Company Law & The Company Secretary


Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
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Company Law & The Company Secretary

This full-day, CPD-accredited workshop will provide an essential examination of the legal responsibilities and duties of the Company Secretary & Directors under the Companies Act 2014 and the Charites Act 2009.

The course is CPD accredited (4 Hours) through the ICSA. Participants are also entitled to claim 6-months Professional Subscription to the ICSA– please see note below*.

This practical workshop has been developed by The Wheel and the ICSA – The Governance Institute to address the specific needs of the Company Secretary in an Irish charity today. The session provides an essential overview of the main legal duties of the Company Secretary role, including: Company types, the Company Constitution, the Roles of Members and Directors, Annual Returns etc.

The workshop will also feature an update from Tom Malone, Head of Compliance at the Charities Regulator, on the current requirements for charity trustees and reporting.

Workshop Agenda

9.00am  Registration, tea/coffee
9.30am  Welcome
9.35am  Company Law and the Company Secretary, Conor Sweeney, ICSA
1.30pm  Lunch (provided)
2.00pm The Legal Duties of the Charity Trustee, Tom Malone, Charities Regulator
2.45pm The Code of Practice for Good Governance of Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland, Ivan Cooper, The Wheel
3.30pm Finish

Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the role and responsibilities of the company secretary working within the charity sector
  • Gain practical advice and solutions to company law issues
  • Learn about and understand the Charities Act 2009


This training workshop is CPD accredited (for 4 hours) by the ICSA. 

*Note: participation in this event includes 6-months Professional Subscription to the ICSA, with access to a range of membership supports, including; briefings on the latest statutory developments and ways to respond to them; practical advice on how to establish good governance in your organisation; exclusive discounts on ICSA content; training and many other business and recreational purchases from selected partners. Discover more here.

How to register

Use the Special Requirements field text to express 'Yes' or 'No' to the free 6-month subscription to ICSA.

By opting-in to the free 6-month Professional Subscription to the ICSA, you consent to The Wheel sharing your details with ICSA.


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Your Facilitators:

Conor Sweeney 

Conor has worked as a Company Secretarial Adviser for 14 years. He is now recognised as one of the leading experts in Company Law and Company Secretarial Practice in Ireland, in addition to lecturing for the Law Society and on behalf of all of the Accountancy Institutes.

Conor has had several published articles and is a Past President of ICSA Chartered Secretaries Ireland

Ivan Cooper

Ivan Cooper

IVAN COOPER is Director of Public Policy with The Wheel. Ivan is charged with progressing The Wheel's policy positions on cross-cutting issues affecting the community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises, e.g. regulation, strengthening the sector, active-citizenship, standards and supports amongst others.

He oversees the research programme which The Wheel conducts about the profile and scope of the community and voluntary sector in Ireland and he represents The Wheel on a range of fora, national and international.

Tom Malone

Tom Malone

Tom Malone joined the Charities Regulator in August 2016 as Head of Compliance. He is responsible for leading the section in delivering on its primary objective: to monitor the compliance of charitable organisations with their legal obligations and to investigate any perceived breaches of said obligations.

Prior to joining the Charities Regulator, Tom spent 10 years with the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General conducting financial audits and value for money examinations. Tom is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and holds a MSc in Strategic Management.

Feedback From Past Attendees of This Workshop

"I found the whole day excellent. The presenters were clear, well informed, easy to listen to. I learned a lot from each presentation.” - A. O’Donoghue, Loreto Education Trust

“Conor Sweeney's presentation was excellent, he related to matters that are both current and actual and it was great to hear some of the concrete examples from his own practice that he was able to give.” - C. Irwin, Mid West Simon Community

“The speakers took a very complicated and complex topic and presented it in such a way that was understandable to people coming from a non-legal background. As a new company secretary of a not-for-profit I feel that I am now aware of my roles and responsibilities and feel that I am in a better position to ensure that the organisation meets its legal and moral obligations.” - F. Nolan, Doras Bui

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Who should attend

Company Secretaries of charitable companies, Directors of charity companies, staff with responsibility for their charities governance and regulatory obligations.

In addition, this training opportunity is suitable for staff / volunteers who need an introduction or just requires a refresher on the main functions of the company secretary and a better understanding of company law.