Skills and abilities: Strong organisational and problem-solving skills. Sound judgement and excellent communication.

What you’ll be doing: Duties of a Company Secretary (also known as a Chartered Secretary) are usually legal and financial. Typical day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Advising directors and board members regarding their legal responsibilities
  • Dealing with lawyers, auditors, and other professionals
  • Sending company information to Companies House or the Stock Exchange
  • Preparing annual company reports, administering shares, and paying dividends
  • Handling payroll, budgeting, ensuring adherence to health and safety policies

Career progression: With experience, you may become Chief Executive or Managing Director of a company, or alternatively perform freelance secretarial work for several smaller companies. 

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