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Charity secretarial training

Charity secretarial training

Many charities are established as companies limited by guarantee and are caught by the provisions of the Companies Act 2006.

Whilst the Companies Act 2006 has removed the need for companies to have a company secretary, the functions of the company secretary have not gone away and need to be picked up by a director (trustee) or someone within the company if a company secretary is not appointed. Failure to carry out the duties that ordinarily fall to the company secretary can see the company incur penalties. There are no exceptions to these penalties, even where the offending organisation is a charity!

It is therefore important now more than ever that charitable companies fully understand the role and responsibilities of a company / charity secretary so that they can be performed with confidence and without fear of repercussions. 

Our charity secretarial course is aimed at the trustees and company secretaries of charitable companies. It will assist such persons in understanding the changes brought about by the Companies Act 2006 as well as assisting those who wish to know the fundamentals of the job.

Attendees on our charity secretarial course will leave the session with answers to the following questions:

  • What are statutory registers?
  • Is the public entitled to view the company’s statutory registers?
  • How are documents executed?
  • What must be filed with Companies House and what are the time limits?
  • What are the seven director duties and how do these impact upon you as company secretary?
  • What do we mean by a limited company?
  • What is a company limited by guarantee?
  • What main provisions were introduced by the Companies Act 2006 which impact on the administration of a company?
  • What information must be shown on the company’s emails and websites?
  • Who appoints the company secretary?
  • What are the main duties of the company secretary?
  • What are the differences between the directors and the members?
  • How do I go about organising the Annual General Meeting?
  • Do we need to hold an Annual General Meeting?
  • Does the Chair have a casting or second vote at meetings?
  • How should I be giving notice of meetings and what are the rules around this?
  • What are the penalties and sanctions for late filing? 

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