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Company Secretary Workshop

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Date:Tuesday, 25 September 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue:Beaumont People - Level 29, 259 George Street Sydney NSW 2000
Presenter:Keith Roberts, Consultant, Associations Forum

Being asked to accept the position of Company Secretary of an association or charity can be daunting. This workshop will help alleviate your concerns by setting out the basic framework of responsibilities and duties of a Company Secretary with specific reference to not-for-profit organisations.

For those already acting as Company Secretary, this workshop will provide the opportunity to participate in an interactive forum and to ensure that their knowledge and skills are up to date.

Areas to be covered include the basic structure of companies limited by guarantee, the specific obligations and duties of a Company Secretary of a company limited by guarantee, practical and procedural considerations to be considered by a Company Secretary in organising and advising the various participants in Board and general meetings, and practical aspects of the role.

Registrations: Member - $880 including GST 
Non-Member - $1100 including GST (NFP Only)


8.30am              Registration Commences

9.00am              Session 1 – Basis of Operation

  • Fundamentals of a company limited by guarantee
  • Internal management of companies – Corporations Act, constitutions, key rules
  • Officers – duties and what they mean
  • Accountability

10.30am            Morning Tea

11.00am            Session 2 – Role of the Company Secretary

  • Fundamentals of the job
  • Getting appointed
  • Duties – traditional, statutory and inevitable
  • Financial obligations

12.30pm            Lunch

1.30pm              Session 3 – Key Elements of the Job

  • Directors – advising them
  • Board – servicing, improving focus and effectiveness
  • Members - registers and meetings
  • Compliance - ASIC, ACNC and other obligations

3.00pm              Afternoon Tea

3.30pm              Session 4 – Developing the Company Secretary

  • Mindset and culture
  • Disciplined processes
  • Ongoing training
  • Performance assessment

5.00pm              End of Workshop


Keith Roberts, Consultant, Associations Forum

Keith Roberts FGIA FCIS was Chief Executive and Company Secretary of the Epilepsy Association in Sydney for almost 14 years from 1992 to 2006. He was closely involved with all facets of charity management and with 3 restructurings of the board and constitution.

He has played the lead role in establishing and directing public companies limited by guarantee in the charity and broader not-for-profit sector and participated on the board of a building industry association and an agricultural industry association.

Since 2006 Keith has consulted to the not-for-profit sector, predominantly in board and organisational restructuring and performance and operational improvement. He has practical experience in introducing a range of governance measures to boards including processes on reporting, integrity, conflict of interest management, board selection and performance.

Keith is a Chartered Secretary and is a presenter of courses for Governance Institute of Australia and is a member of its Corporate and Legal Issues Committee. As a Director of Australasian Reporting Awards Ltd he also understands matters from a Board’s perspective.




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