The following are intended to serve as thought-starters only:

  • How can Company Secretaries effectively communicate the potential value-add of their role to the Board?
  • What can Company Secretaries do to invest in their own professional development?
  • How can Company Secretaries effectively delineate their role appropriately, while not alienating other Board members, particularly the Chairman and/or Chief Executive?
  • What is the optimal level of resourcing for the Company Secretary role?


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