Certified Board Secretary Programme: The Board Secretary Role - Board Members
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Board secretaries have an important role as governance professionals in all types of organisations
Join us on this 4 day Online Interactive Workshop
Non-member USD 3,960
Associate USD 3,762
Member USD 3,483
Fellow USD 3,006

Rates above are exclusive of VAT and effective as at 17 May 2020
Special rates are available for companies wishing to purchase multiple seats - please ask us for more information.

 Export to Your Calendar 11/2/2020 to 11/25/2020
When: 2 November 2020
8:00 am - 5:30 pm (KSA Time)
United Arab Emirates
Contact: Noor Barghouthi
+971 04 554 7967

Online registration is available until: 11/1/2020
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Our new Online Certified Board Secretary Programme starts as from September 2020. It is being run in collaboration with the Financial Academy who are the Awarding Body.


Each of the 4 online modules is split into 2 parts. You need to complete both parts in the same month to complete the module. The 4 modules will be run on a cyclical basis with one module every 2 to 3 months. In this way, you would be able to complete the full programme within 12 months. If you miss a module, you can wait for it to come round again in the cycle. You can start the cycle at any time but there will be an additional 2-hour orientation session if you don’t start with Module 1. 

All our online workshops are run using the Zoom video conferencing platform, as well as our online learning platform LEARN GCC BDI.

Our normal classroom workshops will start in 2021 and will be run in Riyadh at the Financial Academy.

Module 2 The Role of the Board Secretary –The Board Secretary Role - Board Members

Online Workshop Dates

Part 1: 2-3 November 2020

Part 2: 24-25 November 2020



Board secretaries have an important role to play as governance professionals in all types of organisations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Governance is more than just complying with laws, regulations, standards, and codes; it is also about creating cultures of good practice. This means that board secretaries need more than the technical skills and experience to know what corporate governance practices are needed in an organisation and why.

They also need the emotional intelligence, skills and experience to ensure that they know how the practices typically would be implemented to work effectively. The modern board secretary provides professional guidance to shareholders, boards, individual directors, management, and other stakeholders on the governance aspects of strategic decisions.


Workshop Outline

 Board Members

- Describe the board secretary’s role on appointment and induction of a board director

- Advise the board on remuneration policy and disclosure issues

- Analyse the board secretary’s role in promoting professional development

- Develop policies on and strategies to deal with conflicts of interest, related party transactions and breaches of duty



- Explain the system of delegation within an organisation

- Describe the different roles of the board and management

- Analyse the board secretary’s role in helping to make the system of delegation work


 Board Composition and Succession Planning

- Describe the different types and sizes of boards

- Identify the characteristics and benefits of a balanced board

- Explain the processes for board members’ selection, appointment and  departure

- Develop a succession plan for the board


 Financial Oversight & Analysis

- Describe the role of the board secretary in assisting the board (Audit Committee) in fulfilling their financial oversight responsibilities

- Explain how the board secretary works with the internal and external  auditors and helps the board evaluate the effectiveness of internal controls

- Describe the components in a set of financial statements - Explain ratio analysis and its importance to companies


Faculty – Alison Dillon Kibirige
Alison Dillon Kibirige is a global expert on corporate governance (Governance, Ethics, CSR and Risk Management). Alison has worked for the IFC/Global Corporate Governance Forum on projects in Indonesia, Mongolia, Zambia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Malawi. Alison has worked globally for over 25 years as a company secretary, previously as secretary to the main Boards of Unilever and Barclays in London. She has also set up and worked as a director in several SMEs. Alison has also been involved in numerous consultations with governments, regulators and industry and professional bodies in Africa, Europe and the US. She is a Fellow of ICSA and a UK solicitor. Alison was awarded the 2013 ICSA President’s Medal for Meritorious Service, the inaugural ICSA Company Secretary of the Year award in 2005 and has also won awards globally for her work with shareholders.

Who should attend?
• Appointed and aspiring board secretaries, company secretaries and governance professionals.
• Anyone involved in companies law and regulatory compliance.
• Anyone seeking a better understanding of the role of the board secretary who has responsibility for corporate governance practices and interaction with the Board.

Programme fees
The programme consists of four workshops:
Non-member     USD 3,960
Associate          USD 3,762
Member            USD 3,483
Fellow               USD 3,006

Please note that prices exclude VAT


Special rates are available for purchasing multiple seats - please ask us for more information.

GCC BDI Certified Board Secretary Programme
This workshop forms part of the GCC BDI certified board secretary programme which GCC BDI has launched for GCC board secretaries. The programme consists of 4 workshops. To be certified by GCC BDI, a participant will need to complete all 4 workshops and pass the multiple choice exam at the end of each workshop. Certification is optional - board secretaries can simply attend one or more of the workshops if they don't wish to sit the exam.

The programme
The programme consists of four workshops:
• The Board Secretary Role - Governance and Decision-Making
• The Board Secretaries Role - Board Members
• The Board Secretaries Role - Shareholders and Other Stakeholders
• The Board Secretaries Role - Strategy & Risk
Participants can attend one, two or three workshops or all four, but if they wish to be certified they must attend all four in any order.

- This programme will help the board secretary to act as a bridge for information, communication, advice, and arbitration between the board and management and between the organisation and its shareholders and stakeholders. The programme will support the board secretary to fully understand their roles and responsibilities in relation to all stakeholders in the corporate governance system.
- This programme is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and practical tips for carrying out their duties as board secretary.
- The programme will be interactive and skills-based, providing participants with practical examples.

If a participant wishes to be certified, they must attend all four workshops and pass the multiple choice exam at the end of each workshop.

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