• Is a Company Secretary a Member of the Board

A company secretary is not a member of the board. They are responsible for the administration of the company particularly in ensuring compliance.

Composition of The Board

Members of the board are usually composed of directors, shareholders, or people with interests in the company. In Singapore, a company is required to hire at least a local director to start with, and the maximum limit for number of directors that is allowed is stated in the company’s constitution. In a situation where your company elects only one director, then you will need to hire a different individual to be the company’s secretary. Typically, it is a requisite for companies in Singapore to have at least a minimum of 2 company officers.

A member of the board usually gets elected in the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the members are not only limited to directors but may include independent directors and non-executive director.

Independent directors here refer to directors who do not have any material monetary relationship with the company except for their approved remuneration. Non-executive directors are company’s board of directors who is not part of the executive team as they do not engage in the day-today management of the company but is involved in the planning and policy making efforts.

Role of Company Secretary

The major role of a company secretary is to make sure the company complies with the rules and regulations as well as look into the internal proceedings of the company. We dive into the requirements, roles and responsibilities, and duties of a company secretary in this (requirements of a company secretary) article.

1. Administrative role to the company

The company secretary performs compliance paperwork tasks to ensure the company is compliant with the Singapore Companies Act, The Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

2. Advisory role to the directors

A company secretary provides guidance on proper corporate governance and ethical business practices to the board of directors. This includes advisory on director’s duties in relation to financial reporting to ACRA and IRAS.

3. Liaison-role to the shareholders

The company secretary should maintain regular contact with the shareholders to ensure that their interests are heard by the board of directors.

4. Fiduciary role to the company

In the case of negligence or breach of fiduciary duties, the company secretary can be held liable. The company secretary is expected to carry out their duties with care and diligence, not make any secret profit while carrying out their functions and more.

Company Secretary Duties Towards the Board

A company secretary is involved in managing and assisting any matters pertaining to the board of directors. Below are the brief duties of the company secretary towards the board:

  • Prepares the agenda for AGMs and board meetings and facilitates them.
  • Advises the board in discharging their duties
  • Responsible in protecting the shareholders and debenture holders’ rights and issuance of share certificates
  • Taking care of the transfer of shares and dividend payment.
  • Communicating with shareholders and ensure company’s confidential information is safe.
  • Make sure the statutory registers are always updated and open for inspection by the shareholder or members.
  • Act as a communication channel between the board and shareholders.
  • Maintain transparency and accountability in company’s operation.
  • Be in charge of the company’s administrative tasks
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FAQs

Is the company secretary and corporate secretary the same?2021-01-04T16:12:41+08:00

No, a corporate secretary manages all the administrative tasks of a company whereas a company secretary serves as a legal advisor for a company.

Is Company Secretary mandatory in Singapore?2021-01-04T16:12:19+08:00

Yes, every company needs to appoint a company secretary in Singapore.

What does ‘company secretary’ mean?2021-01-04T16:11:54+08:00

A company secretary is usually appointed by a director or director of a company. His primary duty is to take on some of the directors’ responsibilities and to reduce their workload. They can prove to be useful in ways such as maintaining and filing statutory registers and company records. Assisting the directors when needed is also the job of the Singapore company secretary.

Must the Company Secretary a local resident of Singapore?2021-01-04T16:11:00+08:00

Yes, the company secretary must be a local resident of Singapore

Is it a must for a company in Singapore to appoint a company secretary2021-01-04T15:19:51+08:00
Is the company secretary and corporate secretary the same?2021-01-04T12:51:13+08:00

No, although they are both secretaries, but they have entirely different responsibility. A corporate secretary manages all the administrative tasks of a company while a company secretary serves as a legal advisor for a company.

Where can I find reliable company secretarial services in Singapore?2021-01-04T12:50:45+08:00

Paul Hype Page is a professional chartered accountant firm. It would be our pleasure for our accountants to serve as your company secretary.

What is the market price if I need to engage with company secretarial services in Singpore?2021-01-04T12:50:06+08:00

The company secretary service provided by Paul Hype Page is super affordable – as low as S$600 per annum

Must the Company Secretary a local resident of Singapore?2021-01-04T12:45:23+08:00

Yes, the company secretary must be a local resident of Singapore, which means he/she must be either a Singaporean or a PR.

Does a non-profit organization need a Company Secretary as well?2021-01-04T15:20:13+08:00

Yes, a company secretary is needed for a non-profit organization

Must the Company Secretary a local resident of Singapore?2021-01-04T15:20:29+08:00

Yes, the company secretary must be a local resident of Singapore.

Is the company secretary and corporate secretary the same?2021-01-04T15:20:52+08:00

No, a corporate secretary manages all the administrative tasks of a company while a company secretary serves as a legal advisor for a company.

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