The Role of the Charity Secretary

Start on the right foot as a Charity Secretary or refresh your knowledge with this concise, practical course.


The role of charity secretary is critical in ensuring good governance and supporting better decision making, but its responsibilities are not easy to fulfil. Trustees, regulators, and beneficiaries each generate their own needs and requirements.

Start on the right foot or refresh your knowledge with this concise, practical course.  Participants will leave with a practical knowledge of the charity governance structure, relevant legislation and tools, processes, and expert advice for day-to-day good governance operations.

Who is this course for:

This governance training course is perfectly suited for anyone who has recently taken on, or is considering accepting, responsibilities for governance or the role of charity secretary. 

It would also be ideal for those who are working with or supporting a charity secretary or governance professional, whether a CEO, chair, or executive support team.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will have:

  1. The confidence to undertake the core duties of the charity secretary.
  2. Insight into the relationship with trustees, regulators, and beneficiaries.
  3. A concise overview of the Charities Acts 2011 and 2016, the Companies Act 2006 and the legal requirements of public benefit.
  4. Advice on practical skills in areas like managing meetings and decision making.

You will also receive:

  • A delegate pack containing comprehensive course notes and presentation slides
  • A certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 hours credit towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription of The Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland. This includes a subscription to G+C Magazine as well as access to briefings, discounts and our knowledge base.

People who take this course often go on to book:

Useful CGI Resources:

A wealth of further information and guidance on Charity governance practices can be found on our website.

Competency framework:

This course aligns to CGI’s competency framework: Entry/Emerging
Use the competency framework to identify your strengths and areas for improvement in governance.


£755 + VAT (Non-member rate)
£605 + VAT (Member rate)

£680 + VAT (Professional Subscriber rate)

There are discounts available if you are working for a registered charity. Please call us to get a discount.

12 November 2024
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Location: Virtual
Time: 9:30 - 16:30

Alternative dates

11 February 2025
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14 July 2025
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12 November 2025
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If you have a group of 5 people or over, it may be beneficial to run this programme as a bespoke, in-house course.  Click below to contact us.

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