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  • In-class Workshop
  • Booked Out
  • €345 ex VAT non-members
  • €295 ex VAT members

The Changing Role of the Company Secretary

Irish Management Institute (IMI), Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16

IoD Essentials Workshop Series

John Smyth

John Smyth, Chartered Director

This Workshop is Now Fully Booked

Please note this workshop is now booked out. However, a cancellation list is now in operation. If you wish to be put on the cancellation list, please contact the IoD Training Team on training@iodireland.ie or phone +353 1 411 0010.


This in-class workshop on ‘The Changing Role of the Company Secretary’ will be led by John Smyth, Chartered Director (CDir). The workshop will provide a detailed and practical review of the fundamental elements of a company, its board and governance structure and the role of the company secretary from both the legislative and best practice perspective. The workshop will take place at the Irish Management Institute (IMI), Sandyford Road, Sandyford, Dublin 16, and is part of the IoD Essentials Workshop Series.

What Do I Gain from this Workshop?

Participants on the workshop will gain a good understanding of:

  • The structure, composition and legal responsibilities of the board.
  • The role of the company secretary on the board.
  • The role of board committees.
  • Effective board meetings
  • Requirements of general (shareholder) meetings.

This workshop will cover the below areas:


  • What is a company?
  • The company’s officers.
  • The board’s role.
  • The company secretary’s role.
  • Companies Registration Office, Ireland.

Board Meetings

  • Companies Acts requirements.
  • Relevant provisions in the company’s articles of association.
  • Best practice at board meetings.
  • General (shareholder) meetings.
  • Companies Acts requirements
  • Different types of shareholder resolutions.
  • Best practice at general meetings.

Legal Aspects

  • Who is a director?
  • Directors’ authority.
  • Directors’ duties.
  • Appointment of directors.
  • Removal/resignation of directors.

Round-up and Conclusion

Workshop material is prepared by IoD trainers and produced by the IoD wholly and exclusively for use by workshop participants. Please note that workshop material is provided in hard copy to all participants. Requests for additional or soft copies of material may be accommodated upon receipt of written request.

John Smyth

John Smyth

Chartered Director

John Smyth is a Chartered Director, Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, Chartered Banker, and holds postgraduate diplomas in Corporate Governance and Company Direction. John has delivered quality director training courses for companies in Ireland and overseas. Using his broad experience, he has added value to companies through constructive challenge at board and committee meetings.

From 1992 to 2000, John was Group Chief Executive with First National Building Society/First Active plc. He has extensive boardroom experience with a diverse range of organisations including IPB Insurance, Ostia Software Solutions, Department of Education, Northern Ireland. He is currently an Independent Board Member with the Department of Finance, Northern Ireland, and is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also an Independent Member of the National Transport Authority Audit and Risk Committee.


To attend this workshop, please book and pay via the ‘Book Now’ button above.

Workshop Costs

  • IoD members - €295 ex VAT
  • Non-members - €345 ex VAT

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Places can only be confirmed on receipt of full payment.

Cancellations and a full refund will be accepted if received in writing to training@iodireland.ie by 5pm on Friday, 13th October 2023.  After this date, no refund will be possible, and all fees will be forfeited in the event of a cancellation or non-attendance.

Group Bookings

If you would like to make a group booking, please contact the IoD Training Team on training@iodireland.ie or phone +353 1 411 0010.


IoD workshops may be eligible for CPD, including Chartered Director CPD. Please check with your relevant professional body.

Contact Information

For all queries relating to the IoD Training Programme, please contact training@iodireland.ie or phone +353 1 411 0010.