STEP Journal

Keeping good company - role of the company secretary

John Harper, April 2013

John Harper TEP is a part-time lecturer, delivering face-to-face courses for the STEP international diploma examinations all around the world.


About 30 years ago I served for a time on the national council of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). I can well recall a long debate in which we were considering changing the name of the institute, and consequently the job description, to more closely fit the work that our members performed. Some people certainly felt that outsiders assumed that we were experts at typing, shorthand and filing, apart from being decorative additions to the office.

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