4. Corporate governance & compliance

Having worked with companies and Boards of Directors across a range of institutions, and with vast experience of the demands placed on in-house company secretarial functions, we have become specialists in providing support to companies (and their teams) at key, or changing, times.

Supporting the Chairman and Board of Directors with Good Corporate Governance Practices

The importance of an effective and robust corporate governance framework and culture within any business has become more evident in recent years and Chairmen and Directors (both executive and non-executive (which includes voluntary Directors)) are more aware of their duties and responsibilities as company officers. The importance of the role of the Company Secretary in supporting the Chairman, and Board of Directors as a whole, when putting in place and maintaining good governance practices cannot be under estimated.
Full Board and Committee Service
Generally, and depending on the size of the company, the day to day business of a company is run by the management team (which could comprise Executive Directors and senior management personnel), however, each Director of a company has a duty to ensure the Companies Act 2012 is complied with. The importance, therefore, of adequately planned, prepared for and efficient operation of Board and Committee meetings must be recognised.

At Almention Intelsys Services, we can assist with:

  1. a) Preparation of agendas and assistance with meeting papers
  2. b) Assisting Chairman with pre-meeting preparation
  3. c) Attending meetings and taking minutes
  4. d) Providing technical support in advance of, and during, meetings
  5. e) Producing and circulating minutes and actions post meetings

Reviewing and Advising Companies and their Directors on Good Corporate Governance Practices and Frameworks
It is very easy for any business to roll from year to year within existing operational practices, particularly in recent years where the ever changing business environment has been quiet challenging for any business. However, the need to sit back and consider/review existing practices to identify whether they remain “fit for purpose” cannot be ignored (examples of areas which are likely to have changed in recent years are; companies’ risk registers & internal control procedures; are Board & Committee meetings focusing on the core areas of business for the current environment, etc.).