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Guest post: How can you respond to the changing Company Secretary role?

The Company Secretary role – like many other jobs – is changing. A growing focus on governance and corporate social responsibility; increasing shareholder and stakeholder expectations; the need to reflect a diverse range of views on the board – all of these are changing the role and responsibilities of the Company Secretary. How does [...]

August 10th, 2019|Simplifie|0 Comments

Guest blog: New platform to improve the way FCA collects data

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced this week that is has started work to improve the way it collects data from firms. It plans to introduce a new platform as part of this work. The new platform will replace Gabriel, the regulator’s main regulatory data collection system. What data does the FCA collect from [...]

July 19th, 2019|Simplifie|0 Comments

Guest blog: Are boards appointing women for ‘symbolic value’?

A new report suggests so. The Female FTSE Board Report, published by Cranfield University’s School of Management claims that women are being given board appointments at FTSE 100 companies for ‘symbolic value’ as they serve a shorter tenure than their male counterparts. On average, non-executive female directors serve nearly four years (3.8) years compared to five years [...]

July 18th, 2019|Simplifie|0 Comments

Guest blog: How to run better board meetings

Chairing meetings effectively is a real skill. It’s also essential if you want meetings to be efficient, constructive and decision-driven. How can you ensure your meetings – whether board meetings, committees or others – are chaired well? What does best practice chairing look like, and how can you achieve it? We investigate. Back to [...]

June 11th, 2019|Simplifie|0 Comments

Guest post: Would you know how to deal with an FCA visit?

Last week, New Model Adviser reported that the Financial Conduct Authority had visited five SIPP firms. The firms in question were identified as being at a higher risk of not being able to respond to potential compensation claims. This seems like a good opportunity to have another look at our advice on preparing for [...]

May 25th, 2019|Simplifie|0 Comments

What does the company secretary of the future look like?

It’s been a while since we last explored the role of the company secretary. But it’s a job that is constantly evolving. Changes in technology, expectations and the wider business landscape are all influencing the skills company secretaries need and tasks they are expected to undertake. With a new report from Grant Thornton asking [...]

November 5th, 2018|Simplifie|0 Comments