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Company Secretary of the Year - Shortlist 2020

  • Paul McCullagh, Company Secretary, Barclays Europe
  • Fahrin Ribeiro, Company Secretary, Willis Limited and Head of Governance GB and WE, Willis Towers Watson
  • Ritika Verma, Manager – Legal, Pearson India

Company secretaries make a significant contribution to organisational performance, and most especially to the effective workings of the board. Still, the very nature of the role means they can be an undervalued, and underused, resource.

This award recognises those company secretaries who have mastered the complex legal and regulatory environments in which they work and have made a demonstrable difference. Nominees should come from the senior end of the profession and will be able to evidence considerable skill and sound judgement in handling conversations in the boardroom, a solid understanding of the context in which they operate, and effective leadership of the secretarial or compliance function.

The judges are particularly interested in individuals who have undertaken initiatives that have reshaped the best practice and driven significant and lasting change. That may include, for example, having led their team through a challenging period, or exercised a firm hand in delivering a particularly complex piece of work, or delivered results beyond the expectations of their role.

2019 award winners

2019 Winner:

Peter Lee, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS FT