Corporate Secretaries Toolkit Workshop




Front Row: Gradislava Akhmetova, Nina Kapezi, Ghita Alderman, Grace Tan, Andy Cowe, Rita Kabatunzi, Asif Mahmood, Ambrish Maharahaje, Giselia Da Silva, Brenda Bowman, Carina Wessels, Pious Manamike, Itrat Husain

Back Row: Sutanu Sinha, Mohan Datwani, Stephen Sadie, Philip Armstrong, Chai Foong Chiang, Alison Dillon Kibirige, Tatiana Ivanova, Foo Seong Cheah


The corporate secretaries toolkit training workshop was held from 7-10 May 2013 at the Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa office in Johannesburg. The workshop was attended by 21 delegates from 17 countries. 

As part of the CSIA corporate secretaries toolkit roll out plan, the Global Corporate Governance Forum (GCGF) organised a four-day training of trainers programme targeted at professionals training corporate secretaries with the following goals in mind: 

  1. To enhance corporate secretary training capacity by helping participants become familiar with the toolkit and learning how to use these resources.  Participants developed the knowledge base and skill sets needed to lead corporate secretary education programmes that reflect international best practice adapted to regional trends and country specific needs.                                                                        
  2. To elicit from participants their views and comments on the materials, which have been developed. 

The pilot training, which comprised four days of intensive training, provided trainers with input, case studies and activities to develop corporate secretary skills.  The programme encouraged participants to share and discuss their own experiences and hone their methods for using adult learning techniques.  The training was not a corporate governance course but a training of trainers using the corporate secretaries toolkit. Some readers may be familiar with the directors’ toolkit which has been around for the past few years.

List of Modules

PART 1: OVERVIEW

  • The Company Secretary: A Catalyst for Governance
  • The Company Secretary: Foundations of the Job

PART 2: GOVERNANCE AND COMPLIANCE

  • Delegation
  • Board Composition and Succession Planning
  • Board Evaluation
  • Effective Board Meetings
  • Board Dynamics at Meetings
  • Share Registration and Dividends
  • Board Directors
  • Shareholders
  • Corporate Finance

PART 3: ADVISOR AND COMMUNICATOR

  • Strategy: Development and Evaluation
  • Risk and Business Continuity Planning
  • Building Ethical Cultures
  • Good Citizenship (CSR)
  • Integrated Reporting
  • The Company Secretary: The Board’s Communicator
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Leading Change and Influencing

COUNTRY

PARTICIPANT

PROFILE

CSIA Members



Bangladesh

Itrat Husain

Council member, Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Bangladesh

China

Mohan Datwani

Director, Technical & Research, The Hong Kong Institute of Chartered Secretaries

India

Sutanu Sinha

CEO, The Institute of Company Secretaries of India

Malaysia

Cheah Foo Seong

Chief Technical Officer, Tricor Corporate Services

Pakistan

Asif Mahmood

Vice President, Institute of Corporate Secretaries of Pakistan

Singapore

Chiang Chai Foong

Practising Chartered Secretary, AZEC Worldlink Management Services

Southern Africa

Carina Wessels

Vice President, CSIA;  President, Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa

United Kingdom

Andy Cowe

Chairman, Professional Standards Committee, ICSA

Zimbabwe

Pious Manamike

President, ICSA, Zimbabwe

IFC Members



Brazil

Giselia Da Silva

Corporate Governance  Manager and Company Secretary, CPFL Energia Group

Kazakhstan

Gradislava Akhmetova

Chairperson, Club of Corporate Secretaries of Central Asia

Malawi

Nina Pakezi

Grad.ICSA and pursuing LLM in International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation at the University of Warwick

Mauritius

Ambrish Maharahaje

Executive Secretary, Mauritius Institute of Directors

Russia

Tatiana Ivanova

Deputy Project Manager, Russia Corporate Governance Projects at IFC

Uganda

Rita Kabatunzi

Head of Legal, Compliance and Risk, New Vision Printing & Publishing Company Ltd

Trainers



Uganda

Alison Dillon Kirbirige

Managing Director, Consultancy & Training Services Ltd

USA

Brenda Bowman

Specialist in adult learning and professional development

Organisers



Singapore

Grace Tan

CSIA Toolkit Co-ordinator;  Treasurer, CSIA;   CEO, Singapore Association of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators

Southern Africa

Stephen Sadie

CEO, Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa

USA

Philip Armstrong

Head, Global Corporate Governance Forum/IFC

USA

Ghita Alderman

Co-ordinator, IFC Environment, Social and Governance Department

The delegates enjoyed their time in South Africa and got to spend quality time with their fellow colleagues. CSSA organised a dinner for the group one evening, which was a relaxed, enjoyable evening.  Many thanks to all those who attended the meeting. We look forward to the launch of the corporate secretaries toolkit later this year.





 Workshop Host:
 Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa



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