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Anthony Collins Solicitors, 134 Edmund Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 2ES, United Kingdom
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We have been closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and have made the decision to postpone this event. The health and well-being of our clients and staff are paramount and we will be communicating new details at a later date. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact event.booking@anthonycollins.com

This half-day workshop is bespoke training for those appointed as company secretary of single and multi-academy trusts or supporting others who fulfil this role.

Please note: Registration will be at 09:30 for a 10:00 start. Lunch will be provided.

The following areas will be covered:

  • The legal structure of an academy trust;
  • Members and directors in an academy trust – who are they and what are their respective roles? How are they admitted/appointed and removed?;
  • Meetings and resolutions – what are the requirements for, and purpose of, members’ and directors’ meetings?  When are members’ and directors’ resolutions needed and how are they passed?;
  • Statutory registers for an academy trust  -  what is obligatory and what is good practice?;
  • Articles of Association – what are the key issues of which the company secretary and directors need to be aware?;
  • Academies Financial Handbook – what are the key governance/administrative requirements in this document of which the company secretary and directors need to be aware of?; and
  • The opportunity for general questions.

Why should I attend?

Many people who are appointed as company secretaries for academy trusts have little or no experience in a company secretary role and may not know what is expected of them. This workshop is designed specifically for people in this situation.

This workshop will help established company secretaries stay up to date with company law and DfE/ESFA requirements. It is ideal for those already in the role, those who may assist the company secretary, or those who may be asked to fulfil the role in the future.

Feedback from previous sessions:

“This is the most useful course I’ve been to in a long time. It was clear, concise and a great use of my time. I didn’t lose interest once!”

 “Excellent review of the role and impact of a company secretary along with the wider context of MAT management”.

 “Probably the most informative course I have attended. Exactly the right level of detail”.

 “Extremely useful and has given me the knowledge to look at current practice and to get right the planning and preparation for my first AGM.”

 “This was an eye-opener for me and something I felt was relevant and of interest in my role”.

 “Straightforward talking and informative.”

Who will be there?

The seminar will be led by Phil Watts from our education team. Phil has been involved in establishing over 200 academies and 30 multi-academy trusts.

Please be aware that places for this seminar are limited. Our clients get priority over non- clients but we will endeavour to increase capacity where we can to allow all those who wish to attend a place. Where we are heavily oversubscribed we will limit places to one or two people per organisation in which case you may be asked to liaise with your team. Should we have to do any of the above we will be in touch with you at least 2 weeks before the event date.


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? Please email us at event.booking@anthonycollins.com and a member of our events team will be in touch.

Can I invite my colleagues to this event? Feel free to forward an invitation to any of your colleagues you believe can benefit from attending.

I want to attend but can't make the date/s. Will you repeat this? Yes. This is an annual event so we hope to repeat it around the same time next year, subject to demand’.


COURSE CANCELLATION  - If you wish to cancel your place on this event the following provisions apply:

Your place may be transferred to another person free of charge, as long as you let us know as soon as possible and at least 48 hours before the event. You will need to provide us with contact details for the substitute person so that we can send them booking and venue details.

If you cancel your place on the training without transferring it to another person, the following provisions will apply:
If you cancel within 7 days of booking, you will receive a 100% refund.
If you cancel more than 4 weeks before the training day, you will receive a 75% refund.
If you cancel your place from 2-4 weeks before the training day, you will receive a 50% refund.
If you cancel your place from 72 hours to 14 days before the training day, you will receive a 25% refund. If you cancel your place within 72 hours of the training day, you will receive no refund.

When payment has been made by debit/credit card, the relevant amount will be refunded to your card.'