6 essential competencies for Company Secretaries

What makes a good company secretary?

There is a consensus that the role of Company Secretary has evolved considerably over the years, from an administrative and technical focus to an increasingly pivotal position within an organisation. Along with the relevant education, knowledge and values that are required for the role, employers are also looking for soft skills/competencies that would make a Company Secretary excel. 

Looking at the briefs for the roles we recruit for, there are several key competencies our clients look for in applicants which come up again and again. Whether you are at a junior or a more senior level, highlighting these competencies and drawing on your experience for specific relevant examples and scenarios to present at an interview will definitely help to make you stand out!

I’ve outlined six key competencies below, which given the nature of the role, I believe, are essential:

  • Organisation & Planning; being able to organise your workload, multitask as needed, prioritise correctly and manage various projects.
  • Communication; ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally, in writing and at all levels of seniority.
  • Attention to detail; the ability to achieve thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing a task.
  • Decision-making; being able to analyse data and information to make considered decision that will have a positive impact on the business.
  • Trustworthiness; providing honest and open advice and taking personal responsibility for the quality and content of your work.
  • Influence; being able to influence and persuade a wide range of people in a variety of situations as well as the ability to present arguments in support of your position effectively.

There is a clear link between these skills and carrying out the role of a Company Secretary i.e. project managing an AGM, juggling meeting agendas, writing the governance section of the annual report, liaising with stakeholders, advising and influencing the Board and adding value to an organisation.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on other competencies shared by great Company Secretaries and I hope you’ll find this helpful in preparing for your next interview.


If you are interested in Company Secretary roles or need some advice, then email a member of our team at team@core-partnership.co.uk or give us a call on 020 3589 0333!


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