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Seminar Overview

Effective corporate governance is critical in playing a role in both the private and public sector and in recent years, there has been an increased focus on the role of the Board Secretary.

The role and responsibilities of the secretary can often go unrecognised but this key role is essential in ensuring the smooth functioning of the Board and its respective committees.

The ‘modern-day’ role has now become more specialised and the Board Secretary is now one of the key governance professionals in an organisation. The responsibility for developing and implementing processes to promote and sustain good corporate governance has fallen largely within the remit of the Board Secretary. While the secretary may have been traditionally seen as only a ‘notetaker’, the role now encompasses an advisory element on directors’ statutory duties under the law and disclosure obligations.


This three-hour seminar will outline how a Board is structured in terms of its responsibilities and its various committees and what the role and responsibilities of the Board Secretary entail and how the modern role has evolved to include


  • Ensuring frameworks, policies and procedures are clear in nature
  • The advisory nature of the role to the Board Chairman
  • Assisting with development processes including board evaluation and training
  • Ensuring actions arising from review are completed


Learning Outcomes

Delegates will receive an in depth understanding of the key roles and responsibilities of the Board Secretary and how this role has evolved to become of the key roles in effective corporate governance and the expectations arising from these new responsibilities.

They will also be given an overview of how a board is structured and also an outline of best practice procedures at board and general meetings. To include

    • Agenda items
    • Constitutional points
    • Voting
    • Minutes
    • Follow up


Who Should Attend

This workshop will be of interest to anyone who would benefit from knowing the full responsibilities of the Board Secretary from the perspective of ensuring good corporate governance in your organization and how processes might be improved. It will also benefit anyone who has been recently appointed to the role of a Board Secretary.

It will also give a full overview of the structure of a Board in terms of strategy, delegation, accountability and regard for stakeholders. It will also cover risk management and statutory duties.




John Smyth is a Chartered Director, Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, Chartered Banker, and holds postgraduate diplomas in Corporate Governance and Company Direction. John has delivered quality director training courses for companies in Ireland and overseas. Using his broad experience, he has added value to companies through constructive challenge at board and committee meetings.

He is currently an Independent Board Member with the Department of Finance, Northern Ireland, and is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also an Independent Member of the National Transport Authority Audit and Risk Committee.




Full Course Details

Title: The Board Secretary: A Changing Role in Effective Corporate Governance and the Role and Structure of the Board
Date: Tuesday 19th July 2022
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
CPD: 3 CPD Hours
Method of Delivery: Online
Fee: €295


Tailored Training 

All of our open programmes can also be run on an in-house basis. For more information, see our page on In-House Training.



Multiple Delegate Discount

3+ Delegates – 5% Discount
5+ Delegates – 10% Discount
10+ Delegates – 15% Discount

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The Board Secretary: A Changing Role in Effective Corporate Governance

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