Reviewed: 2nd November 2017
A company secretary is an officer of the company, who takes on specific responsibilities and duties. Unlike in a public company, there’s no longer an obligation for a private limited company to appoint a company secretary unless it’s specifically requested in the articles of association.
Many private companies do appoint a company secretary, however, to ensure the full completion of the company’s administrative and legal duties, and as an adviser on corporate governance.
Company secretaries take on some of the directors’ responsibilities day-to-day, but the directors remain legally responsible for the company overall. Disqualified directors, un-discharged bankrupts, and the company’s auditor, aren’t able to become a company secretary.
The company secretary is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Companies Act, 2006, and carries out a number of administrative tasks, including:
A company secretary has responsibilities under the Companies Act, 2006, and could be penalised in certain instances, such as failing to file the company’s accounts or confirmation statement.
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