In-demand skills for company secretaries and governance professionals

Mariza Dimaki, Recruitment Partner at The Core Partnership, lists some of the skills that are in high demand for governance professionals.

Both the permanent and interim job markets for company secretaries have been picking up in recent months, and some key skills come up time after time in our clients’ wish-lists. Some seem to be the bread and butter for some company secretaries and governance professionals, while others require specialist knowledge:

1. Attending and minuting board and committee meetings

Previous experience of attending and minuting meetings is one of the most common requirements on job specifications, specifically for company secretarial and governance positions with financial services or the not-for-profit sector. As well as being able to understand the jargon within specific sectors, employers are seeking candidates who are confident to communicate at board level and have the gravitas to liaise with senior management while also being effective minute-takers with excellent attention to detail.

2. IT skills

Familiarity with entity management systems and/or board portals is usually required in all roles above the trainee level. The software we come across more often are: Diligent Entities (formerly Blueprint OneWorld) and Boardbooks, GEMS and Nasdaq’s Boardvantage.

3. Corporate transactions and technical skills

A more specialist skillset within our niche, many clients, including professional services firms and large listed or private groups, prefer candidates who can demonstrate previous experience with corporate transactions and technical skills including, but not limited to: mergers and acquisitions, entity restructurings, re-organisations and simplification projects.

4. Share plans

Another niche skill, which is in demand mainly at smaller listed companies (mainly FTSE-250s or smaller) where there isn’t a dedicated share plans team, is previous experience in share plans administration. This could include managing UK or global share plans, liaising with shareholders and/or managing the relationship with the registrar.

5. ESG

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are currently part of the agenda for many boards and therefore company secretaries. Experience around ESG, such as reporting, policy creation and advising on best practice. is becoming more and more valuable.

If you are considering your career options and would like to gain more experience in these areas or are looking to recruit for a company secretarial or governance professional who possesses these skills, then please reach out to a member of the team on 020 3589 0333 or

Mariza Dimaki

Mariza Dimaki is a Recruitment Partner at The Core Partnership, who are specialists in the recruitment of Company Secretaries, Governance and Compliance people. The team provides market advice on relevant qualifications and experience, conducts salary and benchmarking exercises and works throughout the UK and overseas recruiting at all levels to this specific discipline.

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