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  • €225 ex VAT for members
  • €275 ex VAT for non-members
  • Online Workshop
  • Booked Out

The Changing Role of the Company Secretary

Online Workshop

IoD Essentials Workshop Series

John Smyth

John Smyth, Chartered Director

This Workshop is Now Booked Out

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.

Workshop Overview

This online workshop on ‘The Changing Role of the Company Secretary’ will be led by John Smyth, Chartered Director (CDir). This half day virtual 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 online 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 online 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 the presenter and produced by the IoD wholly and exclusively for use by workshop participants. Please note that workshop material will be provided in soft copy to all participants. 

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.


  • Please note you will need an active microphone and camera to be able to interact in this workshop.
  • To attend this workshop, please book and pay via the ‘Book Now’ button above.

Workshop Costs

  • IoD members - €225 ex VAT
  • Non-members - €275 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 Thursday, 7th October. After 7th October, 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.

Accessing the Link to Join the Workshop

  • When you register to attend, you will receive a confirmation email to confirm your booking. In this confirmation email, you can choose to add this workshop to your calendar, where you can then also access the direct link to join the workshop on its start date. Please note you will need to confirm your details when you click this link.
  • All registered attendees will also receive a joining instruction email closer to the date of the workshop. This email will contain your registration link to access the workshop. Please note you will need to confirm your details when you click this link.

Workshop Platform Information: Zoom

  • This Workshop will take place via the online platform Zoom. Please download Zoom to your system before the workshop to ensure you can view the webinar.
  • We would ask all registered attendees to do a test of the Zoom platform in advance to ensure it works for them. To do this, please click on the following Zoom Test page. If you need any further support, please visit the Zoom support page for more information.
  • Please note, before you join the workshop Zoom will prompt you for your email address before you can join, this is a required feature of the Zoom platform. For more information on this, please view: Zoom Video Communications GDPR Compliance.

Contact Information

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