A company secretary heads up the technical administrative division of a company and is responsible for reporting financial information and legal documentation to Companies House on an annual basis.
Although UK private companies are no longer required to appoint a company secretary, UK public organisations are still legally required to appoint one. If you are a private company that chooses not to appoint a company secretary, then the directors of the business inherit that duty.
Company secretaries have great responsibility and play an important role in the functioning and governance of a business. The skill set of a company secretary is extensive and requires an understanding of corporate finance, law, risk management and governance.
The specific role and duties of a company secretary will differ between companies, depending on size and nature, but broadly include the following:
- Maintaining the company’s statutory books
- Ensuring the business complies with its legal and statutory requirements
- Filing documents at Companies House, for example compliance statements
- Running the company’s registered address
- Administration duties, such as taking and distributing meeting minutes
- Supporting the chairman, CEO and board
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