In the last month we received over 50 responses to our COVID-19 Company Secretary survey from a broad cross-section of industries with most respondents (54%) holding a Head of Secretariat, Group Company Secretary or General Counsel & Company Secretary combined role. Of those who responded, 62% are at a listed business.

This recent survey looking at the response of the company secretarial function to the COVID-19 crisis encourages us, not only that progress has been made, but also that these challenging circumstances, no matter how unwanted, may constitute a very real opportunity for change. Respondents to the survey identify an appetite for, and a potential pathway to, establishing the role of a Chief Governance Officer, thereby expanding the remit of the Company Secretary and changing, for the better, the enterprise-wide approach to corporate governance.

At a headline level, the majority of respondents report positively on their Company Secretary function’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, and also on the response from their wider organisation.

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Author Information: Kate Huggins

Kate is a Director leading Leathwaite’s Professional Services practice, acting for private practice law firms, big 4 accountancy firms and wider consultancies. She supports clients with partner level executive search, senior functional mandates and due diligence both in the UK and also internationally.

In addition, Kate has a background in delivering in-house legal and corporate governance searches and leads the firm’s Company Secretary practice globally. She works closely with FTSE corporate and financial services clients.