A Challenging and Rewarding Profession
What is a Chartered Secretary? Chartered Secretaries are high ranking professionals who are trained to uphold the highest standards of corporate governance, effective operations, compliance and administration. Highly valued by employers for their professional training, Chartered Secretaries are the primary source of advice on the conduct of business. This can span everything from legal advice on conflicts of interest, through accounting advice, to the development of strategy and corporate planning. Chartered Secretaries are employed as chairs, chief executives and non-executive directors, as well as managers and company secretaries (see below).
Chartered Governance Professionals are highly qualified and experienced professionals who have a deep understanding of governance and risk management across listed companies, private and not-for-profit organisations. In view of the ever more complex regulatory environment under which organisations now operate, the skills and knowledge possessed by members of this profession – in roles such as risk managers and compliance managers – are becoming increasingly sought-after.
The work of a Company Secretary is essential to the direction, governance, administration and management of a company.
Company Secretaries must not only work and interact with the directors, managers and shareholders of their companies - they must also work and interact with the various government and regulatory bodies which regulate the activities of their companies, such as the Registrar of Companies, the Inland Revenue Department, the Securities and Futures Commission and the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong.
The daily duties of the Company Secretary are generally wide in scope and may range from administrative duties such as personnel management and the maintenance of company accounts and registers, to duties as diverse as ensuring that the company complies with regulation or advising the directors on good corporate governance practice.
Typical duties include:
Given the increasing complexity of the regulatory framework within which companies must operate, and the increasing awareness of the need for good corporate governance, the role of the Company Secretary will become increasingly more important in Hong Kong and China.
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