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Certified Board Secretary Programme







Certified Board Secretary Programme



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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.

The Programme

The programme will consist of four five day workshops:

  • The Board Secretary Role - Governance and Decision-Making
  • The Board Secretary Role - Board Members
  • The Board Secretary Role - Shareholders and Other Stakeholders
  • The Board Secretary 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 and pass the exams.



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. It 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 exams at the end of each of the four workshops. The four workshops are being run over a two year period, allowing participants to plan and absorb their learning.

Who should Attend?

  • Appointed and aspiring board secretaries, company secretaries and governance professionals.
  •  Anyone involved in company law and regulatory compliance.
  • Anyone seeking a better understanding of the role of the board secretary who has responsibility for corporate governance. 


Facilitator – Alison Dillon Kibirige

Alison Dillon Kibirige is a global expert on corporate governance (Governance, Ethics, CSR and Risk Management). She is the Founding Director of AMDK Consultancy & Training Services Limited (AMDK), a business she set up in early 2007, which focuses on improving corporate governance practices in all sectors (private, public and not-for-profit) globally. Her work at AMDK has taken her throughout Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia.

Alison has served as a member of boards, committees and industry working groups since the early 1980s. She is a member of the UKRIAT Committee, Qualifications Committee and of ICSA’s International Professional Standards Committee, company secretary of aBi Trust and aBi Finance Limited and a Director of the Leadership Team Uganda Ltd. Alison is the former Chair of ICSA Uganda.

Alison has worked for the IFC/Global Corporate Governance Forum on projects in Indonesia, Mongolia, Zambia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Malawi.She has developed a series of workshops for IFC for corporate secretaries in developing and emerging markets, directors of banks in Nigeria and for SME Governance. Alison has also worked for the African Peer Review (APRM) in Uganda and at the APRM Secretariat in South Africa reviewing the Corporate Governance portion of the APRM Country Self- Assessment Questionnaire.

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.


Workshop Fees


Per five-day workshop:


Member: USD 4950 per person

Non-Member: USD 5400 per person


For pre-purchase of all four five-day workshops: 25% discount on the total price of four workshops.


Further discounts may be available for booking of multiple participants, please get in touch if you are interested in learning more. 


Please note:

  • All our fees are in USD and exclude VAT or any other applicable taxes.
  • Pre-payment is required for all workshops.
  • Our standard cancellation and payment terms apply, please see our website for further details.


Companies wishing to run a tailored in-house certification for their board secretaries should contact us for more information and we will be happy to discuss the options with you. 



Upcoming Workshops ( Register here )


17 - 21 March 2019 - Manama, Bahrain
The Board Secretary Role - Board Members


15 - 19 September 2019 - Manama, Bahrain

The Board Secretary Role - Shareholders and other Stakeholders

15 - 19 March 2020 - Manama, Bahrain

The Board Secretary Role - Strategy & Risk


13 - 17 September 2020 - Manama, Bahrain
The Board Secretary Role - Governance and Decision Making



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