Company Secretary Workshop and Drinks 2015

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Company Secretary Series >> Workshop and Networking Drinks

Date:    Tuesday 21 April 2015
Workshop: 15:30 - 17:30
                 Drinks: 17:30 - 21:00
                 Keynote address at 18:30
Venue: The King's Fund, 11 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN

We're pleased to announce this new workshop and networking drinks as part of our company secretary series.

In an increasingly digital world this event provides an opportunity for you to meet your peers face-to-face to make new contacts from across a diverse range of organisations.
In addition to providing an opportunity to meet in a relaxed environment, we are also hosting a workshop focusing on developing the 'soft skills' you need to make the next step in your career.

15:30 - 17:30
- preparing the next generation of Company Secretaries – tips to get to the top

This interactive session will draw on the findings of the recent ICSA guidance on the role of the Company Secretary as well as giving participants the chance to hear from 2 Company Secretaries on how to  get ahead of the game.

·         Examining the evolving role of the Company Secretary
·         How do you distinguish yourself from others?
·         How do you go about acquiring the soft skills to get to the top?

Nicola Snook
Company Secretary, British American Tobacco

Patrick Gonsalves
Deputy Company Secretary, Barclays

17:30 - 21:00
Networking drinks and keynote address

In addition to the drinks reception we are pleased to welcome James Lang, European Chairman of AEA to give a short keynote address at 18:30.

Sponsored by:

  Workshop speakers:
  Nicola Snook
  Company Secretary
  British American Tobacco

Nicky Snook has been with British American Tobacco for nearly 20 years. She qualified as a lawyer in 1990 specialising in IP and left private practice to join BAT’s in-house trade mark department in 1995. Since then, Nicky has held a number of legal roles in BAT. In 2006 she was appointed Company Secretary and has been the Secretary to the Board, its Committees as well as the Executive Committee since then.  Nicky has a particular interest in the work of the Remuneration Committee and facilitated the Company’s consultation with shareholders over changes to its Remuneration Policy in 2013, prior to the binding policy vote at its AGM in April.

  Patrick Gonsalves
  Deputy Company Secretary

Patrick Gonsalves joined Barclays in 2000 and became Deputy Secretary in June 2002.  Prior to Barclays he was with National Westminster Bank PLC from 1993 to 2000 where he was an Assistant Secretary.  Before that he was at Lloyds Bank PLC from 1980 to 1993.  Patrick is a Chartered Secretary with over 25 years company secretarial experience.

Networking drinks keynote:

  James Leng
  European Chairman

Jim Leng is European Chairman of AEA, an American private equity partnership. He sits on the Boards of three listed companies as a Non-Executive Director: Alstom SA (a French Engineering company) where he chairs the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Genel Energy PLC (an oil and gas company with its principal interests in Turkey and Kurdistan) as a Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and AON plc, the leading global provider of risk management services, insurance brokerage, and human resource consulting and outsourcing.
From 2010 to December 2013 he was a Director and Chairman of HSBC Bank plc, the regulated bank of HSBC, which owns all the UK and Continental operating subsidiaries of the HSBC group. From 2001-2009 he was Chairman of Corus Group plc, a global steel company sold to Tata Steel of India in 2007 and where he was also Deputy Chairman until July 2009.   Other past Non-Executive Directorships include, Lead Non-executive Director at the Ministry of Justice, one of the UK Government’s principal ministries, TNK-BP, the largest independent Russian oil and gas company, Chairman of Doncasters Ltd., (Precision Engineering), Pilkington plc (Glass), Hanson plc (Aggregates & Building Products) and Chairman of IMI plc (Engineering). In the early part of 2009, he was a Director and Chairman Designate of Rio Tinto.
In an executive capacity he was CEO of two publicly quoted companies:  from 1995-2001 Laporte plc, an international speciality chemical company, and before that Low & Bonar plc a diverse materials and packaging company.   His early business years were spent at John Waddington plc where he was MD of a number of their subsidiaries including consumer goods and packaging companies.