Audit and Governance

A key but often under-appreciated role in corporate governance is that of the Board Secretary. The Secretary can help ensure the smooth and effective functioning of the Board and its Committees; timely information flows between the Executive and Board, and vice versa; the development, management and review of governance policies and procedures; and act as a sounding board and advisor to the Chairperson, Board and Senior Management Team on governance matters.

The reality of the importance of the role has been recognised in recent coverage in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016) (sections 1.21-1.23), the Governance Code for Non-Profits (section 2.1b) and the Companies Act, 2014 (section 129).  Boards are required to ensure that the person appointed has the requisite skills and expertise to carry out the role, and the state body code specifically outlines some of the functions of the Secretary.

This one-day workshop, to be delivered in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), is designed for those who have been newly or recently appointed to the position of Board Secretary in the public and not-for-profit sectors, and those who feel they would benefit from further or formal training.  The workshop will examine the role and responsibilities of the Secretary, both as prescribed, and in practice.  It will also look at good practices which a Secretary can introduce and foster to support good governance within their organisation.

Board Secretary: Roles, Responsibilities and Good Practices

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Key Facts

Commences

19 October 2017

Application Deadline

October 2017 Bookings for this course close one week in advance of start date.

Duration

One Day

Partnership

This course is delivered in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this one-day workshop is €405 for Corporate Members of the IPA and €450 for others.  Fee includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments.

Bookings: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email. Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses/workshops are subject to minimum participant numbers and bookings will typically close one week prior to the start date.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course/workshop, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

A key but often under-appreciated role in corporate governance is that of the Board Secretary. The Secretary can help ensure the smooth and effective functioning of the Board and its Committees; timely information flows between the Executive and Board, and vice versa; the development, management and review of governance policies and procedures; and act as a sounding board and advisor to the Chairperson, Board and Senior Management Team on governance matters.

The reality of the importance of the role has been recognised in recent coverage in the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (2016) (sections 1.21-1.23), the Governance Code for Non-Profits (section 2.1b) and the Companies Act, 2014 (section 129).  Boards are required to ensure that the person appointed has the requisite skills and expertise to carry out the role, and the state body code specifically outlines some of the functions of the Secretary.

This one-day workshop, to be delivered in conjunction with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), is designed for those who have been newly or recently appointed to the position of Board Secretary in the public and not-for-profit sectors, and those who feel they would benefit from further or formal training.  The workshop will examine the role and responsibilities of the Secretary, both as prescribed, and in practice.  It will also look at good practices which a Secretary can introduce and foster to support good governance within their organisation.

Who is this for?

This one-day workshop is designed for those who have been newly or recently appointed to the position of Board Secretary in the public and not-for-profit sectors, and those who feel they would benefit from further or formal training. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this one-day workshop, participants will:

  • Fully appreciate the formal basis for the Board Secretary role in terms of board governance
  • Understand the key roles, responsibilities and expectations that come with the position
  • Appreciate the pro-active role a Secretary can play in promoting good governance
  • Learn more about good practices which can be introduced to improve board and committee processes, both from the IPA/ICSA facilitators and fellow Secretaries.
Course Content

The Board Secretary workshop will cover the following areas:

  • What Governance Codes tell us about the Board Secretary
  • The Role and Key Responsibilities: Legal and Practical (incl. Ethics in Public Office, Freedom of Information etc)
  • The Secretary and the Promotion of Good Governance (incl. information flows, member training, resignation)
  • Good Practices (e.g. agenda setting, minutes, induction etc)
Course Leader

This workshop will be delivered by an experienced team, comprising IPA and ICSA Governance Specialists. Team members include Dr. Tom Ward, Kate O’Donnell and John Burns (ICSA).

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