The Effective Board Secretary

The Effective Board Secretary
Governance, Risk & Compliance

July 6-7, 2021

Online Training

2 Days


8 CPEs

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Learning Objective

Top up your skills and knowledge with a course that will help you support the Board and the Chairperson to maintain a system of Effective Governance.

Course Description

The role of the Board Secretary is often underestimated in today's Boards, and this can result in a dysfunctional group dynamics. Thus, Board Secretaries are now required to develop their knowledge and skill sets, to deliver more effectively and occupy administrative roles with significant added-value to the Chairperson, the Board and the organization as a whole.

This course covers all aspects of the Board Secretary including administrative, legal and governance obligations, and how this role can promote effective Boards.

Who Should Attend

Current and Aspiring Board Secretaries.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Showcase the critical role of the Board Secretary in guiding Board activities
  • Present the responsibilities the Board Secretary has in supporting the Chairperson
  • Define the fiduciary duties and responsibilities of the Board Secretary
  • Recognize the critical role of the Board Secretary in regulating governance within the organization
  • Identify how the Board Secretary drives an effective Board agenda and develops effective reports


Course Outline

  1. Governance Fundamentals
  2. The Role of Board Secretary Overall and Specifically as It Relates to:
    • Understanding the Charter
    • Conflict of Interest
    • Compliance with Rules and Regulations
    • Preparation for the Board Meetings
  3. Responsibility with Regards to:
    • The Chairperson
    • The CEO and the Board Members
    • Executives
    • Other Stakeholders
  4. Preparation for the Board Meeting:
    • Assisting with Agenda Development
    • Following up on Previous Board Minutes
    • Communication with the CEO, CFO, and Board Members
    • Communication with the Audit Committee Chair, Remuneration Chair, and Other Committee Chairs
    • Conducting Meetings in Line with Good Governance, Statutory, and Regulatory Requirements
    • Drafting the Minutes
    • Information, Communication, and Advice Between the Shareholders, Board, Management, and Other Stakeholders
  5. Activities Between Meetings
  6. KPIs to Gauge Success
  7. Reporting Duties
  8. Role of Board Secretary Overall with the Second and Third Lines of Defense (i.e. CAE & Internal Audit, Risk Management, Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee)
  9. Application of Technology to Communicate and Store Minutes and Related Information
  10. How Can the Board Secretary Add Value in Today’s Modern Boards?

Areas of Expertise

  • Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Board and Committee Evaluations
  • Board Secretarial Practice Assessments
  • Strategy Development
  • Project Management
  • Consulting

Language(s) of Instruction

English & Arabic


Our instructors are seasoned professionals who add value through real-life examples to enable better implementation of the concepts learned.

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