Vital board support under threat as governance professionals at risk of burnout

According to a poll by The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland and governance recruitment specialist The Core Partnership, 82% of company secretaries have seen their workloads increase since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with 49% stating that their workloads have increased significantly. Despite this, the permanent headcount in secretariat teams has only increased

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In demand skills for Company Secretaries

Both the permanent and interim job markets for company secretaries have been picking up in recent months and some key skills come up time after time in our clients’ wish-lists. Some seem to be the bread and butter for some cosec and governance professionals, while others require specialist knowledge: Attending and minuting Board and Committee

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ESG, remote working risk management, climate change and diversity top the 2021 governance agenda, poll finds

London, 12 February 2021 – Governance professionals in 2021 will be focusing their attention primarily on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) matters, remote working risk, climate change and diversity this year, according to our poll carried out in collaboration with the ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute. Of these, ESG is seen as the top priority,

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Charity Governance Code Update

An updated charity governance code – for charities of all shapes and sizes in England and Wales – was launched last week, following a rigorous consultation between the steering committee and the charity sector earlier in the year. This is a refresh rather than an overhaul of the Code, which however brings about important enhancements

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The Future of AGMs

From mid-March UK regulators realised guidance – behind other countries – encouraging hybrid AGMs but denying a complete virtual move. This was later expanded upon however and new measures were introduced granting greater flexibility. AGMs could now be conducted online, by phone, using only proxy voting or even postponed completely. This new freedom came with

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Why you might still struggle to recruit Company Secretaries and Governance professionals despite the recession…

According to the ONS (September, 2020), in August the number of employees on payrolls in the UK was down by c695,000 compared with March 2020. The unemployment rate has also risen to 4.1%, while the number of people claiming benefits has risen by 120% between March and August! Looking at the data, redundancies are predominantly

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