President's commentary — The company secretary as change leader

The responsibilities of the modern day company secretary have evolved from being the old fashioned note-taker or ‘servant of the Board’, to one which has become increasingly important in a very complex modern world — that of board adviser. 

Even with that evolution, a company secretary should never fall into the trap of becoming static — of becoming the 'rule enforcer', the compliance-focused 'box ticker' tangling an organisation in red tape. The expectation now is far more active — to help drive change in an organisation's governance.

Company secretaries are not only expected to keep up to speed with the latest trends and risks, but to help position the organisation to take advantage of future opportunities — and advise the board accordingly.

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