With a role steeped in tradition, the company secretary may not be the first person you think of when you consider the adoption of technology.
A recent survey supported this, with technology take-up among company secretaries shown as being inconsistent. While 62% use it for admin (board packs or el..
It’s been a while since we last explored the role of the company secretary. But it’s a job that is constantly evolving. Changes in technology, expectations and the wider business landscape are all influencing the skills company secretaries need and tasks they are expected to undertake.
If you have a board portal – do you ever consider that your provider should invest in your board’s future?
Maybe not. Maybe it sounds like an odd idea – perhaps you’ve never thought that your portal provider should be concerned about your future.
Board portals are now used by a large number of organisations. Their benefits are well-documented: more professional board packs; more efficient processes; lower costs.
But what happens if your requirements change and you want to move provider? How easy is it to switch from one solution to another?
They tend to follow the same formula and be produced in the same way, not changing much over the years.
How often do you revisit yours to make sure they are doing their job?
Better governance and decision-making are probably top of the wish list for most boards.
But ensuring your board makes the right choices for your organisation, and meets best practice compliance standards, isn’t always easy.
Is your board taking all the steps necessary to ensure you have the right mix of skills and qualities?
What are other boards doing to maximise their effectiveness?
Grant Thornton’s recent report, The Board – Creating and Protecting Value asks this question.
Here we look at what information directors and non-execs should be provided with – and how this compares to what they actually get.
Of course, there’s no such thing – it depends on the organisation, the characteristics of their fellow directors and a myriad of other factors.
VirtualBoardroom recently unveiled a new, fresh look and upgraded functionality.
The improvements – the results of two years’ development – will deliver significant benefits to users.
Here we look again at the changes your role is experiencing, and identify some of the tools, solutions and services that can help you
You may have heard the terms ‘situational intelligence’ and its close relative, ‘emotional intelligence’.
But what do they mean? And why are they relevant to the company secretary role?
Cutting through the detail of your business to give your directors an incisive insight into current performance, strategy and challenges.
If you are a company secretary, you’ll be only too aware that the scope of your role is changing – and has already changed significantly over recent years.
In recent years, many firms have discovered an alternative approach to the delivery of board packs. Rather than use printed papers, many boards have moved to an online approach, using portals that deliver board papers via apps or pdfs.