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Company Secretary Workshop - How to take effective minutes (Online)

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Date:Thursday, 27 August 2020
Time:11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Presenter:Keith Roberts, Consultant, Associations Forum & Kathy Nguyen, Manager - Client Services, Associations Forum

Registrations: Member - $150 including GST 
Non-Member - $250 including GST (NFP Only)

This workshop will provide practical tips on taking and writing minutes for Board meetings and general meetings; and the role of the company secretary in regards to taking minutes. Some points of discussion will include:

  • defining what minutes are
  • what obligations there are regarding minutes
  • what needs to be included and what should not be included in minutes
  • the style and language to use for minutes
  • what the best practice is for drafting, signing and keeping minutes


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.


Kathy Nguyen, Manager - Client Services, Associations Forum

Kathy works on consulting projects for Association Forum clients, both nationally and in the Asia-Pacific, on association structure, operations and governance. She has reviewed over 150 constitutions and regularly presents to organisations on membership, governance and events.

Kathy commenced at Associations Forum in 2004, leaving in 2010 to work at Governance Institute of Australia until 2013. She has also worked at Ernst & Young, the Trade Association Forum in London and for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Kathy holds Bachelors of Laws & Business and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course™.

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