The Strategic Company Secretary

​"Supporting Board Effectiveness"

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The Strategic Company Secretary

"Supporting Board Effectiveness"

Gain knowledge, skills and awareness to increase your impact and build successful and sustainable organisations

Practical multi-media training programme delivered in easy access modules

The Secretary Role | Governance | Compliance | Director and Board Support

Social Responsibility | Climate Change | Risk | Investment | The Future

Designed for company secretaries, governance professionals and chairmen

What is the role of a Company Secretary?

Is it just an administrator?


A company secretary is responsible for completing the company’s tax returns, keeping records, advising the board of directors and ensuring that the company complies with legal and statutory regulations.


Could there be more to this role?

Governance Professional?


The role is changing:


The Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators has changed its name to The Chartered Governance Institute of UK & Ireland.


The role of 'Governance Professional' is becoming the norm on Linkedin profiles.


Company secretaries has been recognised as having a key role at board level at least since 1992.


"The company secretary has a key role in ensuring that board procedures are followed and regularly reviewed."

The Cadbury Report 1992


and more recently: 


"The company secretary is a strategic position of considerable influence at the heart of governance operations within an organisation.”

Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland


"Chartered secretaries can make things happen. We are facilitators and enjoy change for the better. We continually look for better ways of doing things. We are can do people. We don't just advise; we make it our business - whatever our level and whatever our sphere of influence - to go out there, roll up our sleeves, get our hands dirty and make things happen. We are trained to do this and have the connections within and outside our organisations to achieve this."

Peter Hammonds, former Company Secretary, NatWest Group


"All the best company secretaries I have worked with understand that they occupy a privileged but delicate position between top team and non-executive members of the board. In steady times this delta is small but if a company gets into trouble it can quickly widen, bringing new tensions and pressures. That's the point at which the company secretary's independence becomes crucial and they really earn their corn!"

Sir Michael Lyons, Chair of the English Cities Fund, SQW Group
and Board member at Redrow Homes

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Let me tell you about this course for governance professionals.


In 2020 I was asked to deliver a three-day course in Kuala Lumpur.


Unfortunately, because of travel restrictions, neither I nor any delegates were able to fly. But I did design the course.


Those slides are the basis of "The Strategic Company Secretary".


Its objective is to support company secretaries in making a significantly greater contribution at board level - increasing your impact and contribution, and raising your profile among your peers. 

It is divided into three day-equivalent themes:

  • The Company Secretary
  • Providing Support for The Board
  • Director Effectiveness

You get all the slide presentations as videos dictated by me just as I would at a live workshop.

  • You get an A4 bound governance manual (sent by post and pdf downloadable)
  • Your get reference documents, governance codes and regulations
  • You get supporting articles to bring context to the learnings.
  • You get membership of my 90-day mentoring group
  • You get additional bonuses

The video programme


Day One/Theme One - The Company Secretary

  • The Company Secretary
  • Compliance functions of the company secretary
  • Introduction to corporate governance
  • Company directors
  • Providing support
  • Who's on Your Board? My cartoon video introducing you to 40 directors, advisors and professionals you might meet at board level

Day Two/Theme Two - Providing Support to the Board

  • Quick checks - standards for directors and the board
  • Role of the secretary in bringing directors on board
  • Corporate governance codes
  • Other governance issues
  • Rick
  • Investment risk

Day Three/Theme Three - Director Effectiveness

  • Build a better board
  • Culture
  • Meetings
  • Information and communication
  • Trends and developments
  • Dealing with the future

Support documents


40 support documents providing immediate access to sources, reports and articles.



90-day Mentoring Programme

Monthly meet-up with formal presentation and follow-up group discussion

Personal access to Richard Winfield for sounding board and support


Webinars Archive

Immediate access to our archive of Webinars on Wednesdays


Virtual Board Meeting

You can download this powerful instruction programme and simulation


Swipe Files

For more than thirty years I have been collecting ideas, developing handouts for clients and designing questionnaires.


The Directors, Boards and Governance swipe files folder includes more than 40 downloadable files, sorted into the following categories:

  • Appraisal Forms
  • Director Development
  • Corporate Governance

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Purchase The Strategic Company Secretary today for £300, or three payments of £120, abd you can immediately download the resources you need

Increase you impact on the board and build successful and sustainable organisations

  • Raise your profile in the organisation
  • Gain knowledge, skills and awareness
  • Improve your confidence and increase your impact
  • Understand governance issues and developments
  • Improve strategic thinking and decision. making
  • Recognise current, new and potential risks

Supporting board effectiveness

The modern governance professional can add value to companies, directors and boards by:

  • Building better boards and committees
  • Introducing better processes
  • Directing the focus of the board
  • Managing information and information flow
  • Monitoring trends and developments
  • Acting as communication with non-executives

Join this e-course to: -

  • Raise your profile in the organisation
  • Gain knowledge, skills and awareness
  • Improve your confidence and increase your impact
  • Understand governance issues and developments
  • Facilitate more productive meetings
  • Improve strategic thinking and decision making
  • Appreciate implications of climate change
  • Understand risk, risk appetite and risk tolerance
  • Recognise current, new and potential risks

Your mentor

Richard Winfield helps directors and boards become more effective by clarifying goals, improving communication and applying good corporate governance.


The Strategic Company Secretary is based on a workshop commissioned for delivery in Kuala Lumpur but postponed because of lock-down.


Your subscription includes membership of Richard's 90-day mentoring group, with monthly meetings and personal support.

Learn from anywhere - learn in your own time

I recognise that for a busy executive like you, developing your knowledge can be a chore if it requires setting aside extensive special study times. And it can be counter productive to try to absorb too much information all at once.


The Strategic Company Secretary video programme provides you with distance learning modules to study in your own time, and at your own pace - supplemented with personal support from the author.


With audio, video and print components they appeal to all learning styles - and support those for whom English is not your first language.


With this video programme you can:

  • Study in your own time - at your own pace
  • Repeat viewing for greater understanding
  • Return to any module to prepare for an event
  • Save time and cost - no travel, fit your own schedule

What you get

Three-day video programme comprising the Powerpoint slides and presentations by Richard Winfield, just as if you were at his live workshop.

  • A comprehensive A4 bound governance workbook - sent by post and available for immediate download.
  • Membership of Richard's 90-day mentoring group with monthly live meetings.
  • Personal access to Richard for individual support.
  • Personalised certificate on completion
  • Bonuses: Webinars Archive, Swipe Files, The Virtual Board Meeting

Buy now 

Purchase The Strategic Company Secretary today for £300, or three payments of £120, and you can immediately download the resources you need.

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