More and more companies are expanding their teams to include a board support function which is why the need for quality Board Support personnel continues to increase, even though it is a relatively unknown position. In this position, you will usually be working with a dedicated board support team and company secretarial group which provides governance support to the directors of a company and assists clients in maintaining good corporate governance standards.
This rise in demand is leading to Board Support becoming a more valuable role within the employment market. Cayman is no different, and our clients are consistently requiring this support function in today’s job market.
What would you be responsible for?
Board support services are responsible for assisting with the administration for board meeting’s from start to finish, this will include; preparation of meeting agendas, preparation and distribution of meeting packs, attendance at board and shareholder meetings, preparation of relevant minutes, maintenance of minutes and records as well as other ad hoc secretarial duties as required. Post meeting, you will be accountable for the timely preparation and circulation of minutes and all necessary follow-up of action points to ensure the attendees are up-to-date and compliant.
What are the standard requirements?
Confidence and professionalism is key when attending meetings and liaising with Senior Executives. As this role can be client facing, previous experience in dealing with a wide range of clients will be useful too. You will need to approach your work with a strong level of attention to detail; ensuring that the administrative functions and detailed minutes are carried out with the highest degree of accuracy and timeliness.
Previous experience in a Board Support or Secretarial role is preferred, however a strong background as an Executive Assistant will usually be considered too. It is essential that for this position you are skilled with transcribing minutes from a digital recording via audio typing; being an ICSA qualified chartered secretary would also be an advantage in this role.
Essential skills needed…
- Professionalism when handling confidential information
- Strong attention to detail
- Previous experience with minute taking and preparation of board packs
- Strong IT systems skills and a fast typing speed
What if I’m just getting started?
Like any career, it is important to either get a qualification such as courses in business administration and/or an ICSA, and/or experience in the sector. It’s also useful to hone your IT skills too. If you are already working then you can look to get involved in the preparation of internal meeting’s and assist with minute taking to get an insight into this field.